Alright are we ready to be super healthy for a few minutes? This may go down as one of the most healthy recipes on StudioEats.
I present to you….
When I told my Mom I made a Collard Green recipe she didn’t even let me finish my sentence before saying “Ew!!!”
Her memories of collard greens are apparently very unpleasant. She complained about the smell of cooked collard greens that she was around when growing up and I said “yea yea I know what you mean but these are different”.
Eating Collard Greens raw is a piece of cake and much different than eating them cooked. When you keep them raw, they don’t really taste like anything, which makes them extremely easy to use in recipes and very versatile. They are commonly used as a wrap, replacing bread for a health boost.
Want to know some healthy benefits?
– Virtually no calories
– Helps to lower cholesterol
– Cancer fighting
– PACKED with vitamins and antioxidants (read more about the health benefits here)
Ok, so are you willing to try it? If so, here is how you make these cute little healthy wraps.
You want to start with some basic ingredients. You can use just hummus, or shred some carrots and cut up some of your other favorite vegetables into small pieces:
Then, you want to simply wash the green leaves, cut each leaf in half, and cut out the stem. So you will have two halves, separated. I followed this short video to learn how to do the wrap and roll. I’d recommend just taking a look at this, but you don’t need to worry about steaming the leaves like she does. I just used them totally raw.
So you take your green leaf, already separated, and you overlap the two halves of the leaves. Then, you just add on your hummus and veggies:
And then you get rollin’! Fold in the sides first, then fold from the bottom and roll upwards (again, watch video for a very clear description).
You can keep them in burrito/wrap form or slice them down the middle if you want them to look all pretty.
What I love about these is that you can create a bunch ahead of time, and wrap them individually in foil. Then, you have all these little mini healthy burritos sitting in your fridge that you can pull out for a snack whenever.
These are great as a snack, anytime, or if you eat enough of them, for a full meal. You can also get creative in terms of what you put in here. Some ideas:
- Just hummus
- Leftovers from dinner
- Roasted veggies
- Refried Beans/Cheese/Guac
- Edited to add: smoked salmon since so many of you mentioned it… great idea!
I hope you give these a shot if you’re looking to expand your “leafy greens” repertoire. I’m always a proponent of finding new ways to get leafy greens in my diet as they are some of the healthiest foods out there for us. Enjoy!
Hummus and Veggie Collard Green Wraps
- Bundle of Collard Greens
- Sliced/chopped veggies
1. Wash the greens, and cut them according to this video. No need to steam them.
2. Use the video’s method of overlapping the leaves. Then, layer on the hummus/veggies and roll into burrito form.
3. Eat now or wrap them in foil for an easy snack or meal later on.