I got the idea for these gems at this amazing little raw food restaurant, in Huntington Beach, CA, called Good Mood Food. Sadly, it’s no longer there, but their collard green wraps will live forever in my heart! This isn’t so much a recipe as it is an inspiration for your own creations. Collard greens are quite bitter, tough, and not so fun to eat raw. Stuff them with some rich ingredients and their bitterness is balanced. These are great for picnic meals and quick lunches for school or work.
-Gluten Free – Raw – Low Calorie – Supermarket Friendly –
Note: If you’re making these to take with you on the go, wrap ’em up in parchment paper or foil so that the greens don’t fall apart.
Kitchen Tools Required:
- Your hands!
For the Wraps:
- Fully intact collard greens (no holes, cuts, or tears)
- Sandwich fillers (ideas below)
Take the collard green and cut the bottom stem off**. Layer yummy ingredients on top of the green and wrap like a burrito – fold the two narrow sides over the stuffing, then fold one long side over, and roll until fully wrapped. You may have to snap the stem on the side with the stem to get it to fold. Voila! Collard green wrap – beautiful, easy, delicious, AND nutritious.
**Don’t want to waste? Throw the stems in a steamer with some broccoli! Then toss them in this dressing. It’s a great side to accompany this wrap for a full meal. If you’re going totally raw, you can shred the broccoli and collard stems for a side slaw.
Ideas for Insides:
- Cucumbers, sundried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, raw vegan cheese, vegan pesto, arugula
- Marinated mushrooms, shredded zuchini, shredded squash, shredded carrots, lettuce, oil and vinegar
- Avocado, red bell pepper, crushed pecans, pico de gallo, spinach
- Chickpea salad, tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach
- Rice and chickpeas cooked in vegetable broth and seasoned with lemon juice and tumeric
- Black beans, quinoa, jalapenos, tomatoes, and arugula; sprinkled with oil and vinegar, salt, cumin, and coriander
Of course, the possibilities are endless. Get creative!
Why is this good for me?
- Collard greens have been shown to reduce cholesterol by binding bile acids so that they are more easily eliminated.
- Collard greens support anti-inflammatory and detoxifying systems in the body.
- Collard greens are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Collard greens contain tons of folate.
- 200 calories of collard greens contain 85% of your daily fiber intake!
Fun food facts found at WHFoods.