Smarter Living: Recipes

These deliciously light and tangy rice paper rolls are perfect for spring, whether you're entertaining or need a new lunch idea for the office. College student or wage slave, we can all use delicious lunch ideas that are easy on your waistline and your wallet. These are great for a light picnic lunch as well! Feel free to play around with the ingredients depending on your preferences and/or whatever you have in the fridge.

Prep time: 8 mins. – Calories: 300 – Cost: $6


  • 3 sheets of 8 inch circular rice paper (one sheet cut in half), soaked until soft
  • 1 cup iceberg lettuce, chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup (or handful) rice vermicelli noodles, soaked and steamed
  • 1/2 green mango (fresh or dried), chopped finely
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 4 asparagus spears, cut in half and blanched
  • 4 shitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp crushed peanuts
  • 2 Tbsp Hoisin sauce

Makes 2 large rolls.


Boiling AsparagusStep 1: Boiling Asparagus

Preparing IngredientsStep 2: Preparing Ingredients

Chop PeanutsStep 3: Chop Peanuts

Soak NoodlesStep 4: Soak Noodles

Soak Rice PaperStep 5: Soak Rice Paper

Rinse Rice PaperStep 6: Rinse Rice Paper

Lay Out Rice PaperStep 7: Lay Out Rice Paper

Strengthen Rice PaperStep 8: Strengthen Rice Paper

Place FillingsStep 9: Place Fillings

Add ToppingsStep 10: Add Toppings

Fold Rice PaperStep 11: Fold Rice Paper

Roll Rice PaperStep 12: Roll Rice Paper

Store Finished Rice Paper RollStep 13: Store Finished Rice Paper Roll

last revised 4/21/2011

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