Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ditch The Take-Out Thai Wraps

This recipe is long overdue! I had mentioned these wraps a couple of months ago and realized I had yet to write up the recipe, so here it is. 

Great for entertaining, these raw and vegan wraps (alternative to traditional 'Thai Lettuce Wrap' recipes) are a healthy option that will help you to incorporate those hard to eat veggies (ie: collard greens). The inspiration came from one of my favorite restaurants in the city, Pure Food and Wine--I created an easier recipe with accessible ingredients for a wrap we all could try! 

Ditch the Take-Out Thai Wraps: (serves 4-6) 

1/2 lemon (juiced)
1 1/2 tbs. ginger (chopped)
1 tbs. red chili (chopped, seeds included; make sure to wash your hands well after--chili can burn!) 
1/2 head savoy cabbage (shredded)
2 cups bean sprouts
6 large collard green leaves
1 handful/bunch cilantro leaves
1 handful/bunch mint leaves
1 large green apple (cut into matchsticks)

1 cup raw almond butter (regular works too--it's a lot less expensive, just isn't "raw")
1/4 cup agave 
1 1/2 tbs. nama shoyu (tastes like your average soy sauce, just better for you)
Sea salt

Rinse all ingredients well. Chop cabbage, place in a large bowl with bean sprouts. Set aside.

In a blender puree ginger, red chili, lemon juice, agave and nama shoyu. Add almond butter, a pinch of sea salt and continue to blend until smooth. Pour into the cabbage-bean sprout mixture (the mixture you set aside) and toss well. 

With a knife, remove vein (middle) of the collard greens. You'll be using the leaves to wrap the ingredients. 

Set up your wrapping station. What you'll need on hand: collard greens, mint, cilantro, apple and cabbage-bean sprout mixture. Wrap away (rally friends to help)!

Once you've made all the wraps, it's time to make the sauce to dip them in (majority of the ingredients are listed above--all you'll need other than the above is olive oil and limes).

3-4 limes (juiced)

1 tbs. extra virgin olive oil 
3 tbs. agave
1 tbs. nama shoyu 
Sea salt

In a blender combined all ingredients. Blend until smooth. 

Serve wraps and dipping sauce cold on/in your favorite serving platter and bowl. Here are two of my recent orders from Pottery Barn (Target always has great finds!):

Handled Ceramic Serving Platter ($59)
Montana Gravy Boat & Ladle ($29)

Now, throw a 'wrap up summer' party and celebrate the start of a new season. Enjoy! xo