Monday, January 4, 2010

Recipe: Spring Rolls...with an accent

A Minnesota accent to be precise.

FOX 9 had me in their kitchen on Saturday morning to make something healthy for the New Year. My first thought...Spring Rolls! Believe it or not, they are super easy to make, are low carb, gluten-free and can go from vegan to meat-eater in nothing flat.

So what gave our Spring Rolls a Minnesota accent? Local pork, roasted butternut squash and sauteed Brussels Sprouts. Seriously. It. Is. Really. Good.

Here's some instructions on how to make your own Spring Rolls [use whatever ingredients you like], followed by recipes for two whip-it-together sauces. Family dinner just got a lot more healthy + fun, and a lot less complicated.

Spring Roll How To:
1 Package spring roll wrappers (found in Asian section of most grocery stores)
Vegetables, Herbs, Tofu + Meats of choice to fill
[carrots, arugula, cucumber, cilantro, mint, butternut squash, brussels sprouts, kale, etc]
Large pie plate or sheet pan with hot tap water
Damp tea towel

Place spring roll wrapper in hot water until pliable
Gently place on damp towel (to prevent sticking)
Blot wrapper with dry paper towel until wrapper is slightly sticky
Place fillings of choice on bottom 1/3 of wrapper
Fold bottom over fillings
Fold sides over fillings to form a 'burrito shape'
Neatly roll up rest of wrapper

Serve immediatley with your favorite dipping sauces

Asian Fridge Sauce
makes approx. 1/2C

2T orange marmalade
1 1/2T tamari (or more to taste)
1T water
juice of 1/2 a lime
1/2t real maple syrup (optional)
Whisk all ingredients together until combined. Use immediately or refrigerate covered
for up to 3 days.

Sunny Sauce
makes approx. 1/2 C

2T Sunbutter (sunflower seed butter) or peanut butter
1T tamari
2t rice vinegar
1T ketchup
2T water
juice of 1/2 lime (or more to taste)
drizzle of toasted sesame oil (optional)
Sriracha or other chili-garlic sauce to taste (optional)
1T fresh cilantro, finely chopped (optional)
In a medium bowl, add first 6 ingredients and whisk until smooth. Add optional
ingredients, if desired and whisk until combined. Use immediately or refrigerate covered
for up to 3 days.

Video to come....

1 comment:

  1. Tamari is a wheat-free soy sauce. Use regular soy sauce if you have it!