Colourful pinwheel sandwiches filled with kid-friendly vegetables for lunch boxes. Includes alternative filling ideas.
VEGETABLE PINWHEEL SANDWICHES FOR KIDS
Vegetable pinwheel sandwiches are a real hit with kids and you can fill them with so many different fillings.
These rainbow pinwheels are filled with the type of crunchy veg children will usually eat, but if your child has a particular dislike, you can change them up.
They are made in minutes and are cut into little bite-sized swirls that are the perfect size for kids to snack on at lunchtime.
Perfect for back-to-school meal planning.
SANDWICHES FOR FUSSY EATERS
These are the perfect sandwiches for picky eaters as the filling is either cut into very small pieces or grated.
Start off with the vegetables they do like the first time you make them, but the next time sneak in an extra vegetable, either grated or in a tiny dice.
Just add a teeny amount, then start adding a little more and a little more as they get used to it.
The good thing is they can see the filling without unfolding the wrap to check. Yep, been there, seen that.
WHICH VEGETABLES ARE CHILD-FRIENDLY?
Some children are great and will tuck into all vegetables happily, but if you ask me these children are in the minority.
My tip is to say to your child as long as they try something you will be happy and don't push it.
Offer them all sorts of vegetables to try both raw and cooked and you might be surprised what they like.
Sometimes it's a texture thing too and children often prefer raw crunchy vegetables.
I TESTED THIS OUT WITH MY FUSSY EATER
I did this and found my son likes a side salad of carrot sticks, red pepper sticks, sweetcorn, slices of raw red onion, cucumber and olives. The olives were a surprise.
For cooked veg, he likes sweet potato, butternut squash, asparagus, carrot, peas and samphire, yes samphire.
He will also happily eat spinach in dishes like dal, soup, pasta sauce and puff pastry tarts, as long as I don't add too much.
See, it's worth trying different types of veg. Turn it into a taste test and let them take the lead.
Strangely, my son won't eat broccoli or cauliflower so I add these to soups and sauces where he won't notice them.
It's all about balance. give them veg they do like and sneak extras in to make sure they get what they need.
Grated or shredded vegetables are another way to introduce veg into sandwiches.
Veg can often taste so different raw, it's a good way for kids to try them.
You can either add it to a sandwich or wrap in a thin layer or mix it in with mayo, grated cheese or cream cheese.
Some can be grated with a box grater or shredded finely with a knife.
Here are a few vegetables that are great (see what I did there?) grated or shredded:
- Asparagus - grated
- Beetroot - grated
- Brussels sprouts - shredded
- Cabbage - shredded
- Carrots - grated
- Cucumber - grated (and dried on kitchen paper)
- Kale - finely shredded
- Parsnips - grated
WHICH TYPE OF BREAD DO YOU USE FOR PINWHEELS?
Pinwheels are usually made with flour tortillas. Either large or mini flour tortillas.
You can also use corn tortilla or flavoured colour tortillas, you may have seen the red beetroot tortillas or the green spinach ones.
Alternatively, can also use bread to make pinwheels.
BREAD PINWHEEL SANDWICHES
Any soft bread would do, but you need to cut off the crusts and if it's thick, give it a roll with a glass or rolling pin to thin it out a little.
If you're using bread make sure you have something a bit sticky as a spread to hold it in a pinwheel shape as bread is going to try to unroll.
Spreading with a generous layer of vegan butter, cream cheese, mayo or a sweet spread like peanut butter or chocolate spread with act as a glue and help hold it together.
That reminds me of the fabulous picture book Vegetable Glue by Susan Chandler. If you have a child from baby up to 10, do buy a copy, it's brilliant. A rhyming book all about why it's important to eat veg.
Also try the British classic Vegan Cheese & Onion Sandwiches
ROLLING AND CUTTING PINWHEELS
You may have seen the graphic in other wrap posts showing you how to fold a wrap.
For pinwheels you need a different approach.
When folding a wrap you load your topping on the upper half of a tortilla, which a space around the edge, before tucking in the sides and folding.
With pinwheels you want to add an even layer of filling all over the tortilla, before rolling firmly and cutting into spiral slices.
If you scroll down you will see in my step-by-step photos to give you an idea.
PINWHEEL SANDWICH FILLINGS
Here are some ideas for pinwheel sandwich fillings.
Tweak them to suit you or your children. I use vegan options, but you can tweak these to suit what you have in the fridge or store cupboard.
SAVOURY PINWHEEL FILLINGS
- Cream cheese and grated vegetables
- Cream cheese and finely diced vegetables
- Mashed avocado, salsa, corn and kidney beans
- Mushroom pate and grated vegetables
- Bean pate, cream cheese and kidney beans
- Hummus, chickpeas, grated vegetables
- Hummus and grated carrot
- Cheese savoury and salad leaves
- Mayo, grated cheese, grated beetroot
- Mayo, grated cheese and sweetcorn
- Mayo, salad leaves, grated cheese, coleslaw
- Tomato puree, thinly sliced cooked sausages and grated cheddar
- Mayo, salad leaves sage and onion deli slices, grated carrot and mustard
- Mustard, thinly sliced cooked sausages and grated carrot
- Mashed baked beans mixed with grated cheddar
SWEET PINWHEEL FILLINGS
- Chocolate spread and banana slices
- Chocolate spread and vegan marshmallows
- Chocolate spread and sliced strawberries
- Chocolate spread and raspberries
- Peanut butter and strawberry jam
- Peanut butter and banana slices
- Peanut butter, chocolate spread and banana slices
- Peanut butter and grated apple (toss the apple in a little lemon juice to stop it browning)
- Cream cheese and sliced strawberries
- Cream cheese and diced grape, strawberry and kiwi fruit
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HOW TO MAKE VEGETABLE PINWHEEL SANDWICHES
Vegetable Pinwheel Sandwiches for Kids
- 1 large flour tortilla
- 2-3 tbsp vegan cream cheese
- pinch dried oregano
- 1 small carrot grated
- ¼ red pepper finely diced
- 2 tbsp sweetcorn I used tinned, but you can lightly cook frozen or fresh sweetcorn
- 1 - 2 tsp vegan pesto
- 4 basil leaves optional
- Spread the cream cheese right to the edges.
- Sprinkle over the oregano.
- Sprinkle the sweetcorn, grated carrot and diced peppers evenly across the wrap.
- Dot little dollops of pesto across the wrap.
- Scatter over a few leaves of basil.
- Roll the tortilla firmly into a tube, then slice into 2 ½ cm 1 inch slices.
- The herbs are optional. With some children, you will get away with the dried herbs but not the fresh herbs.
- For adults why not add chilli flakes?
- You can fill with a thicker layer or filling, but I find a thinner layer is better for children.