Veggie Spring Rolls with Orange Dipping Sauce – Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
I’ve never seen a more beautiful spring roll. It’s like a rainbow on a plate. They are almost a shame to eat. But one bite and you’ll get over it.
Just chop a bunch of fresh veggies and make the sauce.
Put your beautiful veggies on the rice paper and roll roll roll.
The sauce is super easy to make and amazing. It’s a tangy sweet and spicy sauce that makes the veggie flavors explode in your mouth. Love these beyond belief. Not to mention, you’ll totally impress your family and friends with these pretty little veggie rolls.
Veggie Spring Rolls with Orange Dipping Sauce - Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan
1 large red bell pepper, sliced into 3″ long strips
1 large yellow bell pepper, sliced into 3″ long strips
¼ head of red cabbage, thinly sliced into 3″ long shreds
3 small scallions, green part thinly sliced
2 medium carrots, shredded (I just used a vegetable peeler)
1 small jicama, sliced into 3" long strips
1 avocado, ripe but firm, halved and peeled, then cut into thin slices lengthwise
12 - 15 spring roll wrappers
****Sweet & Sour Orange Oolong Sauce****
zest of 1 orange
⅓ cup fresh orange juice (1-2 oranges)
½ cup oolong tea, strongly steeped then cooled to room temperature
3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
3 Tbsp raw honey
2 tsp coconut aminos (can sub with low sodium soy sauce)
1 tsp minced garlic
½ tsp Sriracha hot sauce
few drops sesame oil
1 Tbsp arrowroot starch (if sauce needs thickening, add more starch a ½ teaspoon at a time until thickness is as desired)
VEGGIE SPRING ROLLS:
Chop all of your veggies. Set aside individually in piles or in separate bowls.
Fill a large pie pan or deep, large bowl with a couple of inches of warm water. Submerge a spring roll wrapper and sink into water until completely covered, wait for it to soften for about 10 seconds, then place the sheet on a clean work surface like a cutting board.
Lay 2 strips each of red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper and 1 stick of jicama in the lower ⅓ section of each sheet, towards the center.
Add a little stack of shredded cabbage, carrots and 1 strip of green onion on top of the bell pepper pile.
Roll up spring roll half way, fold right and left sides of the wrapper in towards the center of the roll. Continue rolling upwards (away from you) until you get a completed roll.
Repeat process of dipping wrapper in water, filling with veggies and rolling up.
Steep a bag of oolong tea for 6 to 7 minutes. Let cool. Once cool, add arrowroot starch and stir until dissolved in the tea. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, combine remaining sauce ingredients. Heat on medium and bring to a boil. Stirring constantly, boil for a minute. Reduce heat to a simmer.
Stir the oolong tea/arrowroot starch mixture again and add to saucepan.
Bring to a boil again and stir constantly. The mixture will begin to thicken and turn slightly translucent.
*If mixture is not thickening enough for your preference, add a ½ teaspoon, stir until dissolved and continue boiling until mixture thickens up.
Serve with a slices of avocado and a little sauce for dipping.
Prepare to impress yourself with these beautiful rainbow veggie spring rolls.
The family that I cook healthy meals for recently received a new cook book for the holidays. It’s by Dr. Andrew Weil and Sam Fox who opened True Food Kitchen restaurant of which there are 2 in Arizona and they did so with a two-fold mission: every dish served must not only be delicious but must also promote the diner’s well-being.
While I haven’t been to a TRUE FOOD restaurant yet, I’ve definitely been cooking based on their awesome recipes. I do change a few things up for my particular taste but not only are these recipes delicious but that are nutritionally sound and chock full of healthy goodness.
Which brings me to this recipe. I was asked to make this recently and not only did I make it for my clients but I ended up making it for the hubby and I last night because it’s THAT GOOD!
This recipe is just for the soup because it’s Paleo and vegan but in the cookbook, they pair this soup with these incredible Bison Turkey Meatballs which I also made separately so if I’m not in the mood for meat, I just leave them out.
This recipe really is one of the healthiest and by far tastiest soups I’ve made thus far. It’s my new soup addiction and considering that it was unseasonably cold in Arizona this past week, the timing was perfect. But I’ll be making this soup all year long for sure!
The best tip I can give you is to chop and puree everything prior to starting because it all goes pretty fast which makes this recipe all the better.
Jicama is a genius alternative to white potatoes. Since we don’t eat potatoes, I don’t get many opportunities to use ketchup on anything. If you’ve read any of my other recipes that involve ketchup you know I’m slightly obsessed with the best condiment ever invented in the whole history of the world. So when I found this recipe at TheNakedKitchen.com I had to try it because it just might lead me to my beloved ketchup. Honestly, that was my main motive lol.
I found that using my silicone mini muffin molds worked perfectly. If you use a metal pan, make sure to grease it heavily. I used a spray coconut oil to coat the inside of my silicone pan and it worked great but if I was to use metal, I would definitely use a little more. The key to getting them out of the muffin pans in one piece was letting them cool for 5 minutes before removing. That way they firm up and are easier to extract.
These turned out REALLY good. When first made, the jicama is crunchier which I don’t mind but after I put the leftovers in the fridge and reheated later, the jicama was a lot softer, almost mushy but not gross mushy, just much softer of which I don’t mind either. They were good warm, cold or reheated. And the best part? You guessed it, KETCHUP!!!!!!!
3 green onions, thinly sliced (using both the white and green parts)
½ – 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (amount will depend on how ‘cheesy’ you want your tater tots)
2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Shred your jicama. I used a large cheese grater. Once you have your shredded jicama, using paper towels or a dish towel, squeeze out as much liquid as you can. I did 2 rounds of squeezing.
Coat your mini muffin tin with olive oil or cooking spray (I used coconut oil spray) and set aside. You can use a 12 count muffin tin but you may need to increase cooking time by a couple minutes at a time.
In large bowl combine shredded jicama, onions, cheese, salt and pepper. Gently mix with a fork.
Drizzle mixture with olive oil and combine.
Spoon the mixture evenly into the muffin tins. Press to pack mixture down into each cup.
I sprayed mine with coconut oil spray on the top before popping in the oven but it's not necessary if you don't have a spray oil.
Bake 50 minutes for mini muffins, 60 minutes for full size.
Let the tater tots rest for 5 - 7 minutes before running a small knife or spatula around the edge of each cup to loosen the edges.
Remove all tots and eat.
They reheat great and I've eaten them warm and cold, both were delicious.
I think I may have found a new love. Don’t tell my other love quinoa but jicama is quickly making it’s way into my regular rotation. I recently made jicama frieswhich totally satisfy my french fry craving.
Now I have a delicious healthy hash brown recipe. If you aren’t vegan, you can top this hash with an egg for a little protein. I love this hash all by itself, it’s got so much flavor.
I have to give credit to this awesome seasoning recipe I found at www.healthfulpursuit.com. I used their recipe as a great base for my own seasoning mixture. I made up a batch and kept it in a small mason jar to use for future recipes. I use this same exact seasoning mixture for this hash and my seasoned jicama fries. If you use lots of seasoning, double the recipe like I did.
2 Tablespoon paprika
1 Tablespoon dried oregano leaves
2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon dried ground sage
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
Pinch cayenne pepper
Combine seasoning ingredients in a jar with a lid and give it a good shake to mix everything up. Keep any leftover mixture for a future recipe.
When you compare jicama to potatoes, you can see why I love jicama so much.
Calories per 100g: Jicama has 38, Potato has 77
Carbs: Jicama has 9 compared to potatoes 17
Fiber: Jicama has 4.9 compared to potatoes 2.2
It’s a great low carb, low calorie alternative to potatoes. It also has vitamin C and potassium so jicama gets a thumbs up in my book. While jicama doesn’t get mushy like potatoes when cooked, I don’t mind the firmness at all.
Seasoned Jicama Hash with Onions and Bell Pepper - Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Baked Spicy Jicama Fries – Better Than French Fries
What the mutha-love is JICAMA? Pronounced “HEE-kah-ma”. Apparently I have been blind to this vegetable. Here is few jicama facts I learned:
Technically a legume, grows on vines
Texture resembles potato, turnips and water chestnuts
Low in calories and carbs
Great for diabetic menus because it ranks low on the glycemic index
Lots of fiber. Not just any fiber – jicama’s fiber is infused with oligofructose inulin, which has zero calories and doesn’t metabolize in the body into sugar the way potatoes do.
Promotes good bacteria in the gut
Excellent source of vitamin C
Healthy amounts of potassium
Contains important vitamins like folates, riboflavin, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid, and thiamin, and the minerals magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese.
When purchasing, choose one that is firm with no soft spots or splits.
The skin is not edible so use a knife to cut away the skin and the tough fibrous outer layer.
Ok now that we know the A – Z ‘s of jicama we can get down to the most important piece of information – no-guilt fries and I can use my beloved ketchup!
I HEART KETCHUP SOOOO MUCH
Eating healthy can have it’s sacrifices but there ARE alternatives. Use jicama instead of potatoes and you have healthy french fries. And a reason to use that red sweet nectar called ketchup 🙂
You can use whatever spice suits your taste too. I love a seasoned fry with heat but you could try lime juice and paprika OR a little salt and pepper OR even try some cinnamon and coconut palm sugar and use organic maple syrup as your condiment for dipping. Just coat your “fries” in melted coconut oil first so that your flavoring sticks.
Baked Spicy Jicama Fries - Better Than French Fries