READY TO ROLL…. Lighten it up, gobble it down!

So – Spring is here.. or rather feels like SUMMER in VT and everything is lightening up, getting out, and coming straight off the farm. Longer days, lighter mornings and meals that feel refreshing! Enter RICE PAPER SPRING ROLLS 😉 no gluten, no heavy starch – fill them with your favorite things and find a variety of goodness, a variety of flavors every time you try them; Spicy or sweet they are always a home run! Here is just one variation. See below for all the ideas of what to put in them!

RICE PAPER SPRING ROLLS

  • 4 8″ Rice paper wrappers
  • 1/4 C Cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 Avocado sliced lengthwise ( squeeze a lemon over the top while you prepare other things)
  • 1/2 Cucumber, peeled, cut lengthwise, seeded & cut into small strips
  • 1 Carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1/4 Red cabbage, shredded
  • Butter leaf lettuce
  • 1/4 C nuts ( raw almonds, cashews.. chopped)
  • *YUMMY optional ingredients: Tofu, rice noodles, spiralized zucchini noodles, bean sprouts, any sprouts really, basil, any veggies, bell peppers, tomatoe, spinach shrredded, marinated portobello or other mushrooms, scallion, mint, mango, radish, soba noodles,… rooster sauce for spice lovers!

QUICK ALMOND DIPPING SAUCE 2/3 C

  • Whisk 1/4 C Raw almond butter, 1/4 C warm water and 1 T soy sauce; lime juice, chili garlic sauce & maple syrup – blend or whisk until smooth!

EASY LEMON TAHINI 2/3 C

  • 1/3 C tahini, 1/3 C warm water, 1 lemon juiced, 1 clove garlic, 1t cumin, pinch cayanne, sea salt to taste.

EASY SWEET CHILI SAUCE 1/2 C

  • Whisk 1/4 C sweet chili sauce & 2 T ea of white rice vinegar and water until smooth

 

  1. Prepare your ingredients first – clean, chop, shred anything you plan to place in your roll
  2. Dampen a clean kitchen towel and lay it flat on the counter
  3. Fill a wide, shallow dish with warm water and soak 1 wrapper until it begins to soften ( 3-5 seconds) then transfer to the kitchen towel
  4. Place your chopped cilantro or basil on the center of the wrap first leaving a 1″ border on eah side – then place butter lettuce leaf; center of the wrap.
  5. layer your ingredients, 1/4 of them ( cucumber, cabbage, carrot, avocado) and sprinkle with nuts – careful not to over fill
  6. Fold the bottom of the wrapper ( the edge nearest to you) over the filling, tuck in sides, and continue to roll into a tight roll.
  7. Transfer to a plate ( if you are making a large batch cover with damp towel) and repeat

*** Now I always over fill 😉 so the solution here is to extend the butter lettuce to one side of the wrap so that one ends remains open – more like you would wrap a falafel 😉 or like the picture here. Try your hand at it, see what you like – and just go for it! Its fun!!! ONE  great idea for parties is to prep all the ingredients and place them on a table – family style… let your guests wrap their own!

 

**** SHOP: look for rice paper wrapper, also known as banh trang in the international section of the foods section. ROLL: be careful not to over soak the wrappers, which will cause your rolls to split when assembled. SERVE: If you are making them for your guests and opting out of the family style party, cut the rolls in 1/2 and enjoy with one or all of the dipping sauces! Keep a damp towel on them if you are preparing them ahead of time so that they stay soft and YUMMY!