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Spring/egg rolls in a bowl

I’m sure by now you have all seen the instant pot recipe for egg rolls in a bowl…I had looked through numerous versions, but none of them seemed like they needed the instant pot, and they didn’t sound as appealing as my sister in laws spring rolls (she is from Thailand and makes the BEST springrolls). I have helped her make springrolls a few times, and I suck at it. They are a lot of work and I’m too slow at rolling them. By the time I’m done making them we would have caved and ordered something ūüôā So I figured I would take her recipe and just make it into the egg roll in a bowl that everyone is sharing on social media. We had them last night, and they were amazing. I also think they are much healthier because nothing is deep fried.


  • 1¬†lb ground beef or pork
  • 2¬†cups bean sprouts
  • 1¬†cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2¬†cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2¬†cup broccoli slaw
  • 2¬†small packages of rice vermicelli
  • 2¬†small pckg of beef oxo
  • 2¬†tsp seasoning salt
  • 1¬†tsp black pepper
  • 1¬†tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1¬†pckg egg roll wrap


  1. put vermicelli in a big bowl with warm water for 15min and drain
  2. fry ground pork or beef until no longer pink
  3. add all remaining ingredients (minus wrappers) and fry until vegetables are tender, once veggies are tender add the vermicelli noodles in and mix well
  4. while that is cooking slice the wontons into wide strips, brush with oil and bake at 350 for ~10min until crispy
  5. serve with your favourite spring/egg roll dipping sauce.


We just got an actifry, I know, I know we are a little behind “trend” since everyone else is raving about their new instapot on every social media site I’m on. But I already have a pressure cooker, slow cooker and rice cooker so figured the actifry would be a better addition to our list of cooking appliances. Not saying I don’t want an instapot, because I do. But it’s harder to justify it. Anyway, back to the actifry. I picked it up last night. And of course we had to try French fries in it. Just to see how they compared to oven roasted or deepfried potatoes. Wow, color me impressed, they were amazing. We have a fry cutter, so I peeled and cut up some garden potatoes, put them in the actifry, added 1 actifry scoop (which seems to be about a tablespoon) of canola oil and walked away. It says they take ~45min, but ours were ready in 40. And they were amazing. Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. By far the best fries we’ve ever made. And I’m sure, based on the amount of oil in them, a lot better for us as well. 

While they were cooking I glanced through the recipe book that came with it. Some pretty delicious looking ones I definitely want to try. And the last page of the book gives you an app to download that has even more recipes. I’m sure I spent 2 hours after supper browsing through recipes. 

I will be sure to share any keepers that I find. But for now I know that the fries were amazing and that alone made it a worth while purchase.