Monday, March 8, 2010

Thai Veggie Wraps

I made this girl food for an afternoon lunch I had with my high school trouble-making friend Lucy and Baby Betsy at my house. While Betsy chewed up and spit out a cucumber all over my floor, Lucy and I talked of birthing. I am deciding how I want to deliver this baby and talking to all sorts of people about all sorts of birthing options. Lucy had Betsy at home on her bed. While I hope to not go that route, I find her reasons for doing so quite profound and fascinating.

A while ago, Lucy's sister Courtney posted about birth and wrote of how it is useless to think the way you deliver is the only way to do it and everyone else is an idiot and they are harming their baby. Useless. One of the greatest things I am liking about growing older is learning "different strokes for different folks". There is no right way to do anything and the younger version of myself used to think differently. There is no right way to fight with your spouse. There is no right way to put your child in time-out. There is no right way to make cheese quesadillas. And there is no right way to deliver your baby. Different strokes for different folks. Just because I don't agree with someone about how they do things doesn't mean I can't respect them. At the beginning of our conversation, Lucy wanted me to completely understand that she respects everyone and their decision on delivery because guess what, either way, you get a sweet baby in your arms at the end of it. And that's the goal, right?

Like I said, these wraps are girl food. Now that is not to say that a man wouldn't like this for lunch, but he wouldn't appreciate it like a girl would. Girls, especially moms, are more used to PB&Js for lunch or leftover dinner. Not often are girls treated to a wrap stuffed with fresh veggies and a sweet and spicy peanut sauce. So if you have a playdate planned, make a pile of PB&Js for the kids and then put together these wraps for you and the other moms. They deserve it.

For the peanut sauce:
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Pinch crushed red pepper

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk well to combine. Set aside.

For the wraps:
1 8 oz bag frozen shelled edamame
1 16 oz bag coleslaw mix
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 cucumber, peeled and diced
1 cup chopped peanuts
6 burrito-sized tortillas or wrap bread

Defrost edamame according to package directions. Set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, combine edamame, coleslaw mix, cilantro, red bell pepper, cucumber and peanuts. Pour on peanut sauce. Toss well to combine. Spoon on veggie mix onto a tortilla or wrap bread. Wrap tightly and cut in half crosswise. Serve immediately.

Yields 6 servings.

Served with this: Some fancy green apple soda Lucy brought. Her husband Beezer (yes Beezer, I will never stop calling you Beezer.) is a connoisseur of fine fizzy beverages and I am glad I get to reap the benefits. We also had some butterscotch blondies for dessert. Recipe coming soon.

Rookie's Notes: You have two other options with this recipe. You can wrap up the veggies in rice wrappers or you can just serve it as a salad. Do what you will.


Co Co said...

These wraps look delicious! Can't wait to try them! Could you put some sort of meat in them too? Shrimp or chicken maybe - to mix it up a little?

Kalli Ko said...

these are amazing, I can attest.

Jelli Bean said...

These look like great lunch food. I know Husband would eat them if I exchanged edamame for chicken. Yummy!

Sparks said...

No right way but absolutely a zillion wrong ways. Like adding meat to these perfect wraps. Wrong way.

Sarah said...

Yum! Although this is girl food - I think my husband would love it.

Sweet Pea Chef said...

I am making these, pronto. Have my meal plan for the week, so I am thinking a week from today. Oh. my. gosh. You have my number on this one.

BTW, I will be serving this girl food (I agree) to my boys.

Rebecca said...

Thanks for posting something vegetarian I can make for dinner! I'm trying to eat less meat. :)

This looks devine.

The Dunford Family said...

It's good to be different. It's good to be okay with being different. Tonight for FHE our 10 year old son picked Journey's "Don't Stop Believin" for the song. Best FHE song ever sang. It's good to not be the "norm". It's also good to let others be what they want. I love vegetarian dishes...I'm still gonna be different and stick in some chicken with these for a girls lunch on Thursday. I'm good with it. Take that Sparks.

Courtney said...

Next time? Invite me.m

Amanda said...

So, I'm sponsoring a lunch bunch at my house in 2 weeks and I want to be impressive. These look delicious. My question is, should I make these or do you have another favorite recipe that would wow them and give me bragging rights????

Jessica said...

These wraps are pretty and they must taste good, based on the ingredients. You're so creative when it comes to food. I'm always amazed.

rookie cookie said...

@Amanda - Yes, make these. They will definitely impress. Does that sound jerkish of me? Well, they are that good, so make them.

The only problem you might run into is that you can't make them ahead of time. You can make the salad part, but you can't wrap them. They will get soggy.

Amanda said...

Doesn't sound jerkish at all! I needed the truth and I knew you would give it to me, even if it was tooting your own horn!! :)
Can't wait to whip them up and impress my friends.

Bridgett said...

These wraps look and sound amazing. Perfect to share with a friend and the apple soda and blondies must have been a delicious dessert.

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Kristen said...

WOW these look amazing!!!! I will have to try these... even if my fussy hubs and 2yr old monkey say no.
..and i must say (ok i haven't stoped in to say hi for a lil bit) but i LOVE the look of your new blog. SO refreshed!

Amanda said...

Whitney, I made these for my lunch bunch yesterday and everyone was amazed. Thanks for making me look good! We were talking about all the yummy flavors and my friend said 'It's so alive'. So refreshing and delicious! This is going to be a new staple at my house. Thanks again!

Likely said...

oh my gosh, I will make trouble too if I can come over for lunch! So, you must live in utah....

I am going to be there next week! I am inviting myself over for lunch --- jk.

Jamie said...

These look amazing! I have one question, though. I live alone and I cook for just myself. This recipe yields six servings...even if I try to halve it, it will still be too much for just me for just one meal. Do you think I could store the leftover sauce, and the leftover filling, in the refrigerator and just mix together as I need them for leftovers?

rookie cookie said...

@Jamie - You can most definitely keep them separate until you want to make a wrap. But they have to be separate. The sauce will make the veggies soggy and not delicious. Good luck!

juliamaloy said...

We had these last night...AWESOME! So good--I changed up the veggies with what looked good at the store and added chicken. Thanks for the great recipe!

Steph Krier said...

Hi! I stumbled across your recipe this week online! I just tried it out tonight and it was amazing!!!! Thank you for this!! I've never made a good homemade peanut sauce! Here are some changes I made!
-added thin, easy to bite carrot slivers
-trader joes didn't have cabbage this week, so I used handfuls of dark green arugula! It was delish.
-served it with a lime wedge (very thai!)

Thanks again,
Steph from Boston