Fresh herb cream cheese, smoked turkey, and baby spinach come together in a fun gluten free party appetizer. Turkey pinwheels with fresh herb cream cheese are perfect for after school snacks, parties, or game day snacking.
I have been soaking up the sun in the past week like a cat on a sunny windowsill. Do you notice when the sun is out how much more energy you have? I can barely stand to be indoors. I’ve moved most of my office activities from my home office to a different room where I can open the door to an outdoor deck, feel the breeze and enjoy the seasonal sunshine.
It’s a great time of year to get into gear on the exercise front as well. Getting into a regular pattern really doesn’t take fancy equipment or a gym membership. Easy activities like taking a long walk, going for a hike or a bike ride are great ways to get in shape and get a dose of natural Vitamin D too. Not only is it good for your body but for your mental state of mind as well. (Don’t forget to take along some post-workout snacks!)
After I had my first child, my doctor instructed me to get out for a 15 minute walk every day, adding ‘that is for you’, not the baby. Fresh air, new sights and sunshine really make a difference to one’s outlook, especially if you work indoors and at a desk.
The same goes for good eating. Eating healthy does not mean it has to be boring. I will admit when I want to correct course on my eating at times feeling it could he heathier I think ‘fruits and vegetables’ but truthfully get bored with that as my main stay.
Smoked Turkey Spinach Pinwheels with fresh Herb Cream Cheese. They are so simple to make. A homemade cream cheese spread mixed with fresh herbs on a flour tortilla, covered with baby spinach leaves, smoked turkey slices and a little sprinkle of shredded cheese.
Fresh Herb Flavor
For this fresh herb turkey pinwheels recipe, the tortilla is then rolled to make a ‘rollup’. It could be stopped there and eaten as a sandwich but I like to slice the rollup into ¾-inch slices to serve as pinwheels. They are brimming with fresh herb flavors and great texture. A few pinwheels are filling, making them a great snack with some protein, dark leafy green vegetables and a bit of fat too (which is a good thing; we need fat in our diets!). I typically use Neufchatel cheese which looks and tastes like full fat cream cheese but has 1/3 fewer calories.
Working with flour tortillas in recipes like rollups or pinwheels, especially if gluten-free, requires a quick pre-step for success. Microwaving a few gluten free tortillas wrapped in a damp paper towels (or two to fully enclose the tortilla) for 15 seconds allows them to become soft and pliable. The same goes for corn tortillas.
Turkey Pinwheels Serving Suggestions
Once the pinwheels are created, they are best eaten right away. However, if they are not, placing them in a storage container and covering the top with a damp paper towel will help them stay soft if using gluten free flour tortillas. I’d still recommend eating them shortly to prevent the tortillas from drying out.
Smoked Turkey Spinach Pinwheels with fresh Herb Cream Cheese
These easy pinwheels are tangy and packed with wholesome ingredients. They are irresistible.
Ingredients for Fresh Herb Cream Cheese:
- 8 ounces Neufchatel Cheese (cream cheese may be substituted), softened
- ¼ cup Fresh Basil Leaves , chopped
- 2 Scallions (green portion only), sliced
- ¼ teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
- Kosher Salt , to taste
- Freshly ground Black Pepper , to taste
Ingredients for Smoked Turkey Spinach Pinwheels (per 8 pinwheels):
- 1 large (9-inch) Flour Tortilla (regular or gluten-free)
- 1/6-1/4 of the Fresh Herb Cream Cheese recipe
- 3 slices Smoked Turkey (packaged)
- ¼ cup fresh Baby Spinach leaves with stems removed (about 20 leaves)
- 1-2 tablespoons grated Cheddar Cheese
Instructions for Fresh Herb Cream Cheese:
Place the Neufchatel cheese, basil, scallion greens and red pepper flakes in the food processor and process until fully pureed. Salt and pepper to taste.
Instructions for Smoked Turkey Spinach Pinwheels:
Cover tortilla with a damp paper towel(s) and microwave for 15 seconds.
Spread 1/6 to ¼ of the fresh herb cream cheese onto one side of the tortilla covering the entire surface.
Place the spinach leaves on herb cream cheese (refer to photo).
Note: leaving a ½ inch around the outer edge of the tortilla will keep all ingredients inside the tortilla.
Cover with turkey slices....
And finally finally sprinkle with the grated cheese.
Gently roll up the tortilla with the ingredient to make a roll. Using a sharp knife slice the roll into ¾ inch slices or pinwheels. Secure the outer edge with decorative picks or toothpicks.