Sushi’s tasty, but who in the world has the time to make it? This easy recipe turns a hassle into simple way to make one of your favorite meals at home. Get creative and make your own combinations or stick with this traditional veggie medley. At just 10 calories a pop, the seaweed sheets are a great alternative to a wrap or sandwich. You could also serve these alongside your favorite piece of fish. Need extra help making this recipe? Scroll to the bottom for a how-to photo slideshow.
Veggie Sushi Rolls
Serves three (two rolls per person)
6 Emerald Cove Organic Nori seaweed sheets (you can find these at Whole Foods)
1 head of baby bok choy, sliced thinly
1 small red bell pepper, julienned (sliced into long, thin strips)
1 avocado, sliced thinly
1 cup water
½ cup cooked brown rice (prepare according to package instructions)
½ cup carrot, julienned
For the dressing:
2 tbsp. sesame oil
3 tsp. soy sauce
½ tsp. fresh ginger, grated
¼ tsp. orange juice
¼ tsp. sesame seeds, white or black
1/8 tsp. honey
While rice cooks, prepare filler; chop all ingredients and keep separated. Then, make dressing. Whisk all ingredients together. In small bowl, toss bok choy with dressing to evenly coat; let sit.
To make rolls: Spoon one teaspoon of rice onto sushi sheet, approximately two inches from edge. Spread rice evenly across width of sheet. Top with remaining veggies. Sprinkle with extra sesame seeds, if desired. Begin to roll sushi, very tightly, continuously folding ingredients further into roll. Once you’ve rolled the sushi half way, begin to stuff in the outer edges to seal the roll. Fold remaining edges inwards (like you’re wrapping a present) and complete roll. The sushi sheet is very durable and will absorb moisture and shrink to mold around the ingredients once rolled.
Let the roll sit for five minutes before cutting. (It can also be refrigerated and served the next day.) Use a very sharp serrated knife if slicing into individual sushi piece or simply eat like a sandwich wrap.
Per serving: Calories 257, Fat 18.5g, Sat Fat 2.6g, Cholesterol 0.0mg, Sodium 335.2mg, Carbs 19.6g, Dietary Fiber 5.7g, Protein 5.4g
Food Fact: Nori is seaweed. Sea vegetables like nori are extremely rich in minerals, especially iodine. Iodine plays an important role in the health of your thyroid, which helps you maintain a healthy weight. Because our bodies do not produce iodine on their own, it is imperative that we rely on the diet to get the proper supply.
Miss last week’s recipe for the Big Kid Breakfast Sandwich? Find it here.