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May 16, 2010

Since yesterday’s spring roll lunch went so well, I decided to experiment a bit more with my rice paper wrappers for breakfast this morning. Yes, I know it’s Sunday, but I’m still not feeling the pancakes. I promise they’ll be back someday!

Here is the brand of rice paper I bought. I wish I could direct you to the company’s website, but there wasn’t one listed anywhere on the packaging. Again, I found it at Whole Foods near the Asian condiments and seaweed.


This is what the rice paper looks like before soaking…


Here was the assembly line for this morning’s experiment: 1 ounce daiya cheddar cheese, 1 sliced chicken breast, and 1 whole egg scrambled with 2 egg whites.


I soaked each sheet of rice paper in hot water for about 10-12 seconds. Yesterday, I soaked them for 30 seconds which seemed to work better as I had a harder time wrapping this morning. I then placed the filled wraps in a greased glass dish and baked them in a 400Β° oven for about 15 minutes. I was hoping to flip them and brown the other side, but one roll had ripped during the wrapping process. So, after deciding they had baked long enough, I removed my breakfast spring rolls from the oven and ate them alongside some salsa for dipping and some fresh cantaloupe.


The rice paper got all crispy and the daiya cheese was melted to perfection – kind of like a Tex-Mex egg roll? This was one of those meals I wish I could have shared with all of you as it was so tasty!

Once again, it’s pouring rain in Nashville, and I’m currently sipping on a mug of hot chocolate. Definitely another curl up in bed with a good book kind of day. Happy Sunday to you all!

47 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2010 8:11 am

    Ohh thats such a cool idea to bake the rice paper rolls! I loooove summer rolls but never thought to cook them. Looks delish!

  2. fitandfortysomething permalink
    May 16, 2010 8:28 am

    Funny bfast- but I’m sue it was good! Happy Sunday πŸ™‚

  3. May 16, 2010 8:41 am

    I am drooling while simultaneously making room in my schedule for a trip to Whole Foods! I love the rice paper rolls – in Thailand we took a cooking class and it became very clear to me that those little babies would be great with just about any filling! *adds yet another thing to the grocery list*

  4. May 16, 2010 8:44 am

    Well, the hormone changes haven’t affected your brilliance or creativity HEAB compared to some dumbfounded moments my Sister had …haha :)…

    What book are you reading now? Also – totally random, but just looking at your header haha – when you were a nut butter fan (!) did you prefer the roasted or raw AB? I love both – but roasted is like ridiculously crack-worthy….

  5. May 16, 2010 9:13 am

    that sounds awesome! i think i’ll check my asian grocery store today.

  6. marshell y. Roper permalink
    May 16, 2010 9:15 am

    Now, that really sounds and look soooo good!!

  7. May 16, 2010 10:16 am

    It’s so early in the day and you have already had such a perfect one!

    Hot chocolate and a book-two of my favourite things. Have a wonderful Sunday Miss Heather!

  8. May 16, 2010 10:19 am

    .Eatmovelove, Just finishing up *Away* by Amy Bloom, and although I love raw almond butter, I think roasted crunchy will always be my fav

  9. May 16, 2010 11:36 am

    pretty sure i like your random pregnancy taste buds because you come up with super clever meals!

  10. May 16, 2010 11:38 am

    That meal sounds right up my alley. I must find some rice paper!

  11. May 16, 2010 11:39 am

    It’s sunny here, and yet curling up with a good anything sounds like a better day.
    And I’m with Janetha–keep the cravings coming because they sound good.

  12. May 16, 2010 11:54 am

    Oh, never thought about baking spring rolls!
    Looks yummy!

  13. May 16, 2010 12:31 pm

    Those spring roll skins look great and so versatile! Delicious. πŸ™‚ Enjoy your rainy Sunday, sometimes those are the best.

  14. May 16, 2010 12:35 pm

    Baked rice paper rolls…clever!

    So I cannot tell you how many hours I have spent in WF’s trying to get them to order rice paper wrappers. They have wrappers that *look like* rice, but they are actually gluten containing wheat wrappers. And when I talk to them, the store mgr tells me they cannot source them? wtf??! Since clearly YOUR WF’s can get them…you would think it would be a natl distribution thing. Whatever, I will be back in S.D. soon enough where rice paper wrappers are ‘a plenty!


  15. May 16, 2010 12:44 pm

    Wow, what a creative use of rice paper rolls. Never would have thought of it.

  16. May 16, 2010 12:55 pm

    Yummy I love rice paper spring rolls x x

  17. May 16, 2010 1:15 pm

    I almost wish it was pouring here. I love a day in bed with a good book. When it is rainy I don’t feel as guilty about it.

  18. May 16, 2010 1:22 pm

    It looks delicious! Enjoy your rest!

  19. May 16, 2010 1:25 pm

    Yum, yum. This sounds so good, Heather. I’ve never used rice paper wraps before, but I’m dying to try some now. I think I’ll pick some up at the store today.

  20. Katherine: What About Summer? permalink
    May 16, 2010 1:37 pm

    HEAB: thanks for your comment + advice. search box up. this paper deal looks extremely technical but I love the outcome
    happy weekend

  21. May 16, 2010 1:38 pm

    That looks absolutely delicious! I need to buy rice paper πŸ™‚

  22. Abbey permalink
    May 16, 2010 2:21 pm

    Yum Heather! Wanted to ask if you have ever tried Gardein products? They are soy “meats” and the soy beef tips are phenomenal with tons of veggies and this teriyaki sauce I got from WF. When you are back into veg, you should try it!

    Also, for those unable to locate rice paper, try World Market/Cost Plus. Mine sells them, so maybe most do?

  23. May 16, 2010 3:25 pm

    The most creative I’ve gotten is wonton wrappers! Rice paper wrappers sound easy enough. Sorry it’s raining in TN (again), ugh, I feel for you all down there.

  24. May 16, 2010 3:27 pm

    Breakfast spring rolls, wow! Very creative!! πŸ™‚ But I wouldn’t expect anything less!! πŸ˜‰

  25. May 16, 2010 4:00 pm

    I’ve never thought of baking my spring rolls before, I bet it gets wonderfully crispy!! For a brief second there, I thought you were going to fashion pancakes out of the rice paper πŸ˜‰

  26. May 16, 2010 4:13 pm

    That sounds so good! I bet (cooked) spinach with the eggs would make them even creamier inside. YUM πŸ™‚


  27. May 16, 2010 4:32 pm

    Abbey, I haven’t ever tried the Gardein products, but I can’t do much soy unless it’s fermented like miso or tempeh. Otherwise, I get horrible stomach cramps. So, please enjoy some for me, and thanks for the rice paper shopping tip!

  28. May 16, 2010 4:39 pm

    Hiii Heather!! Thank you for the tutorial. I have always screwed up when it comes to using rice paper in recipes because i either over or under soak it. hahaha You look like a pro with it though!! You might be a natural born Asian. Or chef for that matter. heheeheh

  29. May 16, 2010 5:38 pm

    Woah! It’s never occurred to me to bake them! That sounds really good. I make them a lot since they make such an easy lunch and I can put whatever I have on hand in them. I don’t remember where I got mine but they’re a lot bigger and square kind of like Maggie’s. I’m a terrible wrapper and always overstuff them so they end up like giant burrito looking spring rolls. Yours are so pretty!
    Now I can’t wait to try new fillings and hot spring rolls πŸ™‚
    Hope you had a great weekend and are beginning to feel better!

  30. May 16, 2010 5:41 pm

    Gaby, Thanks for the well wishes, and yes, you totally have to try baking your spring rolls next time. So crisp and good!

  31. May 16, 2010 6:02 pm

    haha oh my god thats genius!!!! hahaha i love it and can’t wait to get my hands on some rice papers πŸ™‚

    hope you enjoyed your book and hot chocs!

  32. May 16, 2010 6:03 pm

    I talked to a friend today who said that the square wrappers are easier to wrap. I’ve never been able to find them though.

    Brilliant idea with the breakfast rolls – it’s kind of like HEAB-ified egg rolls, baked not fried.

  33. May 16, 2010 6:19 pm

    I looove rice paper rolls, I make them all the time but I can never get them as tight as they do in the restaurants..still trying πŸ™‚

  34. May 16, 2010 6:29 pm

    wow, what a fabulous idea!! i have some rice paper, too πŸ™‚

  35. May 16, 2010 6:37 pm

    I am dying to try this daiya cheese! Those spring rolls look so tasty πŸ™‚

  36. May 16, 2010 6:43 pm

    Hot chocolate… Mmmm!

  37. May 16, 2010 8:53 pm

    Hey! I just found your blog. Your recipes look really yummy, can’t wait to read more!

  38. May 16, 2010 10:09 pm

    Your spring rolls look so yummy! Its very inspiring that you could do it, wrapping looks really intimidating. I just stumbled over your blog and loved reading your story. I look forward to reading in the future.

  39. May 17, 2010 4:30 am

    what does it say about me that I skip the foodie stuff and IMMEDIATELY wonder what book youre reading?
    Ive been devouring a bunch lately.
    many recommendations if youre interested πŸ™‚

  40. May 17, 2010 6:36 am

    Rice paper experiments sound like fun!

  41. May 17, 2010 7:03 am

    I love Vietnamese spring rolls. I would live off of them if I could and I just discovered a low carb option with soy wrappers. (contains soy though, um obviously.) They are a cross between a sheet of a nori and sheet of rice paper and cost about the price of gold leaf. $$$.

  42. May 17, 2010 7:11 am

    Yum!!! See you today Heatherpie!!

    ❀ Justine

  43. May 17, 2010 7:31 am

    Sarah, Glad you found me. Thanks for reading!

  44. May 17, 2010 7:33 am

    Miz, Just finishing up *Away* by Amy Bloom. It got really good reviews, but I found it to be a rather sad story. Would love some recommendations!

  45. May 17, 2010 7:34 am

    Thanks for reading Maren. πŸ™‚

  46. May 17, 2010 12:39 pm

    Breakfast spring rolls = great idea! I will be REALLY impressed, though, when you managed to roll up some oat bran. πŸ˜‰

  47. May 17, 2010 1:28 pm

    Ha ha Diana, I’ll have to work on that one…I think it can be done! πŸ˜‰

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