the Homewich…our version of the “unwich” from Jimmy Johns

I have been craving me and unwich for a looooong time…so I finally decided that I was just going to figure out how I could make one at home! 😉 Something with all the ingredients that are good for me and none of the ones that aren’t. So here it is!

We had this for the first time last night, and it will definitely be on the menu roll from here on out! Steven loved it even more than I did I think! 🙂

What you will need…

  • 2 large collard leaves
  • some mustard of your choosing
  • 1 avocado (we only used 1/2 on the wraps because Steven doesn’t care for them)
  • Some veggies of your choosing – we used some thin sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions…just whatever you have on hand will be fine 🙂
  • 2-3 oz of meat – ours was the Applegate Farms Organic Turkey due to the fact that it is about the only lunchmeat in existence that we could find that had nearly no additives. It still contained carrageenan, and it was rather pricey,  so it will be a special treat. The rest of the time we will used some sliced steak or seasoned chicken breast. 😉
***To make this AIP compliant, just leave out the tomatoes! Try subbing in some shredded beets, zucchini slices, etc…yum! 😀

And that’s about it. You can add anything else that you like that sounds good…maybe some sprouts or bell peppers. Any veggie would be great in here!

Start with your collard leaf and spread it with the mustard. Then place your meat. I find that it works best in the middle…I roll it more like a taco and not a traditional spiral type wrap.

(please note that in all of these pictures, I have my ingredients on the WRONG end of the collard leaf. Had to use a spatula at the end of construction in order to slide everything to the other side. So please, don’t make the same silly mistake that I did. 😉 )

Then start adding your veggies. I started with the tomato and avocado…

Then added the onion and cucumber…

Finally, wrap up the contents like you would a taco. Start with the top of the collard (not where the stem comes out) and fold it about 1/4 to 1/3 of the way up…just up to where your pile of veggies starts. 🙂 Then take one of the 2 sides and start to roll it up taco/burrito style. Works great!



  1. This is a wonderful idea!!! I absolutely love wrapped up food, and often have wished the wrap itself wasn’t bread. I’m surprised I didn’t think of collard greens myself. Thank you!

  2. Sarah n Dippidy says:

    Oh my my, what an attractive hand model! Oh yeah and the Homewich looks pretty tasty too! Love you guys, keep up the hard work, you make a difference, even if you aren’t seeing the fruit of your labors.

  3. Sarah n Dippidy says:

    Okay, seriously delicious! I bypassed the mustard since I’m a fresh Paleo convert and the one in my fridge had some junk in it that I couldn’t pronounce. I slopped on some avocado, strips of cucumber, grated carrot, tomato slices, red onion, garlic salt, and a bit of leftover warm baked chicken-I can’t bring myself to be as visually cognoscente of my assembly as you were. This was my first conscious experience with collard greens, and each bite had my mouth enjoying whatever it was that brought the balance. At first I was sure it was the avocado, then I thought it was the chicken, but at some point the tomato/garlic salt combo weaved its way to my taste-buds. All that to say, you’ve discovered a marvelous medley, and I’m so encouraged by this, my first bite at doing things different. And by different I mean being able to see, know, and spell everything that I eat.

  4. I try not to stalk people’s blogs without dropping a line . . . I tried making an unwich this evening using romaine lettuce leaves. It worked ok. I wish I would have Google-d it first and found your instructions. Thanks to you, my next Unwiches will beat out the ones I made tonight. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • So glad I could be of service! 😀 We had initially tried to make them with the romaine as well, but to no avail. It took too much focus and fumbling for me. 😛 You will have to drop back by and let me know what you think of the collards. We love the simplicity and ease of use. They work great for burger wraps as well! OH, and just for your own sanity, the bigger the collards the better. There are some that we run into that are about the size of my hand (fingers fully spread) and they are really hard to wrap. A good 10 inches wide or so should do the trick. 😉

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