I like to keep my cooking fresh and easy, especially in the heat of summer. My food prep routine consists of one weekend batch cooking session where I prep salad fixings, roast veggies, cook a pot of rice, and make a batch of baked tofu. I always make a treat too, like banana cookies, chocolate muffins or a fruit crisp. It’s a good trick to bake a sweet at the end of a cooking session to fill the kitchen with aromas of cinnamon or chocolate instead of the less desirable scent of roasted broccoli. (Plus, dessert!)
Those few hours spent in the kitchen saves me loads of time during the week. Dinners are a quick assembly of ingredients into a rice bowl, BIG salad, or summer roll (a.k.a. spring roll). I love summer rolls because they can be stuffed with almost anything, and are easy to make once you get the hang of rolling them. (Check out this great how to roll fresh Vietnamese spring rolls tutorial from White on Rice Couple.)
I’m sharing a very basic recipe for making summer rolls, but think of it as a guide. My favorite fillings are baked tofu, avocado and cucumber. Herbs like cilantro or Thai basil are also a must. Swap in whatever ingredients you love or have on hand, the whole point is to mix it up! Often I add lettuce, shredded carrot or even shaved zucchini. Plus, you can make as many of few as you’d like. Summer rolls don’t keep well, so I suggest only rolling what you plan to eat right away.
Vegetarian Tofu Summer Rolls Recipe
Rice Paper Wrappers:
Spring roll rice paper wrappers
Sambal Baked Tofu slices (recipe link)
Avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced
Seedless cucumber, cut into matchstick pieces
Fresh cilantro leaves
Sliced green onions
Tamari with a swirl of sambal oelek chile sauce
Prep and organize all ingredients. Work by making one summer roll at a time. Soften a rice paper wrapper in warm water; place on a work surface. Starting at the end nearest you, layer filling ingredients on rice paper. (Resist the urge to overfill!) Tightly roll, folding in edges, if desired. Serve with dipping sauce.
Tip: Using high quality, strong rice paper wrappers is the key to summer roll success. I’ve had great luck with Three Ladies Spring Roll Rice Paper Wrappers (Amazon product link)