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Gluten Free Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Cool, refreshing, delicious and healthy, these spring rolls are great as an appetizer or entree.

My sister and I had so much fun making these together. We went to a local farmer’s market to get all the ingredients; ssing fresh vegetables and herbs will boast the most flavor and color. These were such a hit at our family party yesterday, so much so they were requested to be made for the next family gathering! This is one of the best, most flavorful dishes I have made in a long time.

This is also a great recipe to make with friends or kids, its fun and easy to make. The prep – cutting all the vegetables – is a bit time consuming, about 20 minutes, but the rest is a piece of cake. Rolling the rice paper might take a few tries to perfect, it can be very sticky, but just make sure that once wet, you place the rice paper on a flat surface and not let it stick to each other.

Ingredients

2 red bell pepper, julienned
2 large carrots, shredded or julienned
2 cucumbers, seeded and julienned
2 avocados, pitted and cut into thin strips
4 oz rice noodles
1 pound cook shrimp (optional)
juice of 1 lime
1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar
2 bunches of scallions, chopped
Mint (can also use basil, cilantro – the more herbs the more flavorful the rolls will be) I suggest using more than you think you need. This is where most of the flavor will be coming from so don’t use sparingly!
12-15 Rice Paper Wraps

Preparation:

If using shrimp, slice them in half lengthwise. Place in a bowl and coat with the juice of one lime. OR is using small shrimp, cut up into small pieces, this is also helpful if you do not have a lot or shrimp.

It is also a good idea to pour lime juice over the avocados to keep them from browning (especially if you are making these hours or on day in advance)

Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and toss with rice vinegar.

Place mint, scallions, basil, and/or cilantro in a blender and blend until finely chopped.

Line all ingredients up, almost like an assembly line, to make preparation easy.

Fill a pie plate or bowl with lukewarm water. One at a time, dip rice paper into the water, shake off any excess, and transfer to work station (a plate will work just fine). Let stand for 30 seconds until it is softened.

Arrange rice noodles on rice paper. Top with two or three strips each of the red pepper, avocado, cucumber, carrots and a pinch of scallions and mint, evenly spread across the vegetables, leaving a one-inch border along the edge. (The fillings may be placed on the rice paper in any order you’d like.)

Roll up the rice paper, pressing down on the fillings with your fingers – this is important to keep the roll tight –  fold one side over the fillings, folding the sides in as you go. Press to seal. Repeat with the remaining rice papers and fillings until you run out.

Cut rolls in half and serve with your favorite dipping sauce; sweet and sour, sweet chili, or soy.


 

Review: Gluten Free Options at Bon Me Food Truck

The Bon Me Truck offers gluten free options! I ate at Bon Me for the first time at BostInno’s Boston Fest last Thursday night. It was great! Everything is priced at $6 First you choose a sandwich, buckwheat or rice noodle salad or a rice bowl. Only the rice noodles and rice (white or brown) bowls are gluten free. After this you choose a filling, the only gluten free option is the spiced-rubbed all natural chicken.  The noodle salad comes with a choice of sauce, but for us we can only have the Vietnamese vinaigrette. The rice bowls come with a soy drizzle, and guess what! They have gluten free soy sauce! You can add extras, such as edamame  or cilantro peppercorn chicken, both of which are gluten free, among others. These change daily, so make sure to ask if they are safe to eat or not.
The staff was very knowledgeable about gluten allergies and what I could and could not eat, it was great. Not only this, but they were so friendly, all of them, and always smiling. If you ask, they will change their gloves while handling your food.
The rice bowl was delicious. For $6 I got a lot of food! The rice bowl comes with carrots, daikon, seasonal greens, bean sprouts, cilantro and sprouts. The herbs were so fresh and had such great flavor.
Bon Me is a simple concept but with a lot of flavor and great taste. The chicken was moist and flavorful, the amount of rice was enough for two people to share. Of course though, I ate it all.
I recommend trying Bon Me at least once. I am definitely going back to try the rice noodle salad with the Vietnamese vinaigrette
Bon Me’s Schedule:
Monday
Yellow: Belvidere 11:30-3
Blue: Dewey on the Greenway 11-3, Cleveland Circle 4:30-8
Tuesday
Yellow: Belvidere 11:30-3
Blue: Rings Fountain 11:30-2:30, Cleveland Circle 4:30-8
Wednesday
Yellow: Belvidere 11:30-3, Boston University East 3:30-7
Blue: Dewey on the Greenway 11-3
Thursday
Blue: City Hall Plaza 11-3, JP 4:30-8
Friday:
Yellow:
 Milk St. 11-3
Blue:
 Dewey 11-6
Saturday:
Yellow: Peter’s Park in the South End 11:30-3, Clarendon Street 3-7
Blue: Greenway Open Market 11-5
Sunday:
Yellow: Clarendon Street 12-7
Blue:
 SOWA Open Market 10-4
I would love to hear about other food trucks that offer gluten free items! Please let me know :) 
 

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