keep it rollin’ (spring roll recipe)

if i had to pick one responsibility of motherhood that took me by surprise when i began this journey, it would be feeding people.  from nursing to following recipes, and everything in between – none of it came naturally and often felt overwhelming.

three meals a day and yummy snacks is a lot of work.  especially for a girl that could live off of chips and salsa (#cheapdate).  oh, and the pile of dishes left at the end isn’t a huge motivator either (i know you feel me on this one).


but ever since starting the monthly spread last year, as a way to help with meal time craziness, i’ve fallen in love with feeding the fam bam….  maybe not every meal, or even everyday, but overall it’s become a joy.

it’s been fun trying new recipes and learning about food and having the kids help more in the kitchen, and OMG the difference a plan makes!

last week we spread our foodie wings and gave spring rolls a try…..  below is the recipe!


I N G R E D I E N T S :
2 cups rotisserie or baked chicken, shredded
2 ounces dried rice noodles {or “noods” as we lovingly call them}
8 dried rice paper wrappers
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and cut into sticks
2 tablespoons chinese plum sauce

spring roll recipe 2

1.  soak rice noodles according to package (or in hot water for 10 minutes or until soft and then drain).    prep chicken, cilantro, and carrots.
2.  lay rice paper in warm water until softened (about 15 seconds), then place on a clean work surface.  pile noodles, chicken, cilantro and carrots in the middle of the paper, leaving room at the bottom to fold the rice paper up.  top with a little plum sauce and then roll up like a burrito.  (it took us a few times to get the layering and rolling to look right, so don’t fret if the first one doesn’t look like the pictures.)
3.  repeat until ingredients are gone (makes about 8) and serve with extra plum sauce for dipping!

spring roll recipe 3spring-roll-recipe-the-monthly-spread-2it was quite entertaining watching the kids experience this new food.  (they make me laugh.)

good news is they loved the spring rolls so we’ll gladly be adding them to our list of school lunch ideas.

anyone else in a school lunch rut!?  tried any new recipes lately?!

ALSO, if you are interested in trying a sample week of the monthly spread and hosting a giveaway on your blog, send me an email or leave a comment below!

(kid pics by stacy jacobsen, food pics by armommy)

xo . rae
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  • Erin March 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    We love spring rolls. I make mine with a browned ground-pork mix, then we choose herbs–mint, cilantro, parsley, basil, but always mint–and we use sweet chili sauce, because we could drink the bottle and be happy. But a variation with Chinese plum sauce sounds fantastic! This makes me excited for spring and summer, really the only time I make this spring roll. Come on, little herbs, grow! (BTW, I’ve found that you can buy a few sizes of spring-roll wrappers–I like the smaller ones we can find in our regular grocery store, but the men-folk like giant Chipotle-burrito-sized spring rolls, and the big ones work better for that.)

  • Erin March 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I forgot to mention–good for you for branching out and gaining some new food finds for your family! I am naturally drawn to food and would stand in the kitchen all day long making and baking, while looking at all the cute crafts online that I don’t get to. Ha. We each have our own strengths!

    • rae March 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      so true erin!!! i appreciate your comment and tips for spring rolls!! xo

  • Chelsea March 25, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    This is such a sweet post + this looks absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂 Just pinned for ya too 😉 Happy Monday!

  • Carrie March 25, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I’d love to receive a sample of the monthly spread. Thanks!!

  • Jody March 25, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    seriously SHUT UP right now!!! i was looking up spring roll recipes yesterday. ooooooo! thank you!!

    • rae March 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      best comment of the year award, jody! haha, i love it! xo

  • Kathryn Hager March 26, 2013 at 6:36 am

    These look so good!!

  • Jenny Collier March 26, 2013 at 8:29 am

    These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Cheltz March 26, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    You’re right! I had forgotten how hard it was to get into feeding everyone mode. I think I’ve made spring rolls once, and then forgot about them. Thanks for the reminder!

  • America March 27, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Loved this idea,I went to get all the provisions, but unfortunately it was too close too dinner time and a bummer when I couldn’t find rice paper wraps,SO, bring the stubborn mommy iam,I improvised and used lettuce fire lettuce wraps instead…we used peanut sauce instead and had ginger salad and edamame on the side…it was awesome, thanks again!

  • grace May 9, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    oh my … wish my son will give this a try, i love spring roll and he won’t touch it since it’s a “new” kind of food and it has green! … your kids are amazing to be willing to try this! and thank you for the recipe!