Happy Friday! We’ve made it another week through the chaos that is parenthood. This little babe is the best thing that I could have ever asked for, but still gives us some challenges. Last night she had a bad gassy belly and was up quite a bit. We didn’t sleep very well, but since we’ve cut our eating out down, I feel that I can function much better on a bad night of sleep.
Last night I was craving spring rolls, so I threw together some veggie spring rolls for the husband and I. I’ve made wontons before, but never worked with this rice paper. I watched a video on how to roll the spring rolls and then threw together some ingredients that we had in the fridge. I grilled asparagus with some seasoned salt and olive oil, made some white rice, cut up a cucumber into matchsticks, and then matchstick cut carrots.
The dipping sauce was based off Genius Kitchen’s Thai dipping sauce. We modified it with less sugar and a bit spicier since Matt likes things with a kick. I didn’t use any tofu or significant source of protein being I’m not a huge fan of the texture of tofu, and I wasn’t sure how chickpeas would go with the vegetables in these spring rolls (plus they’d be difficult to eat. Honestly, with just the veggies and rice these were plenty filling. I ended up making 14 rolls, so we had some leftovers, and barely made a dent in the rice paper pack.
This was one of those things where it was a clean out the fridge recipe. We went a little crazy on the cucumbers when we were grocery shopping this weekend, so I’ve been using them at every available opportunity. We had some spring rolls at a local restaurant that had some fresh veggies in them and a chili sauce for dipping, and I had a new found love of spring rolls. Working with the rice paper is a bit challenging, however it was fun!
Normally I’d throw avocado in something like this, but this week I tried eating guacamole for the first time since she was born and we both paid for it. I had an upset stomach all night, and she was extremely gassy and fussy. So now I know that unfortunately avocado is out for me. 🙁 Anyway, there’s still a lot of other options out there. These turned out great and were fairly easy to throw together.
Vegetable Spring Rolls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 14 rolls
Rice Paper – one sheet per roll, I made 14
1 cucumber – cut into matchsticks
1/2 bag of matchstick carrots (about 1 1/2 cups)
14 pieces grilled asparagus
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp Lawry’s seasoned salt
1 cup white rice
1/4 cup water
1 Tbsp coconut sugar (brown sugar if you don’t have coconut sugar)
1 tsp corn starch
1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp ginger paste
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- Cook rice with 2 cups water – I use a rice cooker or instant pot.
- Cut up cucumber into matchsticks (normally I cut into quarters and then matchsticks from the quarters)
- Place asparagus (ends trimmed) on aluminum foil and toss with olive oil an seasoned salt
- Grill on high heat for 3 minutes
- Remove from heat and cut into thirds
- Place a piece of rice paper in a dish of water and allow it to soften
- Place softened rice paper on a moist cutting board or flat surface
- About 1/3 of the way up layer pieces of cucumber (about 6 pieces), carrots (2 large pinches or 2 spoonfuls), 3 pieces of asparagus, and about 2 tbsp of rice
- Fold in the sides and then roll. It should be tight, but not so tight the paper rips
- Repeat until you have enough rolls, without cutting an additional cucumber, I made 14
- To make sauce, mix all ingredients in a bowl
- Place bowl in microwave and heat for 1 minute
- Remove from heat and stir, place back in for an additional 30 seconds
- (If you prefer to not use a microwave, you can make the sauce over a burner on the stove, just heat until sauce thickens)
- Eat up!
You can use sliced avocado, crispy or browned tofu, and/or rice noodles in these as well. Very accommodating to your taste buds. For a dipping sauce, also try out sweet chili sauce, or even soy sauce if you don’t want the kick from the thai dipping sauce. Let me know what you like/dislike or what you thought of your spring rolls! Hope you enjoy.