We’ve been obsessed with collard wraps lately! If you’re new to eating the Conscious Cleanse way, figuring out what to eat instead of a sandwich, hamburger bun or tortilla might have you stumped, not to mention tired of eating plain old salads.
Say hello to your new friend, the collard green.
If you’ve spent any time in the South, you know collard greens well. But unlike the bacon- and butter-slathered Southern classic, these collards are a fresher take: straight from the garden and bursting with good for you minerals like calcium and vitamins A, K and folate.
Collard greens are an excellent source of fiber and plant protein. And they’re part of the cruciferous family of veggies (same as kale) which are notorious for their anticancer powers.
The world of collard wraps is full of endless possibilities. Top it off with a variety of your favorite veggies, roll and you’ve got the perfect on-the-go meal!
Now it’s your turn. Are you trying to cut back on gluten products but just aren’t sure of the alternatives? Give the collard wrap a chance and let us know what you think of it in the comment section below.
With love and collard greens,
The Conscious Cleanse Team
Cilantro Lime Cauliflower “Rice” Collard Wraps
Yields 4 wraps
2 cups cauliflower “rice” (about 1/2 head of cauliflower)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
2 tbsp fresh lime juice (juice of 1 lime)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove
4 medium-sized collard leaves
1/2 cup purple cabbage, shredded
1 carrot, julienned
1/2 avocado, sliced
Handful of sprouts
In a food processor fitted with an ‘S’ blade, pulse 1/2 head of cauliflower florets and sea salt until it makes a rice-like consistency. In a high-speed blender, combine cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, garlic and 2 tablespoons of water until smooth. Pour over cauliflower “rice” and stir to mix well. Let cauliflower “rice” marinate in the fridge while you prep the other veggies.
To prepare the collard leaf, lay each leaf flat, face down so that the spine of the collard stem is most prominent. Shave off the thick part of the stem carefully so as to not cut all the way through the leaf.
To prepare the wrap, flip the collard leaf over so that the side you cut is face down. To assemble the filling, start with about a 1/4 of cauliflower rice spreading it vertically on the right-hand side of the leaf. Layer cabbage, carrots, a few avocado slices and sprouts vertically on top of rice. Fold the top and bottom flaps of the collard leaf toward the center and then roll the collard leaf starting with the side that the filling is on. Slice on the diagonal and voila! You have your wrap.
*Variation: Feel free to top with your favorite lean, organic protein of choice. Since the “rice” is veggie-based, you don’t have to worry about a bad food combination.
Jo Schaalman and Jules Peláez are co-authors of the book The Conscious Cleanse: Lose Weight, Heal Your Body and Transform Your Life in 14 Days, a best-selling, step-by-step guide to help you live your most vibrant life. Together they’ve led thousands of people through their online supported cleanse through their accessible and light-hearted approach. They’ve been dubbed “the real deal” by founder and chief creative director Bobbi Brown, of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, beauty editor of the TODAY show.
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