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Wrap 101

Quick MealParty FoodLunch Box MealFamily MealNo Cooking

Wraps are adaptable for all meal types.  They make for a filling meal, a light snack and work well as take along foods for trips and hikes.  The only trick involved in making a wrap – is the ‘wrap’ part.  So, here is a post dedicated to all MTS who once like us wondered about wrapping a warp :).

wrap ingredients

Kind of food: Main course/ Appetizer/Snack
How long: 1o min
Makes: 1 wrap
Pots and Pans: None, just a surface to assemble

Ingredients
1. For the Wrap layer: Tortilla or Lavasah or any thin flat bread (sangak or  rotis)*
2. For the spread layer:
2 Tbsp of Hummus/Pesto/Chutney/flavored cream cheese/ Any spread
3.
For the protein layer: Sliced deli meats (2) /grilled tofu (1/4 cup) /cooked beans (1/4 cup) – a combination of these will work too
4. For the veggie layer: Bell peppers,  Cucumbers (sliced), avacado sliced, left over grilled veggies, blanched asparagus spears – a combination of any of the above veggies cut in thin strips measuring 1/4 cup.
5.  For the added nutrition – “Green layer” – 1/4 cup of any salad green.
Optional  layer
– cheese slices or shredded cheese.

How to make:
1. The bread layer has to be soft and pliable.  If bread is not fresh, then warm up the bread layer of your choice (like tortilla) in a microwave for a 5-7 seconds to make it pliable.  You could warm up in pan too.
2. Spread the hummus or any spread of your choice evenly on the tortilla.
3. Place the deli meat slices or the cheese slices in the center of the bread in a thin layer. Greens like whole romaine leaves could also be placed in the place of  or along with deli meat.
4. Place the veggies, beans and greens on top of the slice on top of the meat /cheese slice as shown in the picture below.

wrap 1

5. If using shredded cheese then sprinkle it now on top of the veggies.
6. Season with red pepper flakes or  ground pepper(optional). The spread and cheese will have adequate salt. Also, salt can make the wraps a  little soggy, so avoid it especially if the wrap will be consumed later.
7. Fold about 1 inch on two opposite sides of the tortilla 0r other breads and hold it as shown in the picture below.

Wrap 2

8. Now  roll the tortilla from the unfolded side (the side you held in step 7).

wrap 3

9.  Continue to roll the bread until it is completely wrapped  and use a toothpick to secure it.

wrap4

Make it Fast, Fun, and Facile! – Sri

Tips, tricks and alternatives
Look at what is available in the pantry and refergirator and decide on a theme when making wraps.  This way left overs get consumed.

Serving Ideas
Serve with any dipping sauce.  Look up the MTS post on easy dipping sauces for more ideas. To make a hearty meal out of wraps, serve it with chips, side salad, or fruits.

Look out for the Wrap 201 post coming soon with interesting filling suggestion and exotic spread ideas!

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June 7, 2009 at 10:55 pm Leave a comment

Healthy hummus veggie wrap

Quick MealParty FoodLunch Box MealFamily MealNo Cooking

Wraps are one of the most versatile lunch box menu items out there now a days. Wraps are very easy to make, pack and carry. They make for a very healthy lunch/snack choice. This Mediterranean inspired hummus wrap takes just minutes to assemble and makes a crunchy, refreshing and healthy meal.

Hummus wrap assembled

Kind of food: Main course
How long: 1o min
Makes: 1 wrap
Pots and Pans: None, just a surface to assemble

Ingredients
1  Tortilla (12 inch) (plain or flavor of your choice)
2 tbsp Hummus (readily available in grocery stores)
1/2 cup Cucumbers (sliced)
1 small avocado (sliced)
1/2 cup Tomatoes
1/4 cup Feta cheese ( or goat cheese) crumbled
2 tbsp Parsley (finely chopped)
Ground Pepper or red pepper  flakes (optional)

Hummus veggie wrap lunch

How to make:
Cook the tortilla in a microwave for a 5-7 seconds to make it pliable (if necessary) (or warm on a pan for a minute or two) . Spread the hummus evenly on the tortilla. Place the rest of the ingredients (the veggies) on the tortilla as shown in the picture. Sprinkle cheese and season with red pepper flakes or  ground pepper(optional). Remember, hummus and feta cheese both have good amount of salt in it.  Fold about 1 inch on two opposite sides of the tortilla. Then roll the tortilla from the other unfolded side and use a toothpick to hold in place. You can cut this into half for ease of eating and presentation.

Keep it Smart, Short and Sazzy! – Anu

Tips, tricks and alternatives
Hummus comes in many flavors – try changing the flavor every time.
Try using flavored tortillas – there are several varieties out there
Add deli cut meats to the wrap if you want a little protein more to the wrap. Place the meat just above the lettuce layer.
Remember these are so easy to make that they when cut into smaller pieces can make a great party meal too!

Serving Ideas
The wrap is flavorful enough to be served on its own. You can always serve a side of one of the easy dipping sauces, chips, side salad, or fruits.  Wraps make a great lunch bag item, stays well refrigerated for a day as well.

January 8, 2009 at 1:19 am Leave a comment

Fruggie Pizza

Quick MealToddler FoodParallel ProcessingLunch Box MealKid FriendlyFamily Meal

A Fruit n Veggie healthy pizza that your family will ask for more. All required ingredients are normally available in your refrigerator. “Pizza” almost, always sounds appetizing to kids. Get them to try out a variety of pizzas and this recipe will help them starting thinking beyond the basic cheese pizza.  Pizzas can be sweet too! Fruit are perfect candidates for pizza topping. This method uses tortilla as the base, which helps you make a pizza without making any dough or remember to thaw store bought dough.

Fruggie Pizza

Kind of Food: Meal / Snack
How long: 10 min (prep) 10 mins(Cooking)
Makes: About 2 small Pizzas
Pot & pans: Baking sheet or tava/griddle

Ingredients:
4 Tbsp Pasta Sauce or Pizza sauce  (make use of left over sauce)
2 medium ( 6″ diameter) whole grain tortilla –
3 Tbsp match Stick carrot or grated baby carrot
3 Tbsp frozen corn thawed (microwave the corn for about 8 secs on high)
3 Tbsp apples/pears cut into small piece:  (grated is fine too – grate only if fruits are firm, else you will end up with pulp)
3 Tbsp Grated Mozzarella cheese or any other favorite:  (we used goat cheese in the picture)
1/4 tsp ground black pepper (optional)
1/4tsp salt (or to taste or skip if you are using a salty cheese like Goat cheese or Parmesan)

How to cook:
Set the broiler on high or put a pan on medium heat. While the pan or oven is warming up, starting assembling your pizza. Spread 2 tbsp of the pasta or pizza sauce. Mix the veggies and fruit with salt and pepper. Spread this mixture evenly on two tortillas. Do not spread till the edge of the tortilla, leave a 1/4″ border, this will make it easier to handle the pizza, while cooking and eating. Sprinkle grated cheese over the veggie n fruit mix.

Oven Broiled: Set the broiler on high and place the pizza in the oven – about 4 inches from the broiler (top most rack) and broil until cheese melts. As the tortilla and fruits don’t need much cooking, this should only take you about 2-4 min in the broiler.

Stove top: Put the pizza on a medium hot griddle or tava and cover it using aluminum foil or a heat resistant lid and cook until cheese melts (approximately 2 minutes).

Stove top pizza

Make it Fast, Fun, and Facile! – Sri

Tips,tricks & alternatives:
Use any combination of fruits and veggies that your kid will like. Avoid fruits that have a lot of water content.
You could make the veggie fruit mixture ahead of time for up to two days. DO NOT add salt and pepper ahead of cooking
Look up easy grating ideas for grating veggies and fruits or utilize the pre-cut and pre-shredded options. Coleslaw and Broccoli slaw are a great toppings too.
You can always add a little spice or herbs to cater to your kid’s palate. The choices are endless.

Serving ideas:
You could make a quesedilla out of this by starting with a layer of cheese on the tortilla, then add the veggie fruit mixture, then another layer of cheese and a tortilla to top it.

October 23, 2008 at 4:11 pm Leave a comment


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