VEGGIE SPRING ROLLS

Thai Spring Rolls up close

Thai Spring Rolls up close

When I was a kid (9 or 10 years old maybe?), my Mom would take me to this Thai restaurant in the town that I grew up in.  I don't remember ordering anything other than spring rolls and Thai iced tea.  It was such a treat, and I also remember feeling like it was such a "grown up" place to eat.  Special times with my Mom. Anyway, not much has changed, because I still order spring rolls at just about every Thai or Vietnamese restaurant I go to.  I love the freshness, and of course the peanut dipping sauce. There is a local Vietnamese restaurant that Greg and I like to frequent, and they have the BEST spring rolls!  Not to mention, the greatest phở I have ever had.  Can you tell I love Mai's?!

Spring rolls are something that I make at home often.  They can serve a bunch of people, healthy, and pretty simple to make!  Yay!

Thai Spring Roll Ingredients

Thai Spring Roll Ingredients

Veggie Spring Rolls, makes 3 spring rolls

3 rice papers 1 c. rice noodles, cooked 1 c. romaine, chopped 1 mango, sliced 2 carrots, matchstick size 6 sprigs of mint 1 tbsp. sesame seeds 1/2 c. peanut sauce, for dipping

Rice Paper in water

Rice Paper in water

You will make each spring roll individually, as you need to soak each rice paper separately.  This may seem time consuming, but once you get in a rhythm, it goes by quickly.  Have a bowl of luke warm water, and a plate with a damp paper towel next to it.  Soak the rice paper until it has a jelly-pliable consistency.  Then place on plate.  Excess moisture will dry up.

Thai Spring Rolls up close 2

Thai Spring Rolls up close 2

Start building your spring roll!  Place softer ingredients on the bottom and top (lettuce & noodles), and harder ingredients in the middle (carrots).  This is so the carrots don't puncture the rice paper, and break them.  Then, tightly and gently roll them like you would a burrito (sides first).  Repeat until finished, slice diagonally in half, and dip in peanut sauce.  I like to add a bit of Sriracha for a kick, too!

Thai Spring Rolls

Thai Spring Rolls

I love how pretty these look, and they taste just as amazing!  Try them!  I dare you!  :)

xo.  Jen

P.S.  They are also gluten-free, vegan (depending on your peanut sauce ingredients), and packed full of vitamins!  Woo-hoo!