This is such a fun and simple recipe - the kids choose what they would normally add to a sandwich but instead, they wrap the filling with rice paper. The filling alternatives are endless and the novelty of choosing, dipping and wrapping adds excitement and creativity.
As these were prepared and made, the kids were eating the ingredients, which meant a steady stream of raw vegetables - biting chunks out of carrots and cucumbers, chomping on cherry tomatoes - were treated as if they were a naughty treat! After I explained that sesame seeds are very good as they contain lots of beneficial minerals that keep the body strong and in good working order (important for skipping, tree-climbing and swimming) they sprinkled these on liberally too.
The peanut sauce is great for numeracy as you can challenge them with the multiplication required for the conversion of tablespoons into grams times by the number of tablespoons required. Also, they need to measure and weigh ingredients. Skill is required when rolling the wrap, plus chopping, grating and whisking add to the kinesthetic fun.
You could, of course, ask them to write their version up as a recipe or ask them what fillings their favourite characters might like, to spark an imaginative discussion. It is also good to chat about good food combinations as you go, so they can discover for themselves that, often, opposites attract. You never know, they may come up with an unusual but surprisingly good food combination as kids tend to be much more experimental and daring than us 'in our comfort zone' adults!
Rice Paper Wraps
filling of your choice
good combinations are:
tuna and cucumber
cheese and cherry tomatoes
cheese and pineapple
salmon and avocado
shredded chicken and sweetcorn
extras - sesame seeds, herbs such as mint or coriander, beansprouts, lime or lemon juice, cayenne pepper or wasabi for spice lovers.
1. On a large plate, immerse the the rice paper (one at a time) into warm water, for no longer than about 30 seconds (or they'll get too sticky).
2. Transfer onto a clean surface, add your filling in a thin line down the centre.
3. Fold in the sides and roll.
Creamy Peanut Sauce
5 grams, peanut butter
45 ml, coconut milk (or warm water is fine too)
37 ml, rice vinegar
37 ml, dark soy sauce
3 tsps cane sugar or any natural brown sugar
(15 grams = 1 tablespoon)
1. Whisk all the ingredients together and it's ready for dipping.
The sauce can be kept in the fridge for a few days.