Sometimes I have made the mistake of buying rice paper rolls, and it *almost* always turns me off them completely. Who wants a rice paper roll full of rice noodles, a bit of lettuce, a mint leaf if you’re lucky, and no flavour?
Yesterday we had a picnic in the park for my youngest’s 3rd birthday. And this is what we came up with:
I got my inspiration from this Basil blog here but have altered the recipe. Still, worth a read!
My husband dutifully julienned the carrot, cucumber, celery and capsicum. He finely chopped the wombok cabbage, spring onion and we had some bean shoots and basil leaves.
Fresh, colourful, nutrient-rich foods with a tiny bit of rice noodles added into the mix. I also made a healthy nut-paste to drizzle inside it for some extra flavour. You can find that below.
Spicy Nut Sauce:
1/2 spanish (purple) onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic
1/4 tspn dried chilli flakes (vary according to taste)
2 T nut butter (we used an almond, cashew and brazil nut spread from the health food shop. You could use peanut butter which is slightly less healthy but also yum 🙂 )
1 T Tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1 T Dark soy sauce
2 T dark agave nectar
2 T rice bran oil
seasoning with salt
Saute the garlic, onion and chilli before adding the rest of the ingredients. Once it is warmed, and mixed, then take it off the heat and let it cool before adding to your rice paper rolls. You may need to adjust the agave/salt content depending on what nut spread you use. It will need less if you use peanut butter. But just alter it to the degree that it tastes agreeable to you!
These rice paper rolls really are delicious…and so light and healthy! Hope you enjoy. If you have never made them before, buy rice paper roll papers in the Asian section of the supermarket and vermicelli noodles and follow their instructions on the packet. And fill the rice papers with goodies before wrapping them up! It can be time consuming to wrap a lot of them (as I discovered yesterday!) but they really are worth it!