{Today’s Lunchbox} Another Weekend Lunchbox & Why The Concept is Growing on Me

by Valerie on November 3, 2010 · 6 comments

Saturday Lunchbox 
I am still on vacation, so unlike the usual workday lunchbox in Today’s Lunchbox series, I am sharing another weekend lunchbox (like yesterday’s), which I got to enjoy sitting outside in the sun recently.  Before I tell you why I am loving weekend lunchboxes, let’s talk about the contents of the lunchbox:  Thai Red Curry Kale Chips with collard wraps, stuffed with sweet potato, avocado, lime juice, chopped scallions and smoked salt. I love sweet potatoes, don’t you?

Apparently, so do Kim of Affairs of Living and Ricki of Diets, Desserts and Dogs as this month’s ingredient for the S.O.S. Kitchen Challenge is the sweet potato!  And this collard wrap recipe – crunchy from the collards, creamy from the avocado, tangy and salty from the lime juice and smoked salt, and slightly sweet from the sweet potato – is very satisfying.

In my lunchbox is half of the recipe’s yield, enough for one person, but I have written the recipe for two servings:

Collard Sweet Potato Avocado Wraps (Gluten-free, Vegan, Low-Glycemic, Nut-Free, Soy-Free)
Two servings
1 medium to large sweet potato

4 large collard leaves (I use them raw but you may lightly steam them)
1-2 scallions, finely sliced
1/4 to 1/2 tsp smoked sea salt or regular sea salt 
2 avocado, cut into 4 wedges each
Juice of 1 lime

Peel the sweet potato, cut into medium-sized chunks and steam for 12 to 15 minutes, until tender.  While the sweet potato steams, wash, dry and prepare the collard leaves for wraps.  I find the best way to make collard wraps is to trim down the stalk a bit – Gena explains it really well, with action shots, as does Vegan Epicurean. When the sweet potato is ready, mash lightly and allow to cool for a bit (I often make the sweet potato part of the recipe the night before).  Place a quarter of the sweet potatoes down the middle (rib) of a collard leaf, top with chopped scallions, salt and two avocado wedges  Douse the avocado with lime juice.  Roll the collard wrap, tucking the ends in as you roll (like rolling a burrito).  Repeat with remaining three collard leaves. Slice in half.

Note: I am pretty picky about avocados browning but I packed this lunchbox about 90 minutes before eating it, so I doused the exposed part of the avocado with lime juice and put some plastic wrap over the avocado:

Saturday Lunchbox

As you can see, 90 minutes later the avocado was perfect:
Saturday Lunchbox

Also, be sure to use large enough collard leaves. One of mine was not large enough to wrap and cut into rolls like the other is (hence one wrap remaining uncut in the photos).
While packing a lunch for work predates me living with food intolerances, I never used to pack lunchboxes on the weekends.  Before living with food intolerances, I would rely on Starbucks chai and biscotti and egg sandwiches and snacks brought from home to get through a day filled with errands, work and various activities.  This did nothing to help keep my blood sugar stable and often involved standing in interminable lines.

Now, with a lunchbox, I am more likely to take a half hour and sit outside and enjoy the weather rather than rushing to think about what I will eat and stand line and wait for food.  Additionally, the day I made this lunchbox, I was going to be a in a part of town where there were literally no allergy-friendly options, so it made even more sense to pack lunch.  The wraps and chips were delicious and since I had them packed with me, the 20 minutes I had to eat lunch felt luxurious and long, rather than short and rushed. Weekend lunchboxes may require a few minutes to pack, but seem to free up time later in the day. And tart spicy chips with creamy salty wraps definitely help a day of working errands seem more fun, particularly when eaten in the sunshine.

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1 Ricki November 3, 2010 at 4:10 pm

I just ate something very similar to this the other day. . . LOVE raw collard wraps, love sweet potato, love your recipe! It looks divine, and now I'm craving another one! 😉 Glad you love them as much as we do. . . and thanks for a yummy submission 😀


2 Pure2raw Twins November 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Love love collard wraps, it has been way too long since I have made one! Yours look delicious!!! ~Lori


3 Maggie November 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm

I thought of you when I saw this month's SOS Challenge! I know about your sweet potato love! It's totally kicked me into a sweet potato love fest too! These wraps sound like a great combo!


4 Johanna GGG November 4, 2010 at 11:58 am

sounds like a lovely flavour combination – not quite sure about collard greens as have never seen them but I would be willing to best they would be very welcome in my lunchbox


5 Tasty Eats At Home November 7, 2010 at 3:05 am

This sounds really tasty! I don't think I've made raw collard wraps, but I think I should try something like these!


6 Shu Han April 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm

wow great idea to wrap sweet potato and avocado in collard leaves instead! And i thought i was being creative wrapping rice in it to make "pseudolmades" (fake dolmades). this sounds liek a great idea, and as i have all the ingredients now, i will be trying it soon!



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