Shrimp Summer Rolls + Sweet/Spicy Cashew Sauce

A Feteful Life: Paleo Summer Shrimp Rolls and Sweet/Spicy Cashew Sauce

One of my absolute most favorite foods is sushi. And almost every time I order from my favorite DC takeout joint, I get shrimp summer rolls with spicy peanut dipping sauce. But I’m trying to take it easy on the rice and soy, so I haven’t had much sushi lately. And that’s meant not a lot of summer rolls either. I decided that there must be a way to make relatively “clean eat” summer rolls and so I researched and shopped and chopped until I found the closest clean substitute I could. And they are delish!

Now, because one of my favorite things about summer rolls is the gorgeous transparent rice wrapper, I kept them. If you want these to be completely clean/paleo/primal, you can use a large green leaf instead (collard green or chard are my favorites to use as wraps generally, but a lighter green would probably work best with the flavors here). The rice wrappers took a little bit of practice, but they were surprisingly forgiving. I used my favorite crisp veggies, but these are so versatile, you can pretty much use whatever you want. I also subbed kelp noodles for the rice noodles traditionally used in the rolls — they were SO crunchy and really soak up whatever flavor you add to them. I actually think they might be my new favorite thing and can’t wait to try them in other Asian dishes (and they’re totally paleo compliant!). For the kicker, I came up with a fairly “clean eat” sweet/spicy cashew dipping sauce to take the place of my beloved peanut sauce. It’s not exactly the same, but it’s pretty flipping good.

Shrimp Summer Rolls + Sweet/Spicy Cashew Sauce (A Feteful Life)

Ingredients

Summer Rolls

  • 12 – 15 rice wrappers
  • 1, 12 ounce package of kelp noodles, rinsed and drained
  • about 40 shrimp, cleaned, deveined, cooked and cooled (I bought mine pre-everything)
  • 4-5 mini cucumbers (also called Persian cucumbers — you can use regular cukes, you just won’t need as many)
  • 3 carrots, peeled, end trimmed
  • 2 bell peppers (I like red and yellow for the color)
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 large bunch of fresh mint

Cashew Sauce

  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp Tamari or Coconut Aminos
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tbsp Sambal Olek (Asian chili paste)
  • 1 tbsp sweet Thai chili sauce (this isn’t paleo, but if you want to leave it out, just up the Sambal Olek and raw honey a bit)
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • hot water to thin sauce, as needed

Directions

Summer Rolls

  • Julienne vegetables and wedge avocado, and set them up in a row for easy access. Place kelp noodles, shrimp, and mint within reach as well.
  • Wet a tea towel or cloth napkin and set on a flat surface. Fill a shallow pan with water and place nearby.
  • Place one rice wrapper in water pan and soak for about 20-30 seconds (until it just starts to get soft). Remove and carefully place on wet towel.
  • Place selection of vegetables (I used two julienned pieces of each) in middle. Top that with a bunch of kelp noodles, then 3 – 4 shrimp, 1-2 avocado wedges, and a few mint leaves. Fold in ends, then roll up from right to left.

Cashew Sauce

  • Place all ingredients in a microwaveable bowl and heat in microwave for 30 seconds. Stir well.
  • If the sauce is too thick, add a few tablespoons of water and stir well until you reach the desired consistency.

A Feteful LIfe: Shrimp Summer Rolls + Sweet/Spicy Cashew Sauce

A Feteful Life: Shrimp Summer Roll + Sweet/Spicy Cashew Sauce

Shrimp Summer Roll + Sweet/Spicy Cashew Sauce

 

Carrot Ginger Soup

A Feteful Life: Carrot Ginger Soup

On a paleo cheat between holidays month, weekend, errr, day not too long ago, I had a super yummy carrot ginger soup at brunch that was out of this world. But I knew it was cream-based and, while techncally still chock full of vegetables, was most certainly not healthy. I went in search of a version that would work for paleo foodies and found this. This soup is so incredibly easy, so warming, so versatile, and so not bad for you. It’s kind of crazy. I made a huge pot one afternoon and ate it all week long, in a different way each time. Get yourself some carrots and get this done. You’ll thank me.

Carrot Ginger Soup (slightly adapted from What This Foodie Eats)

Ingredients
3 lbs carrots
1 large sweet onion
1 medium-sized chunk of raw ginger (you can use more or less according to your taste)
1 1/2 tbls ground coriander
8 cups chicken or vegetable broth
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil

Directions
Peel onion, ginger and carrots. Chop onion and ginger in a food processor. In a large soup pot or dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat and cook onions and ginger to soften. Grate carrots with a food processor. Add carrots, broth, and coriander to pot and bring to a simmer. Simmer partially covered for 30 – 40 minutes, until vegetables are soft. Add salt and pepper mid-way to taste. Puree mixture with an immersion blender (or blend in a food processor or blender).You can add an endless variety of toppings to the basic soup. My three favorites (I eat some dairy) were:

  • goat cheese + green onions + balsamic vinegar drizzle (photo above)
  • bacon + walnuts
  • kalamata olives + feta cheese

Shop Clean, Eat Clean

A Feteful Life: Shop Clean

I am notorious for walking into the grocery store, in particular a well-known organic chain, for something as little as a bunch of bananas and walking out with my wallet $300 lighter. I am a lady who needs a food shopping plan and I started weekly menu planning a while ago. It became even more important once I started consistently eating a clean/Paleo diet — you can spend serious bucks on organic food at the drop of a hat. Menu planning and grocery list making help me keep everything organized and in check. But the grocery list template I bought a while back doesn’t work for me anymore. I jam everything into two categories and the rest of the pre-printed area covering the internal shelves of the store are a total waste. So I’ve been wanting to make a clean eating shopping list template and I thought that the new year would be a great time to share one.

This covers all my favorites and things in season, and whether you’re new to eating clean/Paleo/primal, are about to start your first 30-day challenge, or are a clean eating veteran, this should come in handy. I’m about to embark on my second Whole30 challenge and clean those holiday goodies right on out!

Just click RIGHT HERE to download your own printable grocery list template and meal planning chart. I like to print them double-sided on one piece of paper so I have both in store with me.

A Feteful Life: Paleo Shopping List

A Feteful Life: Menu Planning