Ditch the unhealthy spring rolls! Instead, serve your guests these tasty lower-calorie, lower-fat, fiber-rich rolls. This Recipe Makeover beats traditional spring rolls!
Per serving: 373 calories, 6.8g fat, 316mg sodium, and 9.5g fiber.
Saves: 147 calories, 26.1g fat, 614mg sodium, and gains 5.5g fiber!
Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins
Yield: 4 x approx. 1-1/4 cup servings
Restaurant spring rolls can be high in calories and fat. By replacing spring roll wrappers for lettuce, omitting the frying oil and soy sauce, and by adding rice and beans, Asian Bean and Rice Rolls not only lower the calories, fat and sodium, but they also boost the fiber content.
Cook rice according to package directions. Heat vinegar, sherry, sugar, and lemon rind in small saucepan over medium heat until sugar is melted, about 1 minute. Drizzle vinegar mixture over rice and toss.
While rice is cooking, cook pine nuts in sesame oil in small skillet over medium heat until toasted, about 2 minutes; remove from skillet. Add snow peas, ginger, and water to skillet; cook, covered, over medium heat until snow peas are crisp-tender, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Stir pine nuts, snow peas, ginger root, beans, cucumber, orange and green onions into rice. Season with salt and pepper.
Cooked bean-rice mixture can be served or rolled when warm or chilled. When ready to make rolls, spoon about 1/4 cup packed rice mixture onto each lettuce leaf and roll up.
Any canned or dry-packaged bean variety can be substituted the red/kidney beans.
Medium-grain rice is also called sushi rice or sweet jasmine rice; it can be purchased in supermarkets and Oriental groceries.
If desired, the rice mixture can be eaten with a fork or chopsticks, rather than rolling it in lettuce.