By Contributing Author:
Allison Rinehart from Lil’ Pinkies Up!
These days it seems like everything in our house is rainbows, unicorns, and llamas! I know I’m not the only parent who is living thru this trend, and I say, “embrace what the kids are into!” and channel their love of rainbows in my carefree and colorful, turkey “sushi” rainbow rolls with homemade ranch dressing. The name sushi is a bit of a misnomer in that there isn’t any raw fish, nori, or rice in this recipe. Rather, the end result is basically a turkey wrap that looks like sushi and seeing the colors burst onto the kids’ plate the first time you cut into one of these veggie rainbows is truly fun to watch unfold!
These vibrant little beauties get their rainbow colors from my super simple “veggie sprinkles”. A trip to the salad bar at your local grocery store and a quick spin thru your handy-dandy food processor at home will create thin strips of colorful veggies I affectionately call “sprinkles”.
Depending on the time of year, the colors can get pretty creative! I love bringing a skeptical Small Fry over to a beautiful display of fresh veggies and ask them to pick out the colors they want to see in their turkey “sushi” rainbow roll. Sometimes, we just pick carrots (and that’s OK!) other times, I end up with an odd smattering of olives, pickled peppers, and cheeses, but either way, if they think it looks good, they may find it TASTES good, too.
This recipe calls for whipped cream cheese that I add sliced green onions to for added interest. Kids ALWAYS say they think anything in the onion family is “gross” but green onions are so mild in flavor they are the perfect introduction to the onion family without being overpowering.
Don’t be scared to try this with your kids; the cream cheese alone mellows the flavor of the green onion, and I’ve witnessed hundreds of kids who initially complain about the green onions come asking for a second helping of my rainbow rolls! As a last resort, just start with the dark green tops of the onion; they have the least amount of onion flavor and you are still earning credit in my book for exposing your kids to the onion family.
In my experience, kids LOVE to dip and dunk food into some sort of sauce, so I love making an herb-packed homemade ranch dressing as a complement to the rainbow rolls. If you have never made homemade ranch before, TRUST ME, the difference is like night and day. One taste of this homemade ranch, and I’ll have you swearing off the bottled processed stuff in two shakes of a lamb’s tail; lilpinkies promise!
Yields 6 Servings
Turkey “Sushi” Rainbow Wrap Ingredients
6 spinach tortillas (wrap/burrito size) or any other color of your choosing
810 oz whipped cream cheese (softened at room temp)
2 medium (1 large) green onion, thinly sliced
20 slices of deli turkey breast
1 cup monterey jack, or white cheddar cheese
1 cup veggie “sprinkles” (see recipe step below) of your choosing such as carrot, cauliflower, corn, watermelon radish, red cabbage, celery
Homemade Ranch Dressing Ingredients
½ cup good mayonnaise, such as Sir Kensington’s
½ cup sour cream
1 small clove of garlic, minced
10 basil leaves (1/4 cup)
20 parsley leaves (1/8 cup)
10 chives (1/8 cup)
10 oregano leaves (1 tablespoon)
1 ½ tsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
Directions for Turkey “Sushi” Rainbow Rolls:
-Swing by the salad bar at your local grocery store, and let your Small Fries pick out any produce that looks colorful, such as corn, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, and radishes. You’ll want about 1 1/2 cups of shredded veggies for your wraps!
– Using a wooden spoon, or rubber spatula, spread a thin layer of scallion cream cheese on the entire tortilla.
– Add veggie “sprinkles” in thin lines, (keep an eye on your Small Fries sot they don’t overdo it with toppings!), leaving 1/4 of the bottom tortilla free of toppings so it can be used to seal the wrap.
– Starting with the colorful veggie end (the purple cabbage side in the above photo) begin to roll towards the edge with just cream cheese. Seal, and send to the refrigerator to chill, seam side down, while you make the homemade ranch dressing.
Directions for Homemade Ranch Dressing:
– Place all dressing ingredients into a food processor and blend until light green and smooth.
– Transfer to a small bowl and let chill in the refrigerator till serving.
– Cut 1/2 of each end off (save for snacking, or a chef’s bite before serving!) and slice each roll into 4 even pieces. Serve with homemade ranch dipping sauce and enjoy!
Hi there! I’m Allison, and it’s my goal to help you learn to enjoy cooking beyond nuggets with your small fry at home! Raising polite, inquisitive eaters is a passion with my own blended family, and the hundreds of kids I have taught to embrace the yummy and unique at cooking camps. If you simply need the inspiration to expand your family’s tired-out dinnertime staples or think you have the world’s pickiest eater holding you hostage in your kitchen, I’m the gal for you! With your commitment to The Picky to Persuadable Method and The Politeness Policy, any child (or adult for that matter!) can learn to explore their culinary point of view. Ready? Let’s go!