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“Use what you have” Spring Rolls

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in Blog, Lunch, Snacks | 1 comment

“Use what you have” Spring Rolls

I used to by the pre-made spring rolls from Whole Foods all the time.  They are not cheap at about $7 a container I figured it was time I experimented with rice paper at home, seeing as this was the only thing holding me back from making them myself.  Turns out rice paper isn’t so bad, you soak it in water for about 40 seconds and it becomes soft, then you can roll veggies, fruit, or even fish in it.  These will last in the fridge for about 2-3 days, so make some ahead of time and take them to work with you!  I like to dip mine in peanut sauce, tamari or in what else, guacamole! What you decide to put in the rice paper is up to you, use whatever veggies you have on hand, make it tropical by adding some pineapple, or mango, or add extra protein by throwing leftover shrimp or chicken.  There is no frying involved so this is a better option than ordering fried spring rolls from a takeout restaurant.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1/2 small cucumber, sliced thin
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced in strips
  • diced pineapple, mango, or apple(optional)
  • protein of your choice, shrimp, chicken, salmon(optional)
  • spring roll rice paper
  • large bowl filled with luke warm water

Preparation:

  1. Add one sheet of rice paper to large bowl with water.  Let it soak for about 40-60 seconds until it becomes somewhat soft, but not too soggy.
  2. Remove rice paper from water, and place it on a cutting board.  Get a paper towel to dab the rice paper dry, being careful not to rip the rice paper
  3. Place about 2-3 strips of romaine lettuce(optional towards the bottom of rice paper.  The Lettuce helps to keep everything else in place, I did not use lettuce in my rolls simply because I didn’t have it. If you not using lettuce, skip this step.
  4. Add additional fillings(about a small palm size full), bell pepper, cucumber, guacamole-whatever you’re using-on top of lettuce.
  5. Wrap up like burrito!  Roll the wrap once, to cover the filling, then fold the sides in and continue to wrap.  This may take a few times to get it right, don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect because it will taste good regardless of its appearance.
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 until you’ve used all your filling.
  7. Dip in your choice of sauce and enjoy.

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  1. This looks delicious and so easy!

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