Hubs is now Vietnamese

ο»Ώor so he claims to be πŸ˜‰ Gar says he’s Cantonese (since we’re married he gets to acquire another ethnicity, awesome) and since I’ve taught him a few words in Vietnamese and he also eats it like a mad man, he is now also Vietnamese…crazy how you could never tell looking at him πŸ˜‰
The other night I decided to stop spending money out eating at our favorite local Vietnamese restaurant (at least for one night) and make Fresh Spring Rolls! So I guess this post is pretty much how to make those, as long as you live in close proximity to an Asian market, and how you can save about 85% on avoiding a restaurant bill!
I asked Jaeden if he’d help before his daddy got home but this is what he decided to do instead.
I decided to start cooking on my own since someone wanted to try out a new Olympic sport instead. I went to the Asian market the weekend before and already got these items beforehand:
Spring roll wrappers: 20+ pack for $1.29
Rice vermicelli noodles: $1.19
Vietnamese fish sauce (Nuoc Mam): $2.29
It’s easy-breezy! Cook any meats you want to use in the rolls. I made chicken breast and shrimp with a little bit of soy sauce (light, of course.) Then heat up some water to a low boil and put in the rice vermicelli noodles until tender, drain and set aside.
they look plastic, but I’m pretty sure they’re edible πŸ˜‰
I also chopped up fresh basil to put in the rolls. Most restaurants use Vietnamese herbs including mint, but I don’t really prefer them so I used what I had. All you do is set up your table with all of the ingredients and everyone makes they’re own rolls! The Spring rolls wraps are made by putting warm water into a large wide-mouthed bowl and running a wrap in the water to moisen it. When you place it on your place it’ll soften when you place your ingredients in it to roll. You take your roll and fold it in a tad on the left, and the right. Then you begin closest to you and roll down the middle, tight until you have your very own spring roll! (You can end up with limpy-looking ones at first, but they still count πŸ˜‰
You dip it into the fish sauce (which is a mix of water, lemon juice, chili peppers, Vietnamese spices, and rice wine vinegar) and woa-la! Spling lolls!
Hubs was pretty thrilled to play kind-of chef when he got home. So, he grabbed his 2 liter of Diet Dr Pepper (no glass needed) and went to town!
So dinner cost about $5! It’s a fun and easy dinner to make that even kids would love and you can change around the sauces to your liking too I’m sure. When I’m with my family we like to have a hot pot and cook our own meats too like one big, spling-loll, eatin’ family!
AND we also tried out a recipe (idea from my pal Steph) to make cauliflower crust pizza this weekend! I used this recipe from Slender Kitchen and was pretty surprised how easy it was!
For the 1st attempt, the pizza was a small one: lunch-sized
Tonight I’m going to try another one and blend broccoli into it! Yay for non-starchy & veggie-packed pizza!
This New Wifey is trying to cook more and at least doing it 3 times a week which is pretty darn good considering how late we work and how early I wake up. Hubs is super understanding, though, so that’s always a plus…he never turns down leftovers πŸ˜‰
Monday’s workout: 45 minutes of strength circuit training (incl 400m repeats) w/TRX class too
Today the doom and gloom of the rain outside had me pretty sleepy in my cubicle jail desk most of the day until I took my dinner break to workout.
pink shoes = wake up Kat, let’s do this!
OH, and I’m pretty stoked we cleaned so much this weekend we even made some money at a local thrift shop that buys used clothes…cha ching!
More money for workout stuff….or make up….
or stuff for the new place << the responsible answer πŸ˜‰
How was your Monday? Was it Manic??

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    August 6, 2012, 11:52 pm

    I have never made my own spring rolls but I have been dying to try, those look great

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      August 7, 2012, 12:03 am

      they’re so cheap & easy! & healthy πŸ™‚

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    August 7, 2012, 1:37 am

    Yum! Both recipes look amazing! So glad you liked the pizza. I’m heading to the farmer’s market this week. Hopefully the ‘flowers look good! I’m stocking up!

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    August 7, 2012, 2:28 am

    Love, love spring rolls, and had no idea you just need to soak the wraps in hot water! Think I’m going to try this sooner than later. The pink shoes are awesome too!

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    August 8, 2012, 12:49 am

    Your workout outfit is adorbs! I was really bummed my newest running shoes didn’t come in a neon shade, but next time for maybe!

    (thanks for enabling name/url btw πŸ™‚ )

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    August 8, 2012, 1:13 am

    Asian foods are just so easy people don’t think to try them out! I’ll definitely post more πŸ˜‰ Shannyn, Brooks have the BEST selection of fits and sizes…and colors πŸ˜‰ Yep, figured out this Blogger dealy!

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