Summer Rolls

Shrimp and Peach Summer Rolls

Tonight’s dinner came together sort of randomly, but it was DELICIOUS and a different combination that I’ve ever tried before! But first…

Afternoon snacks included unpictured popcorn (1 pt) and 2 wasa crackers (1 pt) with a babybel cheese (1 pt). I also had a Quaker Chocolate Peanut Butter Chewy Granola Bar (2 pts) that was leftover in my goodie bag from the wedding right before going on an awesome bike ride.

I’ve started waiting a little bit before working out to let the night cool off a bit since the days have been too hot. It’s nice because I don’t rush home and take my time having a snack and relaxing a bit before heading out. It was wayyy too hot for a run, so I was contemplating going swimming or going for a bike ride, and I just decided to go with a ride because it takes less prep. I am still a bit sore from yesterday’s run (my left knee is hurting a bit) so I didn’t want to push it, but wanted to get in some more exercise to balance out the indulgences from the weekend. Stats:

Duration: 46:38

Distance: 10.17 miles

Avg. Speed: 13.1 mph

Avg. Pace: 4:35 min/mile

Calories: 572

It was a great ride and my knee didn’t hurt one bit. It was a little breezy too, which made for a nice break from the heat. As soon as I got back, I was hungry and didn’t have a smoothie waiting for me like yesterday – sad story.

Dinner ended up coming together kind of by accident, but turned out AWESOME. I have two heads of cabbage left so I wanted to use some of that, and for some reason I was craving summer rolls, so my plan was to make rolls using the cabbage. But then I was thinking about it and didn’t want to use the cabbage raw in the rolls, so I cut it up and then cooked it in a pan with some veggie stock, a little water, and a splash of apple cider vinegar.

Since I was so hungry, I didn’t want to wait for the cabbage to cook and then cool, so I tried to figure out what else I could put in the summer rolls. I had some cilantro from the other night as well as cooked shrimp, but that wasn’t enough. I looked around and realized peaches might work in the rolls, so I went with it.

I put a handful of cilantro, 4 little shrimp, and 1/3 of a sliced peach in each of three rice wrappers. You have to soak the wrappers in warm water for 20 seconds so they become pliable, and then you put everything in there and wrap it up. You have to move way too quickly to take pictures of the process, and it’s definitely a little difficult, but each one gets easier. I ended up making 3 and they turned out pretty good though a little looser than ideal.

I served them with this Sweet Chili Sauce that I had in my house, which is an awesome condiment to have on hand.

2 tablespoons has 70 calories (1 pt), so I put a serving in a ramekin and served it with the three summer rolls.

And also had a bowl of the cooked cabbage for an extra veggie kick.

The cabbage was 0 points, and the summer rolls broke down to 2 points for the shrimp, 1 for the sauce, 1 for the peach, and 2 for the rice paper rolls, so 6 total for the meal. It was AWESOME. The peach, shrimp, and cilantro combo worked so well even though it came together pretty unexpectedly!

I’m off to play some Scrabble with Wil! What’s your favorite board game??

Present

Tonight has been super fun but everything good always goes by so fast, doesn’t it? After work, I ran to a new-to-me Farmer’s Market that opened up right by my apartment in Crystal City. It had a lot of the same vendors as the ones I go to in DC but there were a few new vendors and I found some good deals. I honestly didn’t need much, but I picked up a few things that I’m looking forward to trying.

Leeks, green onions, a tomato (in the 99 cents bin but perfect!), strawberries, and white potatoes. Everything for $10! After the quick stop at the farmer’s market, I came home and my boyfriend was already here! Very rare occurrence. He still had to do some work but I was really going back and forth about working out and starting to feel lazy and more like laying on the couch than going outside, but then I remembered the pizza for lunch and going out for dinner and forced myself to go. Once I got out there, it felt great. It was my first bike ride since last weekend (1.5 weeks ago) when my tire popped! I just did a quick 30 minute ride since we were going out to dinner.

Today’s Stats:

  • Duration: 35 minutes
  • Distance: 7.3 miles
  • Avg. Pace: 13.5mph
  • Calories: 525

I was so glad I convinced myself to go because it felt so good and I was so happy after. Sometimes I get really caught up in doing big, long workouts, and feel like if I do something small it doesn’t really count, but I really need to break that mentality. 30 minutes is a normal workout and I should just do 30 minutes when that’s all I have time for and feel happy about it, not guilty for not doing more. Blah.

After a quick shower, we went to dinner at a Vietnamese Restaurant called Present, in Falls Church, VA. I’d been there one other time, the night before my 10 mile race back in April with my parents. The food there is amazing and really pretty to look at. I was ravenous by the time we got there, so we ordered two appetizers to split. A special shrimp dish that I couldn’t really understand other than it was jumbo shrimp so I said yes please.

It was green tempura fried I think? Whatever it was, it was delicious. It came with sweet and sour sauce to dip and I had two of these. The other appetizer was the summer rolls, which came with pork and shrimp but we got them shrimp only.

These came with peanut sauce and were awesome. Summer rolls are one of my all time favorite appetizers because they’re so fresh and delicious. yum.

My main course was called Mosaic Pathway.

Described on the menu as, “The Chef’s special jumbo lump crab meat and cellophane noodle sautéed with fresh ingredients (bamboo shoots, mushroom, onion, chives, bean sprouts, carrot, and celery).” It was so, sooooo good. It was pretty light but the sauce was so delicious and there was a ton of lump crab meat with the cellophane noodles. Our waiter recommended the dish and I’m so glad he did because I loved it.

And then we split some green tea ice cream for dessert (my fav!)

Such a great way to end the meal.

After dinner, we somehow had enough time to run to Home Depot and pick up some plants for the balcony! It makes me feel old to get so excited about plants, but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t so. Having plants and flowers out there just makes it so pretty and nice. 🙂

Catching up on Parenthood now (anyone!?). This show is INCREDIBLE.

Be back tomorrow!!