Monday, September 19, 2011

Summer Salad Rolls

Julienne Vegetables
Sometimes, I only want to eat a cold meal on a hot summer day. Salads are a great option but I always want something hearty to eat with it. Now hearty for some could mean meat or potatoes, but in this recipe hearty means rice paper rolls. I bought a pack from an Asian market. I had so much fun making them. I wish I had more time to make a dipping sauce with it, hopefully next time.
1 Carrot
1 Lettuce Head
Stuffing the Rice Paper
1 Mango
2 Green onion bulb
Rice Paper rolls.

Serving: 6 rolls

Julienne the mango and green onions and cut the lettuce very thin. Grate the carrots to save time and effort. Warm up a little bit of water in a large pot so the rice paper can easily get soaked without folding on itself. Once the water is warm to the touch turn off the stove, soak a rice paper for fifteen second and place it on a plate. Stack all the vegetables on one side of the paper and start to roll while tucking the stuffing. After one fold tuck in the corners and finish the last fold. The tighter you tuck in the better vegetable hold up to dipping sauces. They came out fresh and hearty without any meat :), I made some shrimp and veggie ones for my one and only. ;)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Potato chips may not have gluten but they have FAT :)

Potatoes are my favourite vegetables. I will discuss the many ways I eat that vegetable in another posting. The reason I am writing this blog is that I am addicted to chips of any kind, every kind. I crave them (:S) and sometimes get a big bag and finish it in an hour. Some of my favourites are Lays BBQ and Lemon Chile (sold in middle east), Flamin cheetos, Old Dutch Chedder Cheese and Jalapeno, Omani Chips, and lastly Blair's Death Rain habanero chips. These are the best chips if you like spice and little bit of sour. However, HOWEVER, I cant have them all the time and believe me I used to have them all the time. After being diagnosed with celiacs, my diet took a turn towards eating healthy. I started to realise how chips are bad for me (as if I already didn't know). But I still liked them and wanted them. The healthier version of crispy snacks started getting introduced here in department store, like whole wheat tostitoes, pita chips, veggie sticks etc. Now, those I cant have :) so what do I do?

I started trying all the snack and chips that were of gluten free variety. I tried different torttilla chips, bean chips. Some of them actually made me sick. After a year of searching I found my perfect one. Its crispy and perfect for eating with guacamole or other dips. It is made up of lentils and beans, my favourite. It has light seasoning that cools down my craving of salty and savoury.

I got the Permasean flavour of these delicious crispy and hearty Baked Lentil Chips by Mediterranean Snacks.There are other flavours like Cucumber Dill, Cracked Pepper and many more. I found them in Winners and Bulk Barn.