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Brown bag lunches: Wraps

Chicken WrapAs I mentioned in a previous post, I am a die-hard brown-bagger. It just makes so much more sense to bring your own lunch to work every day instead of buying lunch out. Plus, you can make your own lunches a lot healthier than the choices you might find at restaurants (or fast food joints).

Today, I thought I’d share with you one of my go-to brown bag items: wraps. Wraps are great because you can basically put any jumble of things you want into them, which is great for using up leftovers. They’re are super-easy to make, and since the possibilities are limitless, you never (or at least, I never) get tired of them.

Here are some of my favorite go-to wraps, which can be made fresh or with leftover ingredients

  • Ranch Chicken Wrap – Chicken strips, Ranch dressing, provolone cheese, shredded lettuce, and tomatoes.
  • Mexican Chicken WrapBasically an enchilada. Chicken strips, nacho or taco flavored cheese, taco sauce, and sour cream. I use leftovers from when we make chicken tacos, so the chicken has an extra kicked because it’s already been flavored.
  • Pesto Chicken Wrap – Chicken strips, basil pesto sauce, red pepper strips, Monterey Jack cheese (or provolone if you want something with a little less kick).
  • Thai Chicken Wrap – Chicken strips, Thai peanut sauce, cucumber slices, shredded carrots, chopped green onions, bean sprouts.
  • Avocado Turkey Club WrapDeli turkey slices, sliced avocado, 2-3 strips of bacon, shredded lettuce, Swiss cheese, mayo or mustard for topping.
  • Hamburger Wraps – Cooked, unseasoned ground beef (great if you have leftovers from tacos or burgers), American cheese slices or shredded cheddar, lettuce leaves, tomatoes, red onions.
  • Roast Beef & Swiss Wraps – Roast beef slices, Swiss cheese, horseradish. If you want to get really creative and give it that “beef on weck” feel, sprinkle on some Kosher salt and caraway seeds. (Thank you,, for that great idea!)
  • Steak Fajita WrapsIn other words, steak fajitas, lol. The Hubby loves making (and I love eating!) steaks on the grill, but his eyes are always too big for his stomach, resulting in the leftover steak for these. Strips of grilled steak; red, green, and yellow pepper strips; onion strips, cheddar Jack cheese, pepper to season.

You can also mix up wrap recipes by trying different kinds of wraps besides the plain white flour kind—you can do wheat, spinach, tomato, and a variety of other flavors.

What favorite wrap recipes do you have? I’m looking to add to my recipe book!





photo credit:  babe_kl

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    • Actually, we get ours from a local co-op…they’re so good! It’s a local brand though, so I’m not sure your area would carry it.

      Readers: Do you have any good suggestions for Kate?

  • I’m super terrible when it comes to making my lunch the night before and I don’t make time for it in the morning BUT I also don’t spend money for lunch. I have some healthy snacks that I keep at work. Those all look like delicious and quick to make lunch wraps though.

    • Healthy snacks are a good compromise! Still better than running out for a fast food lunch or grabbing something from the vending machines.

      Wraps really are super-simple…that’s part of the reason they’re a go-to for me! They’re great for using up odds and ends and leftovers, and chances are you can find something in your fridge to throw into a wrap. Get creative and you can come up with all sorts of yummy “recipes”!

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