When you see how easy they are to prepare, you and your kids will often have fun making these simple yet sophisticated lunch or snack rolls. Use your imagination and fill them with raw or cooked vegetables in any combination. I prefer to chop the lettuce and use 2 Tbsp (30 mL) per roll, while Pat prefers to use the whole leaf. Serve with Sweet Thai Chile Sauce or Peanut Lime Sauce. —Nettie

 

You can use any cooked fish or seafood, such as crab, snapper, and mussels. I really do love how the colour and shape of whole shrimp show through the rice paper. —Pat

 

1 lb (500 g) rice vermicelli

 

2 Tbsp (30 mL) rice vinegar

 

1 Tbsp (15 mL) toasted sesame oil

 

12 rice paper wrappers

 

36 fresh basil leaves (more for garnishing, optional)

 

12 small lettuce leaves, chopped or left whole

 

¾ cup (185 mL) fermented black bean sauce (optional)

 

¾ cup (185 mL) chopped peanuts

 

Twenty-four ½-inch (1 cm) zucchini or carrot sticks

 

Twelve ½-inch (1 cm) red bell pepper sticks

 

6 snow peas, halved lengthwise

 

4 Tbsp (60 mL) chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

 

12 cooked whole shrimp or ? cup (80 mL) chopped cooked shrimp

 

1 cup (250 mL) Sweet Thai Chile Sauce or Peanut Lime Sauce

 

Place rice vermicelli in a bowl and cover with very hot water. Soak for 15 minutes. Drain well, return to bowl, and toss with rice vinegar and oil.

 

Fill a shallow pan or bowl with very warm water. Work with one rice paper wrapper at a time. Soak wrapper in warm water for 10 seconds or until softened. Place on a damp towel. Place 3 basil leaves in a line down the centre of the wrapper. Place a lettuce leaf, cup side up, overtop of the basil. Top with a tablespoon (15 mL) each of black bean sauce (if using) and peanuts, and then add a small pile (about ¼ cup/60 mL) of softened vermicelli noodles, 2 zucchini sticks, 1 pepper stick, half a pea pod, and 1 tsp (5 mL) cilantro (if using), creating a compact pile in the middle of the leaf. Fold in the sides and one end, and then roll up to make a compact roll.

 

Repeat this process for the remaining veggie rice paper wrappers, reserving 4 wrappers for the shrimp rolls.

 

For the shrimp rolls, place 3 whole shrimp or 4 tsp (20 mL) chopped shrimp in a line down the centre of the wrapper. Place a lettuce leaf, cup side up, overtop of the shrimp. Add a tablespoon (15 mL) of black bean sauce (if using) to the centre of the leaf.

 

Add a tablespoon (15 mL) of peanuts, a small pile (about ¼ cup/60 mL) of vermicelli noodles, 2 zucchini sticks, 1 pepper stick, half a pea pod, and 1 tsp (5 mL) cilantro (if using), creating a compact pile in the middle of the leaf. Fold in the sides and one end. Roll up to make a compact sausage.

 

Repeat this process for the remaining 3 rice paper wrappers. Serve with Sweet Thai Chile Sauce or Peanut Lime Sauce. Email me if you would like these recipes: info@parentguide.ca. Garnish with extra basil or cilantro if desired.

 

Compliments of: by Nettie Cronish and Pat Crocker, Everyday Flexitarian.

 

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