Friday, April 27, 2012

Spring Rolls in Spring Time

I have never made spring rolls but had a fascination with the beautiful rice wrappers. I had seen them on a cooking show before and wanted to try them out. 

I started by making a healthy filling for the spring rolls. I cheated a bit and bought a bag of broccoli slaw. It had shredded cabbage, carrots and brocolini in it. 

I sauteed some thinly sliced onions, then added the slaw, 1/8 cup lean, diced ham and a good amount of grated ginger. I cooked the veggies down and and seasoned with a little soy sauce, sesame oil and rice vinegar. 

Now for the rice wrapper transformation. Not many photos here since it takes both hands. I boiled a pan of water, turned off heat and let cool enough that I could stick my hand in it. Then tightly holding the rice wrapper, I dipped one side of the wrapper in the water for 10 seconds, flipped and dipped the other side for 10 seconds and then once more on the first side. Quickly I put the wrapper on a plate with a bit of water on it so it didn't stick.

Once the wrapper was completely flexible I put a scoop of the filling on it and rolled it.


I put them on a sheet pan and baked them at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. You could eat them without cooking them too.

While the spring rolls baked I made sushi rolls. 

Once the spring rolls are baked and the sushi has been cut, you have a wonderful, tasty and healthy meal! The rice wrappers only have 33 calories a piece and the filling is full of nutrition and low calorie. 

All of the food is extremely filling for the actually amount of calories. That is my kind of meal.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Food Beautiful Food

I enjoyed photographing meals a few weeks ago so much that I did it again. 

Monday: Egg Rolls, Steamed Rice and Bean Sprout Stir-fry

I haven't had bean sprouts forever. They were on sale this week so I made mini egg rolls with diced turkey ham, celery and bean sprouts and baked them. The stir-fry was made with thinly sliced onions, bean sprouts, red peppers, mushrooms and broccoli. Yum!

Tuesday: Turkey Tenderloin, Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Rice

I was un-inspired to cook on Tuesday. I managed to dice and roast some sweet potatoes with salt, pepper and thyme. I baked a tenderloin of turkey that I seasoned with dijon, salt, pepper, thyme and a little panko. The rice was a frozen steamer bag and had spinach and peppers in the mix.

Tuesday: Sweet Treat

If I am looking for a sweet treat I usually have a square of dark chocolate. Since I had fresh strawberries around I decided to melt the chocolate square and pour over a strawberry. It was a match made in heaven.

Wednesday: Asian Style Salmon with Bok Choy

I usually cook bok choy with tofu but deiced to find a new recipe. I found a great one on the Cooking Light website. Salmon and Bok Choy cooked side by side and quickly under a broiler. DH and I both loved it.

Thursday: Egg Rolls, Steamed Rice and Bean Sprout Stir-fry

I was having a hard time thinking of what to cook for dinner. I had lots of veggies still, so I repeated the menu from earlier in the week.  Just as tasty!

Sunday: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

DH did it, he talked me in to making homemade noodles for homemade chicken and noodle soup. He helped with all the chopping and I just had to make noodles and assemble the soup. It's a much easier task with some help.

Monday: Tofu Burgers, Spinach Quinoa and Broccoli

I made quinoa like a usually do, with sauteed onion then added fresh spinach at the end of cooking to wilt. I topped the tofu burgers I made with feta and steamed some fresh broccoli. Green Meals Rule. 

Tuesday: TVP "Meatballs", Roasted Potatoes and Mixed Veggies

I haven't cooked TVP for awhile and decided to make a meatless recipe with them. They came together wonderfully and were super tasty! The potatoes were cubed, herbed up and then roasted. I was limited on fresh veggies so I steamed some frozen, mixed veggies. Yummm...