This seems like a complex dish but is, in fact, really easy and good for weeknight dinner because the prep takes only about 20 minutes. The roasted veggies can be made in advance as can the vinaigrette and the olive tapenade. Cooking the fish only takes 10 minutes so, all in all, a simple but elegant dinner.
These go by a lot of names: summer rolls, basil rolls, Vietnamese rolls, Thai basil rolls... and I have even seen them on menus as spring rolls (not deep fried).
There are endless varieties and you don't have to be restricted by this recipe. You can use pork instead of shrimp or shrimp and pork. Cilantro along with the basil or with some mint is great. Thinly sliced cucumber instead of the carrot or along with it is a good idea. Red cabbage maybe?
The key is to plan carefully so that you don't over fill the rolls.
These little rolls seem so complicated, but when you get started it is really simple. Blend some ingredients and spices in the food processor, roll into balls, roll into the rice papers and cook. The result is so satisfying and amazingly tasty.
If you don't want to make your own peanut sauce, there are good ones on the market. Check the sodium content and choose the one that's lowest in sodium.
Almost every day I have patients ask me what they should weigh and how much they need to lose. I will admit that sometimes I am a bit evasive, saying such things as, "Start working on your weight, and I'll tell you when to stop."
Why am I not always more direct? Because folks can often be pretty unrealistic about their health and their weight. Usually people are shocked when I tell them what an ideal weight would be for them. While shock is their first reaction, folks usually say something like "Oh, I'll do that, it's easy for me to lose 50 pounds and you'll see when I come back in three months."
Man, oh man, do I wish I had a dollar for every time someone said that (and another dollar for those who return in three months and have not lost any weight at all). I have no doubt that this mentality comes from fad diet books and pills that repeatedly claim that people can easily lose that much weight in such a short period. Look, if it were true there wouldn't be such an obesity problem: people would lose weight and keep it off. What is a healthy weekly weight loss? »
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