Butterfly Lunch Wrap

ham and cheese tortilla, cut to look like a butterfly

One of my personal challenges: lunch. It’s easy to just serve peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, which can get tedious after a while. I’m not the most creative food person on the planet either. That said, I’m rather proud of my Butterfly Lunch Wrap.

All you need is a tortilla, slices of lunch meat and cheese, and a little mayonnaise. (Mustard or even cream cheese would work too.) If you want to get really healthy, a nice bit of lettuce or other greens would be lovely. I stuck with the basics for my “not-gonna-eat-leaves” boys.

Start by spreading the tortilla with some mayonnaise, then laying the rectangular lunch meat on top of the tortilla. Cut off two sides of the tortilla so that it is the same width as the meat. Save the two slices for later – they’ll be our butterfly wings. They should each look like a semi-circle about an inch wide at the center.

Next I cut the cheese slice into strips and laid them across the ham, spaced evenly.

Roll up the tortilla, wrapping the meat and cheese inside. A little mayo on the starting end can help keep things glued together.

Lay the roll on its side and cut into half-inch slices.

Lay the slices out flat in a row and run a skewer through each slice crosswise.

Once you have all the slices skewered*, lay the food on a plate. Take the two semi-circles you cut earlier and lay next to the skewer, forming the wings of a butterfly.

There are plenty of variations you can do on this theme: add lettuce to the wrap, use cream cheese instead of mayo, and even decorate the wings with cucumber or tomato pieces (use mayo or cream cheese as glue).

So what do you think? Do you have anything fun and creative that you do for lunches?

*If you’re serving this to young children, take a moment and cut off the sharp end of the skewer. You can also just lay the slices out to make the butterfly. My boys were old enough to handle the skewers safely.

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The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • Michelle at Scribbit June 20, 2009, 7:52 pm

    What a clever, fun idea! I can see this being a big hit!

  • Amy June 22, 2009, 12:32 am

    Michelle, I’m glad you like it! You’re so creative in the kitchen, I’d love to see what you do with this for your kiddos.

  • next day delivery June 22, 2009, 5:00 pm

    Yammmy. Looks so delicious….thanks for sharing it with us. Keep up the good posting/cooking. πŸ˜‰

  • Online Printing June 23, 2009, 12:10 am

    That’s very creative! And looks yummy too… πŸ™‚ I’d try that out, if you don’t mind.
    Hey, make them eat leaves. It’s good for them! (LOL I sound like my mother)

  • black-cartridge June 23, 2009, 4:07 am

    It is a creative work and looking very tasty .

  • Southampton dental implants June 23, 2009, 1:43 pm

    Wow so nice. My son loves it when i do experimental cooking. I will surely try it out and let you know how it turned out.

    Wish me luck πŸ™‚

  • Sara June 23, 2009, 11:10 pm

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  • Laughton November 5, 2009, 2:22 pm

    Is there a chilli version (sweet chilli hand wrap). Would like to see a recipe like that.

  • Citra Oriental November 20, 2009, 9:12 am

    Have you unique recipes for dinner in Christmas this year?