Monday, March 15, 2010

Spring Rolls, Tempeh with Arame, and Zucchini Spirals

Lots of recipes to share today, although only a half of one is my own....sigh....but all very good.

Let's start with my own: Veggie Spring Rolls

2 spring roll wrappers (rice paper)
1 stalk celery, sliced in half, then each half in 3 long thin strips
1 carrot, sliced in half, then each half sliced in 4 long thin strips
kale, washed and torn into bite-sized pieces (I used green curly)
2 large collard leaves, washed and left whole
sprouts, any kind
dipping sauce (I used Averie's Peanut Sauce)

Follow the directions to prepare the wrappers.  Lay a collard leaf on top of the wrapper, dark side down, then top with half the vegetables on top. Roll it up and fold the sides under. Don't worry, it sticks together by itself.  Do the second one exactly the same.  Serve with dipping sauce.

I made Averie's Peanut Sauce. Here's my version:

"Peanut" Sauce, adapted from Averie's recipe

1/2 cup Sunbutter (Sunflower Seed butter)
1/3 cup agave nectar
1 drop sesame oil
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp ginger
couple of drops of soy sauce
(some extra water, if too acidic)

Stir it all together.  At first, mine was a bit too acidic, between the vinegar and oj, so I added a few tablespoons extra water. But it's a delicious sauce for anything!

I made the zucchini "noodles" again, but this time with my version of Averie's Peanut Sauce. And I added whatever other vegetables I had, like carrots, celery, and green onions, chopped.  It was really tasty.

Last night for dinner, I decided to make a recipe with Arame (Sea Vegetable), since I had recently bought some and had no idea what to do with it!  I came across this recipe on VeganChickie's blog. The recipe itself is from TheBlissfulChef, Christy Morgan: Mustard Arame Saute. I had tempeh, I had arame, couldn't have asked for a more perfect recipe :)

I left out the oil and I left out the asparagus (I didn't have any). Just add more of the other vegetables. I served it atop boiled collard greens.  And I have enough tempeh left to make another batch in the next day or two, yay!  Anyway, a top notch recipe, in my opinion.

There's a giveaway going on at the EmbracingBalance blog for Crofter's Organic items. Check it out!
AND another giveaway on Averie's LoveVeggiesandYoga blog: Win a raw "cookbook"!
A blender giveaway: Raw on $10 a day. Yay!

Blogger of the Week: An Opera Singer in the Kitchen She's a fellow musician and has some really great recipes on her site. Go have a look.

Eat smart,


  1. WOW these spring rolls look so great! I like seeing different varieties. I am saving this for future use. Thanks for the mention!!

    By the way, what was your final decision with Whole Foods?

  2. Haven't decided about WF yet....still have one more batch of whole oat groats left....must decide within the next week or so, to give me time to order more groats, or buy them from WF. Aaaaa....still can't decide.

  3. Great wraps, Tanya! Wow and you certainly scored with all those contest entries, thanks for linking it back too!

    I have been on a month long search for rice paper wrappers, not wheat, eggroll, wonton, etc and no store here at all seems to have them other than an asian market which is a good 45 mins each way. I need to just order them from amazon i think :) Anyway though the collard AND the rice paper, I am assuming you do that to give it strength/sturdiness?

    Thanks for linking my peanut sauce. Even if you dont eat PB but want to sub out with SFB for the PB, my recipe is really good in the future if you're ever feeling like following one. I usually never do LOL


    p.s. will you take off your word verification?

  4. Good luck with your rice paper search. My local store has them...but not much else I can eat, LOL! I really have to go to specific stores for specific things....kinda sad. This was the first time I'd done spring rolls, so I put the collard greens in for,well, extra greens, and yes, I figured they would hold better.

    As for word verification....isn't that to keep spammers away? I guess I could try without for a bit....see what happens.

  5. Those little bundles look superb! I just love any food that's wrapped, and peanut sauce--who doesn't love that? I must plant collard greens now--thanks for reminding me!

  6. Hey, I never saw this post! I'm glad you tried the Mustard Arame Saute and enjoyed it! I like to do a water saute instead of oil too.



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