Shrimp Spring Rolls

Servings: 8

Ingredients

Spring Rolls
  • 8 (8-inch diameter) sheets rice paper
  • 1 head of butter lettuce, individual leaves pulled
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 2-inch strips
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch strips
  • 1 English cucumber, cut into 2-inch strips
  • 2 cups purple cabbage, shredded
  • 4 scallions, diced
  • 1 cup cilantro sprigs
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • 16 small cooked shrimp
Peanut Sauce
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk canned
  • 2 tablespoons curry red
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup water
Sweet and Spicy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Instructions

Spring Rolls
  1. Fill a plate with a 1/4 inch of cold water.
  2. One at a time, dip each sheet of rice paper for about 90 seconds. The paper should be pliable but not too soft.
  3. Place the rice paper on a clean work surface then add a butter lettuce leaf, a few red bell peppers, carrots, and cucumber. Add some purple cabbage, scallions, cilantro, and mint.
  4. Roll the bottom of the rice paper roll up and over the vegetables. Tuck the vegetables tightly. Lay two shrimp above the rolled vegetables in the rice paper.
  5. Fold the left and right sides in and then roll the remainder of the rice paper up until completely closed in.
  6. Repeat the filling and rolling process with the remaining sheets of rice paper. 
  7. Option to serve with the peanut sauce, sweet and spicy, or both!
Peanut Sauce
  1. Shake the can of coconut milk.
  2. Add all the ingredients, except water, to a pot and cook over medium heat.
  3. Stir as you cook until the sugar is dissolved and everything is heated through.
  4. Taste and add more red curry paste if you prefer to increase the heat.
Sweet and Spicy Sauce
  1. In a saucepan, combine the vinegar, 1/2 cup water, sugar, garlic, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes.
  2. Cook over medium heat and stir well to dissolve the sugar.
  3. In a small bowl with a fork, whisk together the 1 tablespoon water and 2 teaspoons cornstarch.
  4. Drizzle into the pan and continue to cook until the sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon well. Remove from heat.

Thanks to the original recipe for inspirations found here and here.

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Mega Cookies (GF)

Servings: 8 (6oz.) Cookies

Ingredients

COOKIE DOUGH
  • 300 grams gluten free flour
  • 30 grams cornstarch
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 113 grams unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 100 grams light brown sugar
  • 115 grams granulated white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, room temperature
  • 425 grams mixed chocolate
  • 150 grams toasted pecans
  • Optional: sea salt, caramel drizzle

Instructions

COOKIE DOUGH PREP (12 hour minimum)
  1. Combine gluten free flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and baking soda in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer (using paddle attachment), combine the butter, both sugars, vanilla extract, and salt.
  3. At a low-speed mix to combine, increase the speed to medium and mix until light and fluffy (4-6 minutes).
  4. Mixing on low, add the egg and the egg yolk one by one.
  5. Mix in the flour on low. Once fully incorporated, add the chocolate and nuts.
  6. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and portion the dough in 6oz cookies using your kitchen scale. Wrap the sheet tray with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 12hrs. Don’t skip this step!
BAKING
  1. Preheat your oven to 375F.
  2. Arrange 4 cookies on your parchment-lined sheet pan and sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
  3. Bake at 375F for 10 minutes, rotate the tray and reduce the temperature of your oven to 350F.
  4. Bake for an additional 6-9 minutes until they have crispy edges, look puffy, and still look slightly underdone in the center.
  5. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool on the sheet tray for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Move to a cooling rack and top with caramel drizzle.
  7. Repeat with the rest of your cookie dough or freeze for future cookie cravings.

Thanks to the original recipe found here.

The Story Behind the Recipe

A couple friends of ours went into labor two weeks early. A food train was quickly organized for their first weeks home and I jumped on board to help. I wanted to include a special dessert to go along with the meal I was providing. Immediately, I thought of a big cookie because when I had my first, one of my favorite things at the hospital was the cookie that came alongside my dinner service. There’s nothing better than a warm chocolate chip cookie, it always feels like home.

My challenge was to produce a cookie that would fit the needs of the new momma. She happens to eat gluten free. Gluten free and baking can sometimes feel intimidating but not with this recipe! I guarantee most people who try this baked deliciousness, would never even know it was gluten free.

Happy Baking!

Asian Spiced Salmon w/ Baby Bok Choy & Shiitakes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1T rice vinegar
  • 1T honey
  • 1T pure sesame oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1T fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1/2t sambal oelek (hot chili sauce)
  • 4 (6oz) salmon fillets
  • 8 baby bok choy, halved lengthwise
  • 1/2lb shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and caps halved
  • 3 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 2T toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Mix together soy sauce, vinegar, honey, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and sambal oelek in a large zip lock bag. Add salmon and turn to coat. Marinate in refrigerator about 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, set racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 450F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with foil and spray with nonstick spray.
  3. Pull salmon from bag but make sure to save marinade for the vegetables. Place salmon in center of one prepared baking sheet.
  4. Add bok choy to the marinade, toss until coated and then arrange the bok choy around the salmon in a single layer (save marinade).
  5. Add mushrooms and cabbage to marinade and toss to coat. Spread vegetables on the second prepared baking sheet in an even layer.
  6. Place salmon on top rack and cabbage-mushroom mixture on bottom rack. Roast about 15 minutes until salmon is just opaque in center and vegetables are tender.
  7. Sprinkle salmon with scallions and sesame seeds. Serve with vegetables and optional white rice.

Thanks to the original recipe found in Family Meals.