My Mom always did a great job packing our lunches while we were in school. And yes, I was one of those kids whose Mom packed their lunch up until their very last day of high school – thanks Mom!
As most kids do, I went through phases of liking certain things more than others. Only wanting turkey sandwiches with nothing but turkey and bread (how boring!) and loving peanut butter and jelly (minus the jelly). But I always got excited when my Mom would change it up a bit with something new and Tortilla Roll-ups were definitely a pleasant surprise.
Now while I don’t have school aged children yet, we had a playdate this week with a good friend and her little ones, so I decided to whip up some of these roll-ups for the occasion.
This is my grown up version of Tortilla Roll-ups (with lots of yummy things inside), but my girls love them, so your kiddos probably will too!
1 block cream cheese
1 can diced green chiles
1 small can sliced black olives
1 tablespoon fresh chives (or one green onion, sliced)
6 slices of ham
6 flour tortillas
Set cream cheese out on kitchen counter for 30 mins. or so to allow it to soften. Meanwhile, drain black olives and give them a rough chop. Slice green onions or chop chives (both are tasty so use what you like best). Place green onions (or chives), roughly chopped black olives, and canned green chiles into a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
Add your cream cheese to the green onion, olive and green chile mixture. Work the cream cheese into the mixture with a wooden spoon. Mix until the cream cheese is completely combined.
Now for the roll-ups. Using a spatula, spread 1/6th of the mixture evenly on top of a flour tortilla and place a piece of ham on top. Roll up your tortilla.
Pack two tortilla roll-ups (or one for an elementary age student) for lunch by wrapping them in plastic wrap.
If your little ones (or bigger teen ones) prefer little finger foods, slice tortillas and pack in a small tupperware container.
The sliced version make a wonderful appetizer or a finger food dish to bring to a party.
And hey, grown-ups love these things to, so even if you don’t have kids, make some of these for yourself for lunch – you will love them – deeeelish!
Cottage Mama’s Note: If your children prefer are more simplistic recipe, just make these with plain cream cheese and ham. It will still be something different than their regular sandwich.