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Thai Wraps with Almond Cream & Dipping Sauce
©2014 Denise Mari - from the book, Organic Avenue: Recipes For Life, Made With Love (HarperCollins Publishers). Reprinted with permission.

These wraps, at once sweet, spicy, and tangy, are also a good protein source, thanks to the almond butter and cashews. Collard leaves do make a neat little wrapper—sturdy enough to support a substantial filling but tender enough to be enjoyed out of hand, a clever way of getting in your greens, and they're great for those who are counting their carbs or calories. The filling and dipping sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so they can be made ahead and kept ready for rolling your wraps as you’re ready for them.

Dipping Sauce Ingredients:
5 pitted prunes, soaked 3 hrs.,drained
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons tamari
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1/2 cup water
pinch of salt
4 pinches of red chile flakes
Thai Almond Cream Ingredients:
1/2 cup almond butter
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ginger juice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon tamari
1/2 garlic clove, cut in half
2 tablespoons water
Wraps Ingredients:
4 large collard green leaves
1 cup (100 grams) shredded cabbage
1 mango, peeled, cut into thin strips
2 medium carrots, shredded
1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves
1 tablespoon chopped basil leaves
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves
1/2 cup (50 grams) chopped cashews

Combine all the ingredients except the chile flakes in a blender and blend until smooth. Divide the sauce among 4 dipping bowls, add a pinch of chile flakes to
each, and set aside.

Rinse the blender, then combine all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl.

Place a collard leaf bottom side up on a cutting board and using a sharp knife, shave off as much of the thick portion of the stem as possible. Spread one quarter of the almond cream over the leaf, leaving a half-inch border on all sides. Make a line of one quarter of the cabbage over the bottom third of the collard leaf; above the cabbage, make a line of one quarter of the mango; finish with a line of one quarter of the carrot. Sprinkle with one quarter of the mint, basil, and cilantro. Top with one quarter of the cashews. Working from the end facing you, tightly roll the collard leaf away from you. Place seam side down, tuck in the sides, and cut the wrap in half using a serrated knife. Place on a plate; repeat with the remaining 3 wraps and filling. Place a bowl of dipping sauce on each plate and serve. (Makes 4 servings.)

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