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Apr 29, 2013 BY Joy McCarthy

Eat Clean Recipe: Crunchy Raw Wrap with Almond Sauce

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Dear joyous readers!

I'm personally always looking for creative ways to incorporate more raw foods into my diet other than salads. While dreaming up new ways to do just this, I created these wraps with ingredients I know go together joyously well for the dip. I hope you love them as much as I do.

The spring is a wonderful time of year to eat lighter as our bodies naturally crave more raw foods. At least in this part of the world where the days are finally getting longer (hurray!) and the air is slowly but surely getting warmer. However, even my joyous readers in Australia will surely enjoy this recipe because the almond sauce is comforting and precisely what makes these light wraps meal-worthy.

Benefits of eating raw?

Oh gosh, there's so many, but here are the top reasons:

Super easy preparation. Talk about fast-healthy-food!

Vegetables reduce the risk of many forms of cancer, says study. (Like you didn't already know this ;)

Eating more vegetables is a quick and easy way to get more nutrient-dense and fibre-rich foods into your belly.

Anecdotal benefits (what people tell me and what I've noticed personally):

Better skin: Glowing, hydrated, healthier looking skin. Less prone to excessive oil and dryness.

Improved digestion: Improvement in elimination - better bowel quality movements.

Increased energy and vitality.

Now of course there are many foods that when cooked are more beneficial nutritionally, such as is the case with tomatoes as tomato paste is higher in lycopene. However, you really can't go wrong with eating more raw and variety is the spice of life! Mix up your diet with both raw and cooked.

Caution: If you have inflammation in your gut, you need to be careful with a lot of raw foods and roughage can be damaging to your delicate intestinal lining. Also, if you currently eat a lot of cooked and processed foods, introduce raw foods slowly so that your gut can get used to the increase in fibre.

Let's get right to this delicious recipe! I had some as an appetizer before dinner and then again for lunch - yummy!

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Dip
  • 1/4 cup tahini sauce (sesame paste)
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp tamari sauce (gluten-free) or use coconut aminos if you have any issues with soy. NOTE: Tamari is fermented soy
  • 1/2 tsp raw ginger root, shaved (more if you like)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Juice from half a fresh lemon
  • 1-2 tbsp filtered water just to thin out the consistency
Wrap
  • 4-6 Rice paper wraps (Buy from Chinatown or a health food store -- the fewer ingredients, the better). Alternatively you could use a collard green.
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1-2 avocados
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
Instructions
  1. Thinly slice (julienne) red pepper, zucchini, carrots, spring onions, avocado. Roughly chop cilantro. Boil filtered water. Pour water into a large baking dish about a 1/4 inch deep. This is the water to dip your rice wraps into. Follow the instructions on the package to make rice paper wraps pliable.
  2. Place wrap on a plate and assemble wraps per photo. Roll/fold together like a tortilla wrap by folding up the bottom, rolling and folding the top. Easy peasy!
  3. Place all the ingredients for the dip into a food processor or blender and combine until smooth. Give it a taste test. When I made this sauce, I didn't measure anything, so I'm doing my best to give you a basic idea of proportions. However, you can't really go wrong with these ingredients!

 

Look at those vibrant beautiful colours!! Assembling the wrap below:

You can also assemble them so the top is open, as per photo below:

EnJOY!

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Have a joyous day!

Joy

Apr 29, 2013 BY Joy McCarthy
13 Comments
anne   •   April 29, 2013

Love spring rolls! Wrapping the veggies first in lettuce (butter or romaine work well) then in the rice wrapper also keeps the veggies together a bit better. Adding in mango slices or asian pear slices really adds a nice sweetness. Also, Wholefoods now carries brown rice paper wraps.

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 30, 2013

Sara   •   April 30, 2013

Yum! We make these all of the time, and add fresh basil and mint to the wraps, it really brightens the flavor! :)

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Joy McCarthy   •   May 7, 2013

Victoria   •   May 1, 2013

This looks amazing,it reminds me of a meal I got at Rawlicious. One question, how do you use collard green as wraps? I tried steaming them lightly once before using and raw and they didnt come out as good as they do at health food restaurants.

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Joy McCarthy   •   May 7, 2013

Victoria   •   May 9, 2013

Okay great, thanks for replying. Its very nice of you to respond so often to all the questions you get here and on facebook, etc.

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Erin   •   May 10, 2013

Yumm! I have made these often but have not yet found a perfect dip. I'm very eager to try out your recipe. Also, I love bean sprouts and mango slices in my wraps too. Mmmmm! Thank you for the recipe!

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Jennifer   •   May 13, 2013

What about adding some tempeh strips for more protein?

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Joy McCarthy   •   May 15, 2013

Tanya   •   June 17, 2013

This was absolutely delicious! Thanks! Love all your recipes.

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kim   •   July 27, 2013

Thanks Joy! Another awesome recipe that took 10 minutes to make. ?

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