|Veggie Spring Rolls, Chickpea and Quinoa Salad, Fresh Berries|
You can check out my original blog post from when I made these a few months ago. The only tweaks I made were not using romaine lettuce (though I wish I had), and using sliced cucumber in place of zucchini. The chili-lime tofu is not to be missed though. I felt like these were originally a little too low on calories and protein, and this was just the thing to make it right. The recipe comes from my Appetite for Reduction cookbook that has been a great staple to my library. It's all easy and filling low-fat vegan recipes, and I've loved everything I've made from this book. This particular recipe will join the regular rotation for sure.
If you're interested in making the spring rolls, I suggest setting aside about 1.5 hours, and maybe even getting the help of an assistant. Kids should be able to help add veggies to the rolls, and if you aren't totally OCD, they could likely roll their own too. What a fun way to get their help in making lunches. They don't have to be vegan- if you have picky kids (and/or significant other), chili-lime chicken would be just as good.
1 package of extra-firm tofu, pressed to remove some liquid and poked with a fork
2 T chili powder
1 tsp salt
zest of 1 lime
juice of 2 limes
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp oil (I used vegetable)
1 T tamari
1- Mix chili powder and salt in a small ramekin and set aside.
2- Add other ingredients (minus the tofu) in a shallow baking dish.
3- Slice tofu into thin slices (about 1/2 inch thick) and add to marinade, flipping over so that both sides are damp.
4- Rub both sides of tofu with the chili/salt mix, and leave in the baking dish.
5- Bake at 350 for 10 minutes on each side. Cool before adding to spring rolls.
While the tofu is cooking, mix together your peanut sauce (or just use a store bought version) and chop up the veggies you plan on using. Don't overdo it or your rolls will be too thick and will break. Once your tofu is ready, assemble all your spring roll ingredients (including the cooked vermicelli noodles, preferably mixed with a little sauce or lime juice to keep them moist).
|Sliced cucumbers and red bell pepper, shredded carrots from a bag, and chopped cilantro.|
|Get organized, and don't forget a shallow plate with hot water for the wrappers. I saved the hot water from the noodles and it worked great. Soften the next wrapper while you're working on filling one.|
|Add noodles, veggies and tofu to bottom third of wrapper. I work on a damp towel to prevent sticking.|
|Fold in sides to cover ingredients.|
|Roll wrapper towards top, pinching in to make the roll stay tight.|
I made a total of 12 rolls and had enough ingredients leftover to make at least 4 more. But this amount is perfect for 2 days of lunches for the both of us. The fresh berries I added for dessert were easy, as was the cold chickpea/quinoa salad (also from Appetite for Reduction) that I'll be using for other lunches as well.