Pizza Pinwheels

I am so excited to be partnering with the American Dairy Association this month to share a fun Back To School Dairy Fuel recipe.  These Pizza Pinwheels are made with yogurt and cheese and make great lunches or after school snacks.

Pizza Pinwheels - easy pizza flavored appetizers that are full of dairy to fuel school lunches and after school snacks

Do you remember school lunches as a child?  Now I’m sure school lunches have come a long way since I was in school, but I just remember them not being my favorite.   I always wonder how many school lunches end up in the trash just because it isn’t something the kids do not like.

We have our three kids bring a sack lunch to school most days because we like that they can choose what they will eat for the day.    My kids like that they can pick different foods every day, and also they like choosing how much of something they can eat.  I can tell just how much they are growing by watching how much they want to eat each week.

Pizza Pinwheels - easy pizza flavored appetizers that are full of dairy to fuel school lunches and after school snacks

Our kids are old enough now to pack their own lunches in the morning.  Most days I just have to help warm the soup or make a salad if that’s what they pick.  They definitely are not big sandwich eaters, so I always have to have different lunch options on hand for them to choose from.   By keeping an eye on what they pack in the morning, I can make sure they aren’t sneaking extra cookies or cake in their bag.  We try to encourage them to eat more fruits, veggies, yogurts, and cheese.  These healthy choices help keep them fuller throughout the day, and they also provide the energy my kids need to stay focused on their school work.

Pizza Pinwheels - easy pizza flavored appetizers that are full of dairy to fuel school lunches and after school snacks
This past week I wanted to try something new for lunches and our after school snack time.  Our family loves eating pizza, so I incorporated those flavors into a fun pinwheel.  I love being able to add yogurt and shredded cheese to the cream cheese for an added boost of protein.   Those extra proteins help keep my kids healthy and awake while they are learning at school or playing on the playground.

Did you know that most people do not get the recommended servings of dairy each day?  In fact, each person usually needs one more serving a day than what they actually consume.  Here is a handy dairy tracking sheet for you to print and place on your refrigerator if you are not sure your family gets enough dairy.

Pizza Pinwheels - easy pizza flavored appetizers that are full of dairy to fuel school lunches and after school snacks

These pinwheels are great finger foods which kids of all ages love.  There is just something about small bite sized food that is just so much fun to eat.   These are great for school lunches, after school snacks, mid night snacking, or tailgate parties.

Protein from the yogurt & cheese and lots of veggies make these a pretty healthy snack option for any time.  Cheese tastes great, and it helps people eat more of the right foods.  If you want to read more about how cheese can be incorporated into your healthy living, check out this fact sheet on cheese.

I love how easy these pinwheels can be made to your taste.  Feel free to put your favorite toppings in with the cheese mixture, then serve these on a plate with fun toothpicks.  Honestly, they will disappear in a hurry, and you will feel great knowing you helped everyone get another serving of dairy for the day.

Pizza Pinwheels - easy pizza flavored appetizers that are full of dairy to fuel school lunches and after school snacks


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Pizza Pinwheels

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 24 pinwheels

Pizza Pinwheels

Cheese and yogurt pinwheels take on a pizza flavor when filled with your favorite pizza toppings.


4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup diced black olives
1/4 cup diced green pepper
1/4 cup canned diced Italian style tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup pepperoni
3 tortilla shells


  1. Combine the cream cheese, yogurt, oregano, and garlic powder. Stir until creamy. Stir in the shredded cheeses. Spread the cheese mixture evenly on the 3 tortilla shells.
  2. Evenly sprinkle the olives, green peppers, and tomatoes over the cheese mixture. Top each tortilla with a layer of pepperoni. Gently roll the tortillas up tightly, making sure everything stays inside. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Take off the plastic wrap and cut each tortilla into 8 pinwheels. Serve with toothpicks if desired. Makes 24 pinwheels.

#DairyFuel Twitter Party Invite

Looking for more Back To School inspiration?  ADA Mideast is hosting a twitter party, and you are all invited.  The party begins September 11th at 9 pm.  Follow the hashtag #dairyfuel to see what great ideas get posted.


 Disclaimer: I was compensated by ADA Mideast for my time in creating this recipe and post.  All opinions are 100% my own.


  1. Carli says

    I’m a teacher, so I pack my meals every day. I make something almost exactly the same, except I use cream cheese in place of the yogurt and cheese. I add the extra veggies, then dip in pizza sauce. I just keep a bottle of squeeze pizza sauce in my mini fridge in my classroom. I eat lunch with a group of my students every Friday as a cooperative group incentive (1 group wins per week) and they are always excited to see what I have brought for lunch. For the first time ever, I had groups of students telling me their favorite foods were things like carrots, broccoli, and squash! I was blown away!

    There is a wonderful documentary on Netflix right now called “A Place at the Table” which is all about the food insecurity (where am I going to get my next meal) in our country. It totally opened my eyes to being a great food role model for my students. As much as I like treats (actually, I’m a salt and carb craver), I encourage my students to bring cut fruit for their birthdays, or something just as healthy. It has definitely worked, and I work at a very low-income school.

    Thank you for feeding your children nutritious lunches. It’s parents like you that make my job easier. I just wish all kiddos had access to nutritious food.

    • says

      Mmm, pizza sauce dip! Sounds like a great way to eat these!! That’s awesome that veggies were being listed as favorites. Hopefully America’s eating habits will get better! This coming from the person who has 8 million sugary treats on her blog ;) I totally feel the same as you. It’s crazy to think that not all kids in our country have the food they need. I’ve been seeing more about helping to feed the hungry on tv lately. Maybe things are going to start getting better for our country in that regard!
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  2. Rebecca says

    These sound delicious! My kids…actually my entire family will love them! Thanks so much for sharing this fantastic recipe, as we are always looking for new ideas :)

  3. Sarah Rodriguez says

    I most definitely will be making these! Anything that has the words pizza or cream cheese gets my vote. But, I am unsure about one thing. The recipe says to use garlic powder, but the instructions say garlic salt. Which one is it? Thanks!

  4. Raechel says

    I’m going to try these without olives as I don’t like them but banana peppers instead and maybe some diced ham tossed in. Other than that sounds absolutely amazing. Thanks for the recipe


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