Almond and Mushroom Salad Rolls

Hey there! I always love salad rolls when I visit Vietnamese restaurants, and so I thought that I’d make some of my own. These Salad rolls include lots of veggies, plus almonds and mushrooms cooked in a soy honey glaze. Rolling the rice paper is surprisingly not that hard, once you get the hang of it. I used square sheets of rice paper that were given to me, but round sheets also work. You can find sheets of rice paper in most grocery stores. These rolls make great snacks, appetizers, or light lunches. Enjoy!

Almond and Mushroom Salad Rolls

Serves: Makes 5 rolls

Total Time: 30-40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 5 small mushrooms, diced
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 an avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 a cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 a red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 5 rice paper sheets, square or round

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add in the mushrooms and almonds, and cook for two minutes. Then add the soy sauce and honey, cooking for another minute until most of the liquid has cooked off. Set the mixture aside.
  2. Take a large plate and fill it with a shallow layer of water. Place a sheet of rice paper in the water and press down on it to submerge it. Let it soak for about one minute, then flip it over, making sure the whole sheet is still submerged, and soak for another thirty seconds, massaging the water into the paper a bit until it’s translucent and pliable.
  3. Grab the sheet of rice paper and transfer it to a dry plate or cutting board. Place a pinch of lettuce in the middle of the sheet in a log shape, with the ends about an inch away from the side edges. Spread a tablespoon of the almond and mushroom mixture on top of the lettuce, followed by some shredded carrots, cucumber, pepper and avocado.
  4. Fold the inside edges of the rice paper sheet in towards the middle of the roll. Fold the edge closest to you over top of the ingredients in the centre, and continue to roll up the paper until a salad roll forms.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 until 5 salad rolls are complete, then enjoy!

Hope you like these unique salad rolls! See you Wednesday!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))

Beans and Broccoli

Hey there! Today I have another fantastic recipe that can be easily frozen and is great for meal prep. This take on beef and broccoli uses red kidney beans to make a delicious vegan meal. When the beans are fried, they resemble ground beef, and the seasoning used enhances their flavour. These beans and broccoli are great with quinoa, noodles, or in a salad. Hope you enjoy!

Beans and Broccoli

Serves: 2-3

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp + 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbs chili flakes
  • 1/2 tbs garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbs ginger
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/2 a head of broccoli, separated into small florets.
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 tbs sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • quinoa, for serving (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, mash up the beans, leaving some whole. Stir in 1 tsp soy sauce, the chili flakes, garlic powder, ginger, and pepper.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add in the bean mixture and the broccoli florets and cook for about fifteen minutes, until the broccoli is tender and the beans begin to resemble ground beef in texture; crumbly and firm.
  3. Mix the sesame oil, 1 tbs soy sauce, maple syrup and garlic in a small bowl. Pour over the beans and broccoli and stir, cooking for two more minutes.
  4. Serve over quinoa with green onion and enjoy!

Hopefully this recipe helps you get ahead this week:))

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))

Simple Bok Choy Noodles

Hello there;) Today’s recipe is super simple and quick to make. I usually don’t work with bok choy a whole lot, but it’s a really delicious vegetable and is super versatile. It works great in soups, in stir frys and even just steamed as a side dish. This noodle dish allows the bok choy to shine by only using garlic and soy sauce to flavour it. It’s great for a quick weekend lunch or light dinner. Hope you enjoy!

Simple Bok Choy Noodles

Serves: 1

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 serving of cooked lentil or whole wheat spaghetti noodles
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 stalks of bok choy (regular sized, not baby)
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • Chopped peanuts, for serving (optional)

Directions:

  1. Remove the leaves from the bok choy stems and chop them into strips. Next, chop the bok choy stems like you would a celery stalk, into about a centimetre wide chunks.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add in the bok choy stems and cook for about 6 minutes, until slightly browned and softened.
  3. Add in the garlic and leaves, cooking for an additional two minutes, until the leaves are wilted.
  4. Place the cooked noodles into the pan and stir in the soy sauce, removing from the heat. Serve in a bowl with chopped peanuts.

So simple yet so good! Have a great week everyone.

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked

Asian Kale and Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing

Hi! The recipe that I have for you guys today is a delicious Asian Kale and Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing. About a year ago, I tried making a salad with spinach, chicken, and a so called “peanut dressing” that I’m pretty sure was just peanut butter and soy sauce mixed together. Then last month I wanted to improve upon that Salad, and so I created a dressing that is about 1000 times better than my original attempt, and it doesn’t even have any soy sauce in it because we didn’t have any! I call it a dressing, but really it’s a super versatile sauce. This could go in stir-frys, on roasted veggie bowls, and would be killer in wraps. But for me, it really shines in this Salad full of kale, quinoa, cucumbers, carrots, chickpeas and cabbage. Hope you enjoy!

Asian Kale and Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing

Serves: 3 as a main, 6 as a side

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Salad:

  • 3 cups kale, chopped and with the stems removed
  • 3 cups purple cabbage, chopped
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 1/2 a cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup roasted chickpeas (optional)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa

For the Peanut Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter (salted or unsalted)
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Chile flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions:

  1. Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. If it’s still too thick, add more water until you reach the consistency of ranch dressing.
  2. In a larger bowl, toss together the Salad ingredients. Add in the dressing and mix until everything is coated.
  3. Enjoy!

Now that I think about it, adding some peanuts on top of this salad would definitely take it to the next level, as well as add some crunch. I’ll have to try that next time! So you Friday;)

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))))