Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Avocado Egg Rolls

I got this recipe from a friend. If you love avocados, egg rolls, and cilantro then you will love this recipe. It is a little labor intensive, but well worth it after you eat them.

Avocado Egg Roll Ingredients:
2 large avocados, peeled, pitted, and diced
4 Tbsp sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, chopped
2 Tbsp minced red onion
1 tsp fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 tsp salt
6 egg roll wraps
*I added about 2 fist fulls of shredded chicken to make the egg rolls a bit more hearty.
Gently stir together avocado, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and salt. Distribute filling evenly onto center of each egg roll wrapper. Position a wrapper so that a corner is pointing toward you; fold the bottom corner up over the filling.

Fold side corners in and roll toward the top corner. Wet the edges of the top corner with a little water. Then fold top corner over and press to seal. Repeat with remaining wrappers.

Continue by deep-frying the egg rolls in 375 degree oil for 3-4 minutes, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
Slice egg rolls diagonally across middle and serve with prepared dipping sauce.
Honey Cilantro Dipping Sauce Ingredients:
3-4 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup chopped cashews
2/3 cup fresh cilantro (I put in a bit too much cilantro. That is why it looks so green and scary, but it was still really good.)
2 garlic cloves
2 green onions
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 cup olive oil

To make dipping sauce, use a blender or food processor to puree all listed ingredients except olive oil. Blend until well pureed. Then stream in olive oil. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Rex Lee Run

This morning I ran a 10K (6.2 miles) in the Rex Lee Run. I ran with my running buddy Jen, her sister-in-law Jamie, and my friend Lindsey. I haven't run very many races with someone else. I always end up being there with friends, but then running by myself. So this was fun! Jen and I ran together the whole way and met up with everyone else at the end. She did awesome; it was her first race ever and we wanted to do a small race to prepare us for our big half marathon in Salt Lake next month. We were really lucky the snow storm hit just as we finished the run, but we didn't stick around to see our results.
The start. We are in the upper left of the crowd.
Jen and I a bit before half way.
The final kick at the finish.
There were so many people. I love the crowds at races!
Lindsey and I at the end.