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Vegetarian Spring Rolls Recipe

Vegetarian Spring Rolls

08.20.12 by Jackie

Spring rolls are traditionally made of sliced pork, boiled shrimp, rice vermicelli noodles and Vietnamese herbs wrapped in rice paper called bánh tráng. Since I cook for a vegetarian crowd every day, today I made “salad” rolls with sauteed carrots, beech mushrooms, shredded white cabbage, soybean sprouts, fried tofu and the usual rice vermicelli noodles, lettuce and Vietnamese mint.

Served at room temperature with a vegetarian dipping sauce, they make the perfect summer entree. And speaking of summer, wrapping almost anything is a really great way to exercise portion control, which will do wonders for your bikini bod!


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Vegetarian Stir Fry Recipe: Tofu with Beans and Carrots Recipe

I hadn't cooked tofu in a while and my husband Lulu asked for a vegetarian stir fry. I've wanted him to eat healthier, so I was happy to oblige. The base of the stir fry contains carrots, green beans and onions from Full Circle. To this, I added some kumquat jelly I made last winter (you could use any kind of sweetener you like) and a mixture of fresh garlic and red Thai bird chiles Lulu planted early this Spring. It's just the right combination of sweet and spicy, and I love that the recipe is flexible enough to make use of whatever you have on hand.

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Sweet and Sour Soup Recipe Recipe

Sweet and Sour Soup Recipe

07.31.12 by Jackie

Here's a quick and easy recipe I came up with to make use of the leftover plum roasted chicken I made over the weekend. I shredded the meat and added it to chicken stock I had stored in the freezer. A few additional ingredients, including enoki mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, cubed silken tofu, lily buds, kaffir lime leaves, young bamboo shoots, plum sauce and lightly beaten eggs and you have a lovely bowl of sweet and sour soup. The sweetness from the plum sauce provides a nice contrast of flavor with the freshness from the kaffir lime leaves.

Since the chicken and chicken stock were ready to go, it took me almost no time to prepare the soup. So basically, an investment of one afternoon spent preparing chicken is already paying dividends!


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Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe Recipe

The idea for this Mediterranean salad was inspired by finding fiddlehead ferns at my local market last week. The tight coil of the young fern is very similar to cappelletti pasta and I thought mixing them would make a pretty dish playing with odd shapes and colorful ingredients. This week I was able to buy the pasta but unfortunately the market doesn't carry fiddleheads anymore. It didn't stop me from making a delicious dish... I just substituted beautiful haricots verts in place of the fiddleheads. 

I combined the coil-shaped pasta with red onions, carrots and celery that I received this evening from Full Circle and heirloom tomatoes from our garden. To the summer pasta salad, I also added garbanzo beans, hearts of palm, olives, pickled grape leaves and sun-dried tomatoes to complete the one-dish meal. No ingredient is irreplaceable; you can always substitute in an equally delicious element. All that really matters is a visually appealing and tasty dish. 

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Vegetarian Spring Rolls: Bi Cuon Chay Recipe Recipe

For this dish I made a traditional  bì chay with jicama, tofu, a protein element and soy sauce dipping sauce. Then I wrapped the tofu mixture in rice paper disks, forming tasty and healthy spring rolls. Rice vermicelli noodles, shredded lettuce and cucumber were added to form the rolls as well.

Once you master forming the spring rolls, you can experiment with many different combinations of noodles, vegetables and protein. Just try to maintain the same ratio of ingredient types as in this recipe. 


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