Easy Back to School Lunch: Apple Cheese Wraps
Aug 17, 2022, Updated Sep 20, 2022
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Right about now, you’re probably looking for some inspiration for quick and affordable lunchbox recipes and ideas so everyone gets out the door happy, fed, and on time.
We get it!
Olivia doesn’t want to wear the outfit you picked out together the night before. And Liam just doesn’t want to wake up.
But one thing you can count on to save you time in the mornings is this Apple Cheese Wrap recipe.
With little to no effort, wrap a piece of apple and cheese in turkey or ham, and you’ve got lunch made the night before. So all you have to do is grab lunch boxes and go before dropping off your clan at school.
Easy, delicious, and healthy is the name of the game with this Apple Cheese Wrap recipe. They’re sure to be your kids’ new favorite lunch (and probably yours too).
What are apple and cheese wraps?
Apple cheese wraps are made with a piece of cheese and a slice of apple that you wrap in ham or turkey from your favorite deli.
Customize your wraps with different types of apples and cheeses to suit you and your family’s tastes. It’s a straightforward way to give your kids a healthy, balanced lunch that leaves them feeling satisfied and energized for the rest of their school day.
Instead of a traditional sandwich, apple cheese wraps still give you all of the nutrients and convenience. It’s almost like a sandwich without the bread.
Do apples and cheese taste good together?
Crisp, tart, and sweet apple slices paired with salty, creamy, and savory cheeses — you get the best of both worlds. The cheese intensifies the flavor of your apple for a perfect mix of savory and sweet.
Switch up your flavors by pairing different types of apples and cheeses. Some apples are sweeter or more tart while cheeses vary from pungent to mild and salty. And the Crunch Pak family bags make it even easier to switch it up. They come in Sweet, Tart or Mixed. You can often find them with some varietal options like Honeycrisp, Ambrosia or Cosmic Crisp.
If you’ve ever had a grilled cheese with apples, you know this is a match made in heaven. And if you haven’t tried it — you’re in for a treat.
What kind of cheese goes with apples?
Here’s a quick guide to apple and cheese pairings.
|Cheddar, Blue, Pepper Jack, Goat, Fontina, Provolone
|Gouda, Swiss, Gruyere
You might have noticed that cheese with a little kick, like pepper jack, is often paired with a sweeter apple, like Gala. See how the flavor combos balance each other out — sweet and spicy.
Of course, this isn’t a hard and fast list. If your kids go crazy for gouda cheese and granny smith apples, by all means, throw ‘em together. A healthy and quick lunch that your kids actually want to eat is half the battle!
Not sure where to start?
Mix and match your apples with different cheeses. If you’re new to the cheese world, cheddar and colby jack are a safe bet over something more exotic like blue cheese. You’ll find out in no time if you and your family are team sweet, tart, creamy, or salty.
Health Benefits of Apples
You know that saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”? There’s some truth in that. Apples are nutrient dense which means they have a lot of good stuff that our bodies need in just one serving.
Apples have fiber for gut health and vitamins like B1 for growth and development. And they may even help with weight loss and brain health1. You also get half of the fiber in apples from the skin1. Leave the skin on to benefit from all the nutrients in your Apple Cheese Wraps.
Produce Mom Tip: Try Crunch Pak’s pre-sliced apples to save you time on cutting and lunch prep. They even stay fresh and juicy so you don’t have to worry about browning. It’s a huge time saver!
Apple Cheese Wrap Ingredients
The best part of this recipe is that you only need 5 ingredients and no cooking, just assembling.
Here’s what you need:
Crunch Pak Apple Slices
Crunch Pak offers pre-sliced apples that stay tasty and crisp. That means no cutting or soaking your apple slices in lemon juice to lock in the sweet, freshness of your apples. That means less work and less cleaning up later.
Colby Jack Cheese
Colby jack cheese is usually more mild and sweet than cheddar cheese. It goes well with pretty much everything in your apple cheese wraps like deli meats and apples. Colby jack cheese isn’t spicy so it’s perfect for a kid-friendly lunch.
Cheddar cheese is orange and has a strong, sharp flavor. You’ve probably added it to casseroles or mac and cheese. And it has calcium and vitamin K to promote strong bones and healthy teeth.
Turkey is loaded with vitamins and nutrients like protein, magnesium, and copper2. That means more energy and a stronger immune system for you and your little ones. When you buy turkey from the deli, no cooking is needed, so you cut out another prep step.
Deli meats are perfect for quick, make ahead lunches. They can go in salads, wraps, and sandwiches. Ham is on the salty side which makes it an ideal combo with sweet apples and creamy cheeses.
How To Make Apple Cheese Wraps
Now, let’s see how simple and quick it really is to make Apple Cheese Wraps.
Cut two pieces of colby jack and cheddar cheese and deli ham and turkey.
Place a piece of cheese on top of an apple slice.
Place the stacked cheese and apple slice at the edge of a piece of ham.
Roll your apple and cheese slices until the ham wraps around both of them.
You just made your first apple and cheese wrap!
Why We Love Crunch Pak Apples
At The Produce Moms, we’re always looking for new ways to help you eat more produce. By packaging pre-cut apples, Crunch Pak is a great way to do just that! If you know you’ll need apples for your next dish, pick up some Crunch Pak bags and save yourself some prep time without sacrificing fruity flavor.
Crunch Pak takes all the work out of eating apples. Perfectly sliced and long-lasting, these apple packs are a nutritious way to reduce food waste and satisfy your appetite. And with tart, sweet, mixed, peeled, and organic options, there’s a Crunch Pak apple snack for every palette!
Crunch Pak Recipes We Love
- Air Fryer Apple Pies
- Apple Berry Fruit Smoothie
- Breakfast Energy Bites
- Apple Hash
- Fruit Salad Bowl
- Air Fryer Apple Fries
Get your lunchbox ready apples from Crunch Pak!
Apple Cheese Wraps
- Cutting Board
- 1 bag Crunch Pak Apple Slices
- 2 slices Colby Jack Cheese
- 2 slices Cheddar Cheese
- 2 slices Deli Ham
- 2 slices Deli Turkey
- Grab your knife and a cutting board. Use your knife to cut two slices of each block of cheese, into 1/2 inch wide pieces. You should have 2 pieces of cheddar cheese and 2 pieces of colby jack cheese. Set them aside.
- Use your knife to cut the deli turkey and ham into ½ or ¼ inch slices. Make sure that the meat pieces are large enough to wrap around the cheese and apple slices. Set the cut deli meat pieces aside.
- Lay a piece of deli meat on your cutting board or work space and put an apple slice on the edge of a piece of deli meat. Then put a cheese slice on top of the apple slice.
- Fold the deli meat over, on both sides, to wrap the piece of cheese and the apple slice. If you have some extra deli meat hanging at the bottom, fold it under the wrap.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.