Vegetable Quinoa Wrap

Vegetable Quinoa Wrap

Since we’ve been up in the mountains it seems all I’m craving are vegetables.  On the other hand my husband and son always seem to be craving beef.  Don’t get me wrong I love a good steak and a burger occasionally, but not more than once a week. 

My favorite thing to do up here is bike.  Colorado has paved trails that run from Keystone all the way out to Aspen.  Of course I haven’t biked that distance, and quite frankly doubt I ever will, but who knows, I might surprise myself someday.  I biked up to Copper Mountain the other day a nice ride uphill for about 18 miles.  Riding uphill definitely takes a bit longer than riding on a flat surface or downhill, especially at altitude.  By the time I arrived in Copper it was 1:oo pm. and I was feeling hungry, so stopped at an outdoor cafe to grab some lunch.

The bulk of the menu consisted of meat and fried foods, but I found this Vegetable Quinoa Wrap that sounded perfect to me.  The waitress didn’t recommend it because she claimed not to like the taste and texture of quinoa.  I of course love this super grain and was thrilled I ordered it – it was delicious!

I’ve since made this back at our place here, but honestly my iPhone photo at the restaurant looked better so I’m using that.

The wrap takes no time at all to prepare, in fact once you have the ingredients you can prep them the day before or ahead of time until you’re ready to assemble it. If you love the ingredients listed below you’ll definitely enjoy this wrap.  Of course, feel free to add your own ingredients, and if you prefer meat in your wraps by all means add, beef, chicken, pork or fish to make it heartier.

This is a nutrient powerhouse of a wrap, I hope you’ll try it.

Vegetable Quinoa Wrap

This nutrient packed powerhouse wrap will sustain you throughout the day!

Yield: 4 wraps

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw spinach
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa (follow package directions)
  • 1 raw beet, cleaned and grated
  • 8 mushrooms, cleaned and thinly sliced
  • 1 roasted red pepper sliced into 1/4-inch slices
  • 4 Roasted Red Pepper Tortillas (or Tortilla of choice)
  • balsamic vinaigrette (purchased or freshly made - 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar & 3 tbsp. olive oil

Directions:

  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions and set aside to cool.
  2. Clean and grate beet root, then set aside
  3. For each wrap set out a tortilla on a flat surface.  In the center of the tortilla lay 1/4 cup each of spinach and arugula.
  4. Place 1/4 cup quinoa on top of greens, handful of grated beets, 2 whole mushrooms sliced, 4 sliced roasted red peppers and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette.
  5. Pull up the opposite sides of the wrap over each end of the filling.  Then take one long side and fold tortilla over filling and continue rolling up like a cigar until filling is completely encased in the tortilla.  Now you have a wrap.
  6. Slice wrap in half with a knife, plate and serve with fresh fruit, chips, fries, slaw or potato salad.
  7. Enjoy!!!

Endos Adrenaline Cafe in Copper Mountain Colorado

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12 Responses to “Vegetable Quinoa Wrap”

  1. You certainly deserved a delicious lunch after that uphill bike ride Vickie. I know you looked forward to the ride home! This looks wonderful.

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    • Vicki Bensinger replied: — July 30th, 2014 @ 6:04 pm

      It was wonderful and I definitely looked forward to biking back since I had been stuck in a storm up at the top of the mountain. That wrap gave me to energy to stay warm and make it back to the house.

  2. John@Kitchen Riffs — July 28, 2014 @ 10:04 pm

    Never thought to use quinoa in a wrap! Great idea. And I’m with Chris — after that bike ride you really deserved this! I hope it wasn’t uphill both ways. :D

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    • Vicki Bensinger replied: — July 30th, 2014 @ 6:05 pm

      No it was uphill just the one way. However, I still need to make it up from there to anther destination – at least that’s my goal before returning back to St Louis.

  3. Choc Chip Uru — July 28, 2014 @ 10:22 pm

    This wrap looks so tasty, who doesn’t love quinoa :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    • Vicki Bensinger replied: — July 30th, 2014 @ 6:11 pm

      Actually the waitress I ordered the wrap from originally didn’t recommend it because she can’t stand quinoa. I love it though and am thrilled I tried it. It’s so easy to re-create at home. It’s so tasty!

  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes — July 29, 2014 @ 3:14 am

    Totally love the idea of this quinoa wrap. Quick and easy to prepare and not to mention it’s delicious and healthy!

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    • Vicki Bensinger replied: — July 30th, 2014 @ 6:12 pm

      I agree and so many ways that you can change it up to suit your palate!

  5. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan — July 29, 2014 @ 4:14 am

    I love beets and quinoa – this is indeed a powerhouse of a wrap!!!

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    • Vicki Bensinger replied: — July 30th, 2014 @ 6:13 pm

      Isn’t it though. It definitely gave me the energy to make it back home.

  6. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — July 29, 2014 @ 12:22 pm

    Great minds think alike – I just posted today about how much I LOVE wraps! Definitely trying!

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    • Vicki Bensinger replied: — July 30th, 2014 @ 6:14 pm

      My whole family loves wraps. It’s perfect and doesn’t make you too full. I also enjoy wrapping foods up in rice paper. If you’ve never done that before you should try it, it’s even lighter.

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