Thai Chickpea Collard Wraps with Peanut Sauce

Recap: Try Something New Tuesday 143

Hello hello!

How are ya? Thank you so much for all of your comments on my post earlier this week about monthly goal setting. I know I’ve said it before, but I absolutely love hearing about what all of you are up to. You may not think so, but you guys inspire me to no end!

Having declared that I’m going to be going all Meatless Monday this month, I’ve got a vegan-friendly recipe of the week to kick off this edition of Try Something New Tuesday. I hope you’re hungry!

1. Recipe of the Week. Remember when I told you I’d be making a savoury dish with my PB2? Well this week’s featured recipe is the result. I’m an enormous fan of Thai food, especially when the dishes contain authentic Thai ingredients like galangal, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce and lemongrass. Lucky for you, you won’t be needing all these exotic ingredients to make this dish.

Thai Chickpea Collard Wraps with Peanut Sauce

These Thai Chickpea Collard Wraps with Peanut Sauce are a perfect lunch or light dinner, and if the only greens you tend to eat are spinach and romaine lettuce, collards are a fantastic way to diversify. They’re full of fiber, cancer-fighting phytonutrients, folate, iron, calcium, and vitamins A, C, and K. They’re also super sturdy, which makes them a fantastic vehicle for getting other delicious goodies from your plate to your mouth.

collard greens

The fillings I chose were carrots, cucumber, crushed seasoned chickpeas (which are full of flavour by the way – they’d make a great snack on their own!) and mango slices.

ingredients for Thai Chickpea Collard Wraps with Peanut Sauce

seasoned chickpeas

As far as assembly goes, it’s super easy: Simply layer two leaves, drop your fillings in the middle, fold up the ends, and roll away!

making a Thai Chickpea Collard Wrap with Peanut Sauce

Oh, and don’t forget that peanut sauce. You can pour it over the fillings before rolling, or dunk your rolled up wraps in head-first.

Thai peanut sauce

Click here for the recipe!

Thai Chickpea Collard Wraps with Peanut Sauce

2. Bio Vert. What’s that you ask? Bio Vert is a product I recently won from a giveaway on Leanne’s blog. Over the past year, I’ve become much better about washing my fruits and vegetables prior to using them – something I loathe greatly but know it’s highly necessary. Normally I give them a good scrub under running water, but I always wonder about how effective this really is. I’ve never tried using a product specifically formulated for washing fruits and veggies… until now.

biovert fruit and veggie wash

Bio Vert has a number of eco-conscious household cleaning products, laundry detergents, and dish washing products. The company prides itself on being environmentally friendly in everything from its manufacturing and distribution practices to product packaging and ingredients. The fruit and veggie wash is fragrance free and helps to remove dirt, pesticides and bacteria on produce. The directions read as follows:

Twist spray nozzle to open. Spray on fruits or vegetables, rub over entire surface for 30 seconds and rinse well with cold water. For soft produce (grapes, berries, broccoli…) clean by soaking. Place in bowl, spray well over product, wait 30 seconds then fill bowl with water. Soak for 30 more seconds with gentle agitation. Rinse well. Clean just prior to consuming.

One of the reasons I’ve avoided produce washing products in the past (aside from sheer laziness of course) is because I’ve been worried that my food will end up tasting like cleanser. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of getting soap in your mouth, you’ll get where I’m coming from. Willing to put my preconceived notion to the test, I decided to christen the veggies I ate at lunch yesterday with my bottle of Bio Vert.

lunch salad with chickpeas, almonds and veggies

For the spinach, I spritzed all the leaves in my salad spinner, gave them a whirl, then added water and kept spinning until most of the liquid was gone. For the others, I just sprayed the whole pieces of produce, rinsed, dried, and chopped.

So did my salad taste like cleanser? I’m pleased to report that the answer was no. I didn’t detect a taste difference at all and if anything, I guess I felt better about eating my greens since I don’t normally cleanse them that thoroughly. I still wonder how much pesticide residue actually comes off when a washing product is used, but for now I’m telling myself that it’s worth the extra couple of minutes. If I start doing this for long enough, maybe it will become a habit that sticks! (That’s a big maybe!)

lunch salad with chickpeas, almonds and veggies

So tell me…

  • Do you use any special sprays or washes to clean your produce before eating it?
  • Did you try anything new yesterday? Tell me about it!

Comments

  1. says

    beautiful photos, angela! esp of the veggies and lettuce wraps! love the colour!!
    i did not try anything new yesterday unless you can count “move a little deeper into the pose” for yoga! and i am super lazy about washing fruits and veggies…should have made that a new year’s resolution!
    have a great day!

  2. says

    Sigh. I’m quite bad about cleaning my fruits and veggies too. I try to stick with organic things when I’ll be eating the skin for that very reason. And those wraps look incredible! I didn’t realize how “durable” collard greens were as wraps, so next time I go to the store I’m going to get some to make wraps like these! They look delicious! I love that you added mango- you’re so clever and creative!

  3. says

    Yum! Those wraps look delicious! I don’t wash my produce with anything special. I’m lucky if I give things a quick rinse off before I eat them! I tried one spray a few years ago and same thing- tasted like cleaner. If i ever decide to try it again, I will think about this product

  4. says

    Wow. To be honest, until about half a year ago when I figured out how dirty veggies can actually be, they were lucky if they were washed at all! So no, I am intrigued by the spray though.

    And those wraps look AMAZING! I am monitoring my meat intake as I am realizing it may be on the higher side as well, so I am loving the veggies recipes. Keep it coming, Ange!

  5. Julie says

    Ever since I saw a lady pick up an apple at the grocery store, press it to her nose, & then put it back in the bin (!!!!), I wash mine w/ liquid dish soap & rinse thoroughly! Yuck!

  6. says

    Oh-My-Gosh!

    This looks crazy good Angela. So fresh, crisp and full of flavors! Now I’m sad that I just finished up my collards 2 nights ago, I would’ve had that for dinner tonight!

    Thank you so much for the inspiration, this is most definitely going on my menu for this week!

  7. Rebelfleurcat says

    I use Kangen water, ph 2.5. Soak the veges in it for 10-15 minutes and it strips the pesticides etc off very well

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