Kinda over kale? Chard not doin’ it for you? Say hello to our new leafy green crush, collard greens. Not only can they be chopped and used just like their cruciferous cousins, but collards are also sturdy, uniformly shaped, crunchy and flavorful, making them a perfect (naturally low-carb) pseudo-tortilla wrap. Wait, there’s more: Collards are also super affordable; easy to grow in your garden and full of fiber, antioxidants and protein. Plus, they’ll last forever in the fridge. If you’re not already convinced, try one of these delicious collard green leaf wraps or tacos.
1. Slow Cooker Curried Chicken Tacos with Avocado Crema: Seriously, how many delicious-sounding words can you possibly fit in one recipe title? Make the chicken over the weekend (or on Monday while you’re at work), and you’ve got a colorful lunch or dinner all week long. (via Healthy Nibbles and Bits)
3. Collard Vegetable Wraps With Creamy Basil Hemp Seed Sauce: If you’re one of those people who’s used to dousing everything in ranch (present company included), you’ll love this creamy, garlicky sauce. Not only is it vegan, it also contains omega-3s, fiber and protein (take that, Hidden Valley). (via Gourmande in the Kitchen)
4. Collard Green Wraps With Roasted Yams and Chipotle Black Beans: Collard leaves are a perfect complement to hella-spicy fixins, like these chipotle black beans. (Feel free to sub in spicy chicken or beef if you’re not vegetarian) Cumin-spiced yams add extra sustenance and flavor. (via Feasting at Home)
5. Thai Zucchini and Cucumber Noodle Collard Green Wraps With Almond Butter Sauce: In less than 20 minutes, you’ve got a Thai-inspired, portable lunch filled with crunchy veggie goodness. (via Inspiralized)
7. Collard Wraps and Satay-Style Dipping Sauce: Gather up all the fresh fruit and veggies you can (including mango, strawberries and avos) and go to town with these grilled chicken wraps. Vegetarians could substitute grilled portobellos or seared tofu. (via The Healthful Foodie)
8. Baby Collard Tacos: Baby collard leaves serve as the shell for these raw, sunflower-seed-stuffed tiny tacos. Use regular-size collard leaves if you can’t find baby ones, or if your appetite isn’t quite so dainty. (via Raw Food for Truth)
10. Collard Hummus Wraps With Golden Beets and Sprouts: Speaking of hummus, get out your spiralizer and make some beet noodles (boodles?) for these earthy, savory wraps. (via Oh My Veggies)
11. Orange Cranberry Tuna Salad Collard Wraps: No longer shall tuna salad be contained to bread or a tortilla. Bundle this go-to lunch option in a collard leaf and you’ll get extra nutrients and beat sandwich boredom. It’s a win-win, folks. (via Keep Your Diet Real)
Have you hopped on the collard-leaf bandwagon? What do you put in your wraps?