Collard Green Wraps

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This wrap came about randomly as I was trying to figure out a new salad to use with an avocado that was going bad. The result was pure greatness, and I thoroughly enjoyed my green on green on green veggie wrap!

Let us begin!

You will need:

– 1 handful kale

– 1 handful spinach

– 1/2 cup chopped leeks or chives

– small handful cilantro

– 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast

– 1/2 cup olives

– 1/2 lemon

– 1/2 avocado

– 1/2 tsp paprika

– 1/2 tsp turmeric

– 1/2 tsp sesame seeds

– 1 tbsp. hemp seeds

– 2 to 3 diced tomatoes

– 1 to 2 diced red peppers or canned sundried red peppers

– 2 to 3 large collard green leaves

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First, we have to prepare our salad to stuff our wraps. This salad can over every which way under the sun, you can literally add in anything! I’m sticking with my original version, as I was basically just throwing together what I had in my fridge.

In a large mixing bowl, add the kale, spinach, cilantro, leeks/chives, olives and the lemon. Slice the avocado up and put on top, along with the paprika, turmeric, sesame seeds and nutritional yeast. With your hands, you are going to “massage” the avocado mixture into the kale and spinach leaves, so that the leaves get saturated with avocado and lemon:

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Once the salad is mixed, you are going to take one collard green leaf. De stem the leaf by turning it upside down and cutting out the large chunky portion of the stem. This will allow for better rolling of our wrap:

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Next, we are going to fill it up! Spoon as much salad mix as you want lengthwise into the inside of the leaf. Top the salad with some diced tomatoes and red peppers. Sprinkle with hemp seeds for added taste and just pure awesomeness 🙂

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Roll up the two sides, then fold the stem part over as a sort of handle, to keep all the wonderful stuffing in.

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And that’s it! We have our wrap! Go ahead and eat as much as you like. I was full after 2, but I probably could have had a third if I really wanted, haha.

Enjoy!

Fun fact: In Brazil we call collard greens couve. After I left Brazil, I searched high and low for “couve” for years, trying to find it, describing it to people and such. A few years ago I wandered into the greens section of Whole Foods and discovered, to my surprise…cove! Except that here in the US, it’s called collard greens, and is a very popular vegetable item, especially in the south. Turns out it had been under my nose the whole time! These days I just use Google to see if any fruit or vegetable I ate as a child in Brazil is available here in the US 😉

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