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
- 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
- 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.
- To make the black rice, put the 240ml water in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
- 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.
- Once cooled, transfer the rice to a bowl and add the lime zest and juice, sultanas and almonds. Stir well.
- Place 2 tablespoons of the beetroot paste in the middle of each tortilla and cover with one of the lettuce leaf halves.
- Top with a couple of heaped spoonfuls of the black rice filling.
- Sprinkle with the grated pear and fold or roll the tortillas to create a wrap.