Mar 12, 2021
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Whether you are looking for an easy lunch option or don’t know what to do with that ripe avocado, these Bacon Avocado & Cheese Pinwheels are the perfect solution. Today, I’m going to show you how to make pinwheels using these tasty recipe!
Pinwheels are a simple and quick recipe that can be customized based on lunch ingredients you have on hand such as deli meat, cheese, and chopped veggies.
This recipe was created in an effort to use up the last bit of bacon from breakfast and ripe avocado, the results were extremely delicious and a new favorite recipe I know you’ll love.
Why These Bacon Avocado & Cheese Pinwheels are the Best
The combination of avocado, smoky bacon, and cheese all tucked into a tortilla is about as easy as it gets for a delicious, light lunch you can pack for school or the office.
Pinwheels are different from the usual wrap in that there are fewer ingredients, and they are sliced into bite-size rounds you can easily eat from a desk. There’s no mess, no busting tortilla, and no falling apart mid-bite.
When it comes to the wrap, there are several options to choose from; large flour tortillas, gluten-free, or grain-free/paleo wraps (pricey but a great option if you can’t have grains). Of course, you can also use spinach or sun-dried tomato tortillas, which can add more flavor.
You know, I love to change up lunch. I mean, that is the reason I started MOMables and the whole premise behind my lunches ebook.
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The key to the perfect wrap or pinwheel for your lunch box: use as few ingredients as possible. I try to limit toppings to 4 since over-stuffing causes them to fall apart.
To build a wrap or pinwheel, you’ll need a base and 2-3 toppings. In these I used avocado, but often I use hummus. For the toppings, I added shredded sharp white Cheddar cheese, because sharp cheese makes me smile. I chose bacon because, well, there is bacon. Bacon not only adds crunch to each bite but also lots of flavor.
Here are a few ideas to get you started after you make today’s avocado bacon recipe:
- Chopped deli turkey or ham
- Cook and chopped bacon
- Shredded cheese
- Finely diced broccoli
- Shredded carrot
- Chopped olives
- Chopped spinach
How to Make Pinwheels
To build a wrap or pinwheel, you’ll need a base or spread to cover the tortilla and help bind the ingredients, this could be hummus, mashed avocado, mayonnaise, cream cheese, or your favorite dip.
I used an avocado as my base and topped it with cheese and bacon- because bacon is always a good idea.
Alright, grab your choice of ingredients, and let’s make some pinwheels:
- Spread the Base
Top the tortilla with your choice of spread and smooth it over the surface.
Add your choice of toppings, in this case, bacon and cheese.
- Roll and slice
Starting at one side of the tortilla, make a small fold, then roll tightly (almost like a sushi roll). Slice into 1-inch rounds and serve. An optional step,
Watch the video below to see how easy these tortilla pinwheels are to make.
Secrets to Perfect Pinwheels
A few simple tips to help you prep ahead and make pinwheels that stay intact:
Buy Large Tortillas
Give yourself some room to work with; a larger tortilla is easier to use and creates a more substantial lunch. I recommend using tortillas that are at least 10- inches.
Keeping them from Going Soggy
No one wants to bite into a soggy tortilla. When making pinwheels or any wrap, avoid using ingredients that contain a lot of water, such as lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, pickles, etc.
Can You Prepare Pinwheels the Night Before?
You can prepare pinwheels the night before, but leave the roll uncut; this way, they won’t dry out. You can also store the roll for up to 2 days, the tortilla will soften, but everything will still be intact.
A note to keep in mind for this recipe is that the avocados will brown, so if browing is an issue, make them the morning of.
To save yourself time, you can microwave bacon to have in prepped in no time!
What to Eat with Pinwheels
Pinwheels are a light lunch that you can pack with other fresh options and snacks such as:
Instead of piling on the veggies inside my wrap, I put them on the side and pack a few energy bites. It’s the perfect amount of food that leaves me feeling satiated without giving me the afternoon slumps.
What’s your favorite ingredient in your lunch wrap?
Avocado, Bacon and Cheese Pinwheels
- 1 8-inch flour tortilla
- 1 teaspoon mayonnaise or plain Greek yogurt
- ¼-1/2 avocado mashed
- 1-2 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
- 1-2 tablespoons shredded cheese
- In a small bowl, mash the avocado and mix with mayonnaise or yogurt.
- Place the flour tortilla on a flat surface and spread the avocado mixture evenly throughout the flour tortilla. Top with shredded cheese and crumbled bacon.
- Fold the ends of the tortilla in, and roll the tortilla tightly. Slice the tortilla roll in half, and then into 1-inch pieces.
More Wrap and Pinwheels Recipes
Why stop at one lunch recipe? Here are more easy wraps and pinwheels to try for school and office lunches:
April T. Taylor
If the pinwheels are in a lunch prepared in the morning, how do you keep the avocado from browning?
you can youse a little Natureseal, which is a product I now love! Or after cutting, keep together as one piece. Enjoy!
I am always worried about avocado turning brown that’s why so far I have avoided them for school lunches. Do you have any tips for that?
when wrapped inside a pinwheel the browning shouldn’t be too bad. mixed with salsa it slows down the browning to.
Can I freeze avocado bacon and cheese pinwheels in the freezer?
Yes, you can. Slice them first, then freeze them. The avocado loses just a bit of texture but they are good to go.
Is there anything I can substitute the mayo with or can I just leave it out completely?
You can leave it out for sure. why not mash the avocado onto the tortilla? This way, the bacon and cheese will adhere and the pinwheel will form well.