It was Oriental night at the Underwood household as I made some fresh homemade Baked Veggie Spring Rolls and served them up with some yummy white sticky rice.
Egg Rolls? Spring Rolls? Summer Rolls? Veggie Rolls?
Let's just say they were veggie filled little wraps that I baked instead of deep-fried. Call them what you want. And with my spicy Thai Peanut Sauce - they were awesome.
Sautéed Leeks, Garlic, and Ginger
Shredded Savoy Cabbage
Strips of Red Bell Pepper
All rolled up together in a handy little pastry vehicle - made just for dipping....
Baked Veggie Spring Rolls
These Baked Veggie Spring Rolls are fairly easy to make, use whole fresh vegetable ingredients, and contain no oil or fat whatsoever. So they're perfect for those nights you want a little healthy finger food.
The hardest part is finding the right wrapper.
Egg roll wrappers are usually made with eggs, so are not Vegan. And (as so many of you have pointed out) many Spring Roll Wrappers are made with oil, which are not McDougall friendly.
All I can say is there ARE options out there - like these brown rice wrappers I found on Amazon. No oil, gluten free yada yada yada. And yes - that's an affiliate link - meaning if you buy any from Amazon, I'll make a penny or two.
Of course if you REALLY want to control what's in your wrapper - you can make your own - as there are many YouTube Videos showing you how with just flour, corn starch, salt, and water.
Note: Rice wrappers may behave a little different that Spring Roll Wrappers. I believe you need to submerge the whole thing in warm water first to make them pliable - make sure you read the instructions.
Now - on to the filling.
I used a wok - but no worries if you don't have one - any large pan will do.
Saute 2-3 cloves of minced garlic and a good-sized hunk of minced ginger (about as big as the tip of your thumb) in 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. Now add in about a cup of chops leeks (or green onion), 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar, 1 ½ teaspoon of chile garlic paste, and 80z of sliced Shiitake Mushrooms. Simmer this on medium heat until the veggies start to soften.
Now add about half a head of shredded Savoy Cabbage, 1 carrot cut into matchsticks, and 1 bell pepper cut into strips, and toss. I used 2 wooden paddles to make it easier. Just toss things around until they heat through and start to wilt a bit.
Once the veggies were done - I placed them in a bowl and slid them into the fridge to cool a bit while I prepared my counter for the Spring Roll assembly.
This recipe made about 15 Baked Veggie Spring Rolls so you'll need a cookie sheet large enough to hold all of them. Line it with a piece of parchment paper so there's no sticking.
Also get a coffee cup or something filled with water nearby - this is how you'll seal your Spring Rolls.
Preheat the oven to 425 and we're ready to wrap.
Place a Spring Roll Wrapper in front of you pointy side down - like a diamond.
Place about 2 tablespoons of your filling right in the center and fold the bottom up over it. Now fold in the right side, and next the left, like you're making a little envelope. Now give it a roll and when you have just a pointy tip left at the top, wet it down with water and roll to seal.
One tip I learned the hard way - when you have long matchstick like veggies - like carrots - make sure they are aligned horizontally - otherwise when you go to roll them you'll poke holes in your pastry.
Repeat the process until you have 15 delicious, ready to bake - Spring Rolls.
Bake in a 425 degree oven for 10 minutes. Afterwards, give them a flip and bake another 10 minutes or until golden brown.
The Dipping Sauce
For the Spicy Peanut Sauce I simply used my sauce recipe for Thai Peanut Noodles.
The Sauce starts off with equal parts Low Sodium Soy Sauce and water. To that I add lots of freshly chopped garlic, 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar, some ground ginger, and about 2-3 tablespoons of chunky peanut butter.
The peanut butter will break apart so be sure and stir the sauce frequently over low heat until it’s nice and bubbly.
And That as they say in the movies my friends.....
Is a wrap. 🙂
The perfect healthy finger food - Baked Veggie Spring Rolls made from freshly shredded cabbage, slivered carrots, red bell peppers, and shiitake mushrooms.
- 2 cloves Garlic ((minced))
- 1 tsp Fresh Ginger ((minced))
- 1 cup Green Onions ((diced))
- 2 Tbs Soy Sauce ((low sodium))
- 2 Tbs Rice Vinegar
- 1 ½ tsp Chile Garlic Paste
- ½ head Savoy Cabbage ((shredded))
- 1 Carrot ((cut into matchsticks))
- 1 Red Bell Pepper ((cut into strips))
- 8 oz Shiitake Mushrooms ((sliced))
- 1 pack Spring Roll Wrappers
Thai Peanut Sauce
- ¼ cup Soy Sauce ((low sodium))
- ¼ cup Water
- 2 cloves Garlic ((minced))
- 3 Green Onions ((minced))
- 1 Tbs Rice Vinegar
- 2 Tbs Chunky Peanut Butter
- ¼ tsp Ground Ginger
- ⅛ tsp Red Pepper Flakes
- Saute garlic, ginger, and leek in large pan or wok using soy sauce as the saute liquid
- Add mushrooms, rice vinegar, and chile paste and simmer until softened.
- Add cabbage, carrot, and bell pepper and toss to coat
- Continue tossing until heated through and slightly wilted
- Place cooked veggies in fridge to cool
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- Prepare cookie sheet by lining with parchment paper
- Prepare work surface for wrappers - making sure it's clean and dry
- With wrap in a diamond shape - pointed side down - place 2 Tbls of filling in center
- Bring bottom of wrap up over filling to seal in veggies.
- Fold Left and Right sides over and press to seal.
- Gently roll up until last pointed side of wrap remains.
- Wet last point with water and finish rolling to seal.
- Bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees
- Flip spring rolls over and bake another 10 minutes or until golden brown
- In a small saucepan, combine all the sauce ingredients.
- Heat over low heat until bubbly.