Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls & Peanut Sauce Recipe, Wrap & Filling Recipes, Shenanigans & Crazy Stories

Hi Bloggie Friends!  How was your weekend?   Any fun stories to share?  On Saturday as I mentioned, we went on a nice, long, family power walk through Balboa Park and then I met up with my friend Amber, who I hadn’t seen in 10 months.  Amber and Jenny (who I mentioned before) are my two best friends here in San Diego and it was awesome seeing Amber and catching up on 10 months of life in 2 hours! (and Scott had Skylar so it was a no-holds barred catch-up session!)

Back in the day, Amber and I used to get into some major shenanigans together and had no problems having more drinks than we could ever drink being sent over to us when we went out together.  And we loved every second of it.  What can I say, we created quite a commotion and had a tons of fun toying with our prey drink buyers.  Insert evil laugh.  Ahh, the memories!  Can’t wait to hit the town with Amber, soon!  Maybe this weekend if she’s not too busy going out of town and being footloose and fancy free!

Today I had an extremely busy and fun day!  Farmer’s Market, the Gym, Family Time, a Power Walk, lots of cooking.  Or shall I say un-cooking.   I didn’t get my first shower of the day in until 6pm if that tells you that I pretty much hit the ground running and didn’t stop.  I love weekend summer days!

Moving Onto Some Food…
You may remember me complaining a few months back that I could not find rice paper wrappers anywhere in Phoenix and had a major fresh spring roll craving Well, 9 months later, I finally took care of it.  I found these at the regular grocery store here in San Diego.  In Phoenix no stores from the regular grocery store to Whole Foods carried them.

 Note to the gluten sensitive:  The Whole Foods in Phoenix (and perhaps other cities) carries some wrappers that look like rice paper wrappers, but they are not.  The first ingredient is Wheat Gluten.  Caveat Emptor for those avoiding gluten and a reminder to always read the labels! 

Assemble your fillings and a bowl of warm water.  Dunk each one for about 15-20 seconds, and wrap!

I used This 8-Ball Squash from the Farmer’s Market as part of my filling.  Also carrots, red peppers, and spring mix lettuce.  I skipped any kind of noodles or tofuDidn’t plan that far in advance, truth be told.

Wrap Up

And Repeat x 3
 You can store extras in a container for 2-3 days in the fridge in my experience before they get a little slimy and funky

Next up, make your Peanut Sauce (Garlic, Added Salt, and Soy Free!)

Averie’s 2 Minute Peanut Sauce (Garlic, Added Salt, and Soy Free!)
1/3 C Peanut Butter
1/4 C Maple/Agave Blend (in whatever ratios you have/prefer)
1/4 C Sesame Oil (this is the Key Ingredient.  Do not skimp on this!)
1/4 C Apple Cider Vinegar ACV (if you don’t have ACV, use orange juice or regular vinegar)
1 Tsp Ginger Powder (optional)

Wisk to Combine
Yum!

Shake it Up if you Wish or use a Blender of your choice.  I personally didn’t feel like washing anything extra so the whisk method works.

Will keep in the fridge for a week+.  It won’t last that long though!

Slather it On & Devour!

Or just dip the Spring Rolls directly into the Peanut Sauce
I have to have Tons of Peanut Sauce with Every.Single.Bite.
Peanut Sauce + Rice Paper Wraps with Fresh Veggies = Perfect!

I’ve also made This other Peanut Sauce Recipe in the Past.  It’s fairly similar to today’s recipe, I used my Vita for it, but that’s not imperative.

Blend
Pour Into a Container
 Peanut Sauce Recipe

In the Past, I’ve made some Other Wraps:

1.  Here I made Raw Vegan Cabbage Wraps

 Raw Vegan Cabbage Wraps

2. Here I made Raw Vegan Cucumber Wraps 

You could swap out the Cucumber for zucchini and wrap those.  Cukes or zukes, doesn’t matter.
 

For Filling Options to go Inside the Wraps…

1. Try my  Sweet & Tangy Chicken-Less Salad

Sweet-n-Tangy Chicken-Less Salad

2. Or, my Sweet-n-Nutty Un-Chicky Salad Recipe:   

Or Just add a big scoop on top of a bed of fresh greens
 Sweet-n-Nutty Un-Chicky Salad

 3. Or Use Raw Vegan Taco Nut “Meat”

 
 Raw Vegan Taco Nut “Meat” on top of a green salad

 4. Fill Your Wraps with Sesame Ginger Maple Glazed Tofu

 Sesame Ginger Maple Glazed Tofu
There are so many things to wrap with: cucumbers, zucchinis, rice paper wrappers… 
And so many great Fillings to Put inside Them: Nut pates, seed pates, Tofu, Veggies… 
What’s your favorite combo?

From Yesterday, I’m glad you enjoyed my Shopping Finds and Deals of the Week

And I’m happy that many of you return things you don’t like or aren’t going to work out for you.  Don’t suffer with something you don’t like or won’t use is my motto!

Persistence.  Seems that about half of you feel you are, and the other half is working on finding that side to your personality.

More on my Scoby and Kombucha making efforts as the week plays out.  Tomorrow I am actually going to pick up another Scoby Mother from another lady.  So I will have two batches going with two different Mothers.

 Yes, it’s super ugly I know.  That’s ok. I’d rather make my own and be in charge of the fermentation process.  And save some cash-ola in the process!

Gym & Weights Workout Today From This Tab: Upper Body Workout

Tip of the Day:  My Give Away for Newman’s Own Organics 6-Chocolate Bars!!
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Questions
1.  Best Thing You Did or Ate over the weekend?
Me = Farmer’s Market and my Meetup with Amber!

2.  As I asked in the post:

There are so many things to wrap with: cucumbers, zucchinis, rice paper wrappers, tortillas,… 
And so many great Fillings to Put inside Them: Nut pates, seed pates, Tofu, Veggies… 
Katie did a post on her love of them!  What’s your favorite combo? 

3. Do you like to stay busy on weekends or use them as more of unstructured chill time?
I do love my unstructured chill time, but I had 9 months of that in Phoenix.  Here in San Diego, I am loving being busy and filling my days, weekdays and weekends, with all kinds of projects, hobbies, meetups with my friends, and whatever I can get into.  Tomorrow I have a Scoby pickup (oh that sounds so scandalous!) and a meetup with a friend and her daughters.

4. Favorite Song lately?
I will go with O.M.G. by Usher.  Skylar loves this one, too.  She belts it out from her carseat.  It’s quite comical!  The crazy thing, I cannot sing and neither can Scott, but she can actually really carry a tune.  Wonder where that gene came from?

5. Shenanigans and Crazy Stories.  Do you have any?
I have plenty.  Oh boy, I could tell you some tales.  Some people are ashamed of their past or they regret it.  Not me!  I loved every second of it…haha!  Anyway, as I said, Amber and I used to have plenty of fun together and one night we left the men at home and bellied up to a swanky bar and random men were sending over drinks, bottles of wine, sushi, food, notes, you name it.  Well, it was getting late and this one guy who had sent over quite an expensive bottle of wine came up to try to talk to us.  And he was trying to rub our backs…ewww!  We call this night the night of the Back Molester.  We reminded him we were not single!  So, we excused ourselves to the ladies room, pulled a disappearing act, and hightailed it out of there!  We were almost “home free” when we heard him calling for us in the parking lot.  Good thing both of us are excellent runners, even in 4 inch heels. 

I can’t believe I publish some of this stuff, but isn’t this a lot more fun than spring rolls, good as they are and all?

Regale me with your crazy life stories, please! 

Stay Tuned For Farmer’s Market Finds and Recipes…

   

24 Responses to “Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls & Peanut Sauce Recipe, Wrap & Filling Recipes, Shenanigans & Crazy Stories”

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    Kristin — May 7, 2012 at 8:36 am

    OK, I am most definitely trying out these spring rolls, I have always wanted to, put can’t seem to find them at whole foods :( . Love that there loaded w/ veggies and easy to pack for on the go; I also love the idea of the peanut sauce… yum!

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    Ala — July 31, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I’ve been on a roll with spring rolls lately, so I’m so glad I found this among your old posts! I’m going to give your peanut sauce a try (I use a recipe that my friends have actually dragged me to their houses to make for them–I know that you’re always on the lookout for variations, so I hope you don’t mind if I share it with you! http://wallflourgirl.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/tofu-vegetarian-spring-rolls-with-honey-peanut-dipping-sauce/) Thank you so much for sharing!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — July 31st, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      your rolls & sauce look great! that meal/combo never gets old!

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    Melissa — August 27, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I just stumbled upon your blog. The recipes look fantastic! I’ll be making the spring rolls this week and coming back to check for more good stuff. Thanks!

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    Megan — September 17, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Hi,

    I live near Phoenix as well, and while no regular grocery stores carry rice paper wrappers, there are quite a few grocery stores carrying them that cater to various asian cuisines. (Which you may already know)

    Here’s the most complete list I could find:
    http://www.azcentral.com/ent/dining/articles/0113chinesemarkets.html
    + there’s another Lee Lee’s on Dobson Rd., south of the 60 in Chandler.

    I usually stock up on all my favorite indian, chinese, etc ingredients + take advantage of the inexpensive produce when I go. It more than makes the extra trip worth it.

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    Ariel — October 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    The sauce was delicious!!! My whole family love it, even the non-vegan ones :) I am definetly making this again.

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — October 26th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      Yay! Glad it was a hit! Thanks for making it, telling me about it, and that you plan to make it again!

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    Bev Sayle — March 28, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Hey Averie, the peanut sauce was amazing – ginger really made it zing. I’m scared to try the spring rolls as when I have used the wrappers before they have ended up like soggy condoms! Photos always look so nice and tempting, any advice on the rolls?? Thanks.

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