A refreshing light meal or cool summertime appetizer when it’s just too hot to cook! Bonus – you can use fresh mint and basil straight from your garden!
2 ounces rice vermicelli noodles
8 rice wrappers (about 8.5 inches in diameter)
12 cooked, large shrimp – peeled, deveined, and cut in half lengthwise
Fresh basil leaves
Fresh mint leaves
1-2 carrots, julienned about 2 inches long
1/2 cucumber, julienned about 2 inches long
1. Boil water in a kettle. Pour boiling water into a large bowl. Soak rice vermicelli in hot boiling water for about 5 minutes or until noodles are soft. (Or boil rice vermicelli in water for 5 minutes.) Drain.
2. Fill another large bowl with warm water. Carefully dip one rice wrapper into the warm water for 8-10 seconds so that the rice wrapper softens.
3. Place rice wrapper flat on a cutting board. Place 3 shrimp halves in the middle of the rice wrapper. On top of the shrimp, layer on 3 basil leaves, 3 mint leaves, about 1 Tbsp of rice vermicelli noodles, 2 carrot sticks, 2 cucumber sticks. Leave about 2 inches uncovered on each side of the rice wrapper.
4. Fold the short uncovered sides in towards the centre. Tightly roll up the rice wrapper.
5. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. As you are rolling up the remaining rice wrappers, cover the already made spring rolls with a damp towel to prevent the rice wrappers from hardening.
6. Serve with a sweet chili or peanut dipping sauce.
Makes 8 spring rolls.
This has become one of my go-to dinners when I’m pressed for time. I always have all of the ingredients on hand, including frozen shrimp which I defrost quickly under cold running water as I’m chopping the onion. Thanks to AllRecipes.com for this wonderful recipe!
1 tsp canola oil
1/2 cup minced onion
1/2 cup minced red bell pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp ground cumin
3/4 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 cup light coconut milk
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 T cornstarch
1 T water
2 T chopped fresh cilantro
1. Heat oil in a large, nonstick pan over medium heat. Sauté onion, red pepper and garlic until vegetables begin to soften, about 3 minutes.
2. Season with cumin, coriander and curry powder. Cook for 1 more minute. Stir in coconut milk, sugar and crushed red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 2 minutes.
3. Sir in shrimp, and increase heat to medium-high. Cook and stir until shrimp is cooked through, about 4 minutes.
4. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch with 1 T water. Stir into shrimp mixture and cook until sauce has thickened. Stir in cilantro and remove from heat.
5. Serve with your favourite grain.