PCOS-Friendly Snack: Spring Rolls
by Amy Medling, founder of PCOS Diva
These rolls are a bit of work, but definitely worth it. I love to bring these to parties or treat myself when I want something special. Cut the rolls in half on the diagonal and place them on a platter with Cilantro-Peanut Sauce on the side.
Makes 4 servings
- 8 (8 inch) rice paper rounds
- 16 large cooked, peeled, wild caught shrimp or 2 c. shredded cooked chicken
- 1 c. boiling water
- 1 c shredded carrot
- 1 c. Napa cabbage, thinly sliced
- 1 c. bean sprouts
- 1/2 c. cucumber, peeled, seeded, and julienne-sliced
- 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
- 4 Tbs. fresh cilantro, chopped
- 8 large fresh basil leaves, halved lengthwise
Cut each shrimp in half lengthwise and set aside. Fill a large shallow baking dish with water. Place 1 rice paper round in the water and soak until pliable (about 30 seconds). Carefully transfer the wrapper to a paper towel and turn once to blot dry.
On the bottom half of the wrapper, arrange 1/8 portion of each of the veggies (carrot, cucumber, sprouts, cucumber, and avocado and 1/2 Tbs. cilantro). Fold the bottom edge of the wrapper toward the center and roll the wrapper up half way, making sure to wrap tightly around the filling. Tuck 2 basil leaf halves along the inside crease of the half-rolled wrapper. Arrange 4 shrimp cut sides up, or 1/4 c. of shredded chicken along the crease. Fold the right and left edges of the wrapper over the filling and finish rolling up.
Repeat with the reaming wrappers and ingredients. Transfer rolls to a plate and cover with a damp towel until serving time. Serve with Cilantro-Peanut Sauce.
This sauce is also great on a salad or as a dipping sauce for veggies.
- 1 c. unsalted organic peanut butter
- 1/2 c. very warm water
- 1/2 c. fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/3 c. tamari soy sauce or coconut aminos
- 1/4 c. tahini
- 1/4 c. rice vinegar
- 1/4 c. green onions, finely chopped
- 2 1/2 Tbs. grated fresh ginger
- 2 Tbs. sesame oil
- 1 Tbs. raw honey
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 tsp. Chinese chili paste
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add seasoning to taste. If the sauce is too thick, add a bit of warm water.
For more great PCOS-friendly snack ideas, check out my Seasonal Meal Plans.
Amy Medling, best-selling author of Healing PCOS and certified health coach, specializes in working with women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), who are frustrated and have lost all hope when the only solution their doctors offer is to lose weight, take a pill, and live with their symptoms. In response, Amy founded PCOS Diva and developed a proven protocol of supplements, diet, and lifestyle programs that offer women tools to help gain control of their PCOS and regain their fertility, femininity, health, and happiness.