Friday, June 1, 2012


I realized yesterday that I have been saying that it's summer a lot lately when in fact it is still spring! Maybe its because its been so nice out lately...or that I'm growing my garden...or that I've been making all sorts of fantastically tasty summer food - like these summer avocado wraps. Let's talk avocado's for a moment. When I was younger my brother and step dad would eat avocado sandwiches all the time and I thought it was the grossest thing ever until one day I decided to push the limits of what I considered ordinary food and actually eat one. That day I fell in love love love with avocados and have never turned back. Little did I know that I was falling in love with one of the best foods ever in terms of nutritional goodness!
A little reminder about Avocados:
-provides all 18 amino acids for the body to make a complete protein.
-have good fats (monounsaturated) which boost good cholesterol (HDL)
-they contain vitamin C,E,K, carotenoids (such as betacarotene), selenium, potassium, zinc, omega 3 fatty acids which = bye bye inflammation
-there are over 80 varieties of avocados!

Filling Ingredients:
-2 chopped tomatoes
-2 avocados sliced
-1 red pepper sliced
-2 baby cucumbers julienned
-1 cup arugula
-1 cup chopped coriander 
-1 package rice wrappers

Peanut Sauce
1 blood orange juiced
4 tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp water
1 tsp chili flakes

1) Set up all ingredients on a table. Place a dish towel down on the table for rolling.
2) Boil water in the kettle and pour the boiled water into a large frying pan (or other shallow dish). Wait a few minutes to allow the water to cool down a bit.
3) Take a rice paper wrap and submerge it into the water for about 10 seconds or until it becomes translucent.
4) Carefully take the rice paper wrap out of the water and place it on the towel. Fill the wrap with all the ingredients but make sure that you fill only about 1/4 of the wrap and leave room on the top and bottom so that you can fold over the sides. Fold both sides of the wrap over and then begin to roll the wrap tightly. Place the finished wrap on a plate and continue steps 5 and 6 until all of the rice paper wraps and ingredients have been used. 
5) Cut the rice paper wraps in half with a sharp knife and dip them in the peanut sauce. 


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