Collard Wraps with Quick Curried Chickpeas

We have always thought of collard wraps as an elaborate, time intensive meal, and so we rarely made them.  However, we realized that it doesn't have to be that difficult or take that long to make these delicious  rolls to enjoy mid-day as lunch or snack.  

If you need extra protein, you could always add in some roasted or seasoned organic sprouted tofu,  organic tempeh or organic chicken.   If you like more grains in your meals, you could easily add some quinoa or brown rice into these rolls. 

This recipe if perfect for weekdays, weekends, or as a beautiful surprise to share at a potluck or dinner party, since they are gluten free, dairy free, and friendly for most people with food sensitivities or allergies.  Plus, you can make them completely raw or partially cooked, depending on which method is better for your belly's digestion.

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Collard Wraps with Quick Curried Chickpeas

6 large collard leaves
1 carrot, grated
1 beet, grated 
1 cup cooked chickpeas
2 tsp curry powder
2 tsp tamari
2 tsp honey or maple syrup
2 tsp olive oil

 

Directions:

1. If you are making the raw version of this recipe you can skip this step (simply wash off the collard leaves).  If you prefer to have a partially cooked meal, follow this step: Rinse off the collard leaves and steam in a large pot until bright green.  Remove from heat immediately and run under cold water to cool down.
2. Grate the carrot and beet in the food processor (or you can do it by hand if you do not have a food processor- your arm will get a nice workout).
3. Combine the chickpeas, curry powder, tamari, honey or maple syrup and olive oil in the food processor.  Pulse  a few times until the chickpeas are mashed, but not completely blended (again, you could mash these chickpeas with a fork instead).
4. Carefully cut out the stems from the collard leaves.
5. Place two collard leaves down on a flat surface.  You want to have the bottom ends of the leaves overlapping each other (about 2-3 inches overlap) and the top ends of the leaves pointing away from each other, vertically.
6. Place a small handful of carrots and beets in the center (where the leaves are overlapping).  Then place 1/3 of the chickpeas mixture next to the vegetables.  
7. Carefully fold one end of the collard leaf (the end closest to you) over the beets, carrots, and chickpeas (as if you were rolling a burrito).  Then fold both leaves over (the right and left sides), tucking in the sides (this is the area where the leaves are overlapping).  Continue to roll the other end (the end furthest away from you) of the collard leaf over, closing it tightly together.  
8. You can eat the wrap just like this, or cut in half to serve!

 

 

DIY Household Cream Cleanser

Are you looking for ways to reduce your exposure to environmental chemicals but not sure where to start?

 

It is sometimes difficult to escape all the toxins we are exposed to in our society. From smog to cigarette smoke to strong perfume, chemicals are everywhere it seems! I think the best place to start making changes is within our own home. I started making cleaning products from scratch about 5 years ago after a strong skin reaction to a popular bathroom cleaner. Determined to find a more natural solution to cleaning, I bought a book by Kim Logan called Clean House Clean Planet. To be honest, I haven’t looked back since. Making your own cleaning products is cheaper, funner and they smell fantastic! Win. Win. Win.

 

If you look at most labels on commercial cleaning products you either won’t find the ingredients because the government does not require that all the ingredients be listed or you see a list of things that look like a bunch of scientific mumbo jumbo. As consumers, we should be getting a full disclosure of the ingredients so that we know what we are bringing into our homes. A few of the chemicals found in cleaning products and the harmful effects are:

 

Quaternary ammonium compounds: can destroy mucous membranes in your nose and lungs and are known irritants to the eyes, skin and lungs. Found in glass cleaners, all-purpose cleaners, disinfectants, floor cleaners and furniture polish.

  Formaldehyde: suspected carcinogen, nasal irritant, cause headache and red eyes. Found in disinfectants, detergents and furniture polish.

  Glycols: irritate the eyes, skin and nose. Can cause fatigue, nausea, liver and central nervous system damage. Found in degreasers and floor cleaners.

 

I challenge you to give homemade cleaning products a try. There are lots of books and websites available for more recipes for different cleaning tasks. Here is one of the recipes I use most often. You can use a lot of different essential oils in place of the tea tree such as: lavender, peppermint, thyme, lemon or bergamot.  They all have antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. This cleanser works great for the bathroom sink, tub and toilet. If there is a lot of caked on soap scrum use a scour pad instead of a cloth. Give it a try.... you will be very impressed!

Hollywood Bowl

From Clean House Clean Planet

Ingredients:

2 C baking soda (I buy in bulk) ½ C liquid castile soap (such as Dr. Bronner’s brand found at the health food store) 2 tbsp white vinegar 30 drops tea tree oil ¼ C water (more or less for desired thickness) Funnel Squirt bottle (re-use a bottle from a store bought cleaner)

Instructions:

  1. Mix liquid soap and baking soda with a fork to get out any lumps.
  2. Add vinegar, tea tree oil and water and mix until smooth.
  3. Pour into a squirt bottle using a funnel.
  4. Can be used for cleaning the toilet, bathtub or sinks. Rinse with water.