Recipe by Chef Cindy
Who says you need a tortilla to make a delicious wrap! For people who are trying to cut back on carbs or are following a gluten-free diet, vegan collard green wraps are a healthy alternative. Collard greens give you get an extra burst of nutrition because they’re extremely low in calories (just 49 calories in 1 cup of blanched collard greens) and they are rich in folate, calcium, dietary fiber, and vitamins E, A, K, and C. Thanks to its many nutrients, collard greens have been associated with cancer prevention, detox support, anti-inflammatory properties, heart health, bone health, and digestive support.
Collard Greens Vs. Kale
Collard greens have 18% more calcium than the same size serving of kale and double the amount of protein & iron!
How do I select, store & prep collards?
Choose greens with firm, vibrant green leaves for maximum freshness and highest-quality nutrients. If wilted, that means they aren't fresh!
Collards can keep for up to five days when wrapped in a paper towel and stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. They tend to hold longer if you clean them just before use.
Clean collard greens leaf by leaf or submerge in a salad spinner to remove any grit. Collards taste delicious raw in a salad or slaw and are also great cooked - roasted, sautéed or braised with a little garlic and olive oil.
Freshly made roasted red pepper & garlic hummus boosts extra calcium, protein & flavor!
But if short on time, there are many great brands of hummus sold in the market. My "go-to" brands are usually Whole Foods or Cava hummus which has good ingredients and a decent creamy texture & variety of flavors.
These are some essential ingredients to add to your vegan collard green wraps, but you can get as creative as you want with some of your favorite vegetables or condiments.
Marinated & Roasted Tempeh tastes great rolled up in collard greens!
Zero waste tip!
Not sure what to do with all your leftover collard greens stems? Luckily there are many ways to keep them from ending up in the trash! Many of the nutrients and vitamins found in collard greens are found in the stems too, so chop them up and save them for stock, a smoothie, or stir fry. If the idea of eating the stems is not for you, they are great for composting. Find more tips for zero waste and composting under the Resources section.
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Vegan Collard Greens Wraps
- ½ large carrot
- ½ medium seedless cucumber
- ½ red pepper
- ½ yellow pepper
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
- ½ cup microgreens
- 4 collard greens
- 4 tablespoon hummus
- Rinse, peel & cut the carrot and cucumber into thin strips.
- Clean, half & seed the peppers. Cut into thin strips.
- Rinse & dry cilantro and microgreens. Chop cilantro.
- Trim the stem and spine of the collard green leaves.
- Bring a quart of salted water to a boil and lower flame. Submerge the leaves (one at a time) into the simmering water for 20-30 seconds. Place the collard greens in a clean dish cloth (or between 2 paper towels) and pat dry gently and completely.
- Measure hummus into a small bowl. Place all the ingredients on a cutting board. You are now ready to wrap!
- Lay out collard greens with de-stemmed section overlapping each other (with no openings). Stack in order - hummus, carrots, cucumbers, peppers, microgreens & cilantro. Now start rolling tightly and tuck in the sides to close the end openings.
- Either slice in half or eat whole. Enjoy!