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Spring Rolls | Vegetable Fried Rice

Did your CSA bag have at least two heads of fresh spring lettuce and a bunch of fresh mint? Well, mine did. And the tender, earthy leaves are just as tasty as ever. If you haven’t ever had fresh lettuce from a farmers market, this week would be a good time to find some and give it a try. Fresh lettuce tastes nothing like what you get in the store, and since it doesn’t have to travel cross-country in an 18-wheeler, it will last longer than a day or two.

Spring rolls bring out the best in fresh, spring lettuce, herbs and carrots. Pair them with some spring vegetable fried rice for the perfect seasonal comfort food dinner.

Love to Cook: Vegetable Summer Rolls (about an hour) and Vegetable Fried Rice (15 minutes, if you have cooked rice on hand)

Weeknight Reality: Quick Vietnamese Spring Rolls (about 20 minutes) and Quick Vegetable Fried Rice (about 20 minutes, if you have rice)

Need a Miracle: Make the spring rolls using this recipe; instead of fried rice make Faux Pho Ga (Vietnamese chicken noodle soup) with rotisserie chicken and packaged broth

Mint

Something bright and clean with a clear finish

mint


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Lamb Kebabs with Mint Pesto
  • Weeknight Reality: Spring Rolls with Vegetable Fried Rice
  • Need a Miracle: Grilled Chicken Salad with Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream for Dessert

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Parting Thought

“If someone offers you a breath mint, accept it.”
H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (author of Life’s Little Instruction Books)