I love asian food – in every form. I love vegetables in every form. I didn’t really want to spend way too much money on take out or delivery when I only wanted something light, so why not make it myself?
I bought some things:
gluten free rice paper wrappers and…
the best tasting, least expensive prepared tofu out there. Of course, you could always prepare your own, but I wasn’t feeling that ambitious.
[[full recipe at the end of the post]]
Gather and prepare all ingredients:
arrange them on a moistened rice paper wrapper:
wrap it all up, nice and tight
what asian appetizer would be complete without some spicy peanut sauce?
whisk it all together
and stick the rest in the fridge for a snack or for tomorrow’s lunch
or take some to work!
I grabbed one of these as a mid-morning snack, I had barely any time to eat a real breakfast.
Easy-Breezy Summer Rolls (Vegan)
- spring roll rice paper wrappers (NOT egg roll wrappers)
- 1 large cucumber
- 3 large carrots
- leafy greens (I used mixed kale, spinach would be really good too)
- 1 block baked, seasoned tofu (I used TJ’s)
- mint leaves (basil or cilantro would also be good, but choose one)
Directions: Cut all veggies and fillings into spears or shreds of your desired size. Run the rice paper wrapper under cold water for about 15-20 seconds or until the entire sheet is moist, and place it on a flat surface. Place one large leaf of your greens, a few carrots and cucumbers, 1 or 2 small strips of tofu, and some chopped up mint in the center of the wrapper. Fold it over and wrap it tight – my taste tester (mom) thought compact rolls were crunchier and more enjoyable. Note: if the wrappers are too dry or too wet, they will break. Be careful not to over-soak them. Makes 10-12 rolls.
Spicy Peanut Sauce
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Directions: whisk together all ingredients! Note: you can use as much or as little pepper as you like, or use chili paste. I think it would have been better with chili past I did not have any on hand. Also, you can adjust the honey & vinegar content to suit your taste buds. If you are looking for a smoother peanut sauce, toss all the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
you can pretty much put whatever you want into these babies. Some other suggestions: cream cheese (instead of tofu) for the traditionalist, rice vermicelli, sprouts, jicama, you name it!
What’s your favorite world cuisine? I love all international food, especially exotic flavours and spices.