Just a few weeks before my diagnosis, we ate a a friend’s house and she served us a great meal of rice wraps with a generous spread of fillings – Chinese sausage, chicken, tofu, carrots, iceberg lettuce and more. It was only last week that I realized I had picked up some (yeh, gluten free!) rice paper wraps just days after that dinner! So I made them for a snack one night when our friends came over for a wine and games night. They were a big hit, and now I’m excited to try them with different fillings and sauces!
Thai rice wraps are super low-fat (depending of course on your fillings) but are also surprisingly filling too! I mean it – you WILL be surprised at how filling there are!
- 1 package of rice paper (get this in the Asian section of the supermarket. One package will last you months – there’s about 100 pieces of rice paper in each!)
- Your choice of fillings! Some ideas include: sausage, chicken, tofu, shrimp, iceberg lettuce, cabbage, julienned carrots, shredded bell peppers, rice, vermicelli rice noodles, bean sprouts, green onions, scallions, fresh cilantro, fresh basil, minced garlic, lemongrass paste, ginger paste… The options are only limited by your imagination!
- Dipping sauce: I use sweet red chili sauce and peanut satay sauce, but you can also use tamari sauce, fish sauce or your favourite dipping sauce.
Prepare rice paper as per package directions – usually you soak each individual rice paper in a skillet with warm water until it softens. Then pick up and shake off excess water and place on a dry plate. Arrange with your choice of fillings and wrap tightly, tucking in sides as you go. The water evaporates quickly so the rice wraps will stick together well.
You can assemble all the rice wraps yourself, or put out a platter of fillings for your family or guests to include what they’d like.
Serve with your choice of dipping sauce, or put out a few for variety!
PS Depending on your choice of fillings, this meal can be low-carb and only costs about $1-2 a serving (a serving being about 6 wraps.) Now how’s that for a great dinner staple!