Thursday, March 25, 2010

Wrapping and Rolling

Good morning lovelies!   How goes it? 

I’m excited it’s Thursday and this week has flown by.  This morning I went on a great hike.   Pushing the jog stroller and going straight up is definitely a good workout.  My legs feel like jello right now.  I think I will be spending some quality time with my foam roller later today.   I love the way rolling on it feels like a deep tissue massage. 

Speaking of rolling, I’ve been on a roll with making different “wraps/rolls” lately.  I’ve professed my undying love of spring rolls in the past.  I can even make some pretty decent homemade ones like these

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and these:

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The rice paper is the hardest part, but once you get a system going, it gets easier. 

Lately, I haven’t had the luxury of having enough time to make them in a big batch, so I’ve turned to using greens as my “wraps.”  This way I can enjoy one or two made fresh every day as a little pre-dinner appetizer.

Collard Greens:

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Last week when cabbage was on sale for dirt cheap, I bought it not really having a plan.  Well, low and behold, the big cabbage leaves make a good wrap as well.  I steamed them for about 45 seconds in the microwave to make them easier to bend/roll. 

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And last, but certainly not the last time I will make these again, the chard leaf wrap.   The chard in my garden is finally large enough to use the leaves as wraps.  As with the collard greens, you will want to cut a little of the thick stem off. 

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Now, for the filling – that is usually something different every time.  My favorite is traditional spring roll filling like rice noodles, lettuce, carrots, and mint or cilantro.   But, really let your imagination go wild.  I use leftover grilled veggies and goat cheese, or hummus and apple, etc.  when I’m just wanting a quick appetizer to hold me over until dinner is ready.  The key is to have a good “dip.”   A good peanut sauce, Averie’s Vegan Tahini Dressing, bar-b-que sauce, what ever floats your boat, you know.

What are your favorite type of “wrap” fillings and do you roll? 

5 comments:

  1. Wow, those wraps look wonderful! I have a hankering for spring rolls now!
    I like lettuce, cilantro/basil, carrot shreds and cuke shreds in my spring rolls - with a nice spicy peanut sauce!
    I need to email you too, I'm headed to AZ in a few weeks!

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  2. These look incredible!! I love how you used greens!!

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  3. the wraps look fantastic...cabbage, collards, chard, rice paper...you are my Wrap Guru!!! I still havent found rice paper and was too unorganized to order it...oh well :) Anyway next week I am kinda slammed, let's make it the week after...Apr 6 or 8, just LMK. We can do same place and time if that works or aim for outdoors, novel concept if weather cooperates:)

    Thank you for the link back :)

    But seriously you outdid yourself on these wraps!!
    and love the new layout/color a ton!

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  4. Yum, the food looks FANTASTIC! I love real spring rolls, that aren't deep fried.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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