New Obsession: Paleo Burrito

Paleo Burrito from Humble Foodie

With summer fast approaching, I’ve shaken out my picnic blanket and started working on new paleo-friendly picnic recipes. There are plenty of vegetables and ingredients that work as a paleo substitute for classic picnic foods; for example, spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles for pasta salad. Sandwiches are trickier. I’ve tried hearty almond flour pancakes that serve as bread, thin egg-based crepes for wraps, and portobello mushrooms instead of a burger bun. These all taste great, but they don’t always travel well.

Collard greens have come to the rescue for a sturdy stuffed wrap or burrito. These big leaves are slightly thicker than lettuce, wrap well, and can hold hot or cold ingredients. I love to use and reuse leftovers, and having a bunch of collard greens in the fridge means I can always repurpose roast chicken or pulled pork into a tasty paleo sandwich. With leftovers in the fridge, wrapping a burrito takes less than five minutes. Stick a toothpick in it and you’ve got lunch to go!

Today I’m sharing my favorite paleo burrito and wrap fillings. I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments!

Paleo Burrito from Humble Foodie

Paleo Burrito – makes 1 wrap sandwich

1 large collard green leaf
2-4 tablespoons spicy guacamole
3/4 cup smoky sweet pulled pork or other cooked meat, hot or cold
green bell pepper slices

Lay one big collard leaf with the back (spine) side facing up on a cutting board. Using a paring knife, slice along the spine to remove most of it. This makes it easier to roll the leaf without it cracking and ripping the more sensitive parts. Rinse the leaf.

When you’re ready to roll your burrito, lay it spine side up on a cutting board. Toppings go in the middle in a rectangle perpendicular to the spine (see the how to below). Spread a generous layer of hot guacamole on the middle of the leaf, warm up some smoky-sweet pulled pork, and add it to your burrito. Wrap it up Chipotle style! Fold in the sides of the leaf. Starting at the base of the leaf where the stem is largest, roll the whole thing up. Secure with a toothpick or plastic wrap for traveling, otherwise cut in half and enjoy!

Other collard green wrap ideas:

Paleo Burrito from Humble Foodie

About Humble Foodie

While we both love to eat well, life as AmeriCorps volunteers doesn’t afford us the budget to try every new restaurant and type of cuisine. With many post-graduate expenses and limited financial resources, what’s a foodie to do? The answer is here, at The Humble Foodie. Instead of spending our hard-earned cash paying other people to cook for us, we’re spending as frugally as possible making delicious meals at home.
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15 Responses to New Obsession: Paleo Burrito

  1. How fun! They look so cute Alicia 🙂 And I bet they are really tasty!!

    • Alicia says:

      They’re so tasty! And I love munching away at a burrito, which always feels pretty large and decadent, but knowing that I’m eating good greens at the same time.

  2. Julie says:

    This is the best thing of my life. Matt and I were literally discussing yesterday how much we missed breakfast burritos…and now I can make him one!! Seriously geniusl

    • Alicia says:

      Oh muh gosh. Breakfast burritos, why didn’t I think of that?! Grocery shopping is happening tomorrow and some ground sausage will be in my cart for making exactly that.

  3. We had the same brain when we went grocery shopping this week! I have collard greens in my fridge for exactly this reason! Spicy shrimp roll ups are going to rock our meal planning tomorrow night. Going to take a tip from your recipe and add in guac! Looks delish and am LOVINGGG your artwork here. Nice!!

  4. pinkoclock says:

    OK, I NEVER would have thought to do this. Thank you for the inspiration! The whole “package” is so pretty and green, too. 🙂

    • Alicia says:

      They hold up surprisingly well in a container for lunch too! Just stick ’em with a toothpick (or even don’t, as long as you leave the roll intact) and they’re good to go.

  5. LOVE collard green wraps and this looks delicious. I’m a sucker for guacamole with anything 🙂

    • Alicia says:

      Me too! I have to hold myself back from buying a tub of hot guac every time I go grocery shopping- moderation is not my forte when avocados and cilantro are involved.

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