Spring Rolls NOT FRIED!

Whenever Mr. Gaunt and I go to Pho, we always get the Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce. they are really fresh and yummy. Not that a deep-fried spring roll isnt yummy every now and then, these ones are just so guilt free.

I have been wanting to try to make them for a long time, but could never find the right wrappers. I could always find the kind you fry, but not the fresh ones. Last week I was at Whole Foods looking at the Asian Noodles, and there they were! I guess I assumed they would be in the refrigerator section like the frying kind. They aren’t, they are dried on the shelf in the asian aisle.

A few days later Mr. Gaunt and I walked (yup we walked 3+ miles 3 times this week!) to Whole Foods and got some veggies to make these rolls. I didnt really have a specific recipe, but a number of them said to use the following:

-Cucumber

-Cilantro

-Carrots

-Sprouts (that we got in our Door to Door Organics box)

-Cabage

-Shrimp (optional if you are doing Vegan or Vegetarian version)

Off on our walk

Wearing my new "Habitualize Kale" shirt! So bad ass!

Things are blooming and all the streets smell like cherry blossoms.

My new produce bags that I purchased on Etsy. Awesome!

I definitely wouldn’t say these are easy or fast. Theres a lot of prep work, and a lot of mess because you cut everything into tiny match sticks. You have to thaw shrimp and you dip the rice paper wrap in water to make it soft. I think these are well worth paying for. Still kind of fun to make.

All the veggies prepped and ready to go.

Rice paper ready to soak and get soft.

Ready to Wrap

The wrapping was the hardest part. I imagine its like learning to swaddle a baby, the first time you do it its all messy and not tight. I struggled to not tear or tangle the rice paper. In the end a few were ok looking, but most of them were saggy and wrinkled. Oh well. Also we didn’t do peanut sauce, so we just dipped it in Hoisin Sauce that we already had on hand.

Hoisin Salmon and Pearl Couscous

Mr. Gaunt is back from New Mexico..yay! My weekend without him was actually pretty ok, I went out with friends on Friday and Saturday and did some house work and grocery shopping on Sunday. I also hit up Savers and got some cute dresses that I will share tomorrow. I also made a huge pot of this soup which I ate all weekend, so yummy, and not too bad for yah.

Tonight we are just keeping it low-key, I got a pretty nasty cold this weekend that seems to only be getting worse, boo. This weekend I picked up this Basil and Herb Pearl Couscous. I’ve never made Couscous but it looked pretty yummy, and nutrition wise it’s not too bad, a little high in calories but also high in fiber and protein.

Mr. Gaunt LOVES weird things like Italian Wedding Soup and Gnocchi so I figured he would like the little pearls. He did. I also made Hoisin Salmon which is super easy. I literally rub Hoisin Sauce all over a salmon filet and bake for 20 minutes at 350. We are really trying to do more salmon and less Tilapia. Anyways food was on the table by 5:30!

For desert I had Fat Free Raspberry Sorbet with honey (honey on sorbet is sooo good! It gets chewy!) and a Vanilla Pizzelle cookie. I buy these at Whole Foods and they are the BEST! They taste like a fresh waffle cone, and they are only 23 Calories and 1 gram of fat per cookie. Be careful though, they are addictive.