She’s 5. She’s picky. She’s my toughest ‘foodie’ when it comes to lunch.


Parker starts Kindergarten this Thursday (look for me on a bench outside of Saks, treating my depression with a jar of Nutella and clearance rack shoes…) and she will officially be on her own. I won’t be the one reading to her, or to pick her up on the playground when she falls off the monkey rings. I also won’t be there in the lunchroom, making sure she fills her body with the good food and nutrients that she needs.

Who’s to say my Kindergarten Gourmet won’t trade her bento box for a slice of pepperoni?

Here’s what I know to do- and here’s what I shared with the PIX11 viewers on Thursday.

  • Make it fun.
  • Make it look good.
  • Make it with quality ingredients.

And with all that in mind, I created a winner! Parker (and, I might add, the cameramen & crew) loved my Hillshire Farm ‘Naturals’ Black Forest Ham ‘Sushi’ Sandwich Wraps. Their poppable, adorable and, most importantly, delicious. I also feel great sending her off with the ‘Naturals’ that have no preservatives, no added color, no nitrates and no artificial ingredients. If she keeps eating these, I see Cal I and Statistics in her near future.

Black Forest Ham 'Sushi' Sandwich Wraps
Recipe type: sandwich
A fun, healthy way to get the little ones interested in eating a quality lunch
  • 4 whole wheat wraps
  • 1 package Hillshire Farm 'Naturals' Black Forest Ham
  • 1 avocado, halved, pit removed
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • Fresh greens like arugula or mixed baby greens
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine scooped-out avocado, lemon juice, salt and olive oil. Mash with a fork until you have a good chunky consistency. Set aside.
  2. Cut wrap into a large rectangle shape, trimming off the rounded sides. Spread 1-2 tablespoons of avocado mash on base of wrap. Layer three slices of ham, 1 slice of cheese and fresh greens. Tightly roll the wrap, as you would a roll of wrapping paper. Once you have a cylinder shape, tightly secure with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight. The next morning, cut wrap into 4-5 ‘sushi-like’ pieces.