It's one of those salad days again here in Seattle. The sun is out, beautiful and bright as ever. Everybody is bustling about the city and and looking for a reason to be outside.
I hope that everything in your life is going well. The other night I found out that a classmate and friend of mine is in the hospital. I was thinking back to one of the recent conversations I had with her where we talked about health and wellness. I think that all of us struggle with self-care in the days of this busy digital age. There are so many demands in our lives and time seems to fly by.
After finding out about this friend, it was yet another reminder in my life to cherish the time that I have and to use it well. It was also a reminder of the importance of taking care of myself. I will not sit here and preach about eating all your vegetables because only you know what's right for your life and your body, but I hope that you, dear reader, wherever you are, are taking care of yourself and using your time for whatever matters most in your life. Here's to your health and happiness!
The beauty of this wrap is that it is simple and quick. The lettuce also makes a fresher wrap than using a tortilla, but it would be fine to use one instead. You can also use whatever you happen to have lying around -- rice or quinoa, tofu or tempeh, and any veggies. Here's how I made mine:
1 head of lettuce, washed and dried
1/2 cup cooked rice
2 carrots, julienned
1 cup cucumber, julienned
1 cup shredded cabbage (I still had some sweet & sour cabbage on hand, but fresh works great too)
some chopped green onions
peanuts for garnish
cilantro for garnish
1/2 block tofu, baked
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
3 tbsp creamy peanut butter
1 tbsp hot water
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
Set out your lettuce leaves and fill with rice, carrots, cabbage, cucumber, and tofu.
In a blender or food processor, mince the garlic and ginger, then add the peanut butter, lemon juice, water, oil, and soy sauce. Blend until smooth.
Pour the dressing over the vegetables on your lettuce. Garnish with peanuts, cilantro and green onions. Serve!