Make these Delicious Spring Rolls from Scratch

Make your own Spring Rolls, follow this simple recipe for a healthy snack| itsaLisa.com

My father and I were craving some fresh and healthy food, and since we are a fan of shrimp and Vietnamese cuisine, spring rolls were the obvious choice! I used this recipe on foodnetwork.com because it looked simple and easy, it was:

Shrimp Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce Recipe

You can click the link above for details – I don’t want to plagiarise. However, I will share some secrets I learned while making them! Read this guide before you get started:

these are the ingredients chosen to create the perfect little spring rolls | itsaLisa.com

  • Buying ingredients at your local H-mart or asian market will save you money. I wish I’d known this secret years ago, but it’s true… groceries are cheaper at the foreign grocer! If your town has one, I highly recommend stopping in.

An Easy Way to Make Spring Rolls | itsaLisa.com

  • Only soak 2 rice papers at a time in a plate of water. Soak them as you go: when you take one out put a new one in. This will give you enough time to make a spring roll while the new rice paper softens.

spring roll filling, lettuce carrots, and bean noodle | itsaLisa.com

  • Here is a mistake we made… The directions insisted we combine all the vegetables with the cooked bean thread noodles. – First off, we probably should have “finely shredded” the veggies a little better, and by better I mean we should have actually done it. – Second, the noodles just didn’t combine with the veggies well. One was raw and dry, the other sticky and lumpy, so I don’t know why that’s a good idea? – Anyways,  keep them separate and just grab a small portion of both to place inside the roll. A “good portion” will fit between your thumb and two fingers, no more than that or the roll won’t close.

Use this techniqe when rolling your spring roll to make it prettier | itsaLisa.com

  • To make your spring roll look prettier, roll it like this:
    • First place the filling at the bottom of the wrap, give it one roll.
    • Then lay out the mint leaves, cilantro, and shrimp
    • Wrap the sides in and roll it all the way up.

The best sauce you will ever taste - Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce | easy recipe on itsaLisa.com

  • This is the best peanut sauce you will ever taste! (Photo is of the ingredients before they were mixed together.) We had to use chunky peanut butter because that’s all we had, so it looked kiiiiiindof lumpy. But the taste was AMAZING. Luckily I had leftovers and I ate it with everything until, sadly, I ran out.  So my tip to you would be to make extra Thai Peanut Sauce and put it on everything. Examples include: apples, celery, PIZZA (seriously, try it), chips, sweet potato fries, spring rolls (duh), …

Homemade Spring Rolls | easy healthy recipe on itsaLisa.com

  • Lastly, here’s a serving suggestion. Aren’t they pretty!?

My Dad and I had a good time making them, it was worth the effort. He doesn’t think so, but he thinks all cooking should take 10 minutes or less. That’s how fast it’s done at the restaurant right? (WRONG). Whatever Dad, thanks for your help, I guess. (He secretly loved it).

Good luck on your own folks, I hope this helped! Once again, here’s the recipe from the Food Network. Please leave your thoughts in the comments… do YOU think it was worth it?

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California Tacos

California Tacos

Tacos, one of the most delicious, healthy, and easy recipes out there.

You’re probably pretty stoked that this is a California recipe, keyword: AVOCADO!!!

What you need: (makes 8 tacos)

  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 20 oz lean ground turkey
  • 1 lime
  • 1 avocado
  • arugula
  • blue corn/ flax tortillas
  • corona (optional)

Tacos

To cook:

  • Heat griddle to medium high and begin cooking turkey
  • While turkey cooks dice your bell pepper and onion
  • Add ingredients together.  Toss in various spices from cupboard: chili pepper, salt, pepper, cayenne… to taste
  • Squeeze 1/2 lime over griddle
  • Cook until turkey is DONE – NO PINK (15-20 minutes)

Begin preparing your tortillas and avocado 5 minutes till finishing

  • Heat tortillas in microwave underneath damp paper towel (keeps them moist)
  • Open avocado, scoop out 1 or 2 tbsp per taco and spread over tortilla

Add cooked taco meat to warm taco shells and top with arugula.  For an extra kick add taco sauce. (I prefer tabasco, or la victoria – but any local taco bell packets will do)

Now put the other wedges of the lime in your Coronas and enjoy! Viva California!

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Baking for Dummies: How to make a Healthy Fruit Crumble

Readers be warned, this recipe is music to the ears of anyone who doesn’t bake, and nails on a chalkboard to anyone who does.

Fruit Crumble

How did I make this fruit crumble? By dumping all the ingredients together and putting it in the oven!! No measuring, just guessing and eyeballing.

This recipe was inspired by all the ripe fruit in my kitchen. My family was away on vacation this weekend and I had a lot of leftover fruit because they weren’t around to help me eat it. I needed to whip something up before the fruit went bad and ended up in my trashcan, so I made this crumble to surprise them with an afternoon snack upon their return home.

Peach Crumble RecipeWhat you need: Handfuls, pinches, and guesstimates of…

For Crumble: flour, egg, oats, brown sugar, coconut milk, melted butter, chopped nuts

For Fruit: peaches, pineapple, (or any other fruit in your kitchen that will go bad soon), cinnamon, nutmeg, salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine crumble ingredients into bowl.  Oats is the dominant ingredient here, Combine oats with other dry ingredients.  Think “healthy” -do not add too much sugar.  Or try using agave or stevia as a substitute.  Combine the coconut milk, egg, and butter.  Pour in and mix with fork. Use enough to make the ingredients stick together -not soupy. Set aside.

Combine the fruit ingredients into a bowl.  I like a lot of cinnamon flavoring so I doused mine in it, add a pinch of salt and some nutmeg.  Once they were coated I plopped them into a good-sized baking pan, topped them with the crumble, sprinkled more chopped nuts on top, and put them in the oven for 40 minutes.

Out popped a warm dish of juicy fruit and crusty topping!  …like pie but easier 🙂 And for following all of my instructions meticulously, I award all of you 5 gold stars!  Hooray for cooking!  Serving suggestion:  serve in fancy looking bowl with greek yogurt (or vanilla ice cream).

Fruit Crumble

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