Introducing the perfect summer dinner!
Introducing the perfect summer meal!

I’ve been watching a lot of Rachael vs. Guy Kids Cook-Off lately, and man oh man has it gotten me in the mood to COOK! There’s nothing like a group of children creating seriously gourmet meals to get this girl inspired. The thing is, I don’t cook. I’m a pro at baking, ordering, and assembling food, but cooking? Lo siento que no lo siento–I do not do it. But since I’m lucky enough to live with someone who does, I’m conveniently able to outsource it. We’re a team (…sometimes). I direct, you produce. I come up with the recipe, he makes it. At least, that was the case with this particular dish.

Setting up the assembly line.
Setting up the assembly line.

I love ordering fresh spring rolls at Thai restaurants–they’re my go-to appetizer, and I could easily make a meal out of a full order. Since I adore them, earlier this summer I decided that I should try to make it happen at home. With a little help from Pinterest, I found the perfect vegetarian spring roll recipe to attempt. To my surprise, homemade spring rolls were super tasty and super easy! Major score. So when I wanted something fresh and satisfying for lunch this weekend, spring rolls seemed like a solid bet.

Pre-roll goodness.
Pre-roll goodness.

Since I was craving protein, though, modifying our previous all-veggie recipe was a must. While the avocado and rice noodles from the previous spring roll recipe stayed the same, I swapped out carrots, celery, and pea pods in favor of some new additions: grilled chicken, tomato, and grilled nectarine. So summery! It was a bit of a risk to be sure, but I figured that the flavors would pair well together. Thankfully, I was right! These spring rolls were AMAZING, and the addition of grilled chicken makes them a bit more substantial and filling. There wasn’t any particular recipe involved–I just picked ingredients that sounded tasty and went with it. It’s literally as easy as that.

Nomz.
Nomz.

Full disclosure: The most difficult part in whipping these up (aside from the grilling, and actual cooking, of course) is waiting to eat them while you assemble them! Spring rolls don’t roll themselves, after all.  Choosing your filling? Cutting things into bite-sized pieces? Preparing the rice noodles and wraps? SO SIMPLE. Waiting to eat? Torture. Seriously though, whether you’re a budding chef or simply enjoy a good snack, DIY spring rolls are a must! You can find my favorite recipes here, here, and here, or create your own custom blend. It’ll be good–promise! If I can do it, YOU can do it. Swearsies.

xx,

Liza

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