Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Colorful Collard Veggie Wraps



After a month, where my 3 major food groups were meat, cream cheese and crackers, I've decided to clean up my act. A little bit. At least I'm going try. We all know I'm not awesome at this and I go in spurts with my healthy eating. I prefer to call it balance. 

I finally took the plunge with the spiralizing fad and added one to my Christmas list.  It's oddly satisfying to use once you get the hang of it. It can also be super frustrating before you do. I have the Mueller version of the spiralizer and my piece of advice is that practice makes perfect. 

I wish I could take credit for this Collard Wrap sensation that's taking over the world. Wait, what's that you say? It's just taken over my world? Ok fine. Maybe it is just me. And obviously Ali from Inspiralized who appears to have come up with this genius idea of wrapping anything your heart desires in a big, fat collard green leaf. My head is exploding from the endless possibilities. I'm not gonna lie though. I was a little intimidated by the raw leaf. Sure, I have had collard greens before and I love them. Presumably because they are cooked down for hours with pork products. What's not to like about that? But raw? I needed some convincing. Unfortunately there's no one to actually do the convincing. My mom actually thinks I'm crazy and she gags at the thought of greens. I am completely on my own.

I might as well tell you that this isn't so much a recipe. Instead it's more of a guide. I'm using my favorites veggies and flavors and you can do the same.  It's basically a blank canvas and a blank canvas excites me. One of the best things about these wraps is that all of the ingredients can be prepped ahead of time and they can be assembled in the morning for a delicious, colorful lunch. Plus they're super duper healthy and they require zero cooking. Yeah. You read that right.

Sometimes I contemplate applying for a part time job at chipotle so I can refine my burrito folding skills, but let's be honest, I'm just too lazy.  I've never folded a burrito right. Ever. I try to fold the ends and tuck the sides tightly but in the end it ends up looking like a hot mess. Here's a video that will help all of us out. 

I used mostly serialized veggies in this like red pepper, zucchini and sweet potato, however, feel free to thinly slice or julienne and you'll still get the same result but if you've been thinking about buying a spiralizer, just do it!

Colorful Collard Veggie Wraps

Makes 1 wrap

1 collard green leaf, stalk removed
2 tablespoons hummus
Cucumber, a few slices
1/8 cup spiralized red pepper
1/4 cup spiralized  sweet potato
1/4 cup spiralized zucchini
1/2 avocado, sliced thin

Spread hummus on collard leaf. Top with cucumber, red pepper, sweet potato, zucchini, avocado or veggies of your choice.  Fold, roll and eat.

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