We've eaten our fair share of traditional healthy lunches. From salads to wraps to superfood bowls to vegan-paleo-gluten-free-sugar-free mysteries (hint: it's just green juice) we've tried it all on our quest for a filling, yummy and healthy lunch meal.
And one day, when we popped down to our local Vietnamese bakery to grab a loaf of bread, we saw the answer... It was right in front of our eyes... The humble rice-paper roll.
So, for the first in what will be an ongoing series of "RO EATS // Healthy lunch ideas", we present a killer recipe that looks as good as it tastes! Rice Paper Rainbow Rolls
Rice Paper Rainbow Rolls
- Rice spring roll papers
- Beetroot, from the can, strained and patted dry w. paper towels, or fresh with the skin removed and grated
- Thinly sliced capsicums (yellow and red taste best)
- Grated carrots (hint, buy the "uglies" from Coles and Woollies, cheaper and just as tasty)
- Fresh mint leaves (preferably from your veggie patch)
- Fresh coriander leaves (again, better straight from the garden)
- Sweet soy sauce, peanut sauce or Sriracha sauce (for dipping) OR even a combo of all three (Crazy? Maybe?)
- Optional, if you're feeling fancy: firm tofu, quinoa or vermicelli noodles, fresh mango (the acidity of mango eats through the paper, so eat these ones on the day you make them)
- Get all your veggies ready! Grate up, slice up - and set aside in bowls for quick assembly
- Boil water and set aside to cool a little, ready for your rice papers
- Slightly dampen your cutting board (so the papers don't stick) with a couple of teaspoons of the hot water
- Find a shallow bowl with diameter big enough to fit the papers in flat, then fill with the hot water
- Submerge a rice paper to soften for approx. 10-20 seconds. (Check the packet, some take longer, others shorter times - you don't want them to get too fragile and break!)
- Transfer to your cutting board and veeeery gently smooth out into its circle shape
- Add all your ingredients, being careful not to overstuff, in a neat pile in the middle
- Fold the ends of the paper in, then roll the whole thing over until sealed
- Pop onto a plate and top with a damp teatowel to keep moist
- Repeat until you've used all your ingredients up
- Chow down now, or take them to work, they keep for a couple of days in the fridge
Send us your healthy lunch recipes to add to our list!
Photos and recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker.