Fairly mild in flavour and sturdy enough to hold plenty of fillings, collard greens are a fresh alternative to flour-based wraps. Roll them up with this verdant hummus and protein-packed chicken and you’ve got a hand-held midday meal that will be the star of the office. If you have some microgreens on hand, go ahead and toss those into the fold. For a vegetarian dish, swap out the chicken for slices of smoked tofu.
Soaking and cooking dry chickpeas with baking soda helps break down the chickpeas for the creamiest hummus imaginable. The extra step of heating the greens briefly helps the hummus retain its brilliant green hue.
Cover chickpeas and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda with 2 in (5 cm) water and soak overnight. Drain chickpeas and place in saucepan with 1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda and enough water to cover by 2 in (5 cm). Simmer until chickpeas are very tender, about 25 minutes. Drain and set chickpeas aside to cool.
In steamer basket set over 1/2 in (1.25 cm) water, place arugula and parsley. Bring water to a boil and steam greens, covered, for 2 minutes, or until bright green. Alternatively, place greens in a pot of boiling water until bright green, about 30 seconds, and drain well.
In food processor container, place chickpeas, greens, olive oil, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and salt, and blend until smooth.
To prepare wraps, cut off the firm white stalks of collards. With sharp knife, fillet off the thickest parts of the remaining stalks that run down the backside of the leaves. Place 2 collard leaves head to foot (stalks at opposite ends) and partially overlap the leaves. Apply some of the hummus down the bottom third of greens and then top with chicken, carrot, and roasted red pepper. Tightly roll leaves beginning from the bottom, tucking in sides as you go. Cut in half on a bias to serve. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
This recipe is part of the The Green Party collection.
Lime juice and ginger add a tropical whiff to this French-Japanese mashup, where seaweed tendrils and Dijon mustard bring out the umami flavours in mushrooms and eggplant. The ingredients might seem to be strange bedfellows, but they work. The result is somewhere between a quiche and a soufflé, with a gluten-free eggplant crust featuring punchy mustard and citrus. This makes for a hearty vegetarian main for brunch, lunch, or dinner with a side salad, or a filling side dish. Fresh or dried If you don’t have fresh thyme and parsley, use 1 tsp (5 mL) dried thyme (divided) and 1 Tbsp (15 mL) dried parsley. The flavours won’t be as pungent, but a little flavour is better than none.
These are the perfect two-bite appetizers. Though the first bite likely won’t “wow” you, the more you chew, the more the salt from the dulse soaks into the avocado and tomato. Wait for it. You can also turn these into breakfast à la avocado toast by substituting a piece of your favourite bread for a slice of baguette. What’s in a name? Theoretically, this should be called a “DLTA” because of the avocado (dulse, lettuce, tomato, and avocado). And if you left out the lettuce, you’d have a “DTA.” A DTA would arguably be a better overall eating experience, since lettuce slightly waters down the rich and creamy result and makes it harder to keep the tomatoes from sliding off the top of the crostini. But the juicy lettuce is actually helpful, since it spreads the salt from the dulse throughout the entire bite, making the “wow” moment come sooner. Besides, neither DLTA nor DTA is as fun an acronym as DLT.
This triple-threat recipe is made with (up to) three types of seaweed. Wakame is essential for the pesto, but kombu boosts the umami punch of sautéed garlic and cherry tomatoes, while kelp noodles are a low-carb substitute for flour-based noodles. Because kelp noodles can be hard to find (you’ll likely need to order them online), feel free to use your favourite boxed linguine, zucchini noodles, shirataki konjac, tofu, or yam noodles instead. You can also leave out the vongole (clams) to keep the recipe plant-based, or use mussels, which are usually more affordable than clams. Both clams and mussels are generally sustainable, as, like seaweed, they’re farmed without feed or antibiotics, unlike many farmed fish operations. Double-duty pesto Make a double batch of seaweed pesto, and enjoy it with eggs, scrambled tofu, or toast.
Spicy popcorn? You bet. This Japanese seven-spice blend combines salty and spicy notes for a healthy snack. If you don’t make your own togarashi, check the container before adding it to your popcorn to make sure it doesn’t contain salt. For an even simpler recipe, skip the togarashi and just grind a few pieces of nori and a pinch of salt in a blender or spice grinder to sprinkle on your popcorn instead. If you’re fresh out of nori, you can always grind wakame, arame, or dulse instead, leaving out the pinch of salt for dulse or any seaweed you taste and find already salty. Shichimi togarashi This customizable spice blend generally features sansho pepper, a.k.a. Japanese prickly ash, a green peppercorn with a citrusy taste, along with seaweed flakes, chili pepper, and dried citrus peel—often yuzu or mandarin orange. If you can’t find sansho, look for Sichuan peppercorn, which has a slightly stronger mouth-tingling effect. You can buy dried orange, mandarin, or tangerine peel. Or you can dehydrate your own, in which case you might as well dehydrate a 1/8 in (3 mm) thick piece of fresh ginger along with the peel. If you can’t handle a lot of chili pepper heat, reduce the pepper to your taste.