Zucchini Wraps

by Gena on February 2, 2010

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Hey all!

As I mentioned in my last post, this is a nonstop week, and next week is looking exactly the same. What does this mean? Meals on the go!

With that in mind, I thought I’d share part of yesterday’s desk lunch with you.

Some people hate to eat at their desks: I’ve never been among them! In fact, I count myself lucky when I have the chance to eat at my desk (as opposed to a mind-numbing business lunch, or lunch on the go between clients, etc.). Sure, I’d rather be eating at home, but if I can take thirty minutes to appreciate my meal, the New York Times, a blog or two, or even some email writing, I’m happy.

Yesterday, I got to appreciate a new recipe while playing a brief round of blog catch up. My raw zucchini wraps were part of Sunday’s marathon of food prep. I’ve been searching for an easy raw wrap recipe for a long for a long time. Wraps are one of my favorite lunch foods, and while I often use sprouted grain wraps to make them, they get boring after a while! Given my general fondness for zucchini, I thought that the zucchini wraps I stumbled on in this book

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Would be a perfect template. A few tweaks, and my own raw zucchini wraps were born:

Raw Zucchini Wraps (yields 2-4)

1 large zucchini, chopped
1 cup water
3/4 cup flax seeds
1/3 tsp salt
Dash pepper

Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix, starting on the lowest setting and turning the dial up slowly. When the mix is smooth, spread it at about 1/4″ thickness onto two paraflex sheets and dehydrate at 110 degrees for at least four hours (I needed 5ish).

Using a knife, separate wraps from the paraflex sheet. Cut in half, and store them in an airtight container and in the fridge. They ought to keep for at least a week. The color ain’t pretty, but they’re quite tasty!

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You can use these as wraps for avocado sandwiches, guac and veggies, hummus, nut pate, or any other filling you fancy! I kept it simple yesterday with julienned veggies and some creamy dressing (forgive the little tear in my wrap — I never said I was good at dehydrator recipes!):

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Alongside a hefty salad, these were a tasty and fun meal.

A creative and enjoyable lunch is a lovely way to add some brightness to the start of the work week. May you all have at least a few lunches in the coming days that make you smile!

xo

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Trail February 2, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Pretty! For somebody without a dehydrator, it seems like you could almost use the zucchini mix as a sauce with a regular wrap. Did you sample the batter? How was it?

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Stefania (Ingredients for Life) February 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm

That sounds great.

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Christine February 2, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Great, can’t wait to try this! Thanks!

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Sarah February 2, 2010 at 9:35 pm

those look amazing! i <3 zucchini everything. Finally bought my first spiraler and can’t wait to make some pretty zuke noodles.

What kind of dressing did you use? Looks great :)

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jenny February 2, 2010 at 9:36 pm

wow, i thought these were large sheets of kelp at first.

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Danielle (Coffee Run) February 2, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Those are so creative! Are they flimsy? I wish I had a dehydrator so I could try them!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 3, 2010 at 5:07 am

Those look so tasty!! Even for my non-veggie loving self.

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 3, 2010 at 5:24 am

Yum!!! Looks delicious!

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Ricki February 3, 2010 at 5:25 am

Such a fun idea! I am not in love with zucchini on its own, but I think this meal would win my heart (and taste buds). :)

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Emily Eats February 3, 2010 at 6:20 am

Between you and Gina (the Fitnessista) I’m pretty sure I’m going to have a dehydrator in my kitchen sooner rather than later! These look great and would add another choice for lunches.
Thank you for the inspiration :)

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candice February 3, 2010 at 6:36 am

Whoa, this looks awesome! I guess I’ll have to get my oven ready… ;)

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Lauren February 3, 2010 at 6:59 am

Thanks for the recipe, looks great!! :) I hope things slow down soon!! XO

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The Mind Relaxer February 3, 2010 at 7:05 am

Wow, looks like I’ll be having a very busy day this weekend.. looks easy (gulf) and healthy. :P

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Sophie @ yumventures February 3, 2010 at 7:11 am

Looks delicious! I am a huge advocate of packing your own lunch to bring to work, especially when even take out salads can be filled with sugar and calories! These look great =) If only I had a dehydrator!

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Kitchen Monki Dan February 3, 2010 at 7:40 am

adding this to the recipe collection…so easy! thanks for the post.

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Ameena February 3, 2010 at 7:47 am

I love to bring my own lunch to work so this is a great post for me. I have so many things to try from your site! Thanks as always for the great ideas.

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Nanna February 3, 2010 at 8:40 am

I love that these are flexible enough to “wrap” things in. That has been my biggest quest! Thanks!

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Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty February 3, 2010 at 9:30 am

they look amazing!! You are so creative!! :) I am thinking of doing a 2 week raw food challenge in the summer time, I think it will be fantastic!! :) I might come bug you for some tips!

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Gelareh February 3, 2010 at 9:58 am

It definately looks good Gena. I don’t have a Vitamix or a dehydrator… but they are on my wish list for the fam to consider :)

I also love eating at my desk.. a) I am not crazy about eating out and b) like you I want to catch up with my reading.

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LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils February 3, 2010 at 10:30 am

I usually always bring my own lunch salad to work, but wraps are a good idea! My favorite one I used to buy back home whenever I ate out for lunch is made with avocado, tofu, and chili sauce – might need to recreate that!

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Katie February 3, 2010 at 11:49 am

I love all things zucchini as well – this looks fantastic!

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Kate February 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm

I love love love the Art of Living Raw Food book! I just ate lunch at my desk and had the buttnut squash soup and zucchini noodles with the tomato sauce all from that book. The recipes are incredible and these wraps were next on my list. I made the basil coconut wraps over the weekend and they were amazing. Thanks for the new twist on wraps and at least its you’re halfway through your busy week Gena :)

PS

I, too, love eating at my desk, but I hate being inside all day. I have an hour for lunch and use half to go for a walk outside and half to eat at my desk.

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Antony February 3, 2010 at 2:13 pm

These wraps are beautiful and a great idea for lunch in the office! Thank you :-)

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Michal February 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Those wraps look simple and delicious to me!

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Julia February 3, 2010 at 3:38 pm

is there any way you could do these without a dehydrator or a paraflex sheet? I need to get those but want to try these wraps before that. They look great! Thanks Gena

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Aletheia February 3, 2010 at 7:49 pm

While I think your zucchini wraps looks absolutely delicious – as do most of your other foods – I have noticed recently that a larger proportion of the recipes you post necessitate the use of a dehydrator.

Which kinda makes me sad!

I’m just thinking that if I had come across your blog today, and it was my first time discovering the world of raw, I might be a wee bit intimidated!

Just sayin’. But you know I love you, Gena. :)

xo aletheia

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Gena February 3, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Fair point, Aletheia!

I’m actually glad I’ve been using the dehydrator, since it was a gift to me over a year ago, and I’ve yet to take advantage of it. Although you know I don’t find it essential to the lifestyle, I do think it’s wasteful and uncool to let it sit around on my kitchen floor, which I did for eight months. And of course I’m going to show off what I make!

Moreover, keep in mind that I did post a non-dehydrator recipe last week. And my last entree — the mushroom cap and “mashed potatoes” — didn’t necessitate dehydration. Also keep in mind that my work, client, and social schedules have virtually kept me away from my kitchen for the last month. I’m not complaining, but I cannot tell you how coming home at 9, sometimes 10 PM, and leaving my apartment at 8 AM knowing I won’t be back till late, does to my cooking routine. In short, it absolutely quashes it! Which means 99% of my meals right now are things I take to work in tupperware or eat on the go — nothing worthy of recipe sharing. The stuff I make on weekends to last for the week tends to be either soups, cooked foods, or dehydrated raw foods. The rest is stuff I throw together raw, and don’t usually have time (or inclination) to document for you.

This will change when I’m not pulled in so many directions. It’s just the lay of the land right now :)

Gena

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Aletheia February 3, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Hey! Thanks for replying.

In all honesty, of course one part of me knows that you can do whatever the heck you want with that dehydrator of yours. I personally know that one can chug out some pretty crazy things from that box, and it’s always nice to see people share their creations.

But then the other part of me also knows that one of the things that Gena Hamshaw does best is proving to the blogger world and beyond that the everyday person really CAN eat raw (with or without fancy kitchen toys!). So I’m glad to hear you’re still of the same mind. But of course. :)

I’m empathetic towards your hectic work/life schedule, and at the same time am a far cry from unimpressed that you are doing the very best you can to still make and prep your meals! Seriously, girl. Good on you.

:) a

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Ann February 13, 2012 at 3:17 am

Gena often sites that you can use your oven for the recipes. I’m grateful for the dehydrator recipes even though I don’t have one because I don’t want to be looking forward to a simple life of fruit, veggie sticks and salads. I don’t really like those things. I have been heavily addicted to the SAD diet for many years (was only vegetarian for @10 yrs and an unhealthy one at that) so now that I’ve made the choice to eat raw vegan foods it’s encouraging I can still have sandwiches, wraps, crackers etc. I honesty don’t think I’d succeed without recipes like this. Thanks SO much Gena!

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Katie February 3, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Gena – you’re always reminding us about the ethical dimension of veganism, and the value of a simple vegetable-based diet, so I have to ask: how do you feel about many raw foodists’ lack of interest in eating locally and seasonally? Buying coconuts, bananas, or cashews – or zucchini in a New York winter – raises some enivronmental and political issues; carbon footprint aside, these crops aren’t exactly associated with fair labor practices and sustainability. Not meant to criticize or implicate; just wondering if this is something you think about or what your take was.

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Greenling February 7, 2010 at 6:21 am

This is what keeps me from being sold on raw.

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Gena February 7, 2010 at 6:38 am

Hi Katie,

Great question!

The answer is complex. Yes, I do think that it’s very commendable and indeed optimal to eat locally and seasonally. While you’ll definitely see errant zucchini or avocado on my blog in the winter, I do try to lessen my consumption of those things, and focus on fennel, cabbage, other crucifers, potatoes, beets, squash, and grains in the winter. I’m not typically eating my guac as often as usual, for instance! And since I don’t really like fruit, I’ll rarely eat it in winter at all.

At the end of the day, I do of course sometimes buy out of season: this zucchini is a good example, and so would be the cherry tomatoes I ate the other day. Again, I try to limit these instances, as I recognize that they’re not ideal. At the same time, I don’t commit to eating 100% locally, because I’m not persuaded that I’d be able to get the kind of dietary variety I believe in that way. If I were to eliminate avocados, the occasional coconut, and all non-seasonal vegetables from my diet, it would be far more narrow than I am comfortable with. I can definitely focus on whole grains and dried legumes and seasonal produce in winter, then, but I can’t focus on them with absolute exclusivity.

This isn’t a perfect ethical position, naturally, but studying food has led me to believe that there’s really no perfect ethical position to be had. There are strange loopholes and quandaries no matter what lifestyle you ultimately try to stick to: veganism, locavorism, omnivorism, all raw. The best one can do is try to adopt a position that feels most ethically sound and most right, which is how I feel about veganism (and just to make my own imperfections clear here, I’m only just now beginning to adopt veganism as a lifestyle as well as a diet, an evolution you can read more about here). That doesn’t mean eating locally is irrelevant to me; it’s not. But if I sometimes need to deviate from it in order to maintain a healthy vegan lifestyle, I probably will, with an intention on doing my best the rest of the time.

Hope this makes sense!

Gena

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Ashley February 3, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Looks delicious!
As I am currently surviving off a college-student’s income (which is basically nothing) I can’t budget for a Vitamix, though I have heard they are WONDERFUL!

Just wondering if this is something that can be done in a food processor or if a food processor doesn’t have the manpower to get it smooth enough. I also have a Bullet though I really doubt that would have the capacity for such an undertaking but was just curious!

Good luck with your crazy week of work!

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Heathy February 3, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Gena!

Thanks for the comment on my blog :)

I am loving your wrap lunch… and I’m excited to see Doreen’s new book – I am such a fan of her work (have heaps of her books and cards), and have been wanting to get the book. Do you recommend it?

Take care!
Heathy

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 4, 2010 at 12:53 am

Those are really creative and honestly, I was totally unaware! Thanks for the heads up on how to create those!!! yay for new things!

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hidalgofoods February 4, 2010 at 11:10 am

i love food. You really want to cook ei. It is also my habit to cook and experiment healthy food than to buy food that is not healthy for my family.

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Bianca- Vegan Crunk February 4, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Ooh, good idea! I must try this. I hate raw collards and raw kale, so using them as a wrap never works for me. And romaine leaves are more like taco shells. I like eating at my desk sometimes too. Did it today because I was too busy to run home. The only problem is I don’t get to take a break from my computer screen, and my eyes are now beginning to cross … and I still have 2 hours left!

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bitt February 4, 2010 at 5:38 pm

looks really easy–love those kinds of recipes.

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KRISTEN'S RAW February 4, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I love the color! :)

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Niki February 5, 2010 at 8:21 pm

I bought this book over Thanksgiving break because all the meals looked so beautiful, but I haven’t made anything out of it yet.
I was a little intimidated because a lot of the meals require dehydrating.
These look delish! I’m going to go get cucumbers tomorrow so I can have these for the week. I like the color as well.
Thanks!

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Shannon February 5, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Do you have a recipe for the dressing?

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Kristilyn (My 29th Year) February 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Those look interesting! I have a dehydrator but I’m not sure if it would work for that … or maybe I’m too scared to try!

K

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sioux @ crunchybits.net February 24, 2010 at 1:51 am

That wrap looks really yummy and widens the option for food on the go! I usually use a collard leaf to wrap things, sometimes kale or swiss chard, but one weekend I think I’ll make a bunch of these to use the following week. I homeschool my kids so we’re often on the go go go!

I have sweet potato, carrot and beet chips in the dehydrator right now, but it’s smoothie week on my blog so I won’t post them til the weekend or next week… I tasted them when I flipped them and they were pretty tasty, but not enough of a crunchy bit for me! ;-)

Your blog is gorgeous — I put it in my reader. Thanks!

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Mandiee November 1, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Wow, amazing recipe! I am all about the zucchini and flax seeds. Do you know if it would be possible to make these using an oven at low temp? How would one go about doing that?

Have lovely day!
xox

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Gena November 2, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Sure it would! Set your oven to 150 and leave the door open a crack.

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Evren February 13, 2012 at 5:28 am

Wow I made these yesterday and was amazed with the result. I would choose these over ordinary wholemeal wraps any day. I am going to make some of your tomato bread today. Loving your blog and your recipes. Thank you for sharing.

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Beth February 28, 2014 at 7:06 pm

My “Friday cleaning” has turned into browsing your site and falling in love with your delicious recipes. I want to make these wraps and need to know how big your zucchini is The ones that come out of my garden in the summer are MUCH larger than the ones at the store. Am I looking for an 3″ round 1″ round or the state fair winner – 7″ round . . . and how long should it be?? Also, I am assuming you keep the peel on, right? Thank you! May be it doesn’t matter if the kitchen is still a mess, I’ll be pulling out all the ingredients and supplies for raw food cooking soon:)

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Gena March 1, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Yup! Keep the peel on, and choose what looks like a “medium” size. Good luck and welcome to CR!

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