I was a little taken aback at how the meat section and paper aisles were just stripped bare at only 10 am on a Tuesday morning at our local grocery store as part of the CoronaVirus Crisis. Our store was limiting all purchases to only two items of each. That’s a bit difficult to say the least when you’re responsible for feeding seven people! Thankfully, this store run was to get some meds for my husband and as I waited for it to be ready I figured I’d grab some fresh produce for these yummy Mushroom-Cucumber-Lettuce-Carrot-Bell Pepper Rolls. For the first time, I actually felt relief about my decision to eat more veggies because that meant the produce section was more full for me and my family to shop from!
If you haven’t checked out the Forks Over Knives Recipes, you may want to take a gander online. There’s a movie documentary (watch online/rent/buy) that you can watch, a cookbook or can purchase as a reference for your kitchen library, and these great seasonal magazines (Spring 2020, Winter 2020) full of recipes as well as stories of those who have forever changed their lives by eating whole-based greens, fruits, and veggies while ditching gluten, dairy and sugar.
I made the Cucumber-Mushroom Rolls without the dry brown rice Mai Fun Noodles and added some sweet bell peppers I had on hand. This is the first time I’ve ever played around with these round rice papers. Couple of first-timer tips if I may… dip it for about 7-10 seconds and take it out while it’s still slightly stiff. I diced up the lettuce (from a medley kit because my Tower Garden romaine wasn’t quite ready — but will be soon!) and put all the components each in a small bowl and just sat there and did assembly-line style. The thing that took the longest was simply cutting the veggies. This is a seriously easy thing to make in my opinion.
When folding your rice paper, fold sides first (left, then right) and then fold the bottom flap up to seal the corner before rolling the goods into the rice paper. There is a little bit of stretch. I used the peanut dipping sauce recipe on the back of my rice paper because it was free of any gluten and sugar. (I drizzled onto the top as I ate instead of dipping.)
This is definitely going to go into my spring/summer meal plan wheel-house, because it won’t heat up my kitchen by turning on the stove. I do encourage you to pick up a copy of the Forks Over Knives Summer 2019 Edition as it contains many more great recipes like this one!