These collard wraps are awesome! So healthy and filling and yummy! They are super quick to make and are portable, one of my favorite hiking lunches (or packed lunch in general) because I can quickly throw them together fast in the morning, provide me with lasting energy, and don’t get soggy like sandwich bread can!
Collards are hearty and easier to wrap because they stay together better than lettuce or other greens wrapping methods. Trust me, I’ve tried many methods. I honestly don’t know how they make the lettuce wraps work so well at restaurants!
Now what is tempeh? I thought you might be wondering. It is actually fairly new to me as well. (This is how you pronounce tempeh). Tempeh is a super plant protein source! It is made from fermented soy and grains. I know I know, that doesn’t sound super appealing. To be honest, alone it does not taste super great. But it is not meant to be eaten alone. It is meant to be eaten in stuff or fried up with other foods, and that way it is satisfying and delicious. The most unique part about tempeh is that due to it’s fermented nature it contains probiotics! Probiotics are crucial to your gut health, and it is becoming increasingly known that gut health is crucial to your entire overall health! Since tempeh is a soy product, it is important to buy it organic. Non-organic soy is one is a highly GMO product. This is my favorite type of tempeh, and here is some more information about it’s awesome health benefits. If you are sensitive to gluten be sure to check the grains that the tempeh you are buying is made with, some contain grains with gluten and some do not. Lastly, if tempeh is not your thing or you cannot eat soy you can replace the tempe in this wrap for another protein of your choice or just omit it, the collard wrap will be tasty without too!
Collard greens pack a punch of nutrition! They are a dark leafy green after all. Wraps made with collard greens are slow carb because there is no tortilla or bread. Slow carb is still a health and diet craze. While I do not believe that carbs are evil (far from it!), making sure not to get too many and the right kind of carbs is important (like the whole grains and fiber found in tempeh). Also it is important not to have too many refined carbs which often times bread is, even gluten-free breads. Also Collard Wraps work great as a portable lunch for people like my Mom, who not only is allergic to gluten but also allergic to most gluten-free products because of ingredients such as Xanthan Gum (as an aside, if you know of any bread that is GF and not made with eggs or Xanthan Gum, please let me know!).
You will want to use toothpicks to keep them together on the plate. I personally like these fancy bamboo ones. Or you can take these on the go if you wrap them tightly in cling wrap.
Lastly, I love to use my Avocado White Bean Hummus in this recipe! (It is still yummy without, but super yummy and more filling with, however slightly more messy though, FYI:)
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