Greenwiches & Green Wraps
Recipe By: Karina Allrich
I was a vegetarian for many years when I discovered I had celiac disease, and needed to avoid gluten. One of the first foods I started with on my gluten-free path was the simple idea of wrapping various fillings in fresh washed lettuce leaves. The possibilities are endless...and this idea is great for kids! Let them choose from an assortment of fillings and wrap their own.
Asian Lettuce Wraps:
Grate or chop an assortment of crisp veggies:
- carrots, celery, jicama, apple, zucchini, peppers, chilled water chestnuts, bean sprouts, chopped broccoli florets, etc...
Toss fresh veggies in a bowl with a dash of wheat-free tamari (if you do soy, if not try unsulphured molasses), a tiny dash of sesame oil and rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar, and season with sea salt and ground pepper.
Other options for a dressing include a good dash of orange/lime/lemon juice, a touch of mustard, a sprinkle of brown sugar. Add a pinch of cumin or ginger or some fresh chopped cilantro. Taste test.
Spoon the veggie mixture into fresh, washed lettuce leaves - try Boston, butter, romaine, red leaf, etc.. Roll up the greenwiches and enjoy. These are tasty for lunches and make fun appetizers.
Any salad you like in a sandwich makes a wonderful rolled greenwich: vegan "tuna" salad, tofu salad, brown rice and bean salad, fruited rice salad...you get the idea.
Vegan Greek Salad Wraps:
Dice, grate or chop: cucumbers, tomatoes (I love those organic sweet grape tomatoes), red onion, a couple of black olives, pepperoncini peppers. Add enough Greek oil-free dressing to moisten. Sprinkle with Greek herbs such as oregano and mint, fresh parsley.
For protein add drained, chilled chick peas or chilled white beans, a bit of minced garlic, tossed with a squeeze of lemon juice, sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Toss well.
Spoon the veggies and beans into fresh, washed lettuce leaves. Add a dollop of fat-free hummus, if desired, and roll.
Cold Mexican Wraps:
For those like me who love cold refried beans, Old El Paso makes spicy fat-free vegetarian refried beans - perfect for a greenwich wrap. Add a sprinkle of shredded vegan "cheese", chopped green chilis and tomatoes.
And if you have leftover rice, moisten the cold rice with plenty of fresh squeezed lime juice and season it with a dash of cumin. Spoon the refried beans, then the rice, then any additions into the lettuce leaf and wrap.
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