Gluten free wraps

Food Friday: Black Bean, Rice and Yam Wraps

As you may know already I love the cookbook The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook. It is packed with many nutritious and delicious recipes, most quite simple to make. (They have a new Elimination Cookbook coming out as well, which I am excited for.) When I need a simple, whole foods meal without having to buy too many extra ingredients I look here, usually being drawn to one recipe in particular - the black bean, rice and yam wraps. YUM! I sometimes leave the rice out or just use what I have cooked already. 

What's the fuss about?

Yams - Did you know these are actually different than sweet potato? Don't worry, they are interchangeable, and this recipe is nice with the bright orange colour of sweet potato. They are gluten free, and lower glycemic index/load than white potato. They are a great source of beta-carotene as well, a powerful antioxidant. 

Black beans - These are always in my pantry for times like this. Black beans are a great source of both protein and fibre. 1 cup of black beans provides nearly 15 grams of fibre and 15 grams of protein. Plenty for one meal for the average Canadian. Worried about gas? Recent research has shown that black beans are better digested than lentils and chickpeas and are actually helping to heal your gut. Disgust with your ND if you are still having trouble with black beans. 


  • 1  1/2 cups short grain brown rice
  • 1/2 cup sweet brown rice
  • 4 cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 large yam, cut into large chunks
  • 3 cups cooked black beans, or 2 cans
  • 1 large avocado, mashed
  • salsa
  • mixed greens
  • brown rice tortillas


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. To cook the rice, place the short grain rice, sweet rice, water, and sea salt into a 2-quart pot cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes. Remove pot from heat and let stand for a least 10-15 minutes.
  3. While the rice is cooking, place the yam chunks into a small casserole dish, fill with about 1/2-in of water, and cover. Bake in the oven for about 40-45 minutes, or until yams are very tender. Remove skins from yams and slightly mash them with a fork. (I typically peel the yam before I cook it.)
  4. To assemble a wrap, lay a tortilla flat onto a plate and place a small amount of rice in the middle of it, add some cooked black beans, some mashed yam, mashed avocado, salsa and some mixed greens. Fold up and enjoy! 

*Variation* - If I feel like a bit of spice, I will saute a small onion, diced, then add 2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp chili powder, salt and the beans. I continue turning and smashing some until the desired consistency is reached. I then use these beans in the wraps. Delish!

In health & happiness,

Dr. Karen 

(Photo courtesy of Pinterest)

Food Friday: Collard Green Wraps


After reading about the benefits of a gluten-free diet in my last post, you may be in need of a healthy gluten-free lunch. Why not try these delicious collard green wraps! Wraps without a tortilla you say? You bet!

Collard greens are a great alternative to whole wheat or corn tortilla wraps. I tend to avoid those corn tortillas since they so easily break apart. Collard greens on the other hand are large enough to fit a decent amount of filler, tend not to break apart and are very nutritious.  

A part of the cruciferous vegetable family, collard greens have numerous health benefits. Here are just a few:

  • Detox support - Your liver is the biggest organ responsible for detoxification and the nutrients in collard greens, for example I-3-C, support this organ's function. We want to avoid a build up of those nasty toxins of course. 
  • Antioxidant support - An excellent source of vitamin C, A and E (to name a few), collard greens lowers the risk of oxidative stress to our cells, which can lead to such conditions as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. 
  • Anti-inflammatory benefits - Collard greens are also high in vitamin K and a good source of omega 3s, both of which are anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is the basis of most conditions, including arthritis, allergies, digestion concerns and cancer.   

Collard Wraps Recipe:

  • large collard greens (without too many holes!)
  • hummus
  • sliced grilled chicken
  • avocado
  • raw greens salad
    • thinned chopped collard greens, kale or swiss chard
    • grated carrots and/or beets 
    • toasted sunflower seeds
    • crushed garlic to taste
    • freshly squeezed lemon
    • olive oil
    • sea salt

Cut the stems off the bottom of each collard green. Blanch collard greens by dunking each one in boiling water for approximately 60 seconds (this makes them more pliable for wrapping). Remove with tongs and let cool. Place a green onto a large plate or cutting board and fill her up (at the bottom or stem end)! Fold the sides in slightly then roll up tightly. Store in the fridge or cut and enjoy right away! (recipe adapted from

Feel free to change up the filler to your liking but I promise these won't disappoint. 

In health & happiness,

Dr. Karen