Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mommmm What's For Dinner?

      It seems that food is at the for front of all my friend's minds these days- many of my real life conversations have revolved around easy meal ideas, meal planning and just getting some food into our kid's bellies. With school and extra curricular activities now in full swing our family time is limited- as a Mom my goal is to provide healthy, hearty meals that my children will actually eat! To that end I thought I would share one of our favourite family dinners- the Littles love making this because it is super fun and I love how easy it is!

Fresh Salad Rolls
 The majority of this recipe is in the prep- so all the fine chopping of veggies- chose what your family loves- we like raw carrots, lettuce, bell peppers, cucumbers and of course avocado. Choose a protein- we like prawns but left over chicken is really good as well. Have everything set up for easy assembly- I usually count at least two portions per person. Soak the vermicelli noodles according to the directions on the package and have them ready near the plate of chopped veggies.

       To assemble the salad rolls you will needs a shallow dish of warm water- work with one roll at a time- soak the rice paper round in the water for a few seconds until it becomes soft and translucent- place it on a dish and start building your wrap. Start with lettuce- a pieces of leafy lettuce helps hold the salad ingredients inside the wrap so place this in first- top with some cooked vermicelli noodles and a selection of 2 or 3 toppings.

         To roll- roll wrap away from you- over the toppings- until you have rolled it as tightly as possible- to the half way point of the round. Place halves of prams or shredded chicken along the fold line. Fold in both ends or round wrap and then continue rolling across the protein until all the wrap is used up.

Peanut Dipping Sauce

3 garlic cloves minced
2 Tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp dried chillies
1/2 cup chicken or veg broth
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup peanut butter

Combine all the ingredients in a small sauce pan - heat until bubbly- cool and use for dipping- sooo yummy!

Shopping List

  • Rice Paper Rounds
  • 1 package of Rice Stick (rice vermicelli)
  • carrots
  • leafy lettuce
  • bell pepper
  • cucumber
  • a ripe avocado
  • cooked prawns or cooked shredded chicken
Optional ingredients
  • Green onion
  • snow peas
  • chopped peanuts
Dipping Sauce
  • garlic
  • tomato paste
  • dried chillies
  • chicken or veg broth
  • sugar
  • hoisin sauce
  • peanut butter


  1. yumm, we make these too, but haven't in a while. I should add it to our list.
    i'm going to try your peanut sauce, mine has coconut in it, and while i love it, my wee miss does not. Although anything peanut goes over well around here.

  2. This looks like all kinds of fun! You're a GOOD mom :)


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