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By Tanya Davis | Published Thursday, January 6, 2011

The following Beef Pinwheel recipe was prepared by Lauryn Luttrull, a 10-year-old Decatur 4-Her, for this fall’s District 4-H Food Show.

In preparation for competition Lauryn learned about healthy snack choices. Her efforts earned her first-place honors in the Junior Nutritious Snacks category.

A healthy diet and lifestyle are some of the best weapons for fighting heart disease. A heart-healthy diet with moderate amounts of lean protein such as beef can provide your body with the nutrients it needs for optimal health. This recipe is also a great selection for a healthy food choice because of the whole-wheat tortillas, spinach leaves and roasted red peppers.

The health benefits of these ingredients are numerous, beginning with fiber, Vitamins A and C and calcium.

I encourage you to try this quick and easy recipe.

Beef Pinwheels

  • 12 oz. thinly sliced deli roast beef
  • 1 pkg. low-fat (4 oz.) herb flavored cream cheese
  • 4 large whole-wheat tortillas
  • 2 cups spinach leaves (about 20 leaves)
  • 1 jar (7 oz.) roasted red peppers rinsed and drained

Spread cheese evenly over one side of each tortilla. Place deli beef over cheese, leaving 1/2 inch border around edges. Arrange peppers down center, over spinach. Roll up tightly and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 6 hours before serving. To serve, cut each roll crosswise into 8 slices. Arrange cut side up on serving platter.

Number of servings: 10

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