I don’t know about your house, but we get in a food funk at our house. We have easy go-to foods that I make when I’m feeling lazy or tired (read all the time). Easy things like chicken with veggies and rice, spaghetti, turkey burgers, etc. They don’t require a lot of time, planning or energy.
Josh had a great idea a few weeks back to spice things up. Once a week we’re making a meal from different countries around the world. Sunday nights is our night. It’s our winding down night and the perfect night for a nice meal before the work week ensues.
Last weekend we went with Greece. I made Mousaka that lasted us most of the week. It was an excellent choice. This weekend we had Chinese. I made fresh spring rolls and copycat chicken lettuce wraps. Both were a big hit with Josh and Ella. I got the lettuce wraps recipe from Food.com, my favorite recipe site. The spring rolls I added my own twist to. Unfortunately they were gone before I took a picture, but recipe is below.
Jess’ Spring Rolls
1 bag broccoli slaw
1 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
1 can bamboo shoots
½ cup diced mushrooms
2-3 green onions, thinly sliced
2.5 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 egg white, beaten
3 tsp oil, divided
1 package egg roll wrappers
Heat 2 tsp oil in large skillet or wok. Stir in broccoli slaw. Cook until wilted, about 5-7 minutes. Add bamboo shoots, bell pepper, mushrooms, green onions, soy sauce, salt, and sugar. Continue cooking until veggies are softened. Remove from heat and let cool for 10-15 minutes.
On a wax paper, lay egg roll wrapper (I used two per egg roll). In the center place about 3 Tbsp of filling. Brush a little egg white along the edges and roll, folding sides in. Brush with a little more egg white (you can also use water). Repeat with remainder of filling.
Two options for cooking. You can pan fry in about 4-6 inches of oil for 5-7 minutes. If you want to avoid frying, place in the oven and baked at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
I put Josh in charge of next weekend’s meal. We’ll see what country he selects. When we run of out of countries we want to try, we’ll move onto the U.S. and make the specialties from each state.
What’s your favorite meal from around the world?