Be forewarned: These spring rolls are massively addictive! What’s more, they’re really fun to make. I like preparing them when guests come over – getting all the ingredients ready, then let the guest make their own.
My recipe for spring rolls can be varied a lot. It’s a great way to use up some fresh veggies or to get kids to eat vegetables that they might not ordinarily eat.
The roll itself is a round rice paper wrapper. When dry, they’re delicate and breakable, but when you immerse them in water they become soft and pliable. I buy them from health food store and sometime see them in larger supermarkets. They’re easy to find in Asian markets (well, that was kind of obvious).
Is Rice Paleo?
I’ve received comments on other recipes questioning the use of rice on a paleo diet. In the past, paleo enthusiasts placed more emphasis on keeping carbohydrates really low, but some people started to question this practice, notably Chris Kresser and Paul Jaminet.
The fact is the exact same diet is not suitable for everyone. Some people only lose weight when they reduce carbs to a minimum. But not everyone, myself included, feels great eating a very low carb diet. The important thing is to steer clear of unhealthy carbs (grains, legumes) and to find the level of carb intake that works best for you. Personally, I do eat rice, (in smaller portions than in my pre-paleo days) as well as potato (like in this potato stir fry) and sweet potato (like this delicious dish).
Paleo Spring Rolls
You can totally play around with the ingredients that go into the spring rolls. A lot of the flavor comes from the dipping sauce, so experiment with the ingredients. I’m giving approximate quantities for four people.
1. Prepare chicken or egg
Cut 2 chicken breasts into very small slivers and stir fry them with a few drips of soy sauce for color.
Beat 2 eggs with a ½ tablespoon of soy sauce. Stir fry on high heat, mixing and “cutting” the egg into pieces with a flat wooden spatula. Stir fry until completely dry. The end result looks a lot like stir-fried chicken breast.
I make sure to include:
finely chopped cabbage (unless I use sauerkraut)
green onions or chives
You can also use:
slivered bell peppers
thin strips of cucumber
sliced mushrooms (though the taste gets a bit lost in the mix)
whatever other fresh vegetables you have handy
I always add coriander or sauerkraut when I have them in the house, though I don’t think I’d use both at the same time.
5 cloves garlic, crushed
1 ½ inch peeled ginger, finely grated
8 tbsp. organic, gluten free soy sauce
3 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. sesame oil
Very finely chopped green onion or chives (optional, but looks nice)
Mix the ingredient together.
How to Assemble Spring Rolls
Don’t do all the work! Get everyone to make their own. Here’s how.