These Slow-Raosted Tomato and Basil Hummus Wraps can be sliced into pinwheels, making them a colorful, kid-friendly lunch. They're great served with a side of Veggie Chips!
Eat Your Vegetables
Are there any vegetables that you absolutely will not eat? I have a few that I could do without, and a few that I like prepared some ways but not others, but I can't think of very many that I just won't eat.
Carrots and tomatoes, I'll eat cooked, but not fresh. I'll eat spinach raw (although I don't enjoy it much), but unless it's mixed in with a lot of other things, I won't eat it cooked. I like peas sometimes, in small amounts, although snow peas can show up on my plate anytime and I'll happily chow down on them. I try to push myself to give all these things another try once in a while (except my dreaded raw tomatoes), but whenever I do, I quickly conclude, "Okay, I just don't like this." And I think that's okay; we don't have to like everything, even healthy foods, as long as we're eating a well-rounded diet.
Unfortunately, there are some people who don't like any vegetables. And that can be a problem! A lot of kids just aren't big on veggies, so parents try to find ways to sneak them in by throwing butternut squash into mac and cheese or shredded zucchini into muffins. When The Real Deal asked me to create a kid-friendly lunch, I was inspired by their sneaky Veggie Chips to find a way to pack veggies into a sandwich or wrap. And since there are a few veggies that I'm not fond of, I thought that if I could get myself to eat them in this wrap, kids would eat them too. Because when it comes to spinach? I'm kind of like a little kid. So how about Hummus Wraps?
About the Recipe
I started with Slow-Roasted Tomato and Basil Hummus Wraps. To keep calories and sodium in check, I added a low-sodium vegetable broth to the hummus, instead of a massive amount of olive oil (as some recipes call for) or liquid from the chickpeas (as other recipes instruct you to do). This adds a little boost of flavor too. I spread this on a round whole wheat lavash (although a tortilla would work just as well) and topped it with spinach and rainbow carrots. Like any kid, I'm drawn to bright colors. (I also like Hello Kitty, hence the bento box.)
Roll your wrap up, slice it, and you have colorful veggie pinwheels! Maybe they're not as sneaky as butternut mac and cheese, but I think they'll please most picky eaters. I mean, I loved them, and raw carrots are pretty much a deal-breaker for me in any meal!
The Real Deal Veggie Chips
Serve these up with a side of The Real Deal's tasty baked Veggie Chips and you've got a healthy lunch for even the most stubborn veggie haters. I'm not a big fan of peas, the main ingredient in these chips, but I can't stop eating them. (Especially the very not kid-friendly spicy Sriracha flavor—yes, they make Sriracha-flavored Veggie Chips!) While baby carrots or celery sticks would be the best option, for kids who absolutely won't touch fresh veggies, The Real Deal Veggie Chips are much better than fried potato chips or any snack food ending in -tos or beginning with the word Cheesy. Veggie Chips are natural, gluten-free, and a snack-sized bag contains only 100 calories and 2 grams of fat—an ounce of Veggie Chips has a serving and a half of vegetables too.
Tomatoes, spinach, carrots and peas, all in one meal. And I loved it!
Slow-Roasted Tomato & Basil Hummus
- 10 oz grape tomatoes halved
- olive oil mister or cooking spray
- 15 oz canned chickpeas or 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp vegetable broth
- 2 tbsp basil leaves packed
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 clove garlic
- salt and pepper to taste
Veggie Hummus Wraps
- 1 large whole wheat tortilla
- ¼ cup Slow-Roasted Tomato & Basil Hummus
- handful of spinach
- about ½ cup carrot ribbons use a peeler to slice carrots into ribbons
Slow-Roasted Tomato & Basil Hummus
- Preheat oven to 225°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place tomatoes cut-side up on baking sheet. Spray with olive oil. Bake for about 3 hours, or until tomatoes are shriveled, but still soft. Cool slightly.
- Combine tomatoes, chickpeas, olive oil, vegetable broth, basil leaves, lemon juice, tomato paste, and garlic in food processor. Process until smooth; add additional vegetable broth if needed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Veggie Hummus Wraps
- Spread hummus onto tortilla.
- Top with spinach and carrot ribbons.
- Roll tightly and cut in half or into pinwheels. If cutting into pinwheels, pack them tightly into a plastic container to hold their shape or spear them with toothpicks to keep them from falling apart. Each wrap makes two kid-sized servings.
Disclosure: The Real Deal compensated me for the time spent developing and photographing this recipe. And now, thanks to them, I am addicted to their Sriracha Veggie Chips. I love sriracha!
Anele @ Success Along the Weigh says
I absolutely will not eat tomatoes. I'll eat stuff made of tomatoes but sliced up on a sandwich I will wing it off, scrape off any offending slime/seeds left and then dramatically gripe about being able to still taste its essence. 🙂
You know I'm dying over the bento box, right? So jealous!
I'm so glad I'm not the only one. People react as if that's such a weird thing. I'm fine with cooked tomatoes (most of the time), but when they're raw--I don't know, just, ugh. I think it's the slimy middle.
I knew you would love the bento box!
Averie @ Averie Cooks says
Those wraps are gorgeous! The colors...just stunning! And the hummus. Roasted tomatoes are so wonderful and no doubt make stellar hummus!
I am so picky about tomatoes, but when they're roasted, I will put them in anything. 🙂
Love your site! Just stumbled upon it from the Studiopress showcase.
Believe it or not I just ate hummus for the first time a couple of months ago.. so now I'm collecting yummy hummus recipes to try out.
This recipe looks yummy!
You have a lot of time to make up for then! 😀
what a great idea for those picky kids(or husbands) that refuse to eat most vegetables! the only vegetable that i LOATHE is parsnip. i think they taste like soap. i've tried them roasted, stirfried, in soup...but UGH i hate them.
Yes, they do kind of taste soapy! I will eat them if they're in something, but parsnips are not something I'd go out and buy myself.
Honey What's Cooking says
so creative.. i love hummus wraps.. I call them mediterranean sushi wraps.
Nat Neagle says
Man that looks so yummy! I can't wait to try and make this!
McKel | Nutrition Stripped says
Kiersten, these are way too pretty to be eating... well maybe not, but they're so cute! haha 😉
Yay, that's what I was going for! I love cute food. 🙂
Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says
Never in a million years would I have thought you were quite that picky (or quirky). 😉 But man oh man these look good and need to be in my belly!
We all have our quirks! Tomatoes are my mushrooms. 😉
your photos are so lovely.
Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says
Awesome idea for wraps, Kiersten! Your photos are so amazing, too!
Rachel @ Bakerita says
Such a delicious sounding lunch, I want it! That hummus looks so delicious, I'm thinking dipping the chips in the hummus wouldn't be such a bad idea...Pinned!
The chips are really small, but I still dipped them in the hummus. 🙂
Jackie @ Domestic Fits says
I hate celery, even though I want to like it. My daughter loves broccoli and peas, but I know so many kids that won't eat any. But I also think it has a lot to do with what they are exposed to at a young age. My daughter has never had fast food, but always had tons of produce so that's just what she knows. I love how colorful these are and kids are just drawn to color.
I think celery is a pretty comment veggie to dislike. I actually like the flavor of it, but I hate when it's tough and stringy.
I just roasted some cherry tomatoes this morning with the intention of making something that I would later blog about...but I ate them all for lunch straight out of the bowl! So good with basil. Next time I'll keep your hummus in mind, that sounds great!
I could eat them like that too! I always make a double batch and keep some in the fridge for later. 🙂
Pam Kress-Dunn says
Beets. I wish I could love them, I really do, and I keep trying them when we go to good restaurants. I've even made cold borsht, and it's good, but I can only eat it with a LOT of sour cream. I do love sliced tomatoes fresh from the farmers' market!
I just tried beets for the first time this year. They're alright, but definitely not on my list of favorites. 🙂
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These wraps are beyond delicious, Kiersten. I must give your roasted tomato hummus a try!
Stephanie @ henry happened says
I want some of that hummus, like, right this second. And my daughter would DIE over that Hello Kitty bento box. She used to have a Hello Kitto lunchbox but it got retired when it didn't fit the required (yes, required) lunch container. Could you come pack lunches for me? 🙂
Required lunch containers?! Oh, that is so wrong!
Lisa @ Greek Vegetarian says
Wild mushrooms are my tomatoes, especially oyster mushrooms. It's the slimy, rubbery texture that just doesn't go away, no matter how you cook them. Not a huge fan of raw tomatoes either, but cooked, they're a completely different vegetable aren't they?
I haven't seen the Real Deal chips here in Australia, but we do have other similar products. The sriracha chips sound amazing!
I can see how the texture of mushrooms could be objectionable to some people! For me, I have more of an issue with crunchy things. Like water chestnuts. *shudder*
Maria Tadic says
I love these types of wraps. They are a frequent fliers in my lunch box. So yummy and crunchy and creamy all in one bite. Yum!
Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says
These wraps look so delicious! You get yummy, healthy, and pretty all in one bite!
I am little picky about raw tomatoes too but when cooked- i love it. i am absolutely loving this hummus and never thought about lightening up with broth. thanks for that tips will make this hummus ASAP
Yay! I hope you like it if you make it. 🙂
Grace @ FoodFitnessFreshAir says
Yum! In high school, I ate hummus for lunch probably 4 out of 7 days of the week, so I was always whipping up new variations. Love this idea and will be saving it for the next time I pick up cherry tomatoes!
ashley - baker by nature says
Oh my goodness, girly, these wraps are just stunning!!! And I love your little hello kitty plate haha.
I'm a wee bit obsessed with Hello Kitty. 🙂
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
I love hummus, what a great flavor combo! Love the veggie wrap idea, that's my lunch most days!
dishing up the dirt says
I am totally making this hummus asap! I am a sucker for roasted tomatoes (but I love them raw as well) great recipe!
Yes, I love roasted tomatoes too! I just made another batch last night for dinner.
Holly Waterfall says
This seriously sounds so good, and I'm pretty sure I have everything on hand. I may just have to move my dinner menu around to accommodate these wraps!!
I hope you like them if you make them! 🙂