Switch up the usual sandwich for these easy turkey pinwheels!
If you’ve had pinwheels before, you know how popular they can be with kids and adults, and I’ve spruced up the classic recipe with fresh ingredients and creamy hummus for a healthy lunch option that fits perfectly in a lunchbox.
Healthy Turkey Pinwheels Recipe
Healthy turkey pinwheels are made with fresh veggies, sliced turkey, and creamy hummus rolled into a soft flour tortilla.
To make this recipe more nutritious than the original version, I swapped out the cream cheese for hummus, which is lower in fat and more flavorful. The addition of carrots and spinach brings volume and fiber to every bite.
Even with the extra greenery, these turkey pinwheels still disappear quickly from the lunchbox. And if this recipe is a hit with your family, give the Avocado Bacon Pinwheels a try!
What are Pinwheels
Classic pinwheels consist of a cream cheese base, deli meat, and more cheese rolled up tightly in a tortilla, then sliced into rounds.
Pinwheels have a small, round shape, making them easy to pick up and eat with your fingers, which makes them a great option for party appetizers and, in this case, packed lunches.
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Turkey Pinwheel Ingredients
The ingredients for these healthy turkey pinwheels are simple; you’ll need the following items:
- large tortillas: whole grain, white, spinach, whatever you keep on hand.
- hummus: acts as a “glue” and holds the pinwheels together.
- spinach: for extra fiber and vitamins.
- deli turkey: provides these pinwheels with satiating protein. Swap it out for deli ham or chicken.
- shredded carrots: for extra crunch and veg.
How to Make Turkey Pinwheels
Pinwheels are just as easy to make as the usual wrap and burrito. The only extra step is slicing them into the rounds or “wheels” let me show you how it’s done.
- Make a base
Spread the hummus over the tortilla.
- Add the fillings
Top the tortilla with spinach, sliced turkey, and shredded carrots.
- Roll and slice
Beginning on one end, tightly roll the tortilla. Slice in half, and then in 1-inch pieces.
You can also watch this quick video to see the entire process from start to finish:
Can You Make Turkey Hummus Pinwheels Ahead?
Pinwheels are a great lunch to make the night before, and I find they taste even better the next day. Over time, the tortilla absorbs the hummus flavors while the ingredients ‘meld’ together.
If you want to make this recipe ahead, don’t slice the wrap until you are ready to pack it into a lunch container. The sliced pinwheels will dry out overnight. Instead, cover the wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the next morning.
How to Pack Pinwheels for Lunch
To keep pinwheels fresh and intact, pack them into a small compartment of a lunch container. Otherwise, it’s easy for them to get smashed or jostled when packed in plastic bags or large containers.
Easy Lunchboxes or bento boxes come with compartments and are what I typically use to pack this recipe and all sorts of lunches.Print
Easy Turkey Pinwheels
Try these turkey pinwheels made with fresh veggies and hummus for a healthy packed lunch!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1
- Category: Lunches
- 1 large whole grain tortilla
- 1 tablespoon hummus
- Handful spinach or mixed greens
- 2–3 slices deli turkey
- Shredded or matchstick carrots
- Place the tortilla on a flat surface. Spread hummus, top with field greens, place turkey slices on top and sprinkle carrots over the turkey.
- Beginning on one end, roll the tortilla tightly. Slice in half, and then in one-inch pieces.
You can make the wrap the night before, refrigerate, and reserve slicing into pinwheels prior to packing the lunchbox in the morning.
- Serving Size: 7-8 pinwheels
- Calories: 247
- Sugar: 4.9 g
- Sodium: 738.9 mg
- Fat: 6.3 g
- Saturated Fat: 2.5 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 29.8 g
- Fiber: 6.7 g
- Protein: 18.3 g
- Cholesterol: 25.1 mg
Hi Laura. What is the item in the upper left of the lunch container? Some kind of cheese? Coconut? Cookies? I can’t tell what it is. 🙂 Cannot wait to pack my daughter this lunch. She will LOVE it!
It was dehydrated coconut. Enjoy!
My favorite kitchen tool are those silicon muffin liners. I use them to portion out small amounts of different foods. My kids love it. It’s like homemade lunchables. Put the same stuff on a plate and they’re not interested, put it in muffin cups and they love it! Kids 🙂
I usually pack sandwiches or hot soups in a thermos. I really want to try some more interesting food ideas though.
My kids like cheese and turkey wraps and tortellini in a thermos.
I like the idea of using a vegetable peeler to be able to fit more veggies in wraps. Thanks for sharing! One trick I do with my wraps is roll them up in aluminum foil. Then, when I need to eat them on the run I can peel a circle layer off of the foil at a time as I eat down the wrap. It keeps the wrap together, minimizes a mess, and is easy for on-the-go. The lunchbox you’re featuring looks like a great tool to help pack healthy lunches with a variety of fruits and veggies. Thanks for all you do and share!
My kids love meatballs.
This would be really neat! Try to add fun bright colors to their lunches with napkins straws silverware etc.
One of the best lunch tips I can think of is using leftovers. It’s quick, easy, and you don’t have to worry about the leftovers spoiling later in the week.
We don’t have to pack lunches often, so sandwiches, or meat and cheese, fruit, veggies, and whatever homemade baked good I have laying around often go in out lunchbox.
Thanks for the tip! I love to pack all different kinds of wraps in my kids lunches!
My favorite items to put into a lunch box are, any type of wrap, carrots with hummus, and fruit. I would like to win this lunchbox so I could be ready for school! 🙂
Candied Ginger is a fun and tasty addition in a lunch box.