Sunday, November 8, 2009

That's a Wrap! Uncovering Lavash

As the economy continues it's slowing trend, more people are optioning to pack a lunch rather than buy lunch out in order to cut costs. But basicsandwiches get old fast, as I am discovering on my quest to eat cheap and healthy while traveling. So while in Minnesota this weekend, I set out to explore the local grocery store for something to change up my meals.

Near the deli, I found excatly what I was looking for. Lavash! According to CookThink, "Lavash (pronounced "luh-VOSH") is a thin, round Armenian flatbread (sometimes called cracker bread) made from flour, water and salt. It's traditionally cooked in a tandoor-style oven. Popular in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkey, it is available in Middle Eastern markets. "

I was lucky enough to discover Joseph's Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Flour Lavash. The package was relatively inexpensive and had four large wraps in it. One half of a wrap is a serving and makes a delicious replacement for traditional bread.

This weekend I enjoyed turkey & Laughing Cow Cheese light wraps with sprouts and a spicy honey mustard. I also used the lavash for brekkie wraps of egg, cheese, and chicken. I packed some lavash with individual servings of peanut butter, honey and jam from the hotel breakfast buffet and gave them to my students for airplane snacks (packing the pb, honey and jam in the quart size plastic bag for security!). And when I returned home, I made my favorite of all wraps:

BB&B Burrito (Barney Butter & Banana Burrito)
(serves 2)

1 large Joseph's Lavash, sliced into two
1/2 large banana, sliced in half lengthwise (so two 1/4 banana slices)
1 90-calorie packet of Barney Butter

Warm you panini press. Lay each 1/4 slice of banana on one of the two wraps. Distribute the packet of Barney Butter between the two bananas. Wrap and press!

One serving of Joseph's Lavash: 50 calories, 2 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein

Nutritional Information for 1 Burrito: 125 calories, 5.75 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber, 7 grams of protein


Marisa @Loser for Life said...

Those are the best wraps! They are a bit hard to find in my area; I've only seen them at BJ's Wholesale Club. Well worth the extra trip though!

Your burrito sounds great - maybe I'll like the BB better that way!

Mom on the Run said...

I have not tried those wraps but I have tried that brand for pitas and those were tastefully delish.

Great Plane Snack!

Lauren said...

I love Joseph's! Like Sarah said, they make great pitas too. They're my go-to brand!

Unknown said...

I can not find that brand! I might have to send out an SOS! to my family back east! lol

Thanks for the recent comment on my blog! I am enjoying checking yours out!

I actually let out a little scream- you are the first blogger I have come across that lives within driving distance to me! CRAZY! Im over in Lafayette. HI :)

Carolyn Jung said...

I love that idea for an easy airplane snack. In fact, airplanes SHOULD be serving stuff like that instead of the caloric, overly processed junk they call food.

Anonymous said...

This burrito with lavash and banana would be a great snack right now, yummy!

Mo Diva said...

those look great! bread is my weakness!

Danica's Daily said...

Great review - I think I need to check these out!

chrystad72 said...

Hey! Thanks so much for checking out my site!! you rock!! This is an awesome sounding wrap!warm banana and barney butter butter wrapped up in a toasty wrap? Can i say YUM!!!=) Thanks for the info on the lavash wraps. Ive been really curious about these. Id like to try them out. Have a super night!!

lynette355 said...

that is great as an average piece of bread has 100 cal. so your cutting 50%. Great idea.

Unknown said...

I love things like this that taste great and are super healthy. My MIL eats this..I shall try it ou!

Anonymous said...

totally obsessed with those wraps!! they make the best burritos around :)

Carolyn Jung said...

Clever use of the panini press. I'll have to try that.


I get asked by readers if I am being paid to push products. The simple answer is no. In fact, most of the products I write about are ones I have found and purchased during my trips to the grocery store or on the road. Occasionally, a company will send a sample my way and if I believe the product will serve a need for my readers and I would buy the product myself, then I will share it with you. Sometimes I will write to a company after reading about it, if I believe it will help us lead healthier lifestyles. But even then, if the product doesn't pass my scrutiny, it won't make the screen of Uncovering Food. You can trust that every product or recipe posted here has passed through my lips, and that I wouldn't blog about it if it wasn't worthy of you... my favorite readers.