Kids lunchbox: Fresh shrimp bundles


Fresh chilled shrimp rolls are great for hot summer school days.


These vegetable and shrimp rolls wrapped in rice paper are served chilled in Asian restaurants. You can find the rice papers in any Asian store, I found it at Safeway. They can be made at dinner time and chilled and sent to school in cold boxes. Get creative; roll them into cylinders or triangle bundles of goodness.

What you need: Makes 6 rolls
 6 medium sized rice wrappers
2 cups shrimp, tail off, cooked and chilled
6 large lettuce leaves shredded (or whole as you like it)
1 cup of cucumber chopped into match sticks, optional
1 cup carrots chopped into match sticks or shredded optional
Salt and pepper to taste

Fill a large plate with warm water. Dip a rice wrapper into the hot water for a couple of seconds to soften. Lay it flat on a damp towel. Arrange a few shrimp, top it with layers of crunchy vegetables; finally salt and pepper.  Fold opposite sides of the wet wrap towards each other. Then cover one edge over it and roll it all together tightly down to the open end. Do the same to the rest of the rolls. Wrap them tightly into cylinders or bundles. Chill until ready to use.

For the dipping sauce: 
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/8 cup water
1 Tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tsp fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp honey
1 tsp chili-garlic paste
1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil

Combine all the ingredients and whisk well. Add more water if you would like a thinner consistency.


Serve the wraps with the dipping sauce. Enjoy!