Recipe: Julie Montagu’s Beetroot, Black Rice And Pear Wraps

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She’s not about strict rules and dieting isn’t in her vocab; in her brand new book, Superfoods, Julie Montagu is demonstrating how simple and advantageous it is to embrace a plant-based, superfood lifestyle – even, she empathises, if only on a part-time basis.

To celebrate the launch of Superfoods, we’re sharing a recipe for Julie’s incredible “sandwich alternative” – perfectly capturing the simplicity of good, wholesome food which also tastes incredible.

I especially love this recipe because not only is it tasty in every way possible, but also it’s a big hit with my children. It’s incredibly easy to ‘hide’ really amazing foods that your children might not normally eat – and here’s how!

Beetroot, Black Rice and Pear Wraps

Makes 4

  • 4 wholewheat tortillas
  • 2 large romaine lettuce leaves, torn in half
  • 1 large pear, grated
  • Sea salt

For the beetroot paste

  • 2 cooked beetroots, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • Small handful of fresh coriander
  • Small handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 35g walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

For the black rice

  • 240ml water
  • 100g black rice
  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds
  • Finely grated zest and juice of ½ lime
  • 35g sultanas
  • 35g flaked almonds, toasted

Method

  1. To make the beetroot paste, throw everything into a food processor, add a pinch of sea salt to taste, and blitz until a lovely paste has formed. Transfer to a bowl for later.
  2. To make the black rice, put the 240ml water in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
  3. Add the rice, caraway seeds and a pinch of sea salt. Reduce the heat to low, cover and leave to simmer for 20–25 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed, then leave to cool.
  4. Once cooled, transfer the rice to a bowl and add the lime zest and juice, sultanas and almonds. Stir well.
  5. Place 2 tablespoons of the beetroot paste in the middle of each tortilla and cover with one of the lettuce leaf halves.
  6. Top with a couple of heaped spoonfuls of the black rice filling.
  7. Sprinkle with the grated pear and fold or roll the tortillas to create a wrap.

Enjoy!

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