Meal Prep Ham and Cheddar Pinwheels

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Easily “Meal Prep” these Ham and Cheddar Pinwheels with fresh fruit, fresh veggies, and Marzetti’s Veggie Ranch Snack Packs

My two little boys aren’t quite old enough to go to a full day of school so I don’t pack them school lunches yet, but they still love eating packed lunches on special occasions. We’ll make and eat packed lunches in the park, the zoo, and even our own backyard.

That said it’s been freezing cold here in Utah lately and we haven’t eaten many packed lunch picnics. So when the toddler asked for a picnic the other day, we packed lunches, spread a big blanket in our family room, and ate them inside. Nice and warm.

My boys love pb&j sandwiches, but finger food pinwheels are their FAVORITE. Those paired with veggies and Marzetti’s ranch dip and those two little boys were in heaven!

I’ve mentioned before how much my toddler loves cold cut veggies with their ranch dip so I’m basically mom of the year when I also pack it in a box for him! It’s also super simple to do because Marzetti has convenient snack size dips that can easily be taken on the go (or you know, served on a blanket in your family room…)

How to assemble these meal prep/lunchbox pinwheels:

  • Start by making the pinwheels. Since they need to chill in the fridge for a bit it’s best to do those first. Once the pinwheels are chilled, cut them into 1 inch slices and then place 3-4 pinwheels into a plastic bag and then into the meal prepping container. This makes sure they don’t harden at all and don’t get soggy from the veggies.
  • Add fresh veggies: start by washing and drying the veggies. Slice them into dip-able sizes and then put into the lunchbox/meal prep container. 2-3 different veggies are best for a good lunch variety.
  • Add in your favorite Marzetti veggie snack size dip.
  • Cover everything making sure it’s sealed in an airtight container and store in the fridge until ready to enjoy.
  • And in case the pinwheels/veggies won’t quite fill you up, add a separate snack in a snack sized plastic bag. Some ideas: fresh berries/fruit, crackers, assorted nuts, chips, additional pinwheels, etc.

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Lunchbox/Meal Prep Ham and Cheddar Pinwheels

5 from 11 votes
Easily "Meal Prep" these Ham and Cheddar Pinwheels with fresh fruit, fresh veggies, and Marzetti's Veggie Ranch Snack Packs
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Lunchbox/Meal Prep Ham and Cheddar Pinwheels

5 from 11 votes
Easily "Meal Prep" these Ham and Cheddar Pinwheels with fresh fruit, fresh veggies, and Marzetti's Veggie Ranch Snack Packs
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 30 pinwheels
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

Pinwheels

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 tablespoon dry ranch mix
  • 6 slices center cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/3 cup diced red pepper
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced deli ham
  • 3 large (12-inch) burrito tortillas (spinach or flour)

Rest of Meal Prep

  • 1 package Marzetti Ranch Veggie Dip Snack Packs
  • fresh cut veggies such as: cucumbers, peppers, cherry tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, etc

Instructions

  • Mix softened cream cheese with the freshly grated cheddar cheese, dry ranch mix, crumbled bacon, and diced red pepper until well combined.
  • Spread about 3-4 tablespoons of this mixture evenly on each tortilla then lay 4-6 slices of deli ham flat on top of the cheese mixture to cover in a single layer.
  • Gently (and tightly) roll up the tortilla to make sure it holds together and keeps its shape. Wrap in plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to firm up the softened cheese. Cut off the ends of tortilla roll (discard or eat em) and cut the rest of the log into even 1-inch slices.
  • To meal prep/make for lunches: Place the pinwheels into a plastic bag and then into the meal prepping container. This makes sure they don't harden at all and don't get soggy from the veggies. Add in a separate dip container and fresh veggies of your choice. Cover and store in the fridge until ready to eat.

Recipe Notes

Cook time refers to chilling time

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57 Comments

    1. I find I can eat more fresh veggies if I pack them for lunch in a nice salad or recently your Greek Salad with couscous and fresh veggies.

  1. I roast them, with tasty herb spice sprinkled on. My favorites are a garlic herb, or herbs de provence …..I toss them in olive oil and sprinkle on seasoning, and pop then in the oven. Great flavors!

  2. I’ve been zoodling the heck out of ALL the veggies and eating them sautéed with some tomato paste, Kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes, and artichoke hearts

  3. 5 stars
    I love to blend extra veggies in soups or shred them and mix in with pastas or bakes. The flavor is subtle and no one know they’re getting an extra dose of healthy!

  4. Eating more veggies is never a problem for me – I love them all. I do seem to take seconds or thirds when I steam them and serve with garlic or lemon butter.

  5. I pack cut veggies as a midday snack to take to work. The crunch is satisfying and keeps me away from the vending machines.

  6. My favorite way to eat more veggies is to serve a selection of fresh raw veggies with lunch and dinner. If the kids are sometimes picky about eating raw veggies, put out a raw veggies platter before dinner when they are really hungry. I bet they’ll scarf down those fresh veggies. Serving the raw veggies with Marzetti Veggie Dips helps the Wow factor, too!

  7. 5 stars
    my favorite way to eat more veggies is to pick one or two and steamed or sauteed them with dinner: I try to make sure there are always veggies at the dinner table. , fixed in a way, everyone will like. Thanks for the chance
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  8. 5 stars
    It has been a revelation to me how much my taste has changed.
    I have to keep Marzetti’s on hand as it is my Granddaughter’s favorite or “favs as she calls it, which means favorite.
    The other Grandchildren just follow along wanting to be like Hailey ! She is 13 they look up to their big Sister. It has changed their eating habits. They ask for veggis tucked in their lunches now !
    And Grandma’s happy to comply.

  9. 5 stars
    What a great idea and those look bomb! Lately we have been loving smoothies. A little bit of everything thrown in and their delicious. Lately I have been loving spinach, apple, ginger, lemon and pineapple!

  10. 5 stars
    You made my ideal lunch! I usually get my veggies in my diet by throwing them in the crockpot to make a stew or soup. Sometimes I steam them and add some lemon juice and herbs for a quick side dish.

  11. 5 stars
    We like to mix veggies into foods our kids already eat and love. My favorite is adding peas to macaroni and cheese. We started that a while back and now they won’t eat it any other way.

  12. I’ve started making sauteed veggie (usually kale) and rice bowls with fried egg for breakfasts. It feels great to start the day off with veggies!

  13. I try to have some type of vegetable with as many meals as possible. Sometimes that means just breaking out the frozen peas and having some on the side and other times we resort to a packet of seaweed. Roasting vegetables or eating a salad are my favorite ways to eat vegetables, though.

  14. These look delicious! I love pinwheels and all the many variations you can do. I love to get extra veggies in my eggs in the morning, and I also love using mini bell peppers and cucumbers as hummus dippers instead of chips.

  15. I love veggies! They are good to me not matter how they are cooked! Your recipes are wonderful! I have made a handful of them and plan on making many more. Thanks for all you do!

  16. 5 stars
    I’ve been really into cold pressed juices lately! it’s a good way to load up on the veggies and fruits in a quick way! I also love my juice plus gummiest! thanks for this awesome giveaway and recipe.. I can’t wait to try the roll ups!

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