1 teaspoon fine grain salt 10 large collard leaves, thickest part of stem trimmed (see Note) 1 3/4 cups water 1 cup quinoa 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for pan 1 (20-ounce) can black beans 1 carrot, shredded 3 scallions, chopped 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 lb reduced-fat sharp cheddar, shredded (about 3 cups)
Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a 9x13-inch ovenproof serving pan with olive oil. Bring a pot of water to a boil; add a few pinches of salt. Submerge the collards for 2 minutes in boiling. Drain and set the collard leaves aside.
In a medium saucepan with a lid, add 1 3/4 cups water and the quinoa. Cook, covered, over medium-low heat for 20 minutes. Set aside and leave covered.
Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Sauté the garlic, cumin, and coriander for 1 minute. Add the beans, carrot, scallions, tomatoes, bell pepper, salt, and pepper. Let cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool. Add a splash of water if mixture gets too dry.
Lay one collard flat, vein side up. Spoon 2 tablespoons of quinoa then 3 tablespoons of the bean mixture onto the trimmed end of the collard and sprinkle with cheese. Fold each side over the filling and roll like a burrito. Repeat with remaining collard leaves. Arrange the burritos in the serving pan and bake, covered with foil, for 20 minutes or until heated through.
Notes: • When selecting collard greens, choose the larger leaves that have the least holes in them and aren’t shriveled at the tops. • If you can’t find large enough collard leaves, you can secure the wraps with a toothpick to prevent the filling from falling out. Or, use slightly less filling and tell everyone not to limit themselves to just one! • The quinoa and bean filling can be cooked one day in advance; store covered in the refrigerator. • Substitute or omit the cheese for a vegan dish.
What a GREAT alternative burrito! I made it to exact measurements but have a lot of quinoa, veggie filling, & beans left over. So I'll probably blanch some more collard very soon! Next time I'll add a bit of crushed red pepper. And salsa on top, always.
I made this but I used a tablespoon of steamed long grain white rice, a small veggie hamburger meatball, Zucchini, and red/green bell peppers for the filling. It was delicious!! I am planning to make it again in a few days. I think it would be delicious with ground turkey or even fish
Good way 2 add antioxidant greens to the diet, need to cut the sodium though, cut out the added salt, drain & rinse the beans, use lower sodium cheese like Fiesta blend. Maybe a touch of no-salt Cajun seasoning?
Love collards! Love Burritos! Love that you shared this awesome recipe! Will be preparing this one for pot lucks! Thanks again. Quinoa is a new ingredient for me to try. Pared with old favorites it feels like we are friends already. Sure to be a stand by for friends with meatless preferences. TY