Kitchen Challenge: Homemade Spring Rolls – Jan 17

This recipe was inspired from a fellow co-worker. We had a Thursday Tapas party during the Holiday Season (since there so few of us) and she made these delectable yummies – Spring Rolls! Since I returned the day the party was happening, I didn’t bring anything. However, she asked if I would partake in assembly and I thought they were going to be SO complicated. However, I WAS SO WRONG!!

W.R.O.N.G!!

They were the easiest things, and the yummiest. So, I decided to try it at home. However, our ingredients were not of typical Spring Roll nature. I used soup. I think this recipe is a great way to go through all of those leftovers. So, soup it is. AND, it’s Mr. P’s soup he made last week made soup for me. 🙂 YAY! Go Mr. P.

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Now, why did he make homemade soup? Well, I have a really hard time finding soups I can actually eat thanks to my intolerance of tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and peppers. You got that right – my arthritis FLARES whenever I have nightshade vegetables. I don’t know why, but they do. So, trying to find soup that doesn’t include tomato in it, to where potato is a substitute, you’ve got to be kidding me. And ever since the 60 minutes episode titled The Flavorist was aired in November, we’ve been avoiding the use of highly processed, refined foods, and any natural and artificial flavors. Not that we ate that much, but we are truly cutting it all out! Its truly satisfying knowing EXACTLY what goes into each item of food you consume. A perfect compliment in this Kitchen Challenge.

So, here it goes, my take on Spring Rolls, using Mr. P’s soup:

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Spring Rolls Skin – I found mine at my local King Sooper grocery store, in the Asian Isle, on the very bottom shelf!
  • 1 package of Annie’ Chun’s Rice Noodles – or any rice noodles
  • A variety of spices – shown in the picture below!
  • Fresh Veggies – my friend used carrot, fresh cilantro, etc. I used Mr. P’s leftover soup.

Instructions:

You know my style, so we’ll just jump right in!

Cook your rice noodles according to the package. Rinse and let cool.

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Gather your ingredients and spices and do so in an assembly line. Here are the spices I used:

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And the container that isn’t labeled is Onion Powder and Garlic Powder Mix. We’re obsessed!

Next, grab a large bowl – big enough to where your spring roll skin will be completely submerged in water. Heat your water hot enough to touch. Then, submerge your skin entirely in the water. Like so (note to self – paint your nails, eee!):

kitchenchallenge_week2_pic3 Let it soak in the water for about a minute to two minutes. Until it comes out and is bendable/fold-able/workable. Lay it flat on a plate, spread it out as much as possible, similar to the shape it came in the package. Don’t worry if it tears, that’s okay!

Next, add your ingredients to the side closest to you. Here’s what it looks like:

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Not sure if you can see it, but I put my rice noodles down first (just a fork full), then Mr. P’s soup, then layered it with a sprinkle of each spice. Once you’ve added all your favorite ingredients, wrap like a burrito. First tuck in the side with all of the innards, then roll forward, bringing in the sides.

Eventually, you will have a plateful!

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That’s about it! Once you get savvy, drop in your next spring roll skin to soak while your assembling the innards. This is why having an assembly line of all your innards would be crucial. Otherwise, you can do it at your own pace. AND, I didn’t use all of my spring roll skins. I still have oodles and oodles leftover. A great price!! And yes, you can add in whatever meats you want – like chicken, beef, pork. However, please, please cook it first. Oh ya, and I think this would be a super fun activity to do with your kids!!

TA DA!!

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Have questions? Honestly…if you need help or have questions or want to ask me whatever, please do. You can email me at peachypains@gmail.com and I will try to help you in any way I can!

So, I thought I would try something new. I was inspired by one of my favorite fashion blogs: Stylish Year with her Monday Mix. Well, since I’m trying to accomplish a weekly kitchen challenge, I thought I would do a Kitchen Challenge Mix. Her explanation is the best, so I re-tweaked it to fit a recipe, instead of an outfit!

Every Kitchen Challenge, I will create a new recipe, inspired by you! You get to select the piece I will remix into a recipe next week. I will remix each piece as many times as YOU select! And with that, I open up the challenge (and I included a few ingredients from last week!):

What do you guys think?? A recipe worth trying?? What do you think of the Kitchen Challenge Mix??

Much Love,

If you’re a newbie here, welcome!

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