Collard Green Wraps with Red Pepper Sauce

Do you ever have one of those days when you just want to eat something really good and not regret it but the drive-thru doesn’t offer any of that?! That’s how I feel every day! Convenience comes with a price. You sacrifice standards or have to go out of your way to the one spot that does have a meal worth praising. I’ve driven 50+ miles, one way, just to eat at my fave spot in LA and sometimes that’s do-able, but most days it’s so not. I guess I’m saving money by not going out more often, but part of me is like — someone please take my money and sell me something raw vegan to eat. Then I see the fruit vendors selling melon cups doused with lime and tajin and think, ok I won’t starve until I make it home. And those are my thoughts. Welcome to my world everybody!

So, this blog is my growing online collection of tips, recipes, and other healthy raw vegan things to help you out if your world is similar to mine, or you just want some healthy veggie options that are fun. I’ll show you how to throw a few things together in advance so your meals are extra good and fancy! A little shopping, a little prep, and your fridge will be stocked for quick meals that please.

I love going to the grocery store. Especially Goodwin’s Organics since they’re close by and I don’t have to question the quality of the produce. Such a cute little place too. (Not paid to say that, I just really do like it – although I wouldn’t mind some free coconuts every now and again 😉 …kidding not kidding)

If you see me at the grocery store don’t judge. I gawk, taste the fruit, and touch everything, chat with people, ask questions, make friends…that’s me. So come say hi for sure! The other day I saw gorgeous collard green leaves and just had to create these wraps. Paired with a 4 ingredient sauce, this is the perfect lunch to have made up in advance or throw together once you actually get home from your long grocery store trip – forget the drive-thru, this wrap is better!

 

So here’s my Sauce & Wrap recipe:

Sauce:

  • 1 ripe golden mango, peeled & pit removed
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Bragg Aminos
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice

Blend well until smooth. Set aside.

 

For the Wrap

  • Large collard green leaf
  • Broccoli Sprouts (Alfalfa sprouts are good too)
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Carrot, shredded
  • Cucumber, sliced lengthwise
  • Red onion, sliced

Wash and dry your collard green leaf. Using a sharp knife, carefully shave off the thicker part of the stem and chop off the end of it so your leaf has a straight bottom – rolls easier that way. Spoon some of the sauce on the leaf and then add your sprouts, sliced tomato, sliced avocado, shredded carrot, sliced cucumber, and red onion. Add as much filling as you want or as much as your collard green leaf will hold. Roll it up, cut in half (or not) and either put it in the fridge for later or devour it as soon as you make it. Goes perfect with the dipping sauce!

 

Collard greens are one of those little gifts that come packed with fiber to fill you up and keep you satiated for longer, phyto-nutrients rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, vitamins C & K and other potent anti-cancer properties. Super low calories but boy does this nutritional powerhouse provide a lot for our bodies. One more bonus, it requires no prep other than a light rinse and dry. Hello raw-vegan convenience. There you are!

Don’t wait until you’re too hungry to make good decisions. Convenience can be achieved for those busier days when all you want it to grab your meal and go. Prepare in advance, nourish your body with nutrient rich food and reap the many health benefits. If pizza, burgers, and fries are beckoning you, resist the urge and ask yourself if the temptation has a deeper rooted cause that has been sabotaging your health goals all this time. I guarantee you can eat vibrant raw foods and enjoy them!

Let’s find some new favorite foods together. I’m here to help 🙂

Comments (4)

    1. Hi. The Aminos is a soy sauce alternative. It’s not a raw ingredient but it is vegan. I just linked the Bragg Liquid Aminos listed above in the recipe. That will take you to a picture and description of the item on Amazon. The leaf I used is a collard green leaf. Because they are large and flat, they lend well to wrap making so long as you trim down the stem. Kale leaves are too curly and unruly for wrapping, but it is fantastic chopped and massaged with a light drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and salt for a “deconstructed” wrap bowl. Try it and let me know how it goes!

  1. Hi Gia. I saw your demonstration at the Girl Talk event at Harvest last Thursday. I loved your little talk on nutrition. I beleive we can heal our bodies of many things through nutrition, as God designed them to be self-healing! And although I cannot eat completely raw vegan because of other food restrictions I have, I eat very clean and I was really inspired! So, thank you! I am excited to try this wrap. But one of the things I cannot have is soy. Is there an alternative to the aminos that goes into the sauce? Or will it change the flavor all that much if I leave it out? Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Rachael! Thank you so much! Glad I had the opportunity to share at Girl Talk. I actually would not encourage everyone to go all Raw Vegan. It comes with it’s own challenges and food restrictions as is your case. But there are also definite rewards. I have learned it is the best choice for me and my husband. And I’ve had so much fun creating the dishes! I feel like, if anyone knows how to include more fruits and veggies in their diet, that would be me. 🙂 So, I am happy to help with that. As far as a soy alternative goes, yes. You could use Coconut Aminos. It is a lower sodium product as well so you’ll have to adjust the amount in the recipe to taste. Trader Joe’s sells it for a great price too. Happy to share and help any way I can. Hope you love the wrap!!

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