Brussels Sprout + Avocado Winter Rolls with Grapefruit Hoisin Dipping Sauce.
There is Spring Rolls and then there is Winter Rolls.
These are obviously winter rolls, which I feel is fitting since the first official day of winter is Saturday.
Which means Christmas is just days away. Are you guys ready? I am nowhere near ready. Not ready for the month of December to be over, not ready for the New Year and generally just not ready for time to keep ticking away so quickly.
Confession, I have been holding out on you guys.
There has been a lot going around here behind the scenes. To be honest, this post topic is like two weeks too late, but I just did not know how to tell my fun news in fear of sounding like a complete spoiled little brat.
But, I have finally been convinced it’s time to share.
So basically, I am just going to blurt it out because I really have no creative way to tell you.
It all starts with my parents, they bought a new house! YAY! Now, if you have been reading for a while you know that I am newly twenty and still living at home. I did the whole college thing while I was still in my teens and began the process to get this blog up and running when I was eighteen. By nineteen I had gone full force blogging and have not really taken a break since, so living at home has just been, well convenient for me. I have tons and tons of people to eat the mass amounts of food I make every single day, and I am one of those weird young people who actually loves her family. I have very many siblings and my parents are pretty awesome.
Really, my family is my favorite. Although, a lot of times they can drive me insane! Crazy insane, but I still love them.
Which brings me to my next point.
My parents bought a house on the outskirts of Summit County, Colorado. Ten minutes from Keystone and twenty minutes from Breckenridge and ten minutes from Copper, it is the perfect location for my family. The house is set on a little land, so no one can complain about our hillbilliness. <– THIS IS GOOD.
The land has this really cool barn on it that was used for horses. It is beautiful.
This barn is my new home!
Ok, well not yet, but in seven to eight months (assuming there are no snags, which you know there probably will be!) it will be all mine.
Yes, at twenty years old I get to design my dream kitchen. I can put in a giant farm sink, have a huge island full of counter space and a stove of my dreams. It has always been an aspiration of mine to someday design my own kitchen, but I never actually thought that dream would become a reality. Especially not at twenty.
You can totally hate me know, I do not blame you.
Now do you understand the whole sounding like a brat part?
But here is the thing you guys, I do not just live at home for free and I am not just letting my parents build me a whole house (or barn house!).
Yes, I do, and will continue to, pay rent (and trust me, it is not all that cheep) and while I am most definitely not funding this whole project, I am pulling my own weight. I couldn’t be more happy or feel more grateful.
I am truly getting the best of both worlds. Take that Miley Cyrus!
Some of you may think this is pathetic, that I am spoiled rotten or that I need to grow up. That’s fine, but this is what is working for me and my family at this point in my life.
I am young and single (yes, no guy yet, although I think that quite possibly, any potential prospects may have been scared off by of all my brothers – Oyy) and obviously no kids. So my family is pretty much everything to me. Since we are a big bunch, they are also my best friends (except for my awesome internet friends of course!).
And like I said, I make a ton of food. I actually need them (and their hungry friends) to eat all this food. Nothing goes to waste around here.
So there you go. That is my big and exciting news. The building will not be starting until May and until then I will be living in the lock off apartment that will become the boys downstairs rec room once I move out. Planning has already begun so if anyone has any kitchen “must have” ideas, let me know!!
Now let’s talk a little food.
Winter rolls? Yes, I am making them a thing. It is a great thing, trust me. These rolls are quick, easy and perfect for a healthy winter dinner, lunch or appetizer for any of your holiday parties. They can be made completely ahead of time! Ah yess!
And the sauce. Mmm…..it is the best part. It is kind of sweet, kind of sour and the touch of grapefruit fits so well. Loving the grapefruits these days!
Sorry for the sub par photos. I think my hands had super glue on them and my brain was in the clouds dreaming about my new kitchen. Not to mention all the shelves I’ve wiped and appliances I’ve cleaned. Tomorrow will be better.
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Brussels Sprout + Avocado Winter Rolls with Grapefruit Hoisin Dipping Sauce
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Keyword: avocado, brussel sprouts, hoisin, spring rolls
These rolls are quick, easy and perfect for a healthy winter dinner, lunch or appetizer for any of your holiday parties.
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated or minced
- 1 pound brussels sprouts stems removed and thinly sliced
- 1 large carrot chopped into matchsticks
- 1 red pepper sliced
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 lime juiced
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder I like to use spicy yellow curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- zest of half a grapefruit
- 4 green onions chopped
- 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro or basil
- 1 1/2 cups cooked vermicelli noodles
- 1-2 large avocado's sliced thin
- 1 package rice paper wrappers (you will not use them all but I like to have extra wrappers incase I mess up a few)
Grapefruit Hoisin Sauce
- 1/2 cup hoisin
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice about half a large grapefruit
- 2 tablespoon creamy peanut butter or can sub almond butter
- 2 tablespoons sweet thai chili sauce
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- the zest of half a grapefruit or more to your liking
To make the sauce. Add the grapefruit juice, hoisin, peanut butter, sweet thai chili sauce and crushed red pepper flakes to a small sauce pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes until the sauce has thickened and reduced slightly. Remove from the heat and set aside.
To make the rolls. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sesame oil and once hot add the garlic and ginger, cooking till fragrant, about 30 seconds - 1 minute. Add the shaved or shredded brussels and saute for about 5 minutes, until the sprouts are just tender. Add the carrot, red pepper, soy sauce, lime juice, curry powder and pepper. Toss well and cook anther 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the grapefruit zest. Toss and set aside to cool slightly.
To assemble the rolls gather up the veggie mixture, sliced avocado, cilantro (or basil), the cooked cooked vermicelli noodles and the rice paper wrappers. Create an assembly line of ingredients, so they are all ready to go. Fill a shallow dish with warm water. Add a rice paper sheet, one at a time for 5 to 10 seconds. Remove and place on a flat surface, the rice paper will become more workable as it soaks up water. Towards one end of the rice wrapper, layer the 2 to 3 leaves of cilantro (or basil), vermicelli noodles, the brussels spouts, carrots and peppers, sliced avocado, and green onions. Fold both ends to the center and roll the sheet as tightly as you can without ripping. Continue with remaining sheets until all the filling has been used. Serve the rolls with the dipping sauce.
*The rolls can be made completely in advance and stored in the fridge. When ready to serve, remove the rolls and sauce from the fridge and bring to room temperature before serving. *Adapted from my [Vietnamese Chicken Spring Rolls | https://dev.halfbakedharvest.com/avocado-and-vietnamese-chicken-springs-rolls/]
And now let’s roll.
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Wow, congratulations! That’s incredible. What a great way to start out on your own. I can think of a ton of kitchen must haves but to keep it short a large pantry is a must, but I’m sure that’s already in your plans.
And your rolls look fantastic. And they’re healthy. Love that.
Thank you so much, Norma! A large pantry is a must for sure! 🙂
I don’t know about anyone else, but man that sounds fantastic! I would have loved something like that when I was your age!! The first thing that comes to my mind (because I would love to have this in my kitchen) is a PANTRY!! Somewhere for storing not only food items, but your cooking/baking items (pots, pans) – all your appliances as well (mixers, etc.) Make that island as big as you can with lots of outlets! This is so exciting and I hope you keep us updated along the way! btw- the rolls look mighty yummy!
HAh!! Pantry is a must! Large island is a must!! I have been thinking those all a long! 🙂
Thanks so much, Kathy!
How very exciting!!!! A DREAM kitchen would be so fun to be planning. I don’t think no one should think you are a spoiled brat. After all, you cook for the whole family. That AIN”T an easy job either. I wouldn’t think it was bad if you didn’t pay rent either. After all, you pull your weight there I think.
Please keep us posted with pics when the process starts. This is so fun to think of all the nice things you can have. LOTS of storage and counter space. AHHHHHHHH!!!
Thanks for sharing this!!!
Thank you, Charlotte!! 🙂
There will be lots of photos to come!
That dipping sauce is suuuuuper unique!! LOVE these!
I’m so excited for you! You’re going to have a blast designing your new space. Can’t wait to see how it turns out. Make sure you take pictures before and throughout the whole process. It’ll make a fun album to put on your coffee table. My husband and I just returned from our honeymoon in Keystone Colorado. What a beautiful area! We only got to ski at Keystone and Arapahoe basin, but hopefully we’ll be back soon! Oh and this recipe sounds amazing! I love spring rolls, Brussels sprouts and grapefruit. Can’t wait to try this out.
Thank you so much, Maria!! I am planning on sharing the whole process, so there will be lots of photos to come!
These sound terrific! Mr. M is currently going meatless so anything veggie is good. (your family will be appalled when they hear-even Asher the mini-carnivore!). Looking for recipes to make over the holidays-we will miss you guys this year but at least you won’t have to deal with a house full of 20+. Still won’t be the same without the gang!
Going meatless? Yeah, they would pretty much just freak.
We are going to miss you guys, but New York kind of sounds awesome!! Have fun!
WINTER rolls!!! Where do you come up with these! I think I’m gonna have to make these this weekend
Thanks Steph! Let me know if you do make them!
wow, congratulations! i hope you will share photos of your kitchen when it’s finished! 🙂
Thanks so much, Lisa!
Congratulations, this is so exciting!!! Guess where I’m going in the middle of April? Breckenridge!!!!! Can I meet you?? Can we hang? I’m going for a friends wedding so there will be plenty of single men I went to high school with there, wink wink! So excited for you, and I’m so excited we’re going to hold hands and go gallivanting down the slopes together!
And you are kind of too cute and I kind of love your comments and yes, we must meet!
Wow those wrappers are super thin! if you were in a middle Eastern household you would get a thumbs up for this!! looks wonderful!
Haha! Yes, they are thin!!
(Boo, WordPress just deleted my comment). Anyway, big congrats Tieghan! I knew that you were moving into your own place, but this sounds even more exciting. And you get to design your own kitchen. So cool! And now the big question of the day….can I move in once its ready? I’ll pay rent and everything.
These winter rolls sound amazing!! Love the grapefruit, brussels, avocado, pretty much everything about them. Must-make.
Gosh, wordpress is being annoying these days. Oddly, the sam thing happened to me on your sight last night. Weird.
Anyway, thank you so much, Laura!! And yes, you can totally move in, but you have to teach me your cooking skills? Deal? 🙂
I’m utterly obsessed with spring rolls!!
Thanks Claire!! I love their fresh flavors!
Tieghan, that’s so awesome!! Congratulations! I can’t wait to hear all about your new kitchen design and I hope you keep us along during the process. How cool is that?! If anyone deserves that wide open space, it’s you! Can’t wait to see what else you create in there! These rolls are incredible.
Awe, wow! Thanks so much, Georgia!
I love spring rolls and yours are gorg! the dipping sauce – I want to drink it! I love hoisin sauce, sooo much! It doesnt love me back b/c of all the sodium but oh gosh, how amazing this whole thing must be. pinned
Yeah, so much sodium, but man I love it too!!
Thanks so much for pinning!!
Not spoiled Tieghan, blessed. Sounds like your whole family understands the word “blessed”. Congratulations to you all.
Thank you so much! You are so right!
Congratulations! I must admit I am quite jealous! And you’re obviously very grateful AND successful in your own right so boo to any haters!
Thank you, Katie! 🙂
First, that hoisin sauce looks delicious. Second, congrats on the barn! I just bought my first place this past spring and had to settle for a tiny kitchen. I can’t wait to have the kitchen of my dreams one day. I’ve perused my pinterest boards for kitchen must have and I’m with everyone else in that you need a large pantry – my dream would be to have a pantry that surrounds the fridge. Also, as a small detail, having old silver serving utensils as the cabinet pulls would be a cute finishing touch. Enjoy the planning and I hope we get to hear more about it (and see pictures) as it comes along!
Thank you, Jaqui!! I honestly love your ideas and yes, there will be plenty of photos to come!
You are so creative! I could eat a whole plate of these rolls! Congradulations on the new house; it sounds wonderful!
I love Vietnamese spring rolls, but grapefruit juice in hoisin sauce and asparagus? No, thanks. Your photos are normally really mouth watering. But this spring rolls looks a little wilted and dull…. The rolls I have in Vietnamese mom and pop restaurants here are always firm and refreshing looking…. Sorry for being honest. I love your blog very much though. Just not this particular dish.
I miss typed the asparagus, I meant Brussels sprouts.
love the pictures! =) thanks for sharing!
That is such exciting news for you! I can’t wait to hear more about your design process – I bet it is going to look beautiful! And don’t worry about the haters – you are not a brat at all 🙂 These rolls – yum! So many of my favorite flavors in here like cilantro, ginger, brussels – I need to make these!
Thank you so very much, Cate!! 🙂
Great post today Tiegs!!
Thanks Bro! How the pugs? I seen photos and it looks like you guys are real buds.
How exciting, I’m so thrilled for you and can’t wait to see your space. It would definitely be a dream come true! I love these rolls, so creative and fun, just like everything you do!
Thank you so much, Laura!!
That means a lot! 🙂
You totally won me over with the Grapefruit Hoisin Dipping Sauce!!!
Thank you for all that you do!
Thank you so much, Kristen! 🙂
Super exciting – can’t wait to see your plans! Loving this fresh handroll Tieghan – love fresh spring rolls!
Thank you so much, Jeanette!
So exciting! Congrats, girl! I can’t wait to see how it will turn out (especially that dream kitchen :)). These rolls? I’m doing a standing ovation for them over here.
Thank you, Stephanie!!
Umm do you have a spare room. I could eat your food everyday T!!
Thank you so much, Gerry! 🙂
These rolls look incredible! And I’m so happy for you (and also a little jealous!) that you’re getting your own kitchen space! I’m still dreaming about someday designing my own kitchen and hopefully it will work out in the near future. Hoping that you’ll let us see some glimpses of the in-process dream kitchen as well 😀 Congrats!
Thank you, Sara!! There is lots of photos to come! 🙂
Oh and keep dreaming because if you really want it and work hard I honestly believe it will happen for you too!
Hi…I found this on Pintrest and going to make them as my Christmas Appetizers. Wonderful flavors. AND I AM SO JEALOUS of your Barn. Please keep us posted. I grew up in a converted Grainary in Northern Minnesota. I wish I had it back. Cheers!!
Thank you so much!! I really hope you love these and yes, I will be keeping you guys up to date on the barn! 🙂
Girl, if anyone deserves their dreams to come true it is YOU! Running a blog such as yours takes an immense amount of creativity and hard work. Family is supposed to help each other out and your parents giving you a leg up in this way is incredible. But, you will be carrying you own weight while offering up deliciousness for them. As for kitchen design advice, I am with sweet Norma above, invest in a large pantry! (See my Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Bakers and Cooks on my blog for those beautiful and inspiring pantry links!) Thanks for sharing your exciting news and I hope we get to see progress photos and share the joy! Best wishes to you and your family this holiday season, T! xo
Oh my gosh! Thank you, Stacy!! Your kind and encouraging words mean SO much! Just thank you!!
As for the barn, yes a big pantry is a must and I am headed to check out your gift guide now! 🙂
Congratulations, Tieghan, on your news … and on your blog in general! Wow, it’s amazing what you’re achieving here at such a young age. You’ve obviously put a tremendous amount of hard work into building up the blog and I really admire that. It’s so inspiring to me as I’m just beginning my own blogging journey!
Love the winter rolls as well! Vietnamese spring rolls are one of my favourite foods!
Oh wow! Thank you so much, Helen! 🙂
Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!! 🙂
These are SO good! Seriously, even my husband loves them and he “doesn’t like” “Asian food” or noodles. I made these for the second time last night and did one minor mod that you might like – I had some cashews kickin’ around, so I threw ’em in. I really enjoyed the variance in texture they created. 🙂
I discovered your blog in December, and I have to say, you are my new go-to for weekly meal planning! Love your unique take on food… and also, that you appear to be as big of a fan of brie as I am (I originally found your blog via one of your mouthwatering brie recipes). I’m hooked.
Thank you not only for your kick ass recipes, but also your fantastic writing. I love your stories. 🙂
Congrats on getting to design your dream kitchen. That is amazing!
Nelson, BC, Canada
Wow! Thank you so much!! Such a nice comment to read and I am trilled you loved these!! 🙂
Thanks so very much!!
Can’t wait to try these!
Hope you love them! Thanks!
I have been making granola bars ever since I found your recipe. So I today after the 5th batch I began perusing through your blog. I really like how you share your recipes. by sharing a story with us while showing us some of the cooking through high quality photos. Its alot of fun! I dig your technique!
Awe! Thank you so much! This comment is why I love sharing recipes. Thank you!
Your dipping sauce sounds yummy. I have a question, though. The recipe says grapefruit zest (which I understand to be from the rind) but the pictures look like it’s the juice from 1/2 a grapefruit. Can you confirm which it is? Thanks!
Hey Vicky, It is actually both. Please let me know if you have anymore questions and I hope you love these!
these really stand out in all the pumpkin/squash recipes that are so seasonal right now. not that i don’t love ALL squashes, but hey… brussel sprouts need love too! and these little creations look like healthy delicious little presents all wrapped up ready for me and my guests!! and Tiegan, your kitchen/home… don’t you just love it when things fall into place. enjoy the blessings. and good for you, taking time to count them.
These would be great to go with the menu for the NYE party I am going to. The only thing is the host’s absolutely despise peppers…what would you use to replace the red pepper?!
You could just omit the red pepper or swap it with a veggie you know she loves. leafy greens or steamed asparagus or broccoli would all be great. Hope you love these! Have a happy New Year!
This is an old post, but I wanted to leave a comment saying I can’t believe anyone would call you spoiled for the barn. Spoiled means ruined, whereas privileged means you’re fortunate. I’m an internet stranger, but you’ve never come across as anything but hardworking – almost hardworking to a fault – and you’re fortunate BECAUSE you’re hardworking. You entered the professional, career-defining working world at a very young age comparatively while the rest of your peers were still trying to define themselves. Even if food is what you love to do, and would choose to do with your downtine after work is over, it’s still a lot of work. So, to sum it up – not spoiled. Earned everything. <3
Oh, and I’m making these as soon as I find the rice paper wrappers! I have a killer homemade hoisin sauce recipe that’s begging for grapefruit juice, peanut butter, and sweet Thai chili sauce.
Incredible recipe. Thank you! been making these for all the loved ones and they go crazy for them.
You can make your own hoisin sauce- the recipe is in Gwyenth Paltrow’s It’s All Good.
This makes it a health food- without chemicals and colouring. I make it with rice bran syrup instead of maple syrup- so there is no fructose either.
I’ve never tried grapefruit juice in dipping sauce, but I definitely will! I have used carrot juice and that is very good too. Try it!
Sounds soo good! I’ll have to try that!
Hope you love the grapefruit!!
I live in Alaska and I appreciate you beautiful food and step by step photos. Your funny as well. Just thank you so much.
Haha I just try to keep it real! Thank you so much Teri, I am so happy you love my recipes!