Want a break from the same old same old lunch box fare? Wraps are the perfect portable package, and kids just love them. You need only three simple components to customize a delicious wrap of your own.
Tortilla (white, wheat, sun-dried tomato, spinach or corn), lavash, chapati (Indian flatbread), nori (seaweed), romaine or red-leaf lettuce
Cream cheese, Brie cheese, goat cheese, hummus, mashed avocado, jam or chutney, pizza sauce, mayo, pesto, olive tapenade, refried beans
Sliced deli meat, shredded chicken, smoked salmon, cooked bacon, tuna or egg salad, cheese, chopped salad, vegetables or fruit, rice, salsa
Wrap like a pro
1. Spread the wrapper with an even layer of your “glue.” Add the filling ingredients in layers, or arrange them in a horizontal line across the center of the wrapper.
2. For a hand roll-style wrap, fold the right side of the wrapper over the filling, then roll up into a tight cylinder (the filling will peek out the other side). For a burrito-style wrap, fold the right and left sides over the filling before rolling (the filling will be enclosed).
Pack like an expert
Wrap in foil or wax paper and secure with a string or ribbon. To keep a cold wrap cool, pack next to an ice pack or chilled water bottle. To keep a heated wrap warm, place in the oven after it’s wrapped in foil, and pack in an insulated bag or container away from any foods that should be kept cool.
Stuck in a rut? Got a picky eater in your house? The Lunch Box offers ideas and strategies that will inspire you to step up your lunch-packing game. In Williams-Sonoma stores now.