Wondering what to do with all that wonderful pesto, hummus pesto hybrid, and roasted red pepper tapenade? After you’ve exhausted using them as dips, spreading them on sandwiches, and topping roasted veggies, grains and pasta with them, how about wrapping them into hand rolls?
If you’re not familiar with hand rolls, they’re one of the healthiest ways to eat sushi. No rice, just fish and veggies rolled in a seaweed wrap. They’re the original* wrap sandwich. But you don’t have to fill them with fish – you can use anything. They’re fun to eat, easy to make, and packed full of minerals. Seaweed is super healthy, in fact many natural health books suggest adding seafood to your diet to aid in detoxification, improving moods, and gaining strength. But the fact that it’s fun and yummy is reason enough!
Easy Hand Rolls
Gluten and dairy free, unless there’s gluten or dairy in your spread. Makes 4 hand rolls.
- 2 sheets roasted Nori seaweed, the kind they use for sushi
- 1 cup spread, whatever you feel like eating
- 1/4 cup lightly packed greens – kale, spinach, basil leaves – whatever you have on hand
- 1/4 cup matchstick vegetables – carrots, zucchini, cucumber, anything crunchy
- Sesame seeds
- Place one sheet of seaweed on a cutting board or plate and fold it in half on the diagonal, and tear it in half along the fold. Don’t worry if it’s not a clean tear. I figured this out after I took the pictures, so just imagine the sheets are torn in half along the diagonal
- Spoon ¼ cup of spread in the center of one of the triangular pieces, making it into a little log. Don’t put it too close to the pointy tip, or it will fall out when you roll it.
- Sprinkle sesame seeds over the spread.
- Arrange a few spears of your crunchy vegetable around the log of spread
- Cover it with a few pieces of your leafy green
- Roll ‘em up – fold one end of the seaweed over the log of spread, then start rolling from the log until you’ve incorporated the rest of the sheet of seaweed
And that’s it! They make an adorable presentation for parties or just for yourself. Why not make eating fun? I’d love to hear what you think of them, feel free to comment.
*Okay I may be making this up, but they’re pretty ancient!