Left-over Turkey? Try these festive Turkey Pinwheels

I have made this recipe for years and still enjoy it! It's the perfect make-ahead snack for any unexpected guests or to have for lunch with some fruit or bowl of soup. The pinwheels can

I have made this recipe for years and still enjoy it! It’s the perfect make-ahead snack for any unexpected guests or to have for lunch with some fruit or bowl of soup. The pinwheels can be made and stored in the refrigerator for up to three days, maybe more (I have always finished them or served them within three days, but they could stay fresh longer).  The craisins make them colorful and festive.  If you do not have thinly sliced turkey or are using left-over turkey from Thanksgiving, you can shred the turkey with a food processor or chop the bigger pieces into chunks for another variation of this recipe.  Make a healthier version of this recipe with whole-wheat tortillas and reduced fat cream cheese.


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Festive Turkey Pinwheels


8 Flour Tortillas (use whole wheat tortillas as a healthier option)

2 8oz packages cream cheese, softened (can use reduced fat if desired)

1 tbsp + 1 tsp horseradish (add more to taste)

1 1/2 tbsp milk

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 cup green onions, chopped

3/4 cup craisins

1/3 cup walnuts, chopped

32 slices of thin-sliced turkey (or finely chop your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers)

Plastic wrap



  1. Mix cream cheese, horseradish, milk and black pepper, onions, craisins, and walnuts until all ingredients are incorporated. Add more horseradish if you like.
  2. Gently spread about 4 tbsp of cream cheese mixture onto flattened tortilla as close to edges as you can being careful not to tear tortilla. 3. Arrange slices of turkey on top of cream cheese.
  3. Gently roll the tortilla up, like a burrito. Wrap tightly in saran wrap. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Slice and serve!


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Cindy Chafin
Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as project director for the Women Survivors Alliance and New Focus Daily magazine. Cindy is masters-level certified in health education by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Cindy has been involved in multiple cancer activities and projects since 2000, including serving as the state coalition coordinator for Tennessee for 13 years, and currently is involved with several cancer organizations. She currently is the Associate Director for Community Programs for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002 and served as interim director from 2015-2018. She has been touched by cancer personally after seeing both family and friends alike suffer from the disease.

Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as the Women Survivors Alliance and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to partner with New Focus Daily and WSA.