Green Curry Ramen Spring Rolls

 

This weekend felt like a total release. Ever have weekends like that? Where you can really just let all the craziness of life go and just be.

That sounds strange reading it, but I hope you catch my drift.

Since I work full time as a teacher during the week, typically my weekends are primarily dedicated to working on this little corner of the internet. Don’t get me wrong— I absolutely love it. It keeps me busy, keeps my creative juices flowing, and allows me to feel so accomplished at the end of each day. And I strangely love that feeling of accomplishing something every single day, even on the weekends. I’m weird, I know.

But sometimes, you just need a little break to stop and reflect. You know, that balance we all keep talking about.

 

 

So it all started on Saturday morning, when I drove to this little town in South Carolina to meet my mom and grandma for a girl’s afternoon/ evening. My mom and I try to do this every couple of months, since we live so far from each other and rarely get time together besides during the holidays, and I love this little ritual of ours. It’s so refreshing stepping away from typical weekend life and work, unplugging, and getting some quality mother-daughter time in, even if just for 24 hours.

Anyways, on my car trip down, I decided I was going to dive into some podcasts I had been meaning to listen to these past few months, but honestly, just haven’t got around to. And solo road trips are the perfect excuse for it. I instantly got hooked on The Healthy Maven’s podcast That’s So Maven and honestly spent most of my time backtracking through a few of her shows. Have you listened to it yet?? If not I totally recommend, especially if you’re interested in wellness or are a fellow blogger. It was literally exactly what I needed in my life right now.

It felt so energizing and uplifting hearing all these stories of blogging and mindfulness and balance from some pretty bad-ass women— and it really had me reflecting a lot during this weekend away from my normal routines. I honestly had been feeling a little blahhh creatively lately, so I totally needed a little jump start like this, along with a little time away from normal life, to get those juices flowing again. Seriously, I was in the BEST mood!

 

 

Anyways, after lots of driving and podcasting, followed by a relaxing night chatting away with my mama, I ended the weekend with a Sunday afternoon picnic with some of my best girlfriends. Right now, most of our husbands are in the thick of law school finals, so we all needed a little space from them (no offense boys, you’re just too intense right now) and some quality girl time (and wine 😉 ).

A little background on the picnic — a special sponsor reached out a few weeks ago about hosting a picnic and featuring some of their products and I was super pumped at the chance try something new on this blog. As many of my regular readers know, this is a mostly plant-based food blog where I share simple, healthy recipes (like today’s!) that show a pretty accurate portrayal of how I eat on a normal basis. Which is awesome!

But, as I’m sure you’re all aware, my life is not just one dimensional. I don’t just sit around cooking and eating healthy food 24/7. I love spending time with my husband and close friends. I love doing yoga and exercising. I love being ridiculous with my whopping 8-pound puppy. I love traveling and visiting new cities. And lately, I’ve been dabbling with the idea of incorporating more of that life stuff into this space. What do you think? Is that something you all would be interested in??

Well, we’re going to give it a try on Wednesday, where I’ll be sharing details from our spring picnic— complete with food ideas, picnic spreads, and wine! I would LOVE to hear your honest feedback on what you guys think about these new potential lifestyle-y posts. AND if you have any requests or suggestions (ex: wellness, workouts, typical meal plans, etc). You guys are the reason this blog exists 2 1/2 YEARS after it’s creation, so I definitely want to incorporate things that YOU are interested in hearing more about!

So to wrap things up after this ridiculously long stream-of-consciousness post, I’m feeling super energized and excited after my weekend of reflection and can’t wait to see where it leads me over these next few months!

 

 

Whew!! Well this is officially the longest, most all-over-the-place post in pumpkin & pb history. Sorry if you were just here for the food lol!

So let’s get down to the food, shall we?  We’re serving up spring rolls today! But not just any old spring roll. GREEN CURRY RAMEN spring rolls. And I promise you they are just as easy to make as they are delicious.

Here’s the deal. You sauté up some of your favorite veggies (I used peppers and carrots) while simultaneously cooking up some ramen noodles. I prefer to use whole grain noodles, so this line of Lotus Foods Ramen is my absolutely favorite to work with. Once both are done cooking, toss the noodles with the veggies, then stir in the coconut milk and curry flavors. Pile them into some rice paper wrappers and dip away!!

And honestly, these rolls are so saucy on the inside, they don’t really even need a dipping sauce, but just in case you like to keep things EXTRA saucy, I’ve included one that we always enjoy.

So I’m going to stop right here before I write another 500 words. I warned you guys, I just had those creative juices FLOWING 🙂  Have the best week everyone!

 

Green Curry Ramen Spring Rolls

Serves 6-7 spring rolls
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Main Dish

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 orange pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, shaved into slices
  • 5oz ramen noodles*
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup water (or more, depending on how thick your coconut milk is)
  • 3 tablespoons Thai green curry paste**
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 6-7 rice paper wrappers
  • fresh cilantro leaves

for the dipping sauce

  • 4-5 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon honey or agave (if vegan)
  • sesame seeds, to garnish

Note

*I used Lotus Foods Jade Pearl Rice Ramen

**I used Thai Kitchen's Green Curry Paste

Directions

Step 1
Bring a large pot of water to boil on the stove. Drop in the ramen noodles and boil for 4 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Step 2
While the water is boiling, heat a sauté pan with 1 tbsp of olive oil. Toss in the sliced pepper and carrots. Cook for 4-5 minutes on medium heat, or until veggies are tender. Add in 3 tablespoons of green curry paste and stir to coat veggies.
Step 3
Pour in 1/2 cup coconut milk and 1/4 cup of water and stir until sauce turns light green. Drop in ramen noodles and stir to coat. Top it all off with a full teaspoon of freshly grated ginger.
Step 4
Prepare your spring rolls by dipping each rice wrapper into a plate of water for 15 seconds. Then place onto a wet paper towel, top with a scoop of ramen noodles and veggies, the fold away! I fold in the two sides first, then the back, then roll until it is closed up. Repeat for the remaining spring roll wrappers. Garnish with some fresh cilantro.
Step 5
Whisk together your dipping sauce (optional) but combining all ingredients in a small bowl. Serve with spring rolls and enjoy!

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Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

4 Comments

  1. I’m glad you’re feeling so rejuvenated after the weekend! I need one of those … I’ve been feeling so blah creativity wise lately – gotta get the juices flowing again!! 🙂 PS these ramen spring rolls sound awesome!!

    • Thanks Ashley! I’ve gone through the phases a few times before and taking a little break always helps to get those creative juices flowing again!

  2. That sounds like such a lovely weekend. It always feels so good to get away from everything, even if it’s just for a day. These look so amazing! I never make spring rolls at home but I am thinking that needs to change 😉

    • I totally agree! You definitely need to try them at home— as soon as I did, I was hooked!

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