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Quick-and-Easy Green Bean Summer Rolls (Sponsored Recipe ReDux)

Posted by ReganJonesRD
November 08, 2014
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These Quick & Easy Green Bean Summer Rolls are ready in minutes and make a great addition to dinner!

[Disclosure: As co-owner of The Recipe ReDux I was compensated by Libby's to host this contest. Opinions expressed -- of which I have many -- are my own.]

~by Regan Jones, RD

Before I had kids, I used to spend a couple of hours in the kitchen every night making dinner. I never considered this a chore or bother... it was part of my day that I enjoyed. On the weekends, I would cook all weekend {while Mr. ReganMillerJones, Inc played endless rounds of golf}... you may find that odd and strangely 1950s-housewifeish but that's how we rolled back then. We marked our 15 year anniversary this year, so I guess we're doing something right. 

But then, 2006 happened. And 2 hour dinner cooking stopped. Abruptly. That was when my oldest son joined our family and was followed by his younger brother in 2010. The thought of having the luxury -- and trust me, it's a luxury -- of having 2 hours uninterrupted in the evening to cook whatever I want is about as unattainable in my life as a new Mercedes. It could happen, but I'd have to shell out some big bucks (hello babysitter) and even then, would I really want to spend that time in the kitchen now? Before you become a parent you really can't ever appreciate how much free time you have. I don't care if you're a student, working a job or doing both... your time is still your own. Once you have kids, it's not. And if you find yourself -- as a non-parent or pre-parent -- thinking "it won't be me" check back with me in a few years #JustKeepinItReal.

Of course, all of what I just said sounds like a complaint. And it's not. It's the new reality you face as a parent. There are wonderful other things to do with your kids that aren't "obligations"... they are as my 4-year old points out now "a privilege, Mommy." Getting to ride bikes after school, throwing the football in prep for Saturday's game, or simply helping them unpack and repack for the next day... these are the things that grow memories and grow little ones into big ones who {hopefully} will be happy, helpful adults. I've learned that parking my kids in front of a TV-babysitter for 2 hours to cook dinner isn't helping anyone. So a new level of ease is constantly in the making around my house at dinner time. It's why I now look for {healthy} convenience items more than ever before... and there really are a number of them available to you if you just take a few minutes to read labels and review what's on store shelves. That notion of "shop the perimeter" really discounts products that can be a huge help to busy moms who want to create a healthful dinner, quickly -- items like canned beans, parboiled brown rice, whole grain and gluten-free pastas... and new advances in "canned" veggies like this month's Sponsor of Recipe ReDux -- Libby's. 

These Quick & Easy Green Bean Summer Rolls are ready in minutes and make a great addition to dinner!

I had a chance to try out their new veggie pouches as a part of the contest we're running this month through ReDux. (Sorry I didn't snap an image for you of the pouches. Check out this post from my ReDux partner Deanna to see what they look like.) You'll see below the way I've used them in a creative way (making summer rolls the old fashioned way with from scratch fillings is a daunting thought... but this quick-and-easy version is super simple, and a fun way to use leftover tofu, chicken or even shrimp. Reducing food waste is a renewed passion for me.) 

I also wanted to try these on their own since I know that's the simplest time-saver for many families. I tried the corn and the green beans. And both were really good! (I don't eat Sweet Peas... ever. I mean, like never ever. Not since I was forced to eat them at Toddler's Row Daycare circa 1978). Of course, the corn and green beans do taste a little more like canned than fresh, but they definitely did not have that overcooked, bland canned taste. The corn and green beans I tried are free of added sugar (disclosure: the Sweet Peas are not and apparently this is universal for all canned sweet peas... another strike against "the sweet pea" in my book. Sorry Libby's don't hate me. But me and peas... we ain't friends.) But bonus across the entire line: the packaging is BPA-free and more environmentally friendly, taking 75% less energy to produce.

If you haven't noticed them yet in your store, don't be surprised. They're in select Wal-Mart stores right now, but rolling out nationwide in January. So bookmark this and all of the other creative recipe creations from my fellow Recipe ReDuxers below. And be sure to COMMENT to let me know HOW HAS HAVING KIDS CHANGED YOUR DINNER ROUTINE and what are your FAVORITE TIME SAVING TIPS? Oh... and I'd love to know if I have any fellow pea avoiders out there??

These Quick & Easy Green Bean Summer Rolls are ready in minutes and make a great addition to dinner!

 

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These Quick & Easy Green Bean Summer Rolls are ready in minutes and make a great addition to dinner!

Quick-and-Easy Green Bean Summer Rolls

Yield

Makes 16 appetizers

Ingredients

  • 1 small orange, zested and juiced (or about 1/4 cup orange juice)
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced (about 2 tablespoons lime juice)
  • 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon Sirarcha
  • 16 square rice paper sheets
  • 1 (8.8-ounce) package ready rice (about 2 cups cooked rice)
  • 1 (13-ounce) package Libby’s green beans, heated and drained
  • 12 ounces baked tofu slices or about 1 cup shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves

Directions

  1. Combine orange zest and juice, lime zest and juice, tamari, peanut butter and sirarcha in a small bowl; microwave on HIGH in 1 minute and stir until smooth. Let cool.

  2. Add hot water to a large shallow dish to a depth of 1 inch. Place 1 rice paper sheet in dish; let stand 15 to 30 seconds or until soft. Place soaked rice paper sheet on a cutting board. Spoon 2 tablespoons rice, 1 tablespoon green beans, 1 slice of tofu or 1 tablespoon chicken and 1/2 tablespoon cilantro leaves onto middle half of sheet; drizzle with 1 tablespoon sauce.

  3. Fold short sides of sheet over filling; fold long side closest to you over filling and roll up, jelly-roll fashion. Gently press to seal. Place roll, seam side down, on a serving platter (cover to keep from drying). Repeat procedure with remaining wrappers and filling ingredients. Serve with remaining sauce for dipping.

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ReganJonesRD

ReganJonesRD
Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org. She is also the host of the podcast, This Unmillennial Life, which was recently named New & Noteworthy on iTunes.
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