Cleansing Collard Green Roll-Ups

Kaeli and I hope you’ve all had the best rest, most joyous festive season and have returned to 2019 with even bigger goals and dreams. We know we’ve given ourselves a longer break than expected, but it was definitely needed, but the wait for new recipes and content is well worth it, trust us.

Life’s about balance, and what would balance be without a little over indulgence over the festive season (waffles, bagels, cocktails wine, and maybe some more wine), this January we’re recalibrating a little and setting the tone for what we hope will be an incredible 2019. We’re starting the year with a few of our favourite salads, roll-ups and work hacks to keep things in balance. We know how tough it can be to tackle work, meal prep and gym in the first month after relaxing for a while. Not all of us have the time for a full detox or the money for that matter. We’re going to try and take you through our streamlined version of what a detox could be, sans expensive ingredients and hours of prep.

Many of you know, I only eat salad if I’m forced to, not because I think it’s not good for me, but simply because I can’t seem to get the ratio of ingredients right. In steps Kaeli with her magical salad powers, and here I am with kale in my fridge and lunch prepped for tomorrows work day. I do have one single rule though; please don’t ever feed me leaves that have zero nutritional value. If I’m going to consume this salad thing, I want to be getting the most nutrition out of it as possible. Collard greens are at the top of the nutrition dense leaves list.

Much like kale, collard greens are considered a superfood and have even been dubbed the dinosaurs of vegetables (they’ve been around that long). They’re packed full of health benefits and minerals and can form an integral part of any detox/health plan. Collard greens are unique in that they help your body detox due to the high amount of sulfur-containing compounds called glucosinolates (natural liver cleansers). They help the body on a cellular level to release toxins and rid the body of any free radicals.

This recipe is simple, quick and easy to put together the night before. If your body is not accustomed to a raw diet, feel free to steam the carrots and run the collard leaf under hot water to start the cooking process. These cleansing collard roll-ups are a great way to introduce yourself back into a balanced and sustainable way of eating. A salad, but not at all a salad, my perfect way of eating.

Cleansing Collard Green Roll-Ups
Author: Give a Fork
  • Collard Greens spinach, kale, mustard greens
  • 1/2 Cucumber sliced into matchsticks
  • 2 Carrots sliced into matchsticks
  • 60 grams Rice Noodles coocked according to package instructions
  • 1/4 Red Cabbage shredded
  • Unsalted Peanuts crushed
  • 3-4 Radish thinly slices
  • 2 Spring Onions finely sliced on a diagonal
  • Handful Pea Shoots
Peanut Sauce
  • 3/4 cup Peanut Butter smooth
  • 1/4 cup Tamari Sauce soy sauce, if not gluten free
  • 1/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 clove Garlic
  1. Trim the stem/spine of the collard leaf, but make sure not to cut it completely off. You're just cutting it down so that it's nice and thin and allows the leaf to bend easier.

  2. Arrange your prepared fillings in the center of your collard green leaf, topping with your crushed peanuts and pea shoots. Tuck the top and bottom, and fold from the outer edge inward, creating a "burrito". Keeping all ingredients nice and tight.

  3. For the peanut sauce; add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth. 

  4. Halve your collard roll up, and serve alongside your peanut dipping sauce. These are perfect for making the night before and enjoying as a work lunch, simply keep your dipping sauce separate until serving.