Vegetarian Egg Rolls || Dairy-Free, Nut-free

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Who doesn’t love egg rolls? They are the one consistent thing I get when I eat Chinese food. They’re yummy, crispy, & a great indulgence.  A few weeks ago, I picked some up for lunch while I was shopping at Earth Fare & as I was eating them I thought to myself “I can make these”. So I did.

I knew I wanted a yummy vegetarian version because I am constantly on the look out for recipes to replace the desire for meat. I also wanted to develop something that was easy. The key is to work in parts. First prepare the filling. Once that is done, prepare the liquid to soak the filling in. [Sidebar: I am working on a asian slaw that is the filling of this but just a big bowl of it. It is that good]. Next- stuff the egg rolls. Lastly, flash fry. The first time I made an egg roll dish, I realized I had no clue how to fold them correctly. Thankfully, most packages have a guide to do it correctly. If your particular brand does not, check out this tutorial. 

 I usually don’t fry things, but since this is an indulgence I decided to go for it because I really wanted that crispy, crunchy outer layer. But you could just as easily (actually it is probably easier) bake the egg rolls completely in a 350 oven for 20-25 minutes. That would reduce the calories, making it a little more diet friendly. 

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One of the places we get chinese is at PF Changs & the dipping sauce they make at the table is awesome. I remembered the ingredients for the most part it just took a little trial & error to get the consistency right. I like spicy things, but currently having a 5 week old who depends on me for food, I knew I could only incorporate a little punch– even a kick would be too much for her little tummy. Which is why there is only an 1/8 tsp of chili paste. Feel free to add more or omit it completely depending on your spice desires. 

Another reason I like this recipe is that it is pretty quick. I have made it twice while my 2-year-old & 5 week olds naps have overlapped. I even had time to eat them. That’s a feet in & of itself. 

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Vegetarian Egg Rolls
Diary-Free, Nut-Free
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Ingredients
  1. - 2 tble olive oil
  2. - 2 cups cabbage slaw or shredded cabbage
  3. - 2 carrots, peeled & shredded
  4. - 1/2 cup shredded onion- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  5. - 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
  6. - 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  7. - 2 tble soy sauce
  8. - 1 tsp honey
  9. - 2 tsp sesame oil
  10. - 1 tble rice wine vinegar
Instructions
  1. - Add olive oil to skillet over high heat. When oil is heated, but not smoking, add cabbage,
  2. carrots, onion, & spinach to skillet. Saute for 2-3 minutes until wilted
  3. -in medium size bowl, add remaining ingredients & whisk together. When vegetables are
  4. finished add to bowl & toss to ensure all vegetables are covered in liquid. Set aside for 5
  5. minutes.
  6. -dump vegetables into a mesh strainer over bowl & press out any remaining liquid. Reserve
  7. liquid for dipping sauce [no need to waste that goodness].
  8. - pull out egg roll wrappers & dip a finger in a little water & run along outer edges of the egg roll -
  9. this acts as a the binder to make it stay together.
  10. -spoon 2 tble of cabbage mixture onto egg roll & close up. (The tutorital on Instructables.com
  11. has a great diagram for this)
  12. -once all egg rolls are ready, add 1/4 cup of olive or grape seed oil to skillet & heat till oil starts to
  13. ripple [i always like to put a small piece of food- like a crumb of spinach- in the oil to make sure
  14. it starts to fry. Make sure oil is not smoking it will burn the wrappers.
  15. -one at a time, add egg rolls into skillet seam side down. I recommend only adding 3 at a time
  16. otherwise you will have too many to watch & you may bring down the temperature in the pan &
  17. not flash fry correctly. Once the 3rd egg roll is added, flip over the others. Allow to fry for about 1
  18. more minute, but keep an eye on them. You want a light brown color. They will burn very quickly
  19. so don't walk away.
  20. -place egg rolls on a paper towel & fry the remaining egg rolls. When all are done, add egg rolls
  21. to a 350 over for 5 minutes.
Notes
  1. Dipping Sauce
  2. 1/4 c soy sauce
  3. 1/4c rice wine vinegar
  4. 1 tsp sesame oil
  5. 1/8 tsp chili paste
  6. mix & serve. boom. It just doesn't get easier than that.
Marissa Dodgen || Photographer & Food Blogger http://www.marissa-dodgen.com/
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Honest Company Review- Baby Wipes

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In my ever evolving quest to find healthier less toxic ways to feed & take care of my family. I came across the Honest Company. I had heard of the company before I had kids because it is founded by Jessica Alba & I had looked in to it. At the time it wasn’t of any interest to me, but when I started researching cloth diapers upon finding out I was pregnant again. I looked into their diapers which aren’t cloth but are an eco & allergy friendly diaper. As the months passed, I decided to try other products they offered & bought Jessica Alba’s book, The Honest Life. In addition to other research I was doing, this book peeled back the layer on the conventional food, cleaning, baby care, & home world.

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One of the first products I tried where the diapers & wipes. Which rock! Today I am reviewing the wipes. I LOVE these wipes. Seriously…love! I have used them off & on with my son, but my daughter (now a month old) was having some diaper rash issues. Knowing conventional wipes contain alcohol, I went to Buy Buy Baby (who is now carrying a limited selection & quantity of Honest Co products) & got a few packs of the wipes. The next time I changed her…no tears. Praise the lord! After the bellowing, we heard the night before after using a regular wipe, the silence the accompanied the first, ahem…pass, was very welcome.

Honest Co Wipes Review- Marissa Dodgen Blogger

Aside from not containing harsh alcohols & other chemicals like formaldehyde (yes, I’m serious most baby wipes & diapers have formaldehyde in them…gross right?) the company actually tells you in the ingredient list what the purpose of each one is.  I love that they have chamomile & fruit extracts in the wipes. Chamomile is a soothing essential oil & also has fantastic healing properties. The wipes are super think & pretty good sized too, which is great for those shall we say…large diapers. Large packs of wipes are $4.95 through Honest.com & $4.99 through Buy Buy Baby. You can also buy travel packs, which are perfect for diaper bags. I have started carrying those too!

Honest Co Wipes Review- Marissa Dodgen Blogger

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Ange Reveal Session || Augusta, GA Photographer

Over the last several years, Brittany has been willing to be a “model” for me. So I was very excited to finally have the chance to do some special pictures for her. I was also very excited to get to meet her four-legged babies that I see weekly on Instagram.

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….but more than anything, I was excited & honored to be part of a very special announcement…

Ange Reveal Session- Marissa Dodgen Maternity Photographer

Congratulations Rusty & Brittany. I can’t wait to meet baby Ella!

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Rebranding & New Directions

I am a firm believer that in order to improve you have to continue to grow, develop, & change. If you are stagnant or complacent your desire fades as do your skills. So, for me, this means always growing in a new direction or pushing further in my current direction. This time that means a new direction.

I built & debuted this website in May of last year & I love it. But in the last year a lot has changed not only for me but for my family. Personally, I have found a renewed & slightly new passion in food & health (greatly due in part to a medical diagnosis for my son). For my family, we have added one new family member who is currently laying swaddled in my arms & joined us about 3 weeks ago. With all of this new, wonderfulness happening in our house it has shifted my focus & I want to use this blog not only to display photography, but also to showcase my other passions of real food recipes & how-to, as well as healthy & allergy friendly living.

I love this blog & the warm, happy feel it has & will be expanding it’s purpose in the next few weeks to include all of those things. So please stay tuned as I update, evolve, & change.

lots of love & thanks,

marissa

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