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Christian Vegetarian Association Presents:
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Vegan Spring Rolls
(Vegan Pledge)

Yield: 8 rolls
Total Preparation Time: 30 minutes

1/2 head green cabbage, julienned
3-4 scallion, green parts only, sliced on the bias
1 large carrot, julienned
1 cucumber, julienned
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and julienned
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp low-sodium tamari, soy sauce, or Bragss liquid aminos
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 avocado
8 spring roll wrappers (rice papers)

Slice the avocado in half. You only need half, so leave the pit in whichever side it stays with and save it for later. The pit will help slow down the browning. Slice the remaining half into 8 thin slices and set aside. Toss the first 5 ingredients together in a bowl to mix. Heat a large skillet over medium heat with a little cooking spray. Add the vegetables and cook for a couple of minutes, until the cabbage starts to soften. Add the garlic, sugar, and soy sauce and cook a few minutes longer. Add the rice vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Continue to cook, stirring often, until most of the liquid has cooked off and the vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove from the heat and set aside to cook slightly.

Find a dish or pan that is large enough for your rice paper sheets to lie flat inside. I used a 9"x13" casserole dish. Add enough hot tap water to submerge the wrappers. Make sure you have all your ingredients at hand so you can move quickly as you start rolling.

Take one sheet of rice paper and soak it in the hot water for 10-15 seconds, until the paper is soft but not turning to mush. Lay it out gently on a cutting board and rub it gently with your wet fingertips to flatten it and work in more water until it's translucent and very pliable.

Put a handful of filling on the rice paper, slightly lower than center. Working with the edge closest to you, gently lift the wrapper and fold up and over the filling, tucking it tightly around without tearing. Place a slice of avocado against the part you just wrapper, fold the right and left sides of the wrapper towards the center, and then roll is up snugly the rest of the way.

You can serve them plain, or with any dipping sauce you like. 

Your question and comments are welcome

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