I’m so lucky to have two friends for next-door neighbors. Well, “next-door” out here means about a five to ten minute walk away, but they’re still the next houses over. Even luckier for all of us is that we all have small kids and three of those kids were born within six months of each other. We get together about once a week for play dates and we always like to serve a little snack for the kids and then something for the moms to snack on too.
Since summer is right around the corner, I always like to try to come up with healthier snack ideas to help us all stay in shape for all the summer fun we’re getting ready for. For this month’s post, Gay Lea asked us to come up with a fun, healthy recipe idea to help our readers get ready for swimsuit season and I think what I came up with is definitely a winner.
Roll-ups are always my favorite party food for some reason. I just get so excited when I see a plate of these cute little pinwheels all stacked up in tidy rows. A lot of the more traditional recipes for making these are quite indulgent and more than a little on the unhealthy side, but there’s no need for that! These party snacks are just as fun made with whole wheat tortillas and just about any healthy ingredients that you can think of. This recipe I’m sharing today has the summery flavors of sun-dried tomato, basil, and olive, and I think it will be a real crowd-pleaser at our next play date. Plus, it’s held together with cottage cheese instead of some of the less healthy alternatives that are usually used as the glue in traditional roll-up recipes.
Here’s what you need to make my healthy roll-ups!
-Large Whole Wheat Tortillas
–Gay Lea Nordica 1% Cottage Cheese
-Sliced Black Olives
-Sun-dried Tomatoes from a Jar, finely chopped
-Fresh Basil Leaves
Start out by laying your first tortilla down flat on a cutting board or a clean counter top.
Scoop a few spoonfuls of the cottage cheese out into the center and spread it evenly around. The amount you see in this photo is maybe a little too generous, so go for a little less than that.
Top the cottage cheese with sun-dried tomatoes, black olives and basil leaves. It works nicely if you do it in stripes like this so that each roll up with have a little bit of everything when they’re all done.
Roll the tortilla up tightly, keeping all the ingredients inside. For best results, wrap your tortilla in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a couple of hours so that your rolls really hold their shape well. This step isn’t totally necessary, but it does make for tidier rolls.
Fill and roll as many tortillas as you think you’ll need and then do at least one more. These little guys are so tempting on a plate and when people find out that they’re actually healthy, you know they’ll go fast!
When you’re ready to serve, slice your roll ups into little rounds and display them on a plate!
These roll ups are so easy, but perfect for any kind of summer get-together or party that you may have on the horizon. Now that I’ve started thinking about some of the fun and healthy ways to make these roll ups with cottage cheese, I’m pretty sure I’ll be making different variations on this recipe all summer long!
Do you have a healthy version of these roll ups that you love to make?
I created this blog post as a paid ambassador with Gay Lea Foods and PTPA. All opinions, suggestions, and ideas are my own as always!
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.