How Tortillas Makes School Lunches Fun and Easy

Back-to-School means school lunches. If you have children like mine, you know they will not eat what the school is serving. My children wanted the special touches that their lunch box provided while forgetting the challenges it gave to the working parent. Then I discovered the wonder of the tortilla. If I could ‘wrap’ it, preserve their ‘crust-free’ lifestyle, things were good in the lunch room.

Here are my favorite, simple and easy tortilla tips:

  • PB&J Burrito: use your favorite nut butter and jelly, spread and roll. Less than 5 minutes and I know my child will be filled with protein.

  • Crudites Roll: use fresh thinly sliced vegetables like cucumbers, carrots and red bell peppers, a little humus and roll. [it’s the fancy word that sold this vegies filled wrap]

  • Pizza Wrap: use your child’s favorite pizza toppings, such as pepperoni, ham, even pineapple; spread a little tomato sauce (great source of potassium, vitamins and iron), sprinkle shredded mozzarella and wrap. The creativity here is endless.

  • Quesadilla: any combination of beans and cheese will work. Then melt and cut. [Always a topic of conversation to add ‘triangles’ to the lunch box]

  • Mini-Chicken New Mexican: use the small mini-tortillas, pack some chicken and all the taco toppings your child likes and let them build-their-own at school. [You can’t call it the New Mexican if you forget the Green Chile - FYI]

  • Tortilla Parfait: roll fresh fruit and your favorite Greek yogurt . . .and OPA! You have a great lunch.