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If you’re a sushi lover, a vegetable lover, a health nut, or you love to create beautiful dishes for entertaining, then this recipe is totally for you! I wanted to use my fresh vegetables from the farmer’s market the other night to make a unique meal right in my own kitchen that was light, clean, easy to make, and fun to look at and take pictures of. I decided to work on a recipe for handmade cucumber rolls! This recipe is most certainly sushi inspired, but without all the carbs from the rice and the price you’d pay at most sushi restaurants. This recipe is simple, affordable, and is great as a dinner for two or for entertaining friends and family in bulk! I’ll be posting it on my “Recipes” page, but I wanted to add it into this entry as well.
Check out this recipe for Hand&Homemade Cucumber Rolls…
Hand&Homemade Cucumber Rolls
Makes 4 Servings (20 rolls, 5 per serving)
1 large sweet potato
2 large cucumbers
1 bag of carrot chips (you can find them bagged in the grocery store)
2 cups large fresh basil leaves
1 ripe avocado
1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a small cookie sheet with coconut oil spray.
2. Peel sweet potato completely. Once peeled, cut it into long, thin sweet potato fries. Toss the sweet potato fries on your cookie sheet with some coconut oil spray and a sprinkle of sea salt. Bake for about 35 minutes, until soft and flexible.
While your sweet potatoes fries bake, prep the rest of your vegetables:
3. Peel cucumbers completely. Once you are done, take your vegetable peeler and place it on the widest side of the cucumber. Press hard, and peel from top to bottom to make long, wide, paper thin strips. Once you reach the middle of the cucumber, turn it over and do the same thing on the other side. Place your paper thin cucumber strips aside.
(FYI: I say to use two cucumbers because as you reach the middle of each cucumber, the seeds start to cause an opening to be left in the center of your strips. You don’t want your rolls’ contents to fall out, now! Simply save the middle parts of your cucumbers for future use. Below is a visual:)
4. Take 20 carrot chips and alternate your designs. Leave 10 whole, and cut 10 into thin strips using a paring knife. Place aside.
5. Rinse large basil leaves and dry thoroughly. Place aside.
6. Slice your avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop each half out gently, trying not to break it apart. Place each half face down, and cut them into long, thin strips. Then, take each long strip and cut it in half. Place them together side by side like little buddies. This is the way they will be securely rolled into your cucumber rolls.
Once you have all of your vegetables prepped, your sweet potato fries should be soft. Remove them from the oven and let them cool for about 5 minutes before handling them. Then, cut each sweet potato fry into thin strips, and fold them down to half the size. This is the way they will be placed into your rolls.
Now that all of your contents are ready, you should have a colorful line-up of ingredients!
Preparing your rolls..be creative and inventive with your fresh vegetables:
1. Lay one cucumber strip flat.
2. Add contents beginning one inch from the top of the cucumber strip. This way, you’ll be sure that the cucumber is able to be rolled tightly and securely around your ingredients.
3. Add contents one on top of the other, NOT top to bottom. (Ex: basil leaf topped by carrot chip topped by sweet potato OR basil leaf topped by shredded carrot chip topped by avocado slice)
4. Place your rolls in long dishes for individual servings or on a round platter for guests to pick on at your next party.
5. For additional flavor, sprinkle the top of your rolls with any desired spices or herbs such as sea salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, or a balsamic drizzle. Sky’s the limit!
Get creative and inventive with your fresh vegetables!
Here are some visual examples to get your wheels turning, from my kitchen to yours:
This dish is not only healthy, but it is also visually appealing and easy to make and serve!
I hope you enjoy!
Be creative. Be inventive. Much love 🙂