My family Easter dinner was a potluck this year, and I was very excited to be able to bring a healthy contribution to my family dinner! I don't normally think of myself as having many dietary restrictions as, when I cook for myself, I just cook the things I like to eat, aka lots of fruit and veggies; but when thinking about something to bring to the potluck and trying to come up with a healthy option everyone would like, I became a bit stumped. What could I bring that was gluten free, meat free, and dairy free? When you search Pinterest for potluck ideas, everything is laden with carbs, meat and cheese, not my idea of a healthy meal... So two days later while out for Thai food I ordered fresh spring rolls, and thought, oh wow, I'd love to be able to make these for the potluck! After doing a bit of research and deciding what ingredients I wanted to use, I went shopping found the necessary items required, and set to work! Spring rolls are surprisingly easy to make, and quite fun!
Spring roll skin
1 large cucumber
Purple cabbage - finely shaved/chopped
Spinach - de-stemmed
Cilantro also de-stemmed
Thai sweet chile sauce , peanut sauce and hoisin sauce for dipping the spring rolls in
A close up look at the hard spring roll skin!
1. Chop and julienne your ingredients to go inside the spring rolls
A. Halve the cucumber when slicing and remove the inside seeds
B. make sure all ingredients will fit evenly inside the middle of the spring rolls
2. To soften the spring roll skin to be able to roll it, you will need to submerge it in warm water for 20-30 seconds
3. Once the skin is soft, don't leave in the water too long or it will become difficult to work with, remove it from the water and lay it out flat. I choose to lay down parchment paper to keep it from sticking to my cutting board.
4. Place your ingredients in the middle top of the skin wrap, making sure be aware which ingredients will be shown on the outside of the wrap when it is rolled
5. Fold the outside edges of the skin on top of the ingredients
6. Once the outside edges have been folded over, begin rolling from the top, pulling tight as you roll
7. The spring roll skin will stick to itself and form a tight roll after you finish rolling it, completing the process.
8. Slice diagonally across to eat and enjoy a variety of dipping sauces
Our family Easter dinner table was so bright and colorful this year, a testament to my family's new and improved healthy eating habits! We definitely ate a rainbow of healthy fruits and vegetables this year!