Cooking With Your Kids: Rainbow Wraps

Okay, so for the next seven days I’m going to be posting on Cooking With Your Kids.  Seven recipes that you and your children will like.  (Oh, and don’t tell them, but I’m going to try and make them healthy as well as fun.)  

To get thing started, I thought I’d call in a ringer: Heidi van Pelt.  Heidi is a great vegan chef, which means she’s the expert at getting kids to eat their vegetables.  She’s got a great vegan restaurant in Kansas City called Fud which serves up a mean plate of food if you know where to find it.

I asked her for this recipe in particular after see her demo it at a food event.  It’s very easy and it’s so colorful most kids won’t care that it’s good for you and filled with weird stuff like purple cabbage and chard.

So, without further ado:

Rainbow Wraps

If you’re looking for something really easy, fresh and full of nutrition, all you need to do is think about the rainbow. Eating the rainbow with every meal is the best way to get what you need.

If you’re wondering why eat all the colors, well the answer is easy. We see in the rainbow spectrum. All foods for human consumption come in those colors and each color delivers a variety of nutrients from that
color category. In fact, when we need a vitamin our body should naturally crave a color that vitamin is most dominant in.

Sometimes, due to mass marketing of colored candies and food packaging, it’s confusing for us to really source the real stuff. Sometimes the real stuff doesn’t taste as good as the packaged stuff because we’ve grown accustomed processed foods with added sugars and fillers.

One way to retrain your body to be attracted to the foods necessary for proper healing and growth is to start with fresh ingredients and make a tasty wrap. I call this the Rainbow Wrap.  Here’s how to do it.

Rainbow Wrap Recipe

  • Collard leaves, washed and destemmed
  • Avocado, halved
  • Juice of a lemon
  • Sea salt
  • Purple cabbage, shredded
  • Tomato, diced
  • Carrot, shredded
  • Fresh herbs like basil or cilantro, cut into strips
  • Raw Walnuts, pecans, or sunflower seeds

Begin by removing the stem of the collard leaf and lay it out to fill with all of your ingredients.

Next, smash some avocado on the bottom, then sprinkle with lemon juice and sprinkle with a dash of salt.

Add cabbage, tomatoes, carrots and top with some chopped herbs, walnuts, pecans or raw sunflower seeds. Squeeze a little more lemon and a dash of salt and roll up and eat!

Remember to add the rainbow every time you eat.  Next try banana mashed on the collard leaf with raisins, goji berries, apple and a dash of lemon!

Eat the Rainbow!


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