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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Vegan Collard Green Taco Wraps

Wait!  Ok, so this doesn't sound like your favorite cheesy, carb heavy Mexican fare, but even so, it is delicious.   This recipe is adapted from the book "The Beauty Detox,"  by Kimberly Snyder, one of my favorite nutrition books ever.   You can check out her books here - http://kimberlysnyder.net/blog/
This allows you to give into that craving for Mexican food, but in a very clean, healthy way.  It's basically a salad, disguised as a burrito.  The taco "meat" is made up of walnuts and taco seasoning.  The walnuts are a great source of healthy fat to make your skin glow.  Collard greens are loaded with vitamin C and chlorophyll, as well as calcium.  I add black beans, and sometimes avocado and cilantro.  My husband and kids even like them, so you know they're good!
1.  Place 1 cup of walnuts into a food processor bowl.  (I recently bought the Hamilton Beach Bowl Scraper Food Processor (70730), and it works amazingly well.  There is a scraper that you twist so food never gets stuck on the sides, genius!  I use it almost every day.)  http://www.hamiltonbeach.com/food-processors-bowl-scraper-food-processor-70730.html

2.  Next add your spices to the food processor:

1 1/2 Tbsp. pre-made taco seasoning, OR:

you can make your own:
     1/2 Tbsp. cumin
     1 tsp. coriander
     1/2 tsp. chili powder
     1/2 tsp. of turmeric
     Pinch of cayenne pepper

with both packaged taco seasoning or homemade, add:

     1 Tbsp. low-sodium tamari (or soy sauce)
Other ingredients:
1/4 cup black or refried beans

     squeeze of lime

3.  With a sharp knife, cut the stem of the collard green out, about 2/3 of the way up. 

4.  Place a couple tablespoons of the walnut mixture on the top part of the leaf, above the cut out stem.  Top with black beans and salsa, and avocado and cilantro if using. 

5.  Begin folding the bottom part of the leaf towards the center.  Next fold in the sides, and finally the top, squeezing it together tightly and flipping it over so it is fold side down on a place. 


6.  Slice in half diagonally, and enjoy!  Maybe I need to develop a margarita flavored green juice to accompany?

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