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Vegan Summer Rolls

Posted in rachel's recipes, Uncategorized on Aug 16,2012

Vegan Summer Rolls 

Theres something about biting into a sticky, crunchy, summery fresh roll that just makes you feel lighter and healthier. These summer rolls are bursting with flavor from fresh basil, bean sprouts, sweet carrots and peanuts. You can add chicken or shrimp to these if you’d like, but I prefer them with tofu. The key to these spring rolls is less is more when it comes to the tamari and peanut sauce, more is more with the produce – these taste AWESOME with a lot of fresh basil and crisp vegetables.

  • Start by setting up your work station. You will need a plate with all of your fillings arranged – spinach, purple cabbage, bean sprouts, carrot shreds, fresh basil, and a simple thai peanut sauce.
  • Next fill a large bowl with warm water for wetting your rice wrappers
  • Have a clean surface ready to make your rolls on, some paper towels for drying off extra water, and one more plate to serve your finished creations.     

Ingredients

Spring roll wrappers (can find these in the ethnic aisle of most food stores)
Warm water
Extra firm cubed organic tofu
1 cup sliced shitake mushrooms
1/2 cup peanuts
1-2 Tbsp tamari
1 tsp sesame oil
Handful fresh baby spinach
Handful purple cabbage, shredded
Handful bean sprouts
Handful shredded carrots
small bunch fresh basil
Peanut sauce

In a pan heat 1 tsp sesame oil, add shitake mushrooms, drained tofu, and peanuts. Add tamari. Stir fry for a few minutes until tofu and mushrooms are cooked. Let cool.
Working one roll at a time, dip rice wrapper into warm water for 10 seconds, gently removing place wrapper on plate and blot dry with paper towel. Fill center of wrapper with a few tbsps stir fry mixture, a few pieces spinach and basil, some bean sprouts, cabbage, and carrots. Drizzle about 1/2 tsp peanut sauce on top. Fold in the top and bottom sides of the wrapper, then roll wrapper shut. Place finished roll on separate plate and begin next roll.

These are much more filling than they appear and make an excellent meal on their own. Happy clean eating : )

 

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