Lately I've been trying to think out of the box with my food. What exactly does this mean you wonder?
Well, this is pretty much what it means.
1. Randomly, when passing through my kitchen, I open my cabinets or fridge door. 2. I tip my head to one side and say "humph" while staring at the contents of fridge or cabinets. 3. (I probably pop my hip out to one side and put my hand on it.) 4. I stare at something (lately it's been some vegetable - collard greens, romaine lettuce, cucumbers...) and I say to myself "What else can I do with this (fill in the blank with whatever veggie I'm staring at)?" 5. Then I close the kitchen or cabinet doors and walk away, perplexed.
My moments of creativity and inspiration never hit when I'm searching for them. Nope, they come when I least expect them.
Just last week, I really craved burritos. Not sure why, but all I could think about was a burrito. I of course, had the cooked rice on hand. I also had some sweet potatoes and really wanted to make this Sweet Potato and Brown Rice Burrito dish.
But we were out of wraps.
What's a girl to do when she wants to eat a burrito and there are no wraps to be found in the house? There was no way that I was going to the store just for wraps. (I didn't want them that badly.)
But then I had a strike of inspiration.
Collard greens could ALSO double as a wrap. And it's been something that I've always wanted to do with a big leafy green - use it as a burrito.
If you've never had collard greens, they are great for a couple different reasons.
- Dark green leafy vegetables are, calorie for calorie, probably the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food.
- They also provide a variety of phytonutrients including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which protect our cells from damage and our eyes from age-related problems, among many other effects.
- Collard Greens have a mild flavor.
- They are rich in vitamins A, C and K, folate, fiber, and calcium.
- The best way to prepare them is to boil them briefly and then add to a soup or stir-fry.
When you decide to use collard greens as a wrap, they key to ensure a least messy dinner as possible, is to roll your collard green up really tightly. And then don't let go of your green burrito until you are finished. I'm not sure that you can actually take a bite, put it back onto your plate, pick it up again and actually have it not make a total mess.
So once you commit to eating it, you have to eat the whole thing.
But it's so darn good that you won't want to put it down.
Now tell me this, have you ever used a dark leafy green in place of a burrito wrap? Did it taste good? Leave a comment in the section below and inspire me.
As always, thanks for reading.