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Posted: August 31, 2010 6:00 p.m.
Updated: September 1, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Very berry burrito is a tortilla-based innovative sandwich idea to jazz up any child’s lunchbox.

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When PB&J sandwiches just don’t make the grade anymore, it’s time to think outside the loaf. Nationally recognized nutritionist Elizabeth Somer and Mission Foods have created some nutritious and affordable school recipes that put some fun — and flavor — back into the lunchbox.

“Kids do get tired of the same old sand­wiches,” says Somer. “A tortilla wrap or pinwheel is a great way to experiment with a variety of healthy ingredients.”

Mission Flour Tortillas are a good choice for budget-conscious families, too — they let you make a variety of flavorful lunch options as well as quick and easy meals the whole family can enjoy after a long day at school and work. For more affordable, kid-friendly recipes, visit www.missionmenus.com.

Very berry burrito
Recipe by Elizabeth Somer
Serves 4
    4     Mission Large/Burrito Flour Tortillas
    8     tablespoons peanut butter
    4     tablespoons strawberry jam
    1     cup fresh blueberries
    1     cup diced fresh strawberries

Spread each tortilla with 1/4 of the remaining ingredients. Roll into a burrito.
Serve immediately or wrap in plastic wrap, place in refrigerator for later use.
Sweet ham roll-ups

Recipe by Elizabeth Somer
Serves 4
    4     Mission Medium/ Soft Taco Flour Tortillas
    4     tablespoons fat-free  cream cheese
    1     teaspoon mustard sauce
    8     thin slices ham (or 8 ounces)
    4     tablespoons grated cheddar cheese
    1     small apple, sliced into toothpick-sized slivers

Spread 1 tablespoon cream cheese over entire sur­face of each tortilla.
Dot middle of each tortilla with 1/4 teaspoon mustard. Top with 2 slices ham, 1 tablespoon cheese, and 1/4 of the slivered apple.
Roll tortillas tightly into a wrap. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate.
To serve: Remove from plastic wrap and cut in half.

PB&J banana burritos

Recipe by Mission Foods
Serves 2
    2     Mission Small/Fajita Flour Tortillas
    4     tablespoons Jif Creamy Peanut Butter
    2     tablespoons Smucker’s Strawberry Jam, Jelly, or Preserves
    2     bananas, peeled

Place tortillas on a paper towel and microwave
for 10 seconds.
Spread 2 tablespoons peanut butter on each tortilla.
Add 1 tablespoon jelly to each tortilla.
Place the banana near the edge of the tortilla and fold up the ends of the tortilla. Roll-up and enjoy!

Tuna salad wraps

Recipe by Elizabeth Somer
Serves 4
    4     Mission Whole Wheat Soft Taco Flour Tortillas
    1     12-ounce can tuna, drained
    1/4     cup diced celery
    3     tablespoons diced green onions
    1/3     cup low-fat mayonnaise
    1     teaspoon Dijon mustard (optional)
        Salt and pepper to taste
    1     cup chopped tomato
    1     cup lettuce leaves

In a small bowl, blend tuna, celery, onions, mayon­naise, mustard, salt and pepper until thoroughly mixed.
Top each tortilla with 1/4 of the tuna mixture. Sprinkle with tomatoes and top with lettuce.

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