spring rolls [in the summer?]
I can't tell you how much more human I feel when I eat whole foods. Honestly, it's not even a body thing for me. I let go of "fitspo" motivation a looooong time ago, when I realized it didn't work for me. Then I got really into yoga and being in shape was just a side effect of doing something I loved at least once a day. Now, my body is softer - and I am okay with that - but eating shitty foods makes me feel shitty. Point blank.
SO these wraps hit the spot for those days when I just really (like really) need to get some veggies in. They are super quick, easy to switch up, and extremely filling. Chris and I can barely eat 2 full rolls. No joke.
You will need:
- rice paper wraps (we used brown rice paper because that's all they had at Natural Grocers that day, but either will do.)
- bell peppers (this is fun to make them colorful too!)
- hummus (game changer IMHO)
- a shallow pan with water filled half way to the top
I also tend to think a cocktail during prep can be necessary. I guess even a mocktail would work...I just like having something fun on hand. It makes it feel more like an event instead of just having to make dinner. This time, I made a white wine spritzer and added some basil to make it even more refreshing...which makes me want one right now...
Get to Choppin' & Rollin'
- I cut the peppers, cucumbers, carrots, and avocado longways (that's a technical term) and as skinny as possible. A lot of the veggies are crunchy so I don't like them too thick. Plus, the wraps fill up fast and I want as much variety as possible.
- Take your shallow pan of water, dip the rice paper in really quick, until it's submerged, and then remove right away. Allow to sit on a plate or cutting board for a minute or two. It will become thin and stretchy as you start to layer your veggies!
- I start with lettuce leaves on the bottom, but it would also be pretty to use the colorful veggies on the outside. I don't know...I like the lettuce as another barrier to the veggies poking through, but that's just me. ANYWAYS...I layer lettuce, hummus, peppers, carrots, and cucumbers in the middle of the wrap. Then i delicately top with avocado. I pull the bottom of the rice paper up to the middle, do the same for the top, and then pull the right or left piece over to cover as much as it will, and roll the rest up like a little burrito.
- I always cut too many vegetables - a little goes a long ways - so I put the rest in a bowl and eat it with some more hummus.
I always feel like I am writing about stuff that everyone already knows...but I guess the whole point of this blog is to appreciate the simple things. And this lunch/dinner/snack is just that - S I M P L E.
Other things I was grateful for
- Beautiful weather in the morning
- An unexpected phone call from a friend
- A small sale at work
- Finding someone who wanted to rent the home we are moving out of
That about does it! When in doubt, keep it simple.