Bunny Rabbit Rolls

Lunch Box Veggie Wraps

Perhaps you’re sitting somewhere dreamy and exotic, your toes tucked into a bank of warm sand, still fully steeped in summer. But the school year lurks. For some of us, that first day is just a week away. Much as we might want to hide under a beach blanket, putting a bit of forethought towards school prep will make the ease into autumn that much more effortless. This post is the first in a “back-to-school bootcamp” series designed to gear you up for fall.

But first, let’s return to the subject of school, specifically school lunch (cue parents the world over groaning out loud at the mere mention of the packing lunches).  Alas, lunch boxes need filling and these veggie rolls are a terrfic way to do that. Better known as Bunny Rabbit Rolls, the recipe comes by way of Christine Chitnis and Sarah Waldman, who’ve written a charming new book — Little Bites — that’s chock full of mega wholesome snacks and mini meals (hello, Cherry Tomato Cheddar Bites and homemade Peach Fro Yo!).

These Rabbit Rolls are an appetizing alternative to standard sandwiches and check all my boxes for being lunch box worthy: easy to make, healthy, and tasty. They also manage to pack a sizesable amount of vegetables into every roll and can be adapted to suit the tastebuds in your house. Get your kids involved in making them since they’ll love layering on ingredients and rolling them inside the tortillas (plus it may up their interest in eating it).

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Bunny Rabbit Rolls

Ideal for picnic lunches, these rolls make use of summer’s abundant veggies and include a vari­ety of tastes and textures: different kinds of crunchiness from the bell pepper, cucumber, carrots, and sunflower seeds, and creaminess thanks to a smear of cream cheese. Easy to pack and great for eating on the go, Bunny Rabbit Rolls also lend themselves well to creativity. If you like a bit of sweetness, add in some shredded apple. If you prefer sophisticated creaminess, layer in a few avocado slices. Experiment and customize your ideal roll, or set up an ingredient bar and let your kids build their own.
Course Lunch, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 rolls, enough for 3 lunches.
Author Christine Chitnis and Sarah Waldman

Ingredients

  • 3 flour tortillas (we suggest whole wheat or sprouted wheat or your favorite gluten-free tortilla)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 carrots , peeled
  • 6 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons raw sun­flower seeds
  • 1 cup chopped baby spinach

Instructions

  1. Warm the tortillas slightly in the oven to make them more pli­able.
  2. Cut the cucumber, red bell pepper, and carrots into thin ribbons using a vegetable peeler or a mandoline. Place all three tortillas on the countertop. Onto each tortilla, spread 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the sunflower seeds. In the center of each tortilla, arrange 1/3 of the mixed vegetable ribbons and 1/3 cup of the spinach. To create rolls, tuck in two sides of each tortilla and, starting at one end, roll into a tight tube. Place the rolls on a cutting board with their seam sides down. With a sharp knife, slice each roll into 4 portions.

Recipe and photo from Little Bites by Christine Chitnis and Sarah Waldman, © 2015. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boston, MA. www.roostbooks.com

 

Comments

08.10.2015 at 4:16 AM #

Kelly

I’m looking forward to the return of a schedule and the beautiful fall weather.

08.10.2015 at 4:20 AM #

Natalie

New school supplies shopping!!! Awakes my inner child…. It was always my favorite thing about going back to school.

08.10.2015 at 4:47 AM #

Cindy Moritz

I’m much better about planning meals when the kids are in school….during the Summer, our meals can be very haphazard, so it’ll probably be good for all of us to be back to a routine! I followed Silikins on Instagram and I already follow you!

08.10.2015 at 5:06 AM #

Donna Castellano

Love the sunflower seeds in this wrap! Great way for kids to get in some healthy fats and minerals!

08.10.2015 at 6:05 AM #

Jenna @ Make Healthy Easy

My oldest is starting preschool this year so I am looking forward to all that comes with that. I am also excited about FOOTBALL!!

08.10.2015 at 6:34 AM #

Q

I actually enjoy getting back into the consistent groove of back to school and packing my kid’s lunches. I especially like the healthy and delicious lunch menu choices inspired by Katie’s blog and her award winning lunchbox cookbook. Thanks Katie for reminding us about these bunny rabbit rolls they will definitely be part of the lunch rotation!
P.S. I am going to follow you on twitter too 🙂

08.10.2015 at 7:29 AM #

Catherine

I”m looking forward to teaching my children how to make/replicate the delicious lunches I make them. This is a terrific way to add in more veggies, and we all need to spice it up a bit. As we live in the hot desert I have to see about the cream cheese, might have to wait until November. Looking forward to more social outings and books!

08.10.2015 at 8:44 AM #

Heather

These rolls look delicious! Even my husband and me will enjoy them!

I’m most excited for the ability to (hopefully) turn off the A/C. Windows open, fresh air… simple dreams.

08.10.2015 at 9:19 AM #

[email protected] Athletic avocado

mmmm I love that these has so many veggies in it! perfect for meatless monday 🙂

08.10.2015 at 10:03 AM #

spring

I’m looking forward to getting rhythm back into our lives. Right now I struggle to answer the question, “what day of the week is it Mama?”….I can’t wait to be able to answer that with confidence!

08.10.2015 at 4:18 PM #

Emily

Our oldest starts kindergarten thiS year so I am very excited to see what the new school and new friends holds for him.

08.10.2015 at 8:39 PM #

Thalia @ butter and brioche

I wish my lunches looked like this! These wraps look super healthy, nourishing and delicious.

08.10.2015 at 9:29 PM #

Miranda

I’m looking forward to having a little pocket of time to work out regularly again in the Fall

08.10.2015 at 9:31 PM #

Miranda

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08.11.2015 at 4:01 PM #

Erin Ellis

I am looking forward to the quiet after the kids are off to school. I get to sit with my coffee and ahhhhh…..

08.11.2015 at 4:01 PM #

Erin Ellis

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08.11.2015 at 4:02 PM #

Erin Ellis

I follow Silikids on Instagram (@ErinLoves2Run)
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08.11.2015 at 9:13 PM #

Renee

I’m a teacher, so fall means back to school for me too. I like (sort of) the return of structure and I LOVE fall holidays, weather, decor, clothes etc. it’s just such a lovely time of year!

08.11.2015 at 9:16 PM #

Jodi M.

I’m looking forward to feeling the excitement and smiles on my older son’s face as he starts kindergarten. He has already asked me , ” Is there going to be a lunch menu at kindergarten?” I responded with a ” Yes.” He said, ” But I can’t read it…. Is there sushi?….”

08.12.2015 at 7:29 AM #

manda

I look forward to the weather.

08.12.2015 at 7:30 AM #

manda

I follow on instagram

08.12.2015 at 7:13 PM #

Heather Webster

I’m looking forward to cooler weather. (and my kids are really looking forward to school)

08.13.2015 at 4:07 AM #

Cay

I’m looking forward to the crisp days and the wonderful “fall” smell in the air!

08.13.2015 at 6:38 AM #

Marie

I am actually sad school is starting as I’ll miss the stress free, homework free evenings. But I love the back to school lunch box cook book. Had it for a year and it’s wonderful.

08.13.2015 at 9:27 AM #

Lori Sanders

I look forward to crisp mornings, leaves turning brilliant yellows and reds, beautiful weekends for apple picking and hayrides and hot chocolate, fall CSA offerings like squashes for soups and other one pot meals that make the whole house smell delish!

08.13.2015 at 12:23 PM #

Christina

I’m looking forward to getting back to a routine and schedule. And my kids are looking forward to seeing their friends every day. I’m not looking forward to sharing my kids with their teachers and friends – I’m really going to miss them!

08.13.2015 at 12:43 PM #

Kara

I’m looking forward to being able to walk to school (as opposed to driving to camp) and to getting back into routine!

08.13.2015 at 2:31 PM #

gary

I’m looking forward to cooler weather for nice walks outside

08.13.2015 at 7:13 PM #

Melissa C.

I’m looking forward to the changing season and having a routine. Fall is my favorite season…cool weather, changing leaves, everything pumpkin!

08.13.2015 at 8:42 PM #

Jen Warner

This will be the first year both my boys will be in school (kindergarten and 2nd grade) so I’m looking forward to finally getting into a workout routine without guilt or having to leave yoga class because someone had an “accident” at the nursery. That and a hot cup of coffee in peace.

08.14.2015 at 8:35 AM #

Hillary

I’m looking forward to turning on the oven again. Too hot to roast or bake a single thing in the summer!

08.15.2015 at 10:47 AM #

Steph

I look forward to the weather cooling off

08.16.2015 at 5:59 AM #

Krystal Watson

What a great giveaway!

I am actually looking forward to lunch packing this year. Trying to get more organized!

08.16.2015 at 1:46 PM #

Ashley

I love the cooler weather and the changing of the leaves, along with wearing sweaters and boots!

08.17.2015 at 12:21 PM #

Stephanie

Looking forward to cooler weathers, pumpkins and crunching on leaves with my little ones.

08.17.2015 at 2:30 PM #

aida mollenkamp

I am in no way ready to accept that summer is over! Nosiree!

08.17.2015 at 8:26 PM #

gina

Boot & sweater weather, crunchy leaves, crisp air, bright fall colors.

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