Clean water. The global energy crisis. What in the #&*% do I eat for lunch today? I cannot solve all the problems, but I can solve this one. (Or rather–more accurately–my intern Kaili can.)
So here’s the thing about lunch time–
You don’t really have time to *make* anything.
Or if you ARE at home and you DO have time, you have tiny humans climbing all over you and are most likely already rolling your eyes because people like me on the internet have the audacity to say things like “but what do you dooo all day long?” (Don’t worry. I am not one of those people. You are my hero. Come take my children. I don’t mean that. Yes I do.)
You also have to make something that keeps.
Soggy salads are gross. Re-heating leftovers is out of the question. (Sure lemme just pop this in the mic…oh there’s no microwave? ok…) And don’t you DARE open a can of tuna and call it a day. We will kick you off the island. No voting necessary. All in favor of banning tuna forever say I. Look. At. Those. Hands. See what I mean? Tuna is a no go.
Enter collard green wraps:
(Because wraps sound like a good idea in theory but tortillas also = a soggy mess.) You can make a really simple and satisfying take-anywhere lunch by wrapping a protein, some fruits and veggies, and a wholesome grain in a big ‘ole leafy green. Doesn’t even have to be a collard green, they’re just pretty sturdy and big but by all means, whatever floats your boat. You can also try:
Brussel sprout leaves
Green leaf lettuce
Bonus points if you’ve got refrigeration, but even without, this lunch will keep pretty well in an insulated lunchbox, like this one. And the possibilities are just about endless. Wrap a couple different combos on a Sunday night and BOOM. You done did lunch for the week. Next up: the global energy crisis. (Is there anything you can’t do?!)
Here’s the basic breakdown–
I pretty much use the same formula for lettuce wraps as I do for grain bowls (see post here) a healthy carb like wild rice, quinoa, faro, etc, a protein like hard-boiled eggs, chicken or fish, and some healthy fats, my drug of choice being avocado, but most creamy natural dressings or some nuts will do, too.
Ordinarily I’m emphatically pro-nudity (in a tasteful way of courseeee), but dressing pretty much makes or breaks these babies, so don’t leave your wrap nakey. I’m a huge fan of Tessemae’s and anything made with peanut butter.
Sweet & Spicy Shrimp Collard Green Wraps
What You'll Need:
For the marinade:
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 tbs honey
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 tsp chipotle chili seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
- olive oil (for cooking)
For the wrap:
- quinoa, 1/4 c cooked
- shrimp, 3-4 per wrap
- avocado, 1/2 per wrap
- mango, 1/4-1/2
- purple cabbage, garnish
- tahini (or dressing of choice)
Whisk together chopped garlic, honey, lime juice, chipotle chili seasoning, and salt and pepper.
- Add shrimp and marinate about twenty minutes or as long as your attention span can handle.
- Heat olive oil over medium heat and sautée shrimp and marinade until cooked, about 10-12 minutes.
- Layer cooked quinoa, shrimp, avocado slices, mango slices, and chopped garnish on a fresh collard green leaf.
- Top with a drizzle of tahini or dressing of choice.
- Fold sides in first then roll into a wrap (like a burrito, or if you're a mom, like a baby swaddle, or if you're creative, however you can get it to stay in)
- Refrigerate until you're ready to eat, up to 7 days.
- Check: "solve global lunch problems" off your to-do list.
Make Your Own
The possibilities here are really pretty endless, but here are a few to get you thinking: (might I recommend the whatever's-in-your-fridge" combo as well, it's a fan favorite)
Hummus & Roasted veggies: quinoa // hummus // sprouts // roasted veggies
Breakfast Burrito: eggs // avocado // salsa // tomatoes // sour cream
Chicken Salad: greek yogurt // grilled chicken // grapes // walnuts // celery
Submit Your Recipe
A huge thank you to Kaili of @measuremewhole for this recipe idea! It's sweet and spicy and perfect for quick-on-the-go lunches, BLESS YOU.
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K let's go make these and go to the pool bc summerrrr.