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I make all these big plans of how I am going to walk with the kids to school to get some extra steps in, keep all their school work organized (for reals this time), pack them out of control adorbs lunches, and make sure the kids get their 20 minutes of reading (and remember to log it).

But all those aspirations always seem to fizzle out by the end of the school year. Because, let’s be real… it’s exhausting.

That’s why I love-love-love easy lunch ideas. My kids are “so over peanut butter and jelly sandwiches,” and with the fact that their school is a ‘nut-free zone’ I have to get creative in the mornings. Pinwheels are always a favorite because I can quickly customize them to each child’s preference.

These Creamy California Avocado & Chicken Pinwheels are super simple to make and only have five ingredients, which make them a snap on busy mornings.

I’ve taken a creamy California Avocado and paired it with a garlic and herb flavored cream cheese, then spread it on a tortilla wrap. Here’s what’s great about this – you can use any flavor of cream cheese with the avocado to create a creamy base that your kids will enjoy! I used some shredded chicken and roasted red bell pepper strips here, but feel free to fill it with whatever your child enjoys – carrot matchsticks, sliced olives, ham, etc.

Tightly roll up the tortilla and use a sharp knife to cut into little pinwheels. You can secure them with a toothpick if you want, but make sure your kids are mature enough to handle pokey items at school (lesson learned)…

These pinwheels are also a great take-to-work lunch, stay-at-home lunch, or even a lounge-in-your-jammy-pants-cause-the-kids-are-at-school-and-eat-it-on-the-couch kind of lunch…

Definitely no judgments here.

Either way you slice it, these pinwheels are full of flavor and beyond simple to make. Which gives you a head start on keeping your back to school resolutions.

You can thank me later.

What are some of your favorite easy lunchbox meals?

Shawn Syphus

Shawn Syphus is the photographer and recipe developer behind the popular food blog, I Wash You Dry. As a self-taught chef with four kids at home, Shawn saw the need for simple recipes with easy cleanup. She started blogging back in 2010 and has been sharing her quick and easy creations ever since. With her first cookbook due to be released in June 2015, Shawn is spreading the news that five ingredients are all you need to create not only one, but three (quick and easy) delicious dinners!

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