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For the Love of Leftovers: Summer Rolls

Leftovers are a year-round issue and luckily, summer rolls are not just for summer 🙂

So what does one do with leftover roasted chicken, besides reheating or chicken salad?  Why…summer rolls, of course!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Rice paper
  • Leftover chicken, shredded or chopped
  • Assorted veggies, thinly sliced (I like to use peppers, baby corn, carrots, cucumbers)
  • A few leaves of your favourite herb ( I LOVE cilantro)
  • Your favourite dipping sauce.  We use a home-made peanut butter sauce that is phenomenal (recipe by Norene Gilletz, of course! 🙂 The recipe is available in Healthy Helpings (Whitecap) or if you have a copy of MealLeaniYumm, you can find it there as well. My daughter made the one shown all by herself-it’s as easy as it is delicious!)

Here’s what to do:

  • Moisten the rice paper as per provided instructions ( I just run under warm water and let it sit briefly on plate until soft- DO NOT stack- they will stick together)
  • Place desired ingredients lengthwise in the middle of the rice paper
  • Fold in sides that touch the shorter ends of your pile of ingredients
  • Fold bottom edge over top and roll until closed

  • Slice in half for a beautiful presentation
  • Serve with dipping sauce


This is a quick & easy lunch or dinner and the kids absolutely love it.  It can get a bit messy, but it’s worth it!

Do you have any favourite things to do with your leftovers?  Please share!

Wishing you a great week,


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  1. This sounds and looks great..can’t wait to try it with my grandkids…and my hubby….we have left over turkey from Passover and I am sick of turkey salad..this will make a nice change of pase.

    • Great idea for leftover turkey! Enjoy!!!

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