Hello fellow foodies! I’m going to keep today’s post short and sweet because like my American followers, I am gifting myself with a vegan Thanksgiving feast. It’s been a few years since I’ve done the whole Thanksgiving meal but my Romanian in-laws are excited-ish so I have a bit of work to do.
But first, Egg Roll in a Bowl.
That’s simple. It has been an uphill battle to find vegan egg roll wrappers at stores here and online. Okay, they are abundant online but as much as I love egg rolls, I don’t need 125 wrappers. Then I stumbled upon thousands of vegan recipes for egg roll bowl and egg roll in a bowl and I thought to myself, “Why not?”
So now you are all caught up.
The best thing about having all the yummy goodness of an egg roll but in a bowl on a bed of rice? No deep frying, no air frying, no frying involved. At all.
So how do you make this deconstructed vegan egg roll recipe?
Step One: Gather your favorite egg roll ingredients. I chose purple cabbage, onion, carrots, vegan mince (Naturli brand), garlic and ginger. Easy peasy, right? Oh and smoked jalapeno peppers, which I know aren’t authentic but neither are egg rolls in a bowl.
Step Two: Cook the ingredients lightly. Remember that egg roll veggies always have a bit of a crunch on the inside as well as the outside. You can make these egg roll insides sauteed, fried or oil-free, the choice is totally yours.
Step Three: Find a grain that you love. Noodles, bulgur, couscous, barley…anything. Rice is the obvious choice but we don’t always have to go for the obvious choice as vegans, do we? My family will tell you that nothing vegan is obvious, so mix it up and feel free to share if you do!
Step Four: Make a dipping sauce. I would have LOVED to find a vegan recipe to recreate that duck sauce that used to come in the little packets, remember? Anyway I didn’t find it so I went with a soy sauce and rice vinegar based sauce and I added a touch of hot sauce, as in just a few drops. A few. I mean REALLY hot sauce.
Step Five: Plate it all up and nom-nom until the bowl is empty.