Being healthy becomes hard and somewhat tiresome when you are repeating recipes, and eating pretty much the same thing all the time. However, this really does not have to be the case- there are tons of fun and healthy recipe ideas that do not take much time and are simply delicious. This is one of those, not only can you change up what you put in your rice paper rolls but they are filling, balanced, and nutritious. You can feel free to add other vegetables or protein to your roll and they will certainly still work with the dipping sauce. Below find the recipe for our summer rice paper rolls, which are served with a spicy and tangy dipping sauce.
- 1 container of rice paper wrappers
- 2-4 chicken breasts
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 tbs soy sauce (preferably low sodium)
- 2tbs olive oil
- 1 tbs sesame oil
- 1 carrot
- 1 cucumber
- shredded cabbage
- chopped pepper (any colour)
- you can add: walnuts, coriander, mint leaves, or parsley to your specific preference
Sauce For Dipping:
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1 tbs honey
- 3-4 tbs lime juice
- 2 tbs of any type of fish sauce
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 chilli
- First marinate your chicken breasts by adding te garlic cloves, crushed, soy sauce and the additional sesame and olive oil. You can also add pepper and other spices to your preference. Let this marinate for around 20-30 minutes.
- Then place the breasts in a frying pan and grill accordingly, we like to place a lid on top, in the beginning, to keep the chicken moist and tender, not to dry it out. Once cooked, shred or slice.
- Chop your vegetables, herbs and other additives. Set them aside accordingly.
- Boil water and place in a bowl to soak the rice paper wrappers in.
- Mix the necessary ingredients together for your dipping sauce, crushing the garlic and slicing the chilli. Once this is done, taste it and check that your lime and honey ratios are as you like them.
Rolling Them Up:
- Start by soaking one rice paper sheet at a time in the water, as they soften up remove them, and place them on the working surface.
- Fill each wrapper with the vegetables, herbs and nuts you have chosen
- Then wrap them up, start to close the rice paper roll whilst ticking in the sides as you go along, make them as tight as possible, naturally the more you have inside the bigger the roll will be.
The rice paper rolls are best eaten fresh but can be kept for the next day and served in school lunches or pretty much as anything and with anything. These are healthy and low in calorie. It is best to keep them as simple as possible and to lower calories, not to add an additional carbohydrate inside the rolls, many add noodles which are unnecessary when your wrapper is rice-based. However, additional great additions are peanut butter and swapping out the chicken for salmon or shrimps. Steamed shrimps are delicious and a lovely source of protein.