9/12/12 marked 3 years of marriage for Al and I. In some ways it feels like, “WOW! 3 years ago already?! Time flies!” And in other ways it feels like, “Oh, we’ve only been married 3 years?!” So much has happened and changed since the day we said our vows – we bought our first home, Al went to school and became a truck driver, and now I’m going to school and becoming a health coach – not to mention a bunch of smaller changes along the way. I can honestly say that the past 3 years have been so much fun, and each year gets better and better. I’m so lucky to have him!
Okay, okay… enough of the mushy stuff… let’s get to the good part – what we ate for dinner!
For our anniversary, I wanted to make one of Al’s favorite foods – but healthier, of course. I was inspired by a recipe I saw earlier this week on a blog I recently started to follow, Recipes Happen. If you are new to using egg roll wrappers, or wonton wrappers, check out the recipe because Bonnie gives great step-by-step instructions (with photos!) on how to make egg rolls.
These egg rolls are healthier than the traditional version because they are grilled, not fried. They are, however, still tasty – if not tastier! They take about 30 minutes to make total, and can be made vegetarian style by omitting the pork.
Homemade Grilled Egg Rolls (click on name for printable directions)
- 1/2 lb. ground pork (or ground beef, chicken, etc. Omit if you want to make vegetarian style)
- 2 cups cabbage, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- Sea salt and pepper, to taste
- 8 egg roll wrappers
- Soy sauce, to taste
- 2 Tbsp. of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Little bit of water (to help seal the wrappers)
- Additional add ins: shredded carrots, bean sprouts
- Start off by slicing and dicing up your veggies.
- Add the veggies to a large skillet and sauté them over medium heat until they are cooked through, about 8 minutes.
- Add the pork to the skillet and cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
- Light your grill and keep it on medium heat.
- Fill your egg roll wrappers according to the directions on the back of the package. This recipe should make approximately 8 egg rolls.
- Once you have your egg rolls filled, brush olive oil on the outside of the wrapper, and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Make sure to rotate so you coat all sides in olive oil. The wrappers absorb the oil pretty quickly, so only use a little bit of oil on each egg roll.
- Cook your egg rolls on the grill for a total of 5-7 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- Serve with soy sauce over brown rice or quinoa, and some fresh sautéed greens.
Grilled Egg Rolls served over quinoa and sautéed collard greens
Inside the egg rolls, delish!
We enjoyed our egg rolls with some delicious local mead from Moonlight Meadery, that my thoughtful aunt surprised me with at work earlier that day! She is the best (thank you Auntie Martha!). Al and I thoroughly enjoyed our sweet wine (which we drank in my favorite blue glasses that we got for our wedding, thank you Sarah and family!) Not sure what mead is? Check out Moonlight’s website. We have a Living Social deal to go there for a tour and a tasting, so we plan on visiting in the next few weeks. I can wait to sample more flavors!
For dessert, we enjoyed a caramel-apple cake from Cake’s By Erin in Haverhill, MA. My original plan was to grab a few of their yummy cupcakes, but when I saw this pretty cake in the display case, I just had to have it! Look at how pretty it is…
And huge! Anyone want some cake?! I can’t keep this in the house much longer! If you noticed a blue theme, it because royal blue was our wedding color
We ate our cake on our beautiful china that we got for our wedding (thank you to those of you who bought us a place setting! I honestly can’t remember everyone who did, sorry!). I don’t care if we only use it a few times a year, I love our China and I’m so happy we have it….
Yes, that’s buttercream AND caramel in between the layers of cake…. So rich
Typically we end our anniversary by watching our AMAZING wedding video by wedding videographer (and blog reader/supporter!), Meg Simone. Seriously, no words can describe how amazing this video is. Every detail Meg put into this video is perfect. She is very talented and puts a lot of thought into her videos. If you, or someone you know, is engaged in the New England area, check out Meg. Her website has clips of some of the recent weddings she has done. We have this great video that we can watch for years and years to come so we can continue to relive the day! Although we didn’t watch it on our anniversary, we will be watching it soon – we have to, it’s tradition
Here’s to many more wonderful years of being happily married!