Homemade Veggie Sushi

NO SUSHI ROLLING MAT? NO PROBLEM…

Learn an alternative way to wrap that roll this summer by using a cold tea towel!

Recipe

The Goods

  • nori sheets
  • carrots
  • red peppers
  • cucumbers
  • kale
  • purple onion
  • spring onion
  • sprouts
  • avocados
  • sesame seeds, for garnish
I sliced all the veggies with a julienne cut (long & rectangular cuts) with a mandolin slicer and cut the leafy greens using the chiffonade method (thin, ribbon-like strips) with my chef’s knife .

The Magic:

Rolling Mat Instructions: On a nori sheet, spread a very thin layer of wasabi. If you don't like wasabi, a spicy peanut sauce works well too. Lay the nori sheet on mat wit shiny side facing down. Next, add sprouts, peppers, onions, cucumbers, carrots, kale & avocados (or ingredients of choice). Add filling to the bottom half of the nori sheet. Placing your fingers on the ingredients, carefully bring the bottom end of the rolling mat and up and over the ingredients (tucking the end of the nori to start a roll). Pull back the rolling mat as necessary, so it does not get rolled into the sushi. Roll the sushi and pull back rolling mat , as necessary, until you have about an inch 1 inch of the top of the nori is showing. Smear a small amount of cold water on the edge of the nori and bring the nori around to finish the sushi roll & to secure.

Roll with Tea Towel Instructions: On a nori sheet, spread a very thin layer of wasabi. If you don't like wasabi, a spicy peanut sauce works well too. If you don't have a rolling mat, simply use a moistened clean tea towel that's been wrung of excess water. Next, lay flat on hard surface and place the nori sheet with the shiny side facing down. After the fillings have been added to the bottom half of the nori sheet, slightly lift & fold until the filling portion is completely enveloped within the nori paper. Then, place your fingers on the ingredients, carefully bring the bottom end of the towel & nori paper up and over the ingredients (tucking the end of the nori to start a roll). Apply gentle but firm pressure over the entire roll as you roll. Finally, with a sharp knife cut the roll into even pieces. If the knife gets sticky wet with cold water & continue cutting.

Mindful Morsel

Sea vegetables, like kelp, are some of the richest sources of iodine which is crucial for thyroid function. Thyroid hormones regulate metabolism in every cell of the body & play a role in all physiological functions. According to the Institute of Medicine at the National Acadamies, adults need 150 mcg (micrograms) of iodine each day to meet their health needs. This is roughly 1 tsp a day.

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