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This is my go-to recipe whenever I’m invited to parties, especially during the summer, because it doesn’t have to involve any cooking, it’s easy and it’s healthy! You can make these with a variety of fillings (fried tofu, cucumbers, etc.), and dips (peanut sauce, chili sauce, plum sauce, etc.).

 

Ingredients:
1 lg carrot – peeled and grated
1 lg celery stalk – cut lengthwise and diced
1 lg scallion – diced
2 oz. of Enoki mushrooms
1 cup mung bean sprouts – rinsed
1-2 bunches of cellophane noodles
1 package of spring roll wrappers

 

Fillings.

You can find cellophane noodles and spring roll wrappers in the ethnic aisle of your local grocer or at one of the many Asian grocery stores in and around the city – I get mine from Assi Plaza in Niles.

Soak the cellophane noodles in hot water until they are soft, drain them, rinse with cold water and drain again (be cafeful when draining cause these guys fall out of the pan pretty easily since they’re so thin). Fill a shallow pan half-way with warm water to soak spring roll wrappers.

Set out 2 large dinner plates – 1 for preparation and the other to use as a serving dish (if you’re transporting them you’ll only need the prep plate, plus whatever you’re using to store them).

Spring roll wrappers and cellophane noodles

Open your spring roll wrappers and place one of them in the pan with water. Make sure you submerge it completely. Wait about a minute until it’s completely soft (time depends on your water temp). Transfer the wrapper to your plate and smooth it out being careful not to tear it. Place a pinch of cellophane noodles on the center, along with a pinch of grated carrots, sprinkle in scallions, mushrooms, bean sprouts and celery on top – you should have a little mound in the center of the spring roll. Push mound toward one side of wrapper and fold edge of wrapper over it. Fold in both sides and then roll (see images below).

Rolling - Step 1

Rolling - Step 2

Rolling - Step 3

Rolling - Step 4

These can also be deep fried if you like. Follow steps as indicated above and then fry in either a wok or a deep frier until wrappers are golden.

Makes about 12 rolls.

I served mine with plum sauce and Sriracha Hot Sauce, yum! Nick, had his with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.

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Thai Pumpkin Curry

I’m a huge fan of Thai food, especially Thai curries, because they tend to be fairly mild and sweet. Combine that with the sweetness of cooked pumpkin and you have something really special which will warm anyone up on a crisp fall day!

Vegetables:
1/2 small pumpkin, skinned and cut into 1 inch cubes
1 1/2 cups of water
1 medium carrot, diced
1 Red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 Broccoli florets
1 medium radish, diced
1/2 cup whole cashews
2 scallions, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil

Curry:
1 can coconut milk
1 1/2 Tbsp Brown sugar
2 Dried red chili peppers, split in half lengthwise
3 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 lime
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp paprika

Pour water into a medium sauce pan and add pumpkin. Boil the pumpkin for 8-10 minutes, or until tender. In a medium frying pan, sautee remaining veggies in olive oil. Set aside. Once pumpkin has cooked, drain it and pour all the sauce ingredients in with it and mix, bring to a boil and add sauteed veggies ans cashews. Allow everything to simmer together for 5 minutes. Serve over rice.

Makes 3-4 servings.

Average prep time: 30 minutes

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