Sunday, May 20, 2012

Easy summer wrap/picnic idea

  • Party Pinwheels, or Turkey Cream Cheese Wraps
  • (from 

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 4 (12 inch) flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 (2 ounce) can sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • deli turkey (optional- if you want a meal, not appetizer)


  1. In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, ranch dressing mix, and green onions. Spread this mixture on each tortilla. Sprinkle red pepper, celery, black olives, and cheese (if you'd like) over the cream cheese mixture. Roll up the tortillas, then wrap them tightly in aluminum foil.
  2. Chill 2 hours or overnight. Cut off ends of the rolls, and slice the chilled rolls into 1 inch slices.

These are addictive little snacks!  You can also make them an easy picnic/summer meal by not cutting them up and making individual wraps.  You can use chive and onion cream cheese too, to save time. Use whatever veggies you like or have on hand. Very versatile and easy!

A great way to change up your tuna sandwich

Darra's Famous Tuna Waldorf Sandwich Filling
(recipe from, pic from

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon prepared Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (6 ounce) can oil-packed tuna (mine was water packed)
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 teaspoon sweet pickle relish
  • 4 large croissants
  • 4 leaves lettuce
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, curry powder, salt and pepper. Add tuna, shallot, apple, walnuts, celery and pickle relish and toss until all ingredients are coated with dressing.
  2. Lightly toast the croissants. Split in half, place a lettuce leaf on the bottom half of the croissant and fill with tuna salad. Top with a slice of Swiss cheese and the top half of the croissant. Serve with a dill pickle and potato chips. 

I haven't had tuna in a while because it's not really that exciting.  Well, this recipe impressed me, and I will make it again.  I didn't even have tuna, shallot, or swiss cheese and the flavor still came out great.  The apple and walnuts (or pecans) added a great flavor along with the subtle curry taste.  Yum!  

Easy, kids like 'em, Whole Wheat Pancakes

Whole Wheat Blender Pancakes
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat berries (or 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola or other flavorless oil, or melted butter
  • 2 Tbsp. honey (or sugar)
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Butter and maple syrup, for serving

Place milk and wheat berries into a high-speed blender (such as a Blendtec, Vitamix, or Bosch). Blend for 2-4 minutes, or until the wheat berries are completely broken down. The mixture will be thick. Add the remaining ingredients and blend to combine.
Heat a griddle or non-stick skillet until very hot. Grease with melted butter or oil. Pour a small amount of batter onto the griddle or pan. Let cook for about 1 minute and flip with a thin metal spatula. Cook on remaining side for another minute or two. (The pancakes cook quickly because the batter is thin, and will be very light in texture. Each side should be golden brown. Adjust the heat as necessary.) Repeat with remaining batter
Yields 12-14, 6-8″ pancakes.
These were so easy to make.  My kids didn't care that they were wheat, because who really notices when sugary syrup is poured over top of them?