Helloooo, have I got a treat for you today in the form of a hearty and filling veggie wrap! Not quite cookies, (those will come next week 😉 ) but if you’re looking for a delicious way to eat more nourishing foods this new year, I’ve got your back.
That reminds me, Happy New Year! Is it too late to say that? Yes? Well, ya see… I’m back in the Bloom and starting spring semester classes, which means it actually feels like more of a new year now because SUDDEN CHANGES. That’s what I always expect from the beginning of a new year, anyway.
Real-Life New Year’s happens right splat in the middle of winter break for me, and things don’t really change much between December 31 and January 1, if you know what I mean (see: wearing pajamas and fuzzy socks all day and not going outside. What are shoes?).
But then winter break/vacation ends and we go back to school/work, and I’m all, “Wait I still need to buy textbooks, also I remember what shoes are now and I would like my fuzzy socks back please.”
Then there’s the whole internal clock adjustment phase. Molly’s stomach is convinced that Molly still has Italian class from 11:15-12:05, and so decided that she really should have lunch at 2:15 when class gets out even though she already had lunch before class began.
The problem is I could really get used to that. You are a PERSON, Molly, NOT a hobbit! Remember that!
You know what else is a big change when you’re back at school/work/the outdoors?
People. So many people. Oh man. And lots of people means GERMS. YUCK-EE.
I realize that germs are an unavoidable fact of life, and that some germs are good (here’s looking at you, gut bacteria). I also realize that I have some germophobic tendencies (It’s true). However, I’d have a much smaller issue with germs if people were more careful about spreading the nasty ones around. Just cough into your elbows and wash your hands, humans of the world. I beg of you!
In the spirit of taking all precautions, today’s recipe has a little immune-boosting element: garlic!
In addition to warding of vampires–and anyone within a very immediate proximity for that matter–raw garlic has long been thought to have anti-bacterial and anti-viral abilities. Even Harvard Health admits that “in laboratory tests, researchers have seen garlic work against bacteria, viruses, and fungi.” It goes on to say that there haven’t been enough well-designed studies done with humans to make any strict conclusions, but it’s still a mighty concession! There’s rarely a study done that can nail down conclusive causes and effects when it comes to our health because it is affected by so many things!
So whether you’re into natural remedies or ya just love garlic (or both), enjoy a healthy, adorable, delicious, nutritious wrap!!! See you next week for COOKIEZ (balance, amiright?)
- 1/2 c. dried brown rice or other grain (I used a brown rice medley from TraderJoe's)
- 4 small corn tortillas, or 2 regular-sized corn tortillas*
- 3-4 tbsp. hummus, flavor of your choice
- 1-2 cloves raw garlic, finely chopped
- handful or two of spinach
- 1/2 avocado, sliced
- salt & pepper to taste (optional)
- Prepare the rice according to the box instructions. Once the rice is cooling, prepare the wraps.
- Briefly warm a tortilla in the microwave. This will help it fold without tearing. Spread with 1-2 tbsp. hummus--depending on the size of your tortilla--in a vertical line in the middle of the tortilla. Sprinkle with 1/2-1 clove chopped garlic, again depending on the size of your tortilla. Top with a bit of spinach.
- Add some rice on top of the spinach, being careful not to add too much rice or the wraps won't close. Finish with some avocado slices, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper if desired. Beginning at one side running parallel to your line of ingredients, tightly roll up the wrap. Secure with toothpicks.
- Make sure your tortillas are 100% corn with no wheat flour, or they will not be gluten free.