I’m having a love affair with collard greens and I’m not sorry. Move over bread and tortillas, there’s a lean green wrapping machine that is taking your spot in my lunch bag.
After having a wrap at my nearby PCC market, I was in heaven. The next day I purchased my very own collard greens and have made wraps for lunch ever since. The beauty about these leaves is that they are tough enough to withstand being filled with goodness and then left to sit in the fridge for 3 days before you eat them. Bread, however, is usually partially soggy by the time I get to work.
This past Sunday, I prepped enough wraps for lunch for the week, then just grabbed them out of my fridge each morning on my way to work. SO EASY! Although you could do just about anything with a collard wraps: humus and veggies, turkey caesar, southwest chicken…… this week it was all about the Thai chicken wrap.
Collard Wrap with Spicy Almond Butter Sauce, Chicken, Cucumbers, Carrots, Bell Pepper, and Thai Basil Leaves
Thai chicken collard wrap
- Collard greens (usually 1-2 leaves per wrap, the bigger the better)
- 15-20 Thai basil leaves
- 1 lb baked chicken breast, diced
- 1 cup grated carrots
- 1 cucumber, julienned
- 1 red bell pepper, julienned
- 1 serving of spicy almond dipping sauce or peanut sauce/dressing of your choosing
- Collard greens have a thick stem and center rib that need to be dealt with first. Start by trimming the stem, then trim down the center rib so that it’s about the same thickness as the leaf. You can go the extra step of making the leaves even more flexible (and less bitter) by blanching them, i.e. placing them in a large saucepan of boiling water for about 30 seconds, then transferring them to an ice bath. If you don’t plan to use all of your collards at once, wrap them in damp paper towels and store them in your fridge for 3-4 days.
- Mix the almond sauce and the diced chicken in a bowl.
- To assemble, lay the collard green in front of you, stem pointing towards you. Like a burrito, add your ingredients towards the end of the leaf nearest to you (Thai basil leaves, chicken/sauce, carrots, cucumber, and bell pepper). Begin to roll the collard up tightly, tucking in the sides of the leaf as you go. Wrap in parchment paper or Saran wrap to keep tight while storing/traveling. I like to cut mine in half and home and then wrap them again in tinfoil so they don’t leak and they are easier to eat.
- Store pre-made wraps in fridge for up to 3 days.
How is it already August?! Summer is flying by and I don’t want it to end! Being that watermelon is an iconic summer fruit, for me this salad wraps up some of the summer flavors in a nutshell (or should I say, a watermelon rind). Quick and easy to make, this recipe is perfect for a picnic, BBQ, or as a refreshing snack while you’re sitting on the porch drinking a tall glass of delicious _______.
Soak up the last few weeks of heat and enjoy these essential summer flavors!
Watermelon Salad with Goat Cheese and Basil
- 1 personalized watermelon
- 4-5 oz of crumbled goat cheese
- 4-6 sprigs of basil, leaves removed and cut in a chiffonade style
- Cut watermelon in half. Using a melon-baller, scoop ball shapes out of the watermelon and set them aside in another bowl. Once most of the watermelon balls are removed, scrape out the extra melon flesh and place in tupperware for another use (Watermelon Margaritas anyone?).
- Add the crumbled goat cheese to the bowl with the watermelon balls and gently toss. Make sure not to let the goat cheese melt or smear.
- Add the mixture back to the hollowed out watermelon “bowl”, garnish with basil, and serve immediately
One of my absolute favorite quick meals for Sunday meal-prep day would have to be curried chicken salad. All of the flavors and textures mix so well together, it ends up being a treat for my lunch all week long. Although I tend to stick to the recipe posted below, I love to mix it up with new ingredients and textures. Make this on a Sunday (and if it lasts) you’ll have an easy grab and go lunch all week long.
Serve this on whole wheat crackers, in lettuce wraps, in baby bell peppers or a tomato, or just eat it on its own!
Curried Chicken Salad
- Meat of 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded (skin removed)
- 1 honey crisp apple, diced
- 3 stalks celery, sliced into half-moons
- 1/2 cup of red seedless grapes, sliced in half
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt (or mayo…or 1/2 mayo, 1/2 yogurt)
- 1/2 cup loose cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
- 3 green onions, diced
- 2 Tbsp. curry powder
- 1 Tbsp. turmeric
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- Prep all of the meat, veggies, and fruit
- In a bowl, mix yogurt and spices. Taste and adjust spices if necessary.
- Mix in meat, fruits, and veggies.
- Stir well until combined.
- Serve immediately or chill in refrigerator until ready to eat.
*Will keep for about 5 days covered in refrigerator.