Pickle Pinwheels {Dairy-Free Kid Lunch}

With the hustle and bustle of summer, our lunches were getting pretty mundane and automatic. Peanut Butter Jelly.  Ham Sandwich.  Yada Yada.

But the cooler weather and back-to-school planning had me take a pause to come up with something new for the boys.  

We had been enjoying the ease of baby dill pickles from Aldi all summer.  So it finally hit me that we could take this fun snack a step further.  Think church potluck pinwheels!

To make these, I layered lunch meat, cheese, and mayonnaise.  Then I placed a baby pickle onto the top of the stack and tightly rolled the mayo, meat, and cheese around the pickle. Next, I sliced them and put them on crackers.  Because honestly, they don't stay together well despite the mayo. Original recipes call for cream cheese which is more adhering.  But once they were settled onto the crackers, the kids had no problem eating these.  Graham asked for them for dinner the very same day.  SUCCESS!  

Here are the ingredients we used:
Hormel Naturals Lunch Meat (ham, turkey, salami)
Cheese Slice (Tofutti American)
Baby Dills (Aldi)
Crackers (Town House Original)

For those of you who guessed the cheese on Facebook, it was Tofutti.  Miles acquired a taste for this as a toddler, and it's his favorite.  Graham will eat it, too.  

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Megan Schneider said...


I just wanted to thank you for all the work you put into this site. I must have spent the last hour (ok maybe not that long) perusing and learning. My 8 month old had an allergic reaction do a dairy formula when he was four months old (I tried formula after he was a fussy breastfed baby - the formula flared his eczema up something fierce). Since then, we've clearly been avoiding dairy like crazy.

We've given him wheat and eggs with success and with everything on the news more recently about giving peanuts earlier helping to prevent allergies, I decided it was time to try peanuts. I added a tablespoon of peanutbutter to one of his fruit purees and he ended up vomitting three times and with a horrible rash :(

I set up an appointment with an allergist early next month, but I'm a little nervous as to what's to come (or maybe not come, who knows). I also have a four year old with no food allergies, and trying to tell her that she can't share with her brother is hard. Reading your blog has helped a bit, so thank you.

I'm hoping next month I can say everything he experiences are coincidental (in addition to his reactions, he seems to spit up excessively and often uncomfortably, even solids, and naps very poorly).

In addition, my daughter's class is a nut free zone this year (I assume a new child has an allergy) and your posts are helping to clear things up for me in that respect.

Jamie Kaufmann said...

Hi Megan, thanks for commenting. We love to know that we can be of help. I hope you get everything figured out and that it's an easy situation for you. Our FB page is full of help and encouragement if you haven't landed there yet. I am glad we've connected!