If you’re like me, there are many days that you need something simple, fast, and healthy to make for lunch. This recipe happens to be as simple as it comes and can be made in less than 5 minutes. It is very portable for lunch or breakfast and full of great vegetables. I pack this frequently for my lunch and for my daughter’s lunch and love it as a simple veggie-filled snack. As a bonus it is also very very versatile. The base is a whipped cream cheese (lower in sodium than regular cream cheese) with a little garlic and onion powder. Seriously, it doesn’t come any easier. You can add a little meat if you like, or if you’re cutting back on protein for CKD then this is a great meal you can bulk up with veggies and go vegetarian. The original recipe,Turkey Pinwheel Sandwiches, is from Davita.com. We simplified it significantly to make it especially easy. We also didn’t use meat in our wrap to make it vegetarian and to cut back on the sodium (440mg for 1 wrap for the Davita one is okay, but a little steep to me). You can find lots of ways to alter this recipe in our recent post, “Ditch the Sandwich – Wraps to Love!” or just look below for some quick ideas.
Ingredients to Use in Wraps
|Vegetables||Alfalfa sprouts, bell peppers, bamboo shoots, broccoli, broccoli slaw, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumber, green beans, kale, lettuce, mushrooms (fresh), onions, water chestnuts|
(Fruit goes great for breakfast wraps)
|Apples, berries, oranges (sliced), pears, peaches, plums, pineapple, tangerines|
*if using deli meat then choose a low sodium, natural variety to keep sodium and phosphates minimized. Fresh meats work best for controlling sodium content.
|Low sodium “natural” deli meats (ex. Boars Head Roast Beef), shredded chicken, chicken salad, tuna fish, chopped hard-boiled eggs, garbanzo beans, hummus (2 tbsp)|
|Others||Spice blends make all the difference! Try different Mrs Dash blends or McCormick Perfect Pinch Blends.|
KidneyGrub Super Simple Wrap
1 – 8″ Tortilla (preferably whole wheat)
2 tbsp Broccoli slaw
2 tbsp diced red pepper
A few lettuce leaves
Cream Cheese Filling:
2 Tbsp Whipped Cream Cheese
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
Mix together cream cheese and spices. Spread cream cheese mixture on wrap. Lay other ingredients over the top and roll up.
As I mentioned before, this is super fast. It is a good base recipe because you can change it to your taste by adding different vegetables or proteins. I think the cream cheese base is good, but if I were to do a southwest flair to the wrap, I might add a Southwest herb blend to the cream cheese. I tried adding a little bit of McCormick Bacon and Chives seasoning blend to the cream cheese and thought it was fantastic with some chopped egg and some peppers. I also think it could be a great fruit/dessert recipe if you added a touch of vanilla and honey to the cream cheese and then a few berries OR add a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg and some apples. It is tasty in its simple state, but also gives lots of room for creativity. A great recipe to add to any repertoire.