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Question: What can I bring to parties that's more healthy than chips and dip?

Answer from: Maggie Gilbert, cooking expert

Tired of bringing chips and dip to parties? Try making easy turkey tortilla roll-ups. They disappear fast, so you won't be bringing home any leftovers.

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Maggie Gilbert is a lifetime cooking expert who has spent more than 25 years in corporate test kitchens. She has a degree in home economics and education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a certificate from the Cordon Bleu Cooking School in London. She has catered and taught cooking classes. As a mother, she is also experienced at cooking for and feeding kids.

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UHC TV For Health and Happiness Ask the Expert Maggie Gilbert Cooking Expert (Maggie Gilbert at counter in her kitchen with knife, large tortilla, and food in bowls and on cutting board) (Maggie Gilbert) I got a question about bringing food to parties that is not chips and dip that would be a little different. And I have a great go–to idea that I've been doing all the time. And it's these little roll–ups–you put a little turkey, and some spread, and some cranberries, and it's amazing. So you're going to start with a tortilla. And the one I have here is about 10 inches. And I'd say the bigger the better, because then you get more slices per roll. So, the first thing I'm going to do is add some flavored cream cheese. (Takes cream cheese out of dish with knife and spreads over tortilla) I get one that's very, very soft and has a lot of herbs in it, so it's got a lot of flavor, because that's going to be the base of flavor in the whole thing. So basically you want to spread it all over the tortilla right to the ends–I've got this going all the way to the ends, and you know, put a generous amount. Don't over do it because you don't want it oozing out, but nice, generous amounts spread right to the ends. (Holds up small bowl of dried cranberries and sprinkles over spread tortilla) Then I'm going to add the secret ingredient which is dried cranberries. You could also use golden raisins, you could use dried cherries. And I've got kind of a good sized palm full, and I'm just going to sprinkle those over the surface, and that adds this incredible little bite of sweetness. It's kind of unexpected. It's really, really good. Next, I've done this across the entire tortilla as well–so I have the cheese spread, and I've the cranberries. And now I'm going to add some deli turkey. And I've got smoked turkey, because it adds another layer of flavor. (Puts turkey slices over cream cheese and cranberries on tortilla) You could use just regular turkey that's roasted. You could use ham. Whatever you like. And just put that down in the center. You don't have to put it over the whole thing. And the last thing I'm going to do is add some baby spinach. (Adds layer of spinach over turkey layer on tortilla) Which is really good. It adds a lot of color, and crunch, and of course nutrition. So we're going to lay that all over the turkey down the center just like this. Just a little bit in there. You could add in some shredded basil, you could do kale. Any kind of bright, crunchy, green leafy vegetable is perfect. So, now we're all set, and all we're going to do is roll it up. (Rolls filled tortilla) And tighter is better, because when you slice these, it's nice to have a tight roll without gaps in it. And when you get to the spinach, just kind of tuck it in and roll over it–and you're done! Really, really great. So then, what you do is put this in–just grab a little piece of plastic. (Takes sheet of plastic wrap and sets the rolled tortilla in and wraps it up) Lay it in some plastic, roll it up so it's airtight, pop it right in the refrigerator. It's a great do–ahead thing, because as they get chilled, they get much easier to slice and prettier. I'm going to show you I've got one that I kind of partially sliced. (Takes finished tortilla, unwraps plastic, and takes out pinwheel slices) It's almost ready to go. I'll show you. The pieces when I slice them look like this... (Holds up pinwheel slice) ...they're beautiful. They've got all that bright color–the red from the cranberries, the green from the spinach. (Takes knife and cuts slices) I like to cut them at an angle. Take your roll and cut down like this, and you're done. These are so great. People are just going to eat them off the platter. You won't keep them once you bring them to a party. So, try these. Enjoy. And have fun at your party. UnitedHealthcare

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