Happy Recipe Friday!
Today we are featuring Jasmine Briones, author of Sweet Simple Vegan – a blog dedicated to promoting fitness and nutrition through sweet and simple vegan recipes!
Hello! My name is Jasmine Briones. I am a twenty-year-old student living in Los Angeles and sharing my passion for health by living a life dedicated to promoting fitness and nutrition through sweet and simple vegan recipes. I am hoping to one day become a nutritionist or health coach, but as of now I am focused on making any impact I can on the lives of others by sharing my views on health.
How do I #LiveMyHealth?
Having battled with a life-threatening health issue for a large portion of my teenage years, health holds an importance to me that may not be the same to others of my age. Health is now, and will forever be, one of the most imperative aspects of my life. Although the experience is not one that I would wish to relive, I’m grateful for the experience, as it has contributed to a new outlook on living that I deem one of the most definitive characteristics I hold today.
“Healthy” is ill defined to concern only physical stature and specific characteristics of food. To most, it implies a slender appearance and limited diet. Healthy reaches out much further than this surface definition. I have learned that health is not wholly physical, but rather, a psychological state of mind. As cliché as it may sound, healthy is happy. Healthy is satisfaction and content with ones being, and acceptance of life with a positive mind. No matter how “clean” one eats, or how thin one may be, they must feel good about what they are doing, hold happy thoughts towards the decisions they make in their lives, and extend themselves out to the world with positivity in order to truly be healthy, both inside and out.
My new understanding of health has allowed me to successfully become a “Sweet Simple Vegan” and “live my health.” I realize that not all people are concerned with their health, and not all are in a situation that I was in where they crucially need to be, but health is a aspect of life that is too often overlooked. I have taken advantage of social media, and created a profile on Instagram and a website as “Sweet Simple Vegan,” to share my testimonial on a vegan diet, simple recipes to help promote a healthy lifestyle, and tips on how I remain positive and optimistic throughout my day to day life. My goal is to reach out to as many individuals as I can all over the world, and share my idea of health to hopefully influence a change for the better.
Today I am going to share a recipe that I love because of the fact that it is so versatile and actually really fun to make. All you need is a blender/food processor, a knife, a cutting board and a bowl of water.
I suggest laying out all of the ingredients and letting everyone that is going to join you for dinner make their own rolls. It is a chance for you to connect with others on a level far different from how you would during a normal day-to-day conversation. Connection with others, I have learned, is a large part of living your health. You get the chance to share yourself and what you love, and maybe even open the minds of others to ideas that they had never previously considered. In connecting with others, you not only get the opportunity to learn more about them, but you also get the chance to learn about and connect with yourself.
You can use any rice paper, small or large, square or round: you choose. I used large round rice paper. For the vegetables and herbs, I focused on getting the most color I could into the rolls, as I wanted to both create a great presentation and to pack in the nutrients.
Customize the vegetables and herbs to your liking. Choose what you love, what you are craving, what you have on hand or what you have always wanted to try! Anything goes, you can’t go wrong here.
Vegan Rainbow Summer Rolls
Here are the ingredients I used:
Red bell pepper
What You’ll Do:
1. Slice the vegetables long and thin, at about the same length for uniformity.
2. Remove the rice paper from the packaging. Immerse the paper into a bowl of warm water for 5 seconds, and 5 seconds only. Remove and place on your plate. Make sure the water is not too hot or that you do not soak the paper too long, as it will become mushy and hard to work with.
3. Fill your rolls with your vegetables at the bottom of the paper, then roll then right up. Think mini burrito! The end of the roll will seal on its own.
Adapted from Sprouted Kitchen
What You’ll Need:
1 cup raw creamy unsalted peanut butter (or almond)
¼ cup cilantro
Zest and juice of 1 lime
2-3 cloves garlic
¼ to ½ inch ginger root
2 tbsp agave nectar or 2 Medjool dates
3 tbsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
2 tsp rice vinegar
2 tsp sesame oil
3 tbsp organic coconut milk
Red pepper flakes to taste
The directions are simple: put the ingredients into a blender or food processor and run until smooth. If the sauce it too thick for your liking, add water a tablespoon at a time to thin it out.
I really hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I did, and I hope that I have inspired you to make the choice to Live Your Health!
P.S. All of my ideas and recipes are shared on my blog sweetsimplevegan.com, and I share daily testimonials and tips on my Instagram account @sweetsimplevegan. You can also find me on Facebook at facebook.com/sweetsimplevegan.