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!