Spicy Peanut Spring Roll Bowl
This meal is absolutely perfect for either a fun family style dinner (I am one of four kids so we always did make your own plate style dinners) or a really great meal prep!
Yields: 4 servings
Time: 20 minutes
1 lb shrimp (or about 20-25) *see note below
1 cup dry rice (if making fresh) or about 3 cups leftover cooked rice
Lettuce or sprouts
1 yellow bell pepper
2-3 persian cucumbers
1 medium carrot
1 jalapeno pepper
Topping: cilantro, lime wedge, sesame seeds
1/2 cup peanut butter *see allergy note at bottom
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons gochujang, chili paste, or sriracha
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon fresh ginger (or ginger paste)
1/4 cup water
First things first- if you're not using leftover rice, cook your rice!
Combine all sauce ingredients in a small food processor or blender and mix until smooth and creamy, check consistency and add another tablespoon of water if you want it thinner - set aside
Thinly slice your veggies (look at the pics for reference) - I like to slice the radish, julienne cut the carrot (match sticks), thinly slice the bell pepper. For the cucumber, cut off the ends and then cut around the core like you would with an apple so you're not getting all of the seeds (its more crisp this way) then thinly slice from there!
If you are using leftover rice, add a couple tablespoons of sesame or avocado oil to a pan and reheat the rice over medium heat. Remove the rice.
For the shrimp - you want them fully peeled and deveined ahead of cooking. You can either toss the shrimp with a few tablespoons of the peanut sauce ahead of time or you can brush on the peanut sauce as they're cooking. Either way, add a couple more tablespoons of oil to the pan and cook the shrimps over medium low heat for about 2 minutes on each side.
Plate! Start by adding a base of rice to each bowl, then top with veggies (this is a great DIY dinner). Add 1/4 of an avocado to each bowl + shrimps + lettuce + other toppings. Finally drizzle more peanut sauce on top or serve each bowl with a side of it. Enjoy!!
If you don't like shrimp - feel free to replace with salmon or chicken or ahi tuna or tofu or whatever your heart desires!
If you have someone allergic to peanuts (because one of y'all asked!) I would instead make a coconut curry sauce OR a sriracha aioli OR you can just drizzle on some gyoza!