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. That is why I’ve really enjoyed making food like these vegetable spring rolls, that are packed full of vegetables.
Last night I was craving spring rolls, so I threw together some veggie spring rolls for the us. 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 made in the Instant Pot, 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 my hubby 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.
What you’ll love about these vegetable spring rolls?
- They’re vegan. Safe for everyone to enjoy.
- You can customize the vegetables inside. Add avocado or take out the carrots. You can play with the fillings.
- They preserve in the fridge. You didn’t finish them all? That’s alright, eat them as leftovers.
Vegan Spring Rolls with Spicy Thai Sauce
- 14 pieces Rice Paper one sheet per roll
- 1 cucumber, cut into matchsticks
- ½ carrots, bag of matchstick cut
- 14 pieces grilled asparagus or oven roasted
- 1 tsp olive oil
- ½ tsp seasoning salt
- 1 cup white rice
Spicy Thai Dipping Sauce
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tsp corn starch
- ½ tbsp soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
- 1 tsp ginger paste
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- ¼ 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 and seasoned salt.
- Grill on high heat for 3 minutes (or bake in the oven for 7 minutes at 350°F).
- 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.
Spicy Thai Sauce
- 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!
Let me know what you like/dislike or what you thought of your spring rolls! Hope you enjoy.