Every now and then, I find a recipe in a cookbook or online that—like a movie I finally go to that I’ve been dying to see—I can’t wait to make. Such was the case for this recipe for Collard Wraps with Roasted Veggies, Quinoa, Brown Rice, and Mustard Miso by Jodi at What’s Cooking Good Looking. Five or six weeks ago I cut dairy and fish out of my diet (a test run—we’ll see how it goes), so I’ve been setting Pinterest on fire in search of vegan recipes that are actually flavorful and interesting, and not just a bowl of cucumbers. Bingo! So, last weekend we made our first trip to the Buford Highway Farmers’ Market to explore and to gather ingredients for this recipe, and it was one of the more exciting food-shopping trips I’ve had of late, filling our cart with bright orange carrots, deep purple beets, emerald collard greens, and puffy, fluffy, putty-colored shiitakes. We made the wraps last night, and they exceeded my every expectation. The slight sweetness of the roasted carrots and beets, the crisp saltiness of the mushroom caps, the round, nutty flavor of the quinoa and brown rice, that dizzying, drunken, umami goodness of mustard and sweet miso, and the raw, earthy bite of the collard greens (am I crazy, or do they have an inherently smoky, barbecue-like flavor?) combined to create a light, healthful, crazy-delicious summer dish that just so happens to be vegan and gluten-free, too. Even if my vegan experiment eventually putters out, I’ll be making these again. Head over to Jodi’s blog for the recipe, and pictures that are infinitely better than mine, but trust me when I say this is a dish you don’t want to miss.
Making these wraps was my first time using collard greens. Have you cooked with them at home? They are so much fun to handle! Many leafy greens are fragile and tear easily when washing and drying, but these guys can take a beating! They’re huge, sturdy, and a little bit waxy, and they didn’t wilt a bit after washing. Plus, they’re so pretty to look at!
What’s your favorite summer veggie recipe? Share in the comments below!