Last week I had a chance to visit the Safeway culinary kitchens and learn a bit about their process, products, research and also learned to make the most amazing spring rolls + peanut dipping sauce which I’m sharing with you today…
I’m always so intrigued at how things work behind the scenes at brands I know and trust like Open Nature, the all-natural line of products under the Safeway brand. There’s no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives. They’re exclusively carried at Safeway stores and a great value compared to competing products.
First, in the test kitchens we learned from the chef some great new techniques for cooking chicken like stewing it in olive oil + herbs for an amazing flavor and even cooking. We also talked a lot about the meat products of Open Nature, which is where the brand started. The meat is antibiotics free, 100% vegetarian fed, Besides meats (which is where they started) you can also find Open Nature products in items at Safeway stores from seafood, and grocery items like diapers, snacks and almond butter (so good!), and even ice cream. Find more about the Open Nature products here.
Here’s a bit about how the day went, and keep reading for the spring roll recipe too.
Next we took a little tour of the facility and learned about the testing and quality control they do there. Things like recreating store refrigeration to determine shelf life, recipe + flavor creation, and thorough product testing. I didn’t feel too bad that the ice cream food scientist here had to taste test about a 1-2 pints of ice cream every day. It was fun testing out all the amazing flavors. I’m a HUGE fan of the Signature Reserve line, especially the Indian Cardamom Pistachio flavor. OMG it’s so good. Go try it now!
Then we each created our own spring rolls using the variety of Open Nature products available. I opted for a spicy Thai beef version. Yum! I love spring rolls but rarely make them myself. It was so easy though! The real secret was learning how to make the perfect peanut dipping sauce which I’ll share with you below:
Summer Veggie Spring Rolls with Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce
I love this recipe because it requires no real cooking at all (just assembly), looks amazing, and can be adapted to whatever ingredients you have. It’s also so healthy-if you want it to be! I made a summer veggie version with mango, avocado, bell peppers, sprouts, cilantro, lime, peanuts, and green onions. The mango is key here, it adds such great sweetness and compliments the other veggies so well. I’ve been such a fan of mango these days putting it in everything from my favorite kale salad to mango salsa for fish tacos. You can also add a protein in here like tofu or beef if you’d like.
Chop all your veggies into thin sticks and then it’s time to assemble your spring roll wrappers. You simply dip them in warm water until pliable (but not too soft). It takes about 10-15 seconds in warm water. If the water gets too cool you can either swap it out or just use cool water (it’ll still work, just takes a little longer to soften).
Once soft, place the wrapper on a plate and begin to assembly your filling. Place items in a long pile on the bottom third of the paper so you have room to roll it up. The paper it nice and stretchy so it’s much easier to roll than a burrito. Tuck the filling in, and then continue to roll, tucking the ends in before finishing the last roll.
Make diagonal cuts so you can see the colorful filling!
Next for the dipping sauce. The best part! You’ll need peanut butter, soy sauce, Thai chili paste and a bit of lime juice. You can experiment with the amounts but I like this: 1/2 cup of peanut butter, 4 teaspoons of soy sauce, a squeeze of lime juice, 2 teaspoons of Thai chili garlic sauce, and 1 tablespoon of water if it’s too thick.
Yum! Time to dig in. Have you made spring rolls before?
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