20 | May 9, 2019 | the mokena messenger life & arts

Mokena Munchies

Deconstructed egg rolls

make meal rotation cut

Beth Krooswyk

Contributing Columnist

Type “egg roll in

a bowl” into a

browser, and you’ll

be rewarded with lots of

recipe variations. It’s a

concept that many people

have put their own spin on

out there in Internetland.

Just in case you haven’t

heard of it, this week I

want to share one of those

versions, no deep frying


My high school friend

Julie, who lives near Indianapolis,

posted pictures

of this meal a while back,

and so I asked her for the


But then I forgot about it.

When she mentioned

this dish again recently, I

smacked my head — OK,

not really — and decided I

really needed to try it out.

I’m not one for making

too many Asian-inspired

recipes, but I am one

for eating them, and this

recipe is so simple and

tasty that it will be on our

recipe rotation from now


Egg Roll Bowls


• 1 pound ground pork (or turkey or beef)

• 4 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed

• 1 large onion, coarsely chopped

• 1 tablespoon sesame oil (olive oil works too)

• Pinch of sea salt

• 14 ounces shredded fresh coleslaw mix

• 1 cup (or more) pea pods or snap peas

• 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced (or 1 teaspoon

ground ginger)

• 3 tablespoons tamari (or soy) sauce

• 2 teaspoons rice vinegar

• Sliced green onions for garnish, if desired

• Toasted sesame seeds for garnish, if desired

• 4 cups cooked rice, if desired


If serving with rice, get that started. I cook mine in

the microwave: 2 cups rice and 4 cups water in a

large covered Pyrex dish on high for 5-6 minutes,

then at 50 percent power for 15-17 minutes or until

water is absorbed.

In a Dutch oven pot, brown meat with 2 cloves

garlic, half the onion, plus the oil and salt.

Stir into the pot: fresh coleslaw mix, remaining

fresh onion and garlic, fresh (or ground) ginger, pea

pods, tamari sauce and rice vinegar. Cook until

coleslaw is wilted down.

Serve over rice, if desired. Top with green onions

and sesame seeds, if desired.

This deconstructed egg roll takes little effort or time to

prepare. Beth Krooswyk/22nd Century Media

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