confetti collard wraps


I'm not really a low-carb kind of girl. See Exhibit A or this entire blog for all the proof you need. So when people start wrapping their sandwiches in lettuce or kale or collard, I'm like, "Yeah, sure, that seems okay, but where are you guys hiding the bread?" Mostly because I like lettuce, kale and collards but I'm not trying to avoid wraps or breads or anything in the bread family in favor of anything in the greens family. What if you made a kale wrap filled with bread. I don't think I would mind.

Anyway, I'm sure that's not what whoever-invented-this had in mind. Still, I'm happy to say that these practically bite-size wraps were surprisingly satisfying and easier than they look (a quick blanching goes a long way in getting these guys more foldable).

For this recipe, you'll need:

1-2 medium carrots, shredded (about 1/2 cup)
1 small cucumber, seeded and diced (about 1/4 cup)
2 radishes, thinly sliced
1/2 an apple (any variety), diced
1/2 bell pepper, diced
1 tablespoon chives, chopped (optional)
Salt & pepper
2 tablespoons sweet mustard
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup rice, prepared
1/2 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
6-8 collard green leaves, excess stems removed

In a medium bowl, add your carrots, cucumber, radishes, apple and bell pepper. Toss together until everything looks evenly distributed. In a smaller bowl, whisk together your mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper. Dress your vegetables with this quick dressing and set aside.

In a large pot, get some water boiling. Set up an ice bath in a large bowl and keep nearby. Drop your collard leaves into the boiling water one at a time for one minute only and then transfer immediately to the ice bath for one minute more. Pat gently with a paper towel to dry and repeat this process with all your leaves.

In the center of each collard leaf, add a small spoonful of your rice/chickpea combo, a small spoonful of your vegetable mixture and top with a small sprinkle of fresh chives, if using. Fold both ends inward and roll together.

These wraps are super-fresh bites, perfect for a starter, a side or a light meal. Enjoy!

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