School Lunch Challenge – Middle School for $1.37

Well, this has been a busy week for my family. The in-laws rolled in last Wednesday and I started laying our new, allergy-friendly laminate wood flooring on Friday, finished the floor on Tuesday,

and then saw the in-laws off yesterday. Today has been a day of catch-up and dentist appointments and I am finally able to sit down at my computer and post the next installment of the School Lunch Challenge.
During my time away from the blog, I have been thinking a lot about this Middle School and upcoming High School School Lunch Challenge. I watched a couple episodes of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution on TV and read several articles on childhood obesity on the web. All this had me feeling a little conflicted. I had a choice to make really. I could try to be deceptive and trick the hypothetical 12 year old into eating something healthy or I could try to convince them that healthy wasn’t so bad after all.
I tossed around a few ideas; make-your-own-pizzas with whole grain English muffins and turkey pepperoni or oven-baked chicken fingers with a healthy dipping sauce, but I came to the conclusion that tricking kids to eat healthy by feeding them “healthy” versions of traditionally unhealthy food was not the way to go. I decided that if we truly want our children to be able to lead healthy lives on their own, then we as parents must teach them how to enjoy healthy foods in their true form. I’m not saying that kids shouldn’t be treated to the occasional pepperoni pizza night, I’m saying that pureeing up carrots and sneaking it into the pizza sauce isn’t the way to teach children to eat well.
With all that in mind, I put together this lunch for the average Junior High kid.  It’s still simple, but delicious. I wrapped the roll-up in butcher to make it seem like something I picked up at the deli, but you could also cut the roll-up into 1/2 inch pieces for something more bite size. Make this up the night before and it will slice much easier. For $1.37 it’s a nice change from the traditional ham sandwich.

Turkey and Cream Cheese Roll-Up
1-  10″ Wheat Tortilla ( 10¢)
1 serving turkey breast lunchmeat ( 37¢)
1 T Neufchatel cream cheese ( 6¢)
2 T shredded cheddar ( 8¢)
1/2 cup bagged cole slaw ( 10¢)
2 T lite mayo
1 t. mustard
1 t lemon juice
salt & Pepper
1/2 t. sugar

In a small bowl, mix together the mustard, may, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and sugar. Toss with the cole slaw until well mixed. Set aside.
Spread cream cheese onto one side of the tortilla. Sprinkle on cheddar cheese. Layer on turkey lunchmeat slices. Top with cole slaw. Roll up the tortilla tightly. Wrap in butcher papper then slice in half.
Serve with :
Pretzels – 7¢
Grapes – 57¢


Jodie is a wife, mom, writer and lover of chickens and gardens. She runs her family’s winery by day and cooks and writes by night.

This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. I like the wrap idea but am dubious about the cabbage. Also my kids will not eat mayo (like their mother) or cream cheese. This is why they eat ham and cheese sammies or PB&J every. Single. Day.

  2. I love wraps and they were always a favorite to pack in my kids lunches. I love that you put cream cheese on yours. YUM!

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