Easy Peasy Sleazy Green Wraps

There is no bigger turn-off in cooking then when a recipe requires you to tediously fill, roll, wrap and repeat.

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I have been home alone on very few occasion, but many of those lonely evenings bring on feelings of creativity and cravings of sushi. Like most people on this planet I have never been able to push myself to purchase one of those snazzy bamboo rolling boards which, lets be realistic, i would only use just this once. Or maybe another time to impress people at a party only to undoubtedly fail.

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So, after being teased over and over again by homemade fresh rolls, i accepted the challenge and headed across the street to the grocery store. Yes, right across the street. I’m not lazy i promise, i just rarely find myself home alone and tend to dine out quite often. Hence why i’m broke.

I do love to cook though, especially when i know its for someone who will really enjoy my meal. So, who better to cook for than myself ?

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The only con to my green wrap expedition is that i really dislike the smell of seaweed. And that awkward crunch that comes with the snack pack versions of this apparently tasty snack i sorta cringe at. I mean, i love sushi, but probably because someone else is preparing it for me. When it came to making my own green wraps i just could not get over how unappealing it was to wrap my fresh veggies in a salty, crunchy, smelly piece of ocean junk. Don’t get me wrong, Nori is super healthy for you because of this and that and this. I just didn’t want it.

My other option was to use rice paper rolls as the wrapper. I don’t mind these silly- looking sliced circles too much so i went ahead and bought them. I have however watched my friends desperately soak these bad boys and proceeded to unsuccessfully roll veggies into them with the end product being a loose, floppy, messy fail. The rice paper rolls currently reside in my highest pantry drawer.

SO, my last minute EUREKA! moment occurred while i walked by my good friend Swiss Chard in the Veg section. Highly influenced by Freshii’s new (overpriced) green wraps, i decided to purchase a bunch of sexi organic collard greens to use as my wrapper.

Here you go health freaks: Easy Peasy Green Wraps.
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Ingredients:

Collard Greens
Avocado
Whatever other Veggies you can cut into strips. I used:

Red Pepper
Cucumber
Zucchini
Carrots
(Other fun options: sprouts, shrooms, onion, herbs etc)

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Sauce:
1/2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
2 tbsp Soya Sauce (or gluten free Tamarin Sauce)
1 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
2 tbsp Sesame Oil
Sliced Green Onion
Sesame Seeds

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Step 1:
Slice them veggies into thin strips

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Step 2:
Roughly mash your ‘Cado

Step 3:
Boil a pot of water and place your washed collard green leaves, stem cut off, into the boiling water for 1-2 minutes. This is called Steaming. So steam those bad boys
Step 5 (SAUCE):
Mix in all your sauce ingredients except the seeds and the oil. Slowly pour in your oil while mixing. Sprinkle seeds on top!

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Step 4:
Lay the steam less green leaf on a piece of paper towel. Put a layer of mashed avocado on the lower middle half. Stack slices of your other veggies on the cado / above.

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Step 5:
Roll your leaf with its contents up tight with the help of the paper towel.
Step 6:
Place rolls in the fridge for a few minutes to cool

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Step 7:
Unroll the paper towel. Slice. Dip. Repeat.
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Nom Nom.

Take that bamboo rolling aid.

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