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Friday, April 30, 2010

collard wraps and Gluten Free !

These are quite good--they are from Mcdougall's newsletter this month. I used my own humus here ( and some cucumber, red bell pepper, and carrots all cut in strips. I didn't use the cilantro and still very good! The lemon adds a lot of flavor! The hummus is used in the following recipe below as a thin spread. Quick and yummy.

By Ann Crile Esselstyn

These are stunning – both beautiful and delicious - and so much fun to make they don’t feel like work. Substitute asparagus, other greens, even long carrot strips for the filling. ANYTHING is good in them. They make perfect hors d’oeuvres or use instead of sandwiches.

1 bunch collards
8 tablespoons hummus
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 red pepper, cut in thin strips
1/4 small cucumber, cut in thin strips (skin optional)
1/4 cup shredded carrots
1/2 lemon

Put about 2 inches of water in a large frying pan and bring to a boil.

Choose 4 of the nicest collard greens. Lay them flat, cut off the thick stem at the point where the leaf begins then pile them on top of each other in the boiling water. Cover and cook for about 2 minutes. Collards are pretty tough and don’t easily break apart when cooked. Their flexibility makes them a perfect wrap.

Drain and then lay flat on a board or counter, thick part of stem facing up.

Down the center spine of the 4 collard leaves put a row of about 2 tablespoons hummus, sprinkle with green onions, cilantro and shredded carrots. Place thin red pepper strips and cucumber strips on top. Sprinkle with some lemon juice. Start with the side nearest you and flip that over the filling. Turn up the end piece on the non thick stem side and then gently roll into a long sausage shape. Repeat until all are rolled up.

With a sharp knife, cut into as many small pieces as possible. You should be able to get six or more pieces, but it will depend on your collards. Best of all, the roller gets to eat the end pieces!

Note: Ann made these during the September 2008 McDougall Advanced Study Weekend and everyone raved about them. To watch Ann prepare these wraps and to see Dr. Esselstyn talk about preventing and reversing heart disease, order the Advanced Study Series DVD, by Caldwell B Esselstyn, MD

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