Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Vegan Veggie Rolls

In recent months, a close family member has had some disappointing test results.  Cancer has struck my family too many times, as I am sure it has for you too.  With some help from Sister, we have that family member sprouting and I'm doing my best to convince Her to attend Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach Florida.  So far, She isn't convinced that Hippocrates is the way to go, but at least She's willing to sprout, and has definitely made a few diet and health related changes to their life.  This seems to have helped, and chemo has been delayed.  I have breathed a sigh of relief, somewhat.

The main reason why I started altering my diet was for my health and to improve and impact my and my family's health in positive ways.  

With the recent updated test result that scared the bejeepers out of me, I began reading a book I won at a Hippocrates lecture.  It sat on my shelf for way too long unread.  Life seems so busy, and somehow tomorrow never came.  That day, when the test results came in, and I was faced with the possibility of losing someone far sooner than I dare imagine, the book came off the shelf.  I'm dead tired when I fall in to bed most nights, so I'm not done the book, but I have made some severe progress. And I'm loving the book.  I encourage you all to read it as well.  It's called 'Living Foods for Optimum Health' by Theresa Foy Digeronimo and Brian R. Clement.

http://www.amazon.com/Living-Foods-Optimum-Health-Unhealthy/dp/0761514481
Image borrowed from Amazon.com

With all the health realities and scares lately, I have been making more of a concerted effort to prepare vegan and raw vegan meals.  I got a little off track for a while and was a lot less strict about both dairy and meat for a short while.  I was not eating a lot of meat or dairy, but definitely more than I wanted to.  My boys (big and small) both still want and love meat and dairy.  So while I don't prepare every meal with those two ingredients, I do so more than I wish to. 

Last year I started sprouting and eating more raw vegan meals, in addition to vegetarian meals.  Now I am trying to go that extra mile, concentrating more on the raw vegan.  I can't say that we'll be 100% raw vegan...but I'm definitely eating more raw vegan meals.  It is a steap learning curve though.  It is one thing to decide to be raw vegan...and another to figure out what a menu for being raw vegan looks like...other than green salads.  


One of my first additions to our menu (to make things a  little interesting if not exciting for our little guy...ah heck, for me too) is to make these Veggie Rolls.






Criteria for my meals:
1. easy
2. very little prep time
3. tasty

This one fits all 3 criteria....and the tasty part was agreed upon by all.

Ingredients: (ideally organic if possible)
Baby Spinach
Red Bell Pepper
Cucumber
Sprouts (I like using a crunchy bean mix, kale, broccoli, or even red clover)
Carrots
Rice paper

With the exception of the spinach and the sprouts, I thinly slice all the other vegetables.
Then, I wet the rice wraps, added the vegetables, sprouts, rolled, and repeated.
When they were done (in less than 1/2 and hour) we served them up with some dipping sauce and enjoyed.  

We've also experimented with adding nori wraps (seaweed) to the rolls, and enjoyed those too.





1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yum!

They look delicious!

I would love to hear more about your foray into sprouting... I think that it can be daunting for those who haven't done it before. Blogs like yours make it easier for "newbies".

Thanks GFMom!
Missed your posts :)