These spring rolls just taste like summer. They’re cool, light, and crisp. I usually make the peanut sauce first, using a food processor, and the base of this sauce can double as a great salad dressing! Unfortunately, this is a perfect example of how I’m not much of a recipe follower. Use the suggested ingredients below in whatever quantities appeal to your taste buds. Let your stomach be your guide. Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce By Bob Cat Ingredients: For the Sauce – Garlic Ginger Olive Oil Sesame Oil Herbs (Use whatever is available – Cilantro, Basil, Parsley, Thyme, Sage, Dill, Oregano, etc.) Apple Cider Vinegar Soy Sauce or Tamari Hot Sauce (I prefer Sriracha.) Lime Juice (Optional.) Spices (Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Chili Powder and/or Cayenne, etc.)* 1-3 tbsp. Peanut Butter (Use to taste, depending on how peanut-buttery you like things.) Water (I usually add a splash to make it go further, but it depends on what kind of consistency you like.) *If you stop right here, this makes a really awesome salad dressing. For the Rolls- Veggies of choice, chopped finely (Whatever you have will do – Cabbage, Kale, Chard, Lettuce, Spinach, Onions, Peppers, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Radishes, Carrots, Beets, Turnips, Scallions, Avocados, etc.) Rice Noodles/Bean Threads, cooked (Optional.) Rice Wrappers, softened in a pan with a little hot water (You can find these at most grocery stores or health food stores in the Asian section.) Instructions: Lay Rice Wrapper flat. Load up with Veggies and drizzle with sauce. To create roll, bring bottom triangle of Wrapper up and lay on top of Veggies. Wrapper should stick to Veggies. Then, fold the two sides in, so edges stick to bottom piece of already folded wrapper. Finally, fold top triangle down. *Image Courtesy of: http://blog.eatnuts.com/recipes/appetizers/item/thai-spring-rolls-with-almond-dipping-sauce.
These wraps are quick and easy, for those days when you don’t feel like cooking (or eating a salad) but still want a good meal. Just a few simple steps. Ready in minutes! Hummus & Veggie Wraps By Bob Cat Ingredients: Wraps (I prefer pitas without the pockets – more like a flat bread – but tortilla wraps work, as well.) Hummus (Homemade, if you have time.) Any Veggies available (Greens, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Onions, Peppers, Radishes, Carrots, Beets, Turnips – basically, everything in your CSA box, right now.) Cheese of choice (I prefer Goat Cheese or Feta.) Olives, Avocados, or Jalapeños (Optional.) Dressing (I recommend Annie’s Goddess or Ginger Sesame.) Instructions: Lay Wrap flat. Slather on Hummus. Layer Veggies. Layer or crumble Cheese. Drizzle Dressing. Roll and enjoy! Image Courtesy of: http://www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/hummus-and-veggie-lavash-wraps/.
Kale can be very tough and chewy when eaten raw, but I have three words for you to help you make it tender and delicious. MASSAGE THOSE GREENS! The recipe below includes this important step, and it makes all the difference. Kale & Chickpea Salad By Briel Driscoll Serves 4-6. Ingredients: 1 bunch of Kale, stems removed and leaves chopped 5 Radishes slices as thin as you can 5 Garlic Scapes, diced 1 cup cooked or canned Chickpeas 1/4 teaspoon Salt 4 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar 2 teaspoons Olive Oil 1 teaspoon Honey Freshly ground Black Pepper to taste Instructions: Sprinkle Salt over Kale and massage into greens until the kale begins to soften and release liquids. Add remaining ingredients and continue to massage until mixed well. Enjoy! Unlike leaf-lettuce salads, this salad will store well in the fridge for several days and will even become more tender and tasty as it sits.