After my fast, I’ve been sticking to my healthy eating plans to a tee – that includes fully vegan food and eating as much raw vegetables and fruits as I can.
One of my favorite post-fast meals has been my delicious, veggie vegan wrap – a recipe that meets all my needs for (a) convenient meal preparation (b) healthy eating, complete with raw ingredients (c) low calorie food. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to easily make your healthy vegan wrap – in just 10 minutes or less!
5 Reasons To Make Your Veggie Wraps
- Having control over your ingredients. You get to put only the stuff you like, and exclude those that you don’t. That also means choosing only the healthiest and most nutritious of all ingredients out there.
- Get to put as much ingredients as you desire. I always ask for more veggies when I order Veggie Delite Wrap at Subway, and sometimes the staff respond by putting a few more strips of lettuce. -_- I found that somewhat sad, as it’s not like vegetables cost a lot anyway – There’s no reason why their staff should be scrimping on such requests. Plus with it being positioned as a healthy food chain, you’d think that they’d want to encourage customers to have more vegetables. Now that I make my wraps, I put as much vegetables as I want, and it’s delicious eating all the raw veggie goodness.
- Low cost. The nicer wraps with more ingredient choices can be found in salad bars, but those are usually quite pricey – about $10 with each wrap. Making your own wrap costs only about $1-2/wrap actually (in base ingredients). That’s a lot of instant savings.
- Convenience. It’s very simple to make. Like I mentioned above, you can make one in just 10 minutes flat – or even less.
- A meal made with love. There’s nothing quite like eating a home-made meal, made with goodness and love. And knowing that all the ingredients are raw, healthy and nutritionally rich makes every bite just so much richer and fuller.
3 Key Ingredients
1. The Wrap
This is the “skin” to wrap the main ingredients. They should be at least 8″ in diameter – the bigger the better, so you can put more stuff inside your wrap. You can either buy this from the supermarket or make your own.
I bought mine from NTUC (see below) – it’s Chapatti, or the indian flatbread. It’s not exactly intended to be eaten as a wrap, but it works all the same. Tried making my wrap skin before but it was a disaster, so I’ll just stick to ready made ones for now. Also, the plus point is it’s just 120 calories/piece!
2. Fillings to put inside the wrap
It’s up to you on what you want to put inside the wrap – this is where you are free to pick your favorite food! This is why I love preparing my meals so much – I can determine exactly what to have in each meal.
I vary my ingredients but they’re always a mix of 4-5 raw vegetables and 1 fruit. Here’s a list of possible options (the ones in asterik* are my choice favorites):
- Raw vegetables (pick 4-5 of them):
- Lettuce* (I consider this a staple ingredient for every wrap, like in salads)
- Button mushroom* (slices)
- Carrot* (slices)
- Corn* (remove from cob)
- Red/Green Pepper* (capsicum)
- Black olives*
- Tomato (slices)
- Alfalfa sprouts
- Fruits (pick 1-2 of them):
- Orange* (slices)
- Apple (slices)
- Banana (slices)
- Raw nuts (Optional – pick 1):
Pick whatever dressing you like. Mine is tomato sauce.
A lot of dressings have dairy/eggs in them, so you want to make sure it’s fully vegan. Check the list of ingredients before you buy your dressings
How to Make Your Delicious Veggie Vegan Wrap: 3 Simple Steps
Step 1: Prepare your wrap
- Remove your wrap from the fridge and thaw it. This takes only a few minutes.
- Once it’s thawed (you’ll know when it becomes soft and “flimsy”), heat it up on your saucepan (no oil required).
- Flip to the other side when you see the dough fluffing up – after about 30 seconds to a min, depending on your wrap. The wrap below is all ready to be flipped over!
- Remove it from the pan when you’re done with both sides
If you have a small wrap, use a rolling pin to press out the dough, so it becomes larger. I do that to mine and easily get a wrap that’s 130% its original size. Do it after it’s thawed and before you heat it.
Step 2: Fill the wrap with your fillings
Rather than prepare the ingredients each time I make a wrap, I find it a lot more convenient to prepare everything in advance and put them in air-tight plastic containers. Then when it’s time to make a wrap, I just remove the boxes from the refrigerator, line them up (like an assembly line), and fill my wrap. It’s a lot more effective and saves lots of time. The quantities below can last for a good 10-15 wraps!
Step 3: Tuck in your delicious veggie vegan wrap!
You can either wrap it up or eat it like a burrito – mine always ends up as a burrito because I pack it with so much lettuce!
I can’t stress how good it tastes. Whenever I eat my wraps, I feel like I’m up in heaven. Same for my other home cooked meals. Eating out just can’t compare to the warmth of home made meals.
Tuck in and enjoy! 🙂
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