QUICK LUNCH RECIPE + BRAND REVIEW: MEDITERRANEAN VEGGIE WRAP
THE RECIPE: MEDITERRANEAN VEGGIE WRAP
This is an absolute EXPLOSION of flavors all rolled up into a raw wrap that is in itself loaded with fruits, veggies and superfoods. You've got everything to make your mouth happy in this vegetarian delight: creamy hummus and olives, cool cucumbers, sweet peppers, juicy tomato and the tang of red wine vinegar dressed greens. This is an excellent light lunch for a meatless Monday or post yoga snack, but if you're after something more substantial you can always add a little feta cheese or grilled chicken breast.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- 1 Spirulina Wrawp (hopefully you're branching out, gettin crazy and trying new things with me, but you can obvi sub another wrap of your choice)
- 3-4 Tablespoons MFW Hummus (or your fave hummus)
- Small handful pitted olives cut in 1/2 (I LOVE Castelvetrano because by some miracle they have a creamy butta-like taste)
- 1/4 Persian/European cucumber, peeled partially or completely and sliced at an angle (you can use regular cucumber too, I just prefer the kind with less aggressive seeds)
- 1/2 Tomato, thinly sliced
- A few paper thin slices of red onion
- 1/4 Red pepper, sliced lengthwise
- 2 Cups pre-washed mixed greens
- Red wine vinegar
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Consider grabbing a few peppadew peppers at the antipasto bar where you buy your olives. The tangy, sweet taste is glorious in this wrap!
- Sprouts or micro-greens because we love the concentrated nutrients and extra antioxidants they provide!
- A pinch or two of dried oregano to make it taste all the more Greek!
- Prep all your veggies as noted above.
- Toss your greens in about a teaspoon or two of red wine vinegar, a light drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Schmear that beautiful MFW Hummus all over your wrap, leaving at least 1/4 inch margin to avoid losing any to your chin or shirt. Sprinkle with oregano if you're into it.
- Line up your veggies from top to bottom so you'll get a little bit of love from each one in every bite.
- Throw your greens and sprouts (if adding) on last and roll that thang up!
- Slice with a serrated knife sharp enough to cut through the wrap without squeezing out all your hard work. Enjoy!
THE BRAND REVIEW: WRAWPS SPIRULINA WRAP
In case you can't tell by now, I LOVE a good wrap. They're an easy way to get lots of flavors, textures and nutrients into one little convenient meal and a great option for travel meals or bring-your-lunch-to-work day. I always keep my eye out for new types of wraps and enjoy testing out new brands so I can continuously mix things up and explore new flavor combinations. I mean let's be honest, variety and taste are super important if any of us are ever going to stick with and ENJOY healthier eating!
Wrawps are sold in my local Whole Foods and I came across them when I was searching out the paleo coconut wraps I mentioned yesterday. I ignored them due to price, but eventually buckled when I ran out of my beloved Pure Wraps and needed something for lunch that day. The verdict:
MFW LOVES: The fact that I'm getting fruits, veggies and superfoods like flax and spirulina loaded into a wrap that is free from additives, preservatives and other gunk. I also love incorporating as many raw foods as possible because all their nutrient glory is in tact. The flavor is mild, which makes it compatible with almost any other flavors, so that's a plus too. I can't quite put my finger on why, but I really enjoyed the taste of these. I'm torn about the texture because I like that they are substantial and nice and thick BUT they're a little inflexible.
MFW DOESN'T LOVE: The PRICE! Sheesh. I thought Pure Wraps were expensive. These babies are $3/wrap! I understand that raw foods especially are more expensive to produce, but if there's any hope of getting people in this country to explore, love and commit to healthier foods WE HAVE TO GET THE PRICES DOWN! In too many parts of this country, people can buy an entire fast food meal for $3. Gee. I wonder what they're more likely to go for? Hopefully demand will rise, competitors will enter the market and we'll be seeing prices of food items like this drop soon. Oh! As mentioned above, I also didn't love the inflexibility of the wrap. It could be a little softer and easier to roll.
If you're exploring a raw or vegan diet, or simply trying to sneak in more fruits and vegetables in effortless ways, I still think these wraps are worth a shot. I will buy them again once in a while as a way to mix things up, but I don't think I'll be a die hard Wrawp fan until I see the price come down. Sorry, not sorry.