A collard green love affair!

Collard Greens Wraps!

Now I am sure you have seen this recipe on YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest among many others.  All claiming to have tons of flavour and I am sure they do taste wonderfully.  What I haven’t seen much of is collard green wraps for meat lovers.  I’ve seen vegetarian and vegan options but no meat.  Maybe I haven’t searched enough but on 4th July 2015 I decided to turn my BBQ dinner into something healthy, satisfying and flavourful….a meal where I could pack on tons of raw vegetables and no one would turn it down!

So first rule use what you have in your fridge.  I hardly ever follow recipes to the letter.  I use what I have or plan in advance of my grocery shopping.  For this recipe I used:

  1. 1/2 medium Green Cabbage
  2. 2 medium Carrots
  3. 1 medium Cucumber
  4. 1/2 large Red Onion
  5. 1 large Tomato
  6. 1 medium Avocado

If your knife skills a not so good, use a mandolin or food processor!IMG_20150907_132934 Put 1 cup of water in a saucepan and bring it to a simmer.  Put your collard greens into a colander and run cold water over it for about 3-5mins ensuring that any dirt or foreign objects are completely washed away.

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Now the next step can be approached in two ways.  You can either cut the spine of the leaf completely out or shave it down a bit.  Either way it make for better wrapping and eating.  Just lay the leaf face down on a plate or cutting board and using a pairing knife delicately run the knife along the leaf’s spine or cut it out!

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By this time the water should be simmering.  Place a leaf in the simmering water for 15 secs.  Using a pair of tongs remove the leaf from the pan and place it on your cutting board.  Gently pat the leaf dry and begin adding your vegetables and meat!

I used pork!  After taste testing my first wrap, I decided I needed a spicy, tangy sauce so I made a quick spicy mustard sauce and added some pickled ginger!!!  Absolutely delicious!

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