Brain Healthy Spring rolls
Spring rolls are a healthy way to get all your vegetables and proteins in a meal. They are versatile because you can substitute any of the ingredients for the flavors that you prefer. When you season the proteins well and add a little citrus, like a pineapple or orange segments, no sauce is required. My favorite protein to use is salmon since it is full of omega 3’s which is great for brain health and using soba noodles makes these rolls gluten free.
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In Zip-lock bag, marinade salmon with garlic, ginger, sugar, salt and pepper for 1 hour. Heat grill to medium high heat and brush with vegetable oil. Grill 3 to 5 minutes, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the meat reads 120 degrees F to 145 degrees F for medium. Transfer to cutting board and flake off salmon for rolls. Boil Soba noodles until they are al dente, drain noodles in a strainer and run cold water over them. Prepare and arrange vegetables. Julienne cucumbers, carrots and pineapple into 4” sticks, slice green onion tops to use the green portions, slice and discard bottom inch of cilantro. (Can be substituted for vegetables of your choice) Immerse rice paper sheet in warm water for 10 seconds and place on plate, shake off excess water. Arrange salmon 1/3 of the way on the rice paper; arrange all vegetables on top and noodles. Fold top flap over once, tuck in sides and roll tightly to the end. Continue until all rice paper is used.
Keep completed rolls covered with damp towel so they don’t dry out. Rice paper can be prepared in advance by immersing in water and layering a paper towel between each layer.
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