It's a healthy way to get more vegetables into a meal! Julie Hasson, author of the cookbook Vegan Casseroles, joined us to share her blueprint for spring rolls:
Veggie Spring Rolls
- About 8 rice paper wrappers
- Fresh mint, Thai basil, or cilantro leaves
- Sautéed or baked tofu, cut into strips (see recipe below)
- About 2 cups cooked and cooled rice
- Veggies of choice
- Shredded red cabbage
- Baby lettuce mix
- Organic baby spinach
- Spiralized, raw veggies such as daikon radish, zucchini or carrots
- Fresh fruit, such as fresh pineapple slices, cut into 4 to 5-inch strips, mango, and Mandarin oranges
- Avocado, pitted and sliced
- Carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks or spiralized
- Seedless cucumber, peeled and cut into matchsticks
- 1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced, optional
- Working one at a time, place your dried rice paper wrapper under hot water for several seconds until wet. It should still feel stiff and not soft. Place the dampened wrapper on a silicone-baking mat. On the bottom quarter of the wrapper, place a strip of your veggies of choice, a few mint leaves, a few slices of tofu and about 2 to 3 tablespoons of cooked rice. Gently fold the wrapper over once, tucking in the edges, and continue tightly rolling until the seam is sealed. Place the rolls seam-side down on a serving platter and cover with damp towel to keep fresh. Repeat with the remaining rolls.
- Serve the rolls with a dipping sauce and serve. You can easily double or triple this recipe. The spring rolls don’t keep very well
- NOTE: To make the sautéed tofu, cut extra firm tofu into strips the size of French fries, and sauté in a lightly greased cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook the tofu, turning the strips as necessary until the tofu is golden brown. Splash with a little tamari and cook another minute or two until the tofu is lightly caramelized. Taste the tofu and if it needs more flavor, squirt it with a little more tamari. Remove from the heat and cool.
- NOTE: To make a dipping sauce, I like to combine reduced-sodium tamari with a splash of rice vinegar and a little Sriracha. Alternately, you can serve the rolls with your favorite peanut or dipping sauce.
I used a Veggie Bullet for the spiralized, sliced and shredded veggies
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