Carrot Cake & Zucchini Bread “Sushi” for #Lunchbox #SundaySupper

Every Wednesday, I show you what’s in The Bug’s lunchbox, and today #SundaySupper is doing the same.  If you’ve see some of my What’s In The Lunchbox Wednesday posts, you’ve seen variations on these, so now here’s the recipe for Carrot Cake & Zucchini Bread “Sushi”.

Carrot Cake & Zucchini Bread Sushi - fun takeout fakeout for your kids' lunchbox with endless options | #lunchbox #sandwich

You all know that The Bug is a pretty good eater as far as the variety of foods he eats, but table manners?  He is borderline barbaric.  I try.  Really, I do – insisting on utensil use, encouraging one bite at a time, chewing with our mouths closed, demonstrating proper napkin use.  But what happens?  Every food is finger food.  And usually he is not just using his fingers.  Entire handfuls of food get shoved in the mouth, then the hands are wiped all over the shirt and pants.  Food ends up on the floor, and he usually seems on the verge of choking.

And what does he like to do as much as eat?  Talk.  Usually with the mouth full of food.  Lovely.

This makes my mom a nervous wreck, get The Hubby all riled up, and leaves me with a absolute mess.  I mean, I know he loves food, but seriously, you would think we starved the kid, and he was consuming the first meal he has had in days, and then didn’t know where his next meal was coming from.  Except that three minutes later he will be requesting a snack.  Ugh!

Carrot Cake & Zucchini Bread Sushi - fun takeout fakeout for your kids' lunchbox with endless options | #lunchbox #sandwich

These adorable little rollups, though – definitely acceptable to eat with your hands.  His approach of shoving three in his mouth at once, probably not advisable, but popping one at a time is totally OK.  And a super fun little fakeout takeout meal for the kiddos.  Plus there are a million ways to make ‘em, and you can probably even sneak in some fruits and veggies that your little one may not dig in its original form.  I mean, The Bug claims to hate zucchini (well, unless it looks like tater tots or is smothered in cheese).  Here I am showing you cream cheese & carrots and peanut butter & zucchini, but think about bananas & sunflower seed butter, avocado & those little Laughing Cow cheese wedges, apples & almond butter…  the possibilities are endless.

So, as adorable as the little Asian-inspired plates and lavender chopsticks are, that is totally food blogger styling.  This is what The Bug’s lunch really looks like.

Carrot Cake & Zucchini Bread Sushi - fun takeout fakeout for your kids' lunchbox with endless options | #lunchbox #sandwich

OK, I am lying – at this point, he still cannot be trusted with open containers, unless they have water.  And I am prepared to change his clothes immediately after consumption.  I told you – barbaric!

And remember that we have a #SundaySupper chat at 7 PM each on Sunday evening. We tweet throughout the day using the hashtag #SundaySupper, then we all gather to share ideas, recipes and answer questions from 7-8 PM ET. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest Board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.  You’ll find all the other recipes that the #SundaySupper crew is brown bagging at the bottom of this post.

Carrot Cake & Zucchini Bread Sushi - fun takeout fakeout for your kids' lunchbox with endless options | #lunchbox #sandwichWhat do you like to pack for your kids or yourself for lunch?

Carrot Cake & Zucchini Bread “Sushi”
A fun takeout fakeout for your kids’ lunchbox with endless options for getting in extra veggies or fruit.
Recipe type: Sandwich, Wrap, Lunch
Serves: 1
For the Carrot Cake “Sushi”
  • 1 large tortilla (I use whole wheat, but you can use regular, gluten free, etc.)
  • 2 T cream cheese (I used light)
  • 2 T finely shredded carrots
  • 1 T dried cranberries (or other dried fruit)
  • 1 T pistachios (or other nuts, or omit if you have an allergy)
For the Zucchini Bread “Sushi:
  • 1 large tortilla (I use whole wheat, but you can use regular, gluten free, etc.)
  • 2 T peanut butter (or other nut or sunflower seed butter)
  • 2 T finely shredded zucchini
  • 1 T raisins (or other dried fruit)
  • 1 T pecans (or other nuts, or omit if you have an allergy)
For either version:
  1. Spread the cream cheese or peanut butter on the tortilla to the ends.
  2. Evenly distribute the shredded veggies, leaving about 1 inch on one of the end uncovered with fillings (so that the spread make it “stick” and stay closed when you roll it up).
  3. Sprinkle the dried fruit and nuts evenly on top of the veggie filling.
  4. Roll up tightly and cut into about 1 inch pieces.
I give the recipes for the two varieties I made, but you can easily switch up or leave out any of the spreads and fillings based on your kids’ likes, allergies, etc.


Carrot Cake & Zucchini Bread Sushi - fun takeout fakeout for your kids' lunchbox with endless options | #lunchbox #sandwich

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  1. says

    Omedeto gozaimasu (Congratulations) on an ingenious way to introduce fruits and veggie’s into your kidlet’s diet. Your sushi are so cute and appealing…I might want to shove 2 or 3 into my mouth at once, too =)

  2. says

    Ahahaha, the little boy I used to sit for would do the same thing. At lunch time, I would have to tell him to take human bites, or he would shove everything that he could fit in his mouth and then smile angelically at me with his mouth full of half-masticated food. But these are so super cute and creative, I can almost understand the urge to shove three in one’s mouth!

    • says

      The Bug doesn’t always watch me make them. I tell him what’s in it, but maybe if he saw me, he’d pick it out too. But give him anything with cheese or peanut butter, and he doesn’t complain.

  3. says

    I love these! And your little bug sounds familiar. I have one that will eat a heaping feast, like Thanksgiving dinner, and will have a growling stomach an hour later….and our sons are just like him!!! :)

  4. says

    My three year old has recently mastered shoveling whole fistfuls of food in his mouth, be it peas, corn, Cheerios, you name it. I’m pretty sure he would be devouring these little sushi rolls. What a cute idea!

  5. says

    I love this idea! What a great snack and I love how it’s scaled down to one. :) Perfect! Thank you for sharing. I’m definitely going to have to give these a go!

  6. says

    I love this recipe Brianne! We are definitely making this for our daughter…she always watches us eat our sushi and loves playing with chopsticks and this would be a great way to her to ‘eat sushi’ too!

  7. Jennifer D. says

    These were delicious! I sent them to school with my 4th grader today so we will see what she thinks. The three year old loved the zucchini ones! I was so surprised because he doesn’t like peanut or almond butter and had never had zucchini, but he loved them and asked for more! Said he didn’t like the carrot ones but at least got him to try them. Thanks for the great recipe!

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