This is an example of one of my favorite ways of “cooking” or “preparing” food. It’s simply an exercise in assembling and arranging a bunch of beautiful colors that also turn out to provide a ton of nutrients and check all the right boxes for providing energy and nourishment.
Healthy fats? Check. Essential vitamins? Check. Protein? Not a ton, but yes … check.
Everything pictured here (minus that plate – a thrift store find, and that dreamy linen table cloth) is from a local farmer’s market. Living in California provides a lot of opportunity to get the freshest ingredients: picked the day before and then displayed on a table in the fresh air and sunshine the next day. I feel very lucky each week when I go to the farmer’s market. I certainly don’t take this direct exposure to farm fresh produce for granted.
Lettuce wraps are a flavorful and easy summer lunch. It’s an opportunity to use seasonal produce and doesn’t require cooking or much time in the kitchen at all.
Raw Vegan Lettuce Wraps:
- Lettuce – recommend using butter lettuce (Boston, bibb), Romaine, green leaf, little gem
- Cherry tomatoes
- Sliced purple cabbage
- Raw walnut pieces
Spread guacamole on the lettuce, layer with freshly sliced produce, top with some crunch and roll up.
Additional topping ideas for a bit more protein and/or good fats include: raw hemp seeds, cashew paste or sliced cashews, sliced almonds, flax seed powder …