Appetizers, Dips and Snacks: Appetizers and Tapas: Asian Bean and Rice Rolls

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!

Author: American Dry Bean Board -
Date: December 05, 2012

Suggestions: 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.

Serves: 4 person(s)
Yield: 4 x approx. 1-1/4 cup servings

Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins


    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.
  Recipe Makeover

    1 cup raw medium-grain rice
    2 Tbsp rice vinegar or white distilled vinegar
    1 Tbsp dry cooking sherry
    2 tsp sugar
    1 Tbsp grated lemon rind
    2 Tbsp pine nuts or slivered almonds
    2 tsp dark sesame oil
    1/2 cup diagonally-sliced snow peas (1/4-inch slices)
    2 tsp minced ginger root or 3/4 tsp ground ginger
    1 Tbsp water
    1 can (15 oz) red beans or light red kidney beans, or 1 1/2 cups cooked dry-packaged red beans or light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
    1/2 cup chopped seeded cucumber
    1 orange, peeled, seeded, coarsely chopped
    2 medium green onions and tops, thinly sliced
    1 dash each of salt and white pepper (or black pepper)
    12 large Boston lettuce leaves or leaf lettuce

  Traditional Recipe

    2 Tbsp rice vinegar
    12 spring roll wrappers
    6 oz firm tofu
    2 Tbsp soy sauce
    1 cup chopped green cabbage
    1 cup shredded carrots
    1 cup mung bean sprouts
    1 Tbsp minced garlic
    1/2 cup sesame oil


    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.

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Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

Calories:373 cals520 cals
Kilojoules:1,561 kJ2,177 kJ
Fat6.8 g32.9 g
Carbohydrates66.0 g49.0 g
Protein12.6 g14.0 g
Cholesterol0.0 mg5.0 mg
Sodium316 mg930 mg
Saturated Fat1.0 g4.6 g
Fiber9.5 g4.0 g
Calcium95.0 mg327.0 mg
Total Sugars10.6 g6.9 g

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