Friday, May 28, 2010

Pan Fried Egg Rolls

Never have really been an egg roll person---I am not really big on deep fried & I also don't usually like whatever it is that restaurants traditionally put in egg rolls.  BUT I made this recipe last night for Ben & myself & we both really liked it---in fact, he LOVED it.  The recipe was actually very simple, and once you have stocked up on some of the sauces in your pantry, it actually becomes a pretty inexpensive meal to cook.  Pair it with a side of rice or couscous and you are good to go!


1/4 cup sweet chili sauce (you can find this in the Asian food section)
12 oz fresh bean sprouts
1 zucchini cut into matchsticks
12- 8in egg roll wrappers
12 cooked medium shrimp, peeled & deveined
2 TBSP chopped fresh cilantro

coconut oil for pan frying

Combine 3 tablespoons of chili sauce with bean sprouts & zucchini, tossing well to coat  Work with one egg roll wrapper at a time & cover the rest to ensure that they don't dry up.  Place wrapper onto work surface with one corner pointing toward you.  Spoon 2 heaping tablespoons of bean sprout mixture into center of wrapper.  Top with 2-3 shrimp and sprinkle with cilantro.  Fold lower corner of wrapper over filling; fold in the side corners.  Moisten the top corner of the wrapper with water; roll up ensuring that all the corners are nicely tucked in (otherwise you will get some spillage).  Place egg roll, seam down on a baking sheet.  Repeat procedure with remaining wrappers, bean sprouts & cilantro.  Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add 6 egg rolls, seam side down; cook 7 minutes or until golden, turning occasionally.  Place on a wire rack.  Repeat with remaining 6 egg rolls & 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.   Serve egg rolls with less sodium soy sauce or the sweet chili sauce & a side of rice.  Enjoy!

Friday, May 21, 2010

A New Favorite

This is going to be a weird post, but I had to share my new found love for these straws with someone, so I picked the blog world!  I recently purchased these stainless steel straws to use for drinking coffee in the morning.  Some of you who have been on coffee dates with me, know that I am weird and use straws in my hot coffee drinks.   I do it because I drink way too much coffee for a girl my age & don't want to end up with really yellowy teeth in 30 years.  But I love coffee and rather than throw in the towel & surrender to yellow teeth, or give up coffee altogether---I think I have found a nice solution.

Reusable Stainless Steel Straws.  Now I don't have to worry about flimsy plastic straws melting in my coffee, and better yet, I don't have to continually buy straws---I have about 4 of these guys to rotate during the week.  Thank you stainless steel straws for helping me keep my teeth un-yellowy.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

It's Official

After much  prayer, waiting, countless conversations and musings over the "what ifs" of life, some more prayer, and oh did I mention, lots of waiting,  we finally have a glimpse into the direction our lives our headed!

B found out that he is going to go through re-training for a new job in good ol' Texas!

We couldn't be more excited for the opportunity to move back to TX for a while (training will take at least 8 months) and we are beyond belief blessed with the prospect of his new assignment!

Thanks so much for all your prayers & for hanging in there with us while we waited!  It is going to be hard to leave all the people here that have really become like a second family to us, we love them so dearly, but we couldn't ask for a better assignment, and can't wait to be closer to TX family & friends!

Expect to see the Carters rolling through TX with our big ol' UHaul sometime in July.  Feel free to drop by and see us any time---and if you so conveniently decide to visit us in July, we will be more than happy to put your hands to work w/ moving in ;)