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Vegan Zucchini Sweet Potato Rolls

Okay… here is where I admit that I’m a horrible food blogger who did not properly plan and prepare a festive July 4th recipe to share with you…do I lose any and all credibility I may have built up to this point??? I could pretend that I took the route of sharing a small, healthy appetizer with you for your July 4th bash. I could even say that I opted to use a blue and white linen napkin in the spirit of this great holiday, since the food itself is rather lacking in the department of festive spirit {red, white and blue}. But I’m afraid you’d see right through me!

So, let me apologize for my lack of planning and instead share how these tasty Vegan Zucchini Sweet Potato Rolls came about! There were a few contributing factors:

  1. I had zucchini’s in the refrigerator that I needed to get used up before our move
  2. I didn’t want to spiralize them again in fear that you’d think I only knew how to eat zucchini one way!
  3. I came across these gorgeous Grilled Zucchini Rolls from A Tasty Love Story and was instantly inspired!

Unfortunately we don’t actually have a grill at this particular time and I had to do these indoor on my little Panini maker. Still tasty, but no lovely little grill marks to add to their beauty.

Pretty grill marks or not, these would make a tasty, waist-line friendly appetizer to serve at your next gathering. Or, do like we did and make them a light summer dinner for two.

Zucchini is made up of a lot of water, which is then released upon cooking. To help with this, I’d suggest slicing them, laying them out on some fresh paper towels and coating them in a layer of salt, then let them sit for about 15 minutes. This helps to sweat the water out. After the 15 minutes, apply pressure with a paper towel to remove some of that moisture.

If you cook them on an outdoor grill, it’s likely that a lot of that water will run off into the grill. However if you’re in my situation, and need to cook them indoors on a Panini maker or even just on the stove top in a skillet, you will likely need to take a paper towel to them after they’ve cooked {in addition to the “sweating” process} to help soak up some of the water.

Aside from the slight challenge of the water in the zucchini, this appetizer is a breeze to make! Roast the sweet potatoes for 10-15 minutes with a little salt, pepper and smoked paprika; slice up some avocado and these tasty vegan appetizer bites are made in a matter of minutes!

Even though I didn’t fulfill my food-blogger role of providing you with something fun for July 4th, I really do hope you have a wonderful, celebratory weekend!

Happy 4Th!

Vegan Zucchini Sweet Potato Rolls
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These Vegan Zucchini Sweet Potato Rolls make the perfect summer time appetizer. Tasty, color and waist-line friendly!
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 6
  • 2 medium zucchini (makes about 10-12 rolls)
  • 2 small sweet potatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper
  1. Slice zucchini into long thin strips, then lay out on fresh paper towels and coat with layer of salt, then let them sit for about 15 minutes. This helps to sweat the water out. After the 15 minutes, apply pressure with a paper towel to remove some of that moisture.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees, peel sweet potatoes and chop into small stubby fries, approx 1-1.5 inches long.
  3. Spray pan with coconut oil cooking spray, lay sweet potatoes flat and bake 10 minutes. Remove pan, flip sweet potato wedges and cover in light layer of salt, pepper and smoked paprika. Bake additional 3 minutes or until soft.
  4. Once the zucchini has "sweat" for approximately 15 minutes, grill each slice on an indoor grill pan {stove top} or outdoor grill until soft (approx 3-4 minutes each side). Sprinkle with salt and pepper {you may want to blot the cooked zucchini with a dry paper towel to remove any extra moisture}.
  5. Add sweet potato wedges and avocado slices to zucchini pieces and roll up, not too tight, sprinkle with additional salt, pepper and smoked paprika as desired.
Makes approximately 12 rolls, nutrition info listed is for two rolls - less than 50 calories each!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 rolls Calories: 94 Fat: 3.9 Saturated fat: .6 Unsaturated fat: .1 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 15.2 Sugar: 4.1 Sodium: 22.2 Fiber: 3.7 Protein: 2 Cholesterol: 0