I've recently fallen in love with collard wraps.
It stems from my love of sandwiches, which turned into a love for wraps in high school when I wanted to go lighter on the carbs and skip the bread. But now, while I still love my gluten-free wraps and sandwiches, I've realized that I can have that same exact lunch taste just as delicious, but pack it with even more veggies.
It's basically like eating a salad just in wrap form. And by eating it in wrap form, it no longer tastes like that boring old salad. Instead, you're eating a wholesome sandwich that's loaded with nutrition.
It's fun. It's exciting. And it's yummy.
When I'm making my wraps, I like to start with a good base. Something that will hold the ingredients together, but will also meld with all the flavors and give the wrap some substance.
Then you need to layer in some crunchy veggies for texture and I always add quinoa for a little extra protein kick.
They all come together into the perfect lunch wrap.
You know, I feel like often times collard greens get a bad rap. I'm guilty of that because whenever I used to hear “collards”, my mind immediately jumped to the traditional Southern dish that frankly didn't sound too appealing. But as I started to learn more about them, I realized that collards are one of those greens, like kale and chard, that are packed with good-for-you things – protein, fiber and other vitamins.
And with their broad, sturdy leaves, and mild flavor, they make the perfect sandwich wrapping vessel.
So next time you're reaching for those overpriced gluten-free wraps at the grocery store, stop in the produce section and pick up a bunch of collards. I promise, you won't be disappointed.
While I do change up my wrap fillings most days, this combo has to be my favorite.
I love the creaminess from the hummus, the crunch from the cucumber, the juiciness from the tomato and the subtle texture from the carrots and quinoa.
Of course, there are a million and one ways you can stuff these babies, so I encourage you to play with your own recipes. Instead of making your go-to sandwich (or wrap) for lunch tomorrow, try putting those ingredients into a collard wrap.
They're just as filling, just as satisfying and way healthier.