Southwestern Veggie Wraps

These Southwestern Veggie Wraps are packed with layers of flavor…starting with seasoned sweet potatoes!

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These Southwestern Veggie Wraps are packed with layers of flavor...starting with seasoned sweet potatoes!I finally went whitewater rafting again a couple of weeks ago!  I absolutely love rafting (and being on the water in general), but I haven’t been rafting since summer camp.  That was when I was in 9th grade…so just last year.  (Hah!)  Laura isn’t the biggest fan of whitewater rafting, so it really hasn’t been on our radar.  I’ve mentioned it a couple of times in passing, but she always shot the idea down.  Oh well.  No biggie.

But then one of our friends mentioned that she organizing a whitewater rafting trip.  She just so happens to be one of Laura’s co-workers, too, and the event was open to employees and family.  I looked over at Laura and raised an eyebrow.  Well, turns out that Laura was out of town with Robbie that weekend visiting her family.  Too bad.  Oh wait.  That’s when it hit me that this timing was perfect!

These Southwestern Veggie Wraps are packed with layers of flavor...starting with seasoned sweet potatoes!Back at summer camp, we rafted the Nantahala River in the mountains of western North Carolina.  This time, the destination was the Hudson River in New York.  No, not that Hudson River.  Well, yes, that Hudson River…but long before it reaches the city.  The Hudson actually originates up in Adirondack State Park, and that’s the part that we rafted.  (I’m not sure I’m brave enough to raft the Hudson by the time it reaches NYC.)


We loaded into the car early one Saturday morning with bathing suits and water shoes in tow.  It happened to be a particularly cold and rainy morning, and the rafting company actually had us wear wet suit jackets to stay warm.  In fact, as we were carrying the rafts down into the river, we got drenched by a crazy rainstorm.  But hey, it just got us wet and ready for our rafting adventure!

These Southwestern Veggie Wraps are packed with layers of flavor...starting with seasoned sweet potatoes!The trip took the better part of the day, so we stopped about halfway for lunch on the banks of the river.  I was wondering how they would manage to feed ~45 people on a little clearing in the middle of a river.  Turns out they brought veggie wraps for everyone.  Veggie wraps and a chocolate chip cookie.  Awesome!

I expected a standard veggie wrap with lettuce, bell peppers and cucumbers.  But these wraps had a unique ingredient…sweet potatoes.  And they were delicious!  We were all hungry from the morning of paddling, and I think I ate my wrap in about 7.23 seconds.  And then I ate my cookie even faster.

These Southwestern Veggie Wraps are packed with layers of flavor...starting with seasoned sweet potatoes!So I wanted to experiment with this idea of using sweet potatoes in a veggie wrap.  I cubed up some sweet potatoes and cooked ’em until soft.  While those were in the oven, I chopped up some other veggies and whipped up my easy southwestern sauce.  (The sauce is essentially sour cream with a bunch of seasonings.)  I pulled out some Flatout wraps, and these Southwestern Veggie Wraps were ready to go.  These wraps made for one epic lunch last Saturday afternoon!

These Southwestern Veggie Wraps are packed with layers of flavor...starting with seasoned sweet potatoes!By now, you guys probably know that I always keep a stash of Flatout wraps on hand.  They’re versatile, healthy and easy…what’s not to love about that?  We’ve used Flatout wraps to make everything from Black Bean Sliders to Taco Salad Bowls to Homemade Ice Cream Cones.  Now we can add Southwestern Veggie Wraps to that list!

This time, I chose to go with Flatout’s Multigrain with Flax wraps.  These wraps clock in at just 100 calories, and they have a whopping 9g of protein and 8g of fiber.  What does that mean?  It means you’ll stay full longer…which for me means I won’t give in to that chocolate chip cookie that’s flirting with me from the kitchen counter.  “Just one bite…”

These Southwestern Veggie Wraps are packed with layers of flavor...starting with seasoned sweet potatoes!I gotta admit that I was a little skeptical about sweet potatoes in wrap form…but they were excellent!  Laura packed up the leftovers and took them to work for lunch.  A healthy Southwestern Veggie Wrap sure beats the heck out of a boring PB & J, right?

Have you guys been whitewater rafting?

What is your favorite ingredient in veggie wraps?

These Southwestern Veggie Wraps are packed with layers of flavor...starting with seasoned sweet potatoes!

Southwestern Veggie Wraps

These Southwestern Veggie Wraps are packed with layers of flavor...starting with seasoned sweet potatoes!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 501kcal


For the Sweet Potatoes

For the Southwest Sauce

For the Wraps


For the Sweet Potatoes

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Peel the sweet potato(es) and cut into 1” cubes. Using a medium bowl, toss sweet potatoes with olive oil, cumin, smoked paprika and salt. Transfer sweet potatoes to a foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake at 375°F for 18-22 minutes, or until fork tender but not overcooked. Set pan aside to cool.

For the Southwest Sauce

  • Using a medium bowl, whisk all ingredients together until well combined.

For the Wraps

  • Spread 2-3 Tbsp of Southwest Sauce over half of each flatbread. Top each flatbread with spinach.
  • Divide sweet potatoes among flatbreads and then top each with black beans, red onion, cilantro and avocado.
  • Roll up flatbreads; cut in half before serving.

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    1. You know what? I’ve never been canoeing! Well, maybe once at summer camp, but I honestly don’t remember. I’d love to get out on a nice calm river or lake and paddle around a bit. And yes, these wraps make for a super fun meal…thanks, Dawn! 🙂

  1. How fun! I’ll bet you felt just like you were back at summer camp! These wraps look delicious! I love the addition of sweet potatoes….I just don’t eat enough sweet potatoes. I love ’em, I just tend to forget to make them! I’m on a new mission….Eat More Sweet Potatoes…starting with these veggie wraps! 🙂

    1. Oh man, it was such a fun day rafting, Kathy! And I really was surprised by the wraps with sweet potatoes. But I thought it sounded like a good idea…and they tasted great. So of course I came home and created a version using sweet potatoes. I agree that sweet potatoes are often forgotten, but they really are tasty! (Except I’m not a fan of the mashed sweet potato + marshmallow thing at Thanksgiving. Go figure!)

  2. I’ve never been whitewater rafting before. Not quite sure how I feel about it….if I’d be scared or not to try it, but I bet that it’s super fun so maybe I’d give it a go 🙂
    These wraps look delish! When I first sauce the pic, I thought it was spiced tofu and then read on to see it is sweet potato. What a great idea! And that Southwest Sauce sounds deadly. I bet that would be good on a shoe! Yum!

    1. Whitewater rafting really is fun! And you’ll likely have a guide right there in your boat, so that makes it a lot easier. The guide steers the boat…all you have to do is be the ‘engine’ that paddles it forward. You should totally go sometime! And definitely try out the sweet potatoes in wrap form. They are a fun ingredient in there for sure! Thanks, Dawn! 🙂

  3. Hi David! I am definitely a carnivore, but sometimes it is nice to forgo meat and veg out! And I do love sweet potatoes. I like the wraps for the ratio of filling to “bread”! I haven’t been rafting in years, but Gary and his brothers went a few years ago. They rafted the Upper Gauley in West Virginia and from the pictures I’m glad it was a boys only trip!

    1. I totally agree with you, Dorothy! I am most definitely a carnivore, too. But veggie wraps are a nice option for a healthy lunch…and the Flatout wraps keep the bread ratio down. Good point! I’m not familiar with the Upper Gauley, but a guy’s rafting trip sounds like a ton of fun to me! Although Laura would probably be like you and happily stay home. And of course now that we have a Robbie, one of us pretty much always has to be around. Either way, these wraps were tasty…and thank you so much for your comment, my friend! 🙂

      1. Hi David! You should check out the Upper Gauley on the internet. It is really something and rafting it is not for the faint hearted!

        1. I just took your suggestion and watched a couple of videos from the Upper Gauley. That is indeed some serious rafting! I think that’s a little outside my league…haha. But still fun to watch! 🙂

  4. Hi David, what a great idea to use sweet potatoes, looks delicious!!, love your sauce too!

    I have not been rafting but my husband and I have canoeing;)

    1. So I’ve never been canoeing. I say we need to mix it up, Cheri! I need to go canoeing, and you guys need to check out rafting. 🙂 Just make sure to bring along a tasty wrap…and I can happily recommend this one! Haha! Thanks so much for your comment!

    1. Hmmm…I didn’t realize Costa Rica had good rafting! Now I’ll have to go to Costa Rica sometime. Twist my arm, Heather! 🙂 Thanks so much for the recommendation!

  5. Yes, isn’t white water rafting fun. Quite exhilarating going up and over rapids and around rocks and getting drenched in the meantime. We did it on the American River before hitting up Yellowstone Park one summer. Great time! And I would have grubbed on these bad boys if they were waiting for me at camp. Well done, dig the spices and sauce on the sweet potatoes, too.

    1. Thanks so much, Kevin! I’ve always wanted to travel out west and see Yellowstone and the other parks out there. Sounds like you guys had a blast! And yes, sweet potatoes make for a great veggie wrap…who would’ve guessed it? 🙂

  6. Inspite of living where there are plenty of options for White Water rafting (I got a Groupon offer almost every week of the summer) I haven’t ever been – I’d have to join Laura and sit out the white water rafting – but, that doesn’t mean I cannot have one of these wraps, does it?? 🙂
    I love the idea of roasted, cumin and paprika drenched, sweet potatoes in it – WITH black beans and Avocado! Though I’d have a hard time not chomping away at those sweet potatoes before they even made it into the wrap!
    Happy Monday David! Hope this week is a good one for ya!

    1. Oh, you should totally go rafting sometime, Shashi! Laura finally broke down and went recently. (Her lab at work was doing a team building outing, and she went…after years of me begging her to go! But she loved it, and I think I can get her to go again next year with me.)

      But yes, even if you stay on shore, I’ll gladly keep one of these wraps aside for you! They’re super tasty! Thanks so much, Shashi. Hope you guys have a great week down there, too!

    1. Haha! Guess we were on the same (sweet potato) wave length yesterday, Manali. Sweet potatoes make for an excellent base in wraps…go figure! 🙂

  7. I would love to go rafting like that! It looks like a great time. I wasn’t sure (from the pictures) if that was sweet potato or tofu. I usually use tofu in wraps like that, but I LOVE the idea of using sweet potato. Thank you for sharing!

    1. You know, it totally does look like tofu…but nope, it’s sweet potato! I loved using sweet potatoes in this wrap. Super fun and super tasty. Oh, and yes, you totally should find a place near you for rafting! Thanks, Amanda! 🙂

    1. Wraps are indeed the best lunch ever!! And yes, do try adding some sweet potatoes in wrap form. They’re pretty awesome, Pamela. Thank you! 🙂

  8. Whitewater rafting is one of those things that I simultaneously want to do and am terrified to do. I once flipped in the rapids in a tube, so yeah. Gotta build up my rapids skills beyond an inflatable piece of plastic.
    Love how you find so many fun things to do with wraps! This is another winner for dinner!

    1. Haha…well a tube is so very different than a raft, Mir! Plus, you’ve got a guide in the raft telling you what to do. (And then pulling you out of the water if you happen to bounce in…although it probably won’t happen!) Wraps are so fun and so easy to make. Sweet potatoes in this one are a new discovery…and I’m kinda obsessed now! 🙂

  9. Dude, this wrap looks awesome and LOVE the sweet potato additon- I’ve been obsessed with bread/sweet potato combo lately (I may chuck a savory twist sometime soon…maybe ha!)

    Glad you got to do some rafting that weekend- It’s on my bucket list!!!

    1. Dude, you totally need to go rafting! It’s awesome! You guys have rivers down there in the Outback, right? 🙂 Also, sweet potato bread. Do it. Oh wait, you already did. Haha!

  10. I see, I see. Every time Laura is away, you are involved in your treacherous activities such as rafting and curling (Why curling? Mmmm….Probably cause of slippery surface haha?) These wraps are genius. When I first saw the picture I thought you finally grabbed a pumpkin from your garden, and I got excited. When I discovered it’s the sweet potato indeed and got even more exhilarated. What a unique and delicious combo, eh? Well done!

    1. Exactly! What’s that saying…when the cat is away, the mouse will play? Yup, that’s it! Oooo…pumpkin would have been a fun addition to these. In fact, you could do a roasted veggie Fall-themed wrap, and it would be pretty awesome. Maybe next time. For now, I’ve got some curling ice to go and run down. 🙂

  11. I’ve never been white water rafting, but it’s on my list of things to do before I do. It seems exciting and dangerous at the same time 🙂 Sounds like your rafting trip started off as a wet and rainy adventure. What a great surprise, sweet potato veggie wraps are not your average packed lunch, who doesn’t need a good vegetable wrap when you’re about to exert lots of energy.

    1. Rafting is so much fun, Mary! And here’s the thing…some rivers are harder to raft than others. So you can totally pick the river based on how comfortable you are with the idea. Either way, the guides in the rafts are there to help! And yes, these sweet potato wraps were a welcome surprise. I’ve never thought about using sweet potatoes in a veggie wrap before! Thanks!! 🙂

  12. Yum, I love Southwestern-style burritos like this! I should definitely try making em with sweet potato. And I’m a big fan of Flatout flatbreads too.

    Whitewater rafting sounds like a fun day to me! I went when I was a kid, but my hubby has never been & has been wanting to go.. so maybe we’ll do that sometime in the near future!

    1. Yes! Flatout wraps filled with sweet potatoes are awesome…I would never have guessed how fun sweet potatoes are in a veggie wrap! Oh, and definitely put whitewater rafting on your list. I bet you have some great places to raft out there in Cali! Thanks, Nicole! 🙂

    1. Oh, you should definitely go rafting, Megan! Just start out on some easier rapids. Plus, there’s a guide in the boat who knows what to do…so all you have to do is paddle! And yes, sweet potatoes in a wrap are super awesome. Give ’em a try! Thanks!!

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