New ideas for healthy lunch box favorites

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We’re off to a good start in the new school year, and my girls are finding their way with new teachers, new (and old) friends, and challenging new classes. I’m getting back into the swing of things, leaving the carefree days of summer in my rear view mirror and gearing up for homework, after-school activities, unavoidable chaos and of course, making healthy foods that my kids will actually eat and enjoy.

Even after just a few weeks of school, though, the kids are complaining they’re bored with sandwiches in their lunch box! Back to the drawing board.... Luckily my quest for something interesting and new gave rise to a totally delicious recipe that we are all psyched about - "Veggitos"!

Made with Veggie Patch’s Veggie Dogs, they take all the goodness of a meatless hot dog and a burrito and leave all the unnecessary and unhealthy out! They are fun, easy to make, portable, and most of all, the kids love them. And yes, you are right...they are absolutely healthy with vegetarian protein, beans, whole grains, and tomato! That will be our little secret though ;-)
Just pack a couple of extras in the lunch box because your kids will be hounded to share!!


VEGGITOS
Makes 6 servings
6 Veggie Patch Veggie Dogs
1/4 cup tomato paste
1⁄2 cup canned low-fat refried beans
1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder
6 (10- to 12-inch) flour tortillas, ideally whole wheat
3/4 cup low-fat shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Cook Veggie Dogs according to package directions. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine the tomato paste, refried beans, and chili powder. Place tortillas between moist paper towels and microwave on high for 30 seconds to soften. Spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons of the bean mixture onto the bottom half of each tortilla. Top with the Veggie Dog and 2 tablespoons of cheese. Fold the end of the tortilla closest to you over the filling ingredients and then tuck the right end in and roll up. One end of the burrito is left open and unfolded. Repeat with the remaining burritos.
Wrap in wax or parchment paper, microwave on high for one minute, and serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to 2 days. Simply reheat for 30 seconds in the microwave when you’re ready to serve.

Safety note: This recipe is not advised for kids under 3, as hot dogs can pose a choking hazard. 

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