Healthy Beef Spring Rolls
As ‘A Cowboy's Wife’ I've learned that lean cuts of beef are an excellent source of vitamins and, since we get our beef furnished, I've also learned to be creative in incorporating healthy and necessary vegetables into my beef recipes. Choosing a good, lean cut of beef is much easier to do at grocery stores today. Many are stamped with the approval of the American Heart Association, ensuring that you are buying quality beef.
The Beef Spring Rolls are an Asian dish; however, I found that by substituting the rice papers for large loose leaf lettuce, you're creating an even healthier meal that, I feel, will encourage even the pickiest of eaters to chow down!
- 1 pound beef top sirloin or top round steak, cut 3/4 to 1 inch thick, or flank steak
- 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons stir-fry sauce and marinade, divided
- 8 large lettuce leaves or rice paper wrappers (8- to 9-inch diameter)
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro
- Additional prepared stir-fry sauce and marinade (optional)
Cut beef steak lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick strips. Combine 1/4 cup stir-fry sauce and beef in medium bowl. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes to 2 hours.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add 1/2 of beef; stir-fry 1 to 3 minutes or until outside surface of beef is no longer pink. (Do not overcook.) Remove from skillet. Repeat with remaining beef.
Fill large bowl with warm water. Dip 1 rice paper wrapper into water for a few seconds or just until moistened. Rice paper will still be firm but will continue to soften during assembly. Place on work surface.
Spoon 1/4 cup beef, 2 tablespoons carrots and 2 tablespoons cilantro evenly in a row across center of wrapper, leaving 1-inch border on right and left sides; drizzle with about 1 teaspoon reserved stir-fry sauce. Fold right and left sides of wrapper over filling. Fold bottom edge up over filling and roll up tightly. Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling ingredients.
Cut each spring roll diagonally in half. Serve with additional stir-fry sauce, if desired.