Summer Rolls

In this hot weather, I’m still not in the mood to turn on the oven.  So I was inspired to create some yummy (and pretty!) summer rolls.

I decided to focus on the sauce first, and I was looking for a nutty flavor.

Ingredients:

Sauce
-1 14oz can coconut milk
-1/3 cup almond butter
-2 T maple syrup
-2 T soy sauce (gluten-free)
-2 T sesame oil
-2 t fresh ginger
-1 t curry powder
-1/4 t crushed red pepper

Directions:
Blend sauce ingredients in a blender or Cuisinart.  (Note:  We found that the sauce was even better after sitting in the fridge for a few hours—a better consistency/not as runny).

Rice filling

While I was working on the sauce, I started my rice cooker to cook 1.5 cups (measured dry) of brown rice.  Once it was done, I mixed the cooked rice with about ¾ cup of the sauce (above).  Yummy!

Directions:
Then I assembled the rolls.  I used:

-About 8 sheets of rice paper
-The rice filling (above)
-Veggies (I used broccoli slaw and some shredded beets—experiment here with what you have!)
-Cooked shrimp (optional)
-Fresh herbs (I used basil and mint)

Follow instructions on the package of rice paper and roll up.  Dip in the sauce for an amazing dinner!

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