Wrapped Up in a New Idea…Plus a GIVEAWAY!

UPDATE: GIVEAWAY CLOSED

‘Tis the season for all sorts of wrapping. If neatness is not your forte, you are likely still cleaning up all of the crumpled wrapping paper left behind from your holiday gifts. If you live in a part of the world where winter is at its peak, you are probably wrapped in layers upon layers of warm clothing. You might also be wrapped up in achieving your New Year’s resolution, whatever it may be.

If you are anything like me with an insatiable Bottomless Stomach appetite, you are wrapped up in thoughts about food right now. You are thinking about how delicious your last meal was…looking forward to your next one…and figuring out what to do with that darn package of sushi nori that has been sitting in the back of your pantry since goodness knows when.

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While continuously attempting to reinvent some of my most often used recipes, it occurred to me that I could turn them into entirely new creations by modifying the presentation. When it comes to salads and sandwiches, this could simply be a matter of altering the method of containment, AKA wrapping it up. For example, many have abandoned the flour tortilla to adopt lettuce or some other sturdy type of green to envelop the filling.

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I am by no means a sushi-making expert (not yet, anyhow), but I realized that I could make a very simple sushi-inspired wrap by using a sheet of nori in place of the tortilla. While I cannot be the first to take credit for this line of thinking, it made sense to introduce myself to the use of nori through a familiar culinary application. I found the procedure in fact, to be quite easy, as it was rather similar to how one would assemble a burrito. It makes an excellent alternative to eating salads from a bowl, and the possibilities of what can be wrapped up are virtually endless.

In addition to creating a finger-friendly food, you will thrive on the many health benefits of sea vegetables. With the nori in lieu of traditional grain-based breads or tortillas, this recipe also lends itself to many special dietary preferences, whether they be gluten-free, low-carb, etc. Best of all, the low-calorie nature of the nori allows for a deliciously high-volume helping of the wrap’s filling…which in my seasoned opinion is the most enjoyable part.


Crab Salad Nori Wrap
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Makes: 1 wrap

Equipment: Sushi mat (optional)

Ingredients:
1 large sheet of sushi nori
Approximately 2 cups of prepared crab salad or other creamy-style salad of choice (see notes)

Directions:

img_0784-copy Place the sheet of nori on the sushi mat (if using) with the textured side facing up.

img_0793-copySpoon the salad onto the bottom half of the nori, leaving approximately 2-3 centimeters from the edges.

img_0799-copyimg_0800-copyFold the bottom of the nori over the salad, then tuck in the excess on both sides.

img_0809-copyContinue to simultaneously roll the rest of the wrap while tucking in the sides until the salad is completely enveloped (see notes).

img_0811-copyIf using a sushi mat, roll it tightly over the wrap to help secure the edges and keep the salad evenly distributed.

Slice and enjoy!

Notes:

• A creamy-style salad works best, as it holds together easily. Other examples include egg salad, tuna salad, or any protein and vegetable of your choice. You can also try making your own dressing.
Dabbing a bit of water along the edges of the nori helps to seal it closed.


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Aside from serving this this wrap on its own, try it as part of a bento box meal. What’s that, you say?…You don’t have a bento box? Guess what…you are most definitely in luck. The kind people at bentology.com have provided me with the coupon code Bottomless10 to share with you to receive 10% off anything from their website(Not valid on any sale items, or in conjunction with any other coupon codes or promos. Please feel free to contact me if you have any issues using the coupon. Expires January 31, 2017). 

But wait!! There is more…one lucky reader will also be selected at random to receive a free bento set! In order to qualify, you need only do a few simple things:

  1. screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-7-32-12-pmSubscribe to my blog via email by clicking the grey “Follow” button on my home page (see image). Alternatively, you can “Like” my Facebook page if you have not already. You only need to do one or the other to be eligible, but you are more than welcome to do both.
  2. Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite sandwich/wrap filling is and why.
  3. Send me your email address from the contact form on my “About” page. Your email will not shared with anyone else; it is needed only to contact you if you are the lucky winner.

***Please submit your entries by January 31, 2017 to be eligible for the giveaway.***

You will be able to select the color of your choice, which you can view here. Best of luck!

I hope everyone is having a spectacular New Year thus far, and I wish you the most incredible ventures in life, love, and of course…eating!! Cheers to all of you!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Josh Brinson for being the lucky winner…I hope you enjoy, Josh! Thanks again to everyone who entered the drawing, and I greatly appreciate your support. Also, I would like to give a special thanks to Bentology for providing the prize and helping me to promote my blog. Happy feasting to everyone!

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30 thoughts on “Wrapped Up in a New Idea…Plus a GIVEAWAY!

  1. Easy enough, and who doesn’t want a bento box?

    For me, it’s a really great chicken salad that is best in a wrap. The hearty chicken with the crunch of celery, the creaminess of mayo and the sweetness of raisins or maybe a small bit of chopped apple. Wow… I wish I were home and could make some!

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  2. Who would say no to a free bento box?!

    My favorite filling for a wrap is a hearty chicken salad. Creamy mayo, crunchy celery and something sweet like plump raisins or some chopped apple. Wow… makes me wish I were home so I could make some now!

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  3. This is pretty cool. I love sushi and lately I’ve been eating fast food or at restaurants way too much. I need to try this out with crab, tuna, or chicken salad. I used to occasionally make tuna salad tortilla wraps or lettuce wraps.

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