Thursday, December 30, 2010

Healthy Sushi

Sushi is fun and easy to make.  And if you make it this way it's healthy too.

1 cup jasmine brown rice
2 cups water plus more to soak
seasoned rice vinegar
opt: 1 Tbl brown sugar 
veggies cut into strips (I used green pepper, yellow pepper, cucumber, carrots, and spinach)
opt:  fresh ginger and green onions
nori (roasted seaweed wraps)
or soy wraps

To make some sticky brown rice, soak 1 cup rice for 1/2 hour at the least (a few hours at the most.)  Drain and rinse rice.  Pour 2 cups water over and bring to a boil.  Cover and let simmer for 30 minutes or until rice is tender.  Let rice cool a little and stir in about 3 Tbl rice vinegar and 1 Tbl brown sugar.  

Put a fist sized ball of rice on nori and spread flat leaving 1/2 inch border at top.  Spread some water with your finger on the border so it will glue shut.  

Put any veggies you want in the middle of the rice and a little strip of green onion and some grated ginger for flavor.

Roll up.  It's easiest with a little bamboo roller that you can buy for about 1 or 2 dollars.  If you don't have one, why not try a thin kitchen towel?  Cut into 1 inch pieces and enjoy with some wasabi, soy sauce, maybe some chili sauce, or this magic little dip:  equal parts soy sauce and white vinegar, plus a little of water and a dash of sugar. 

For seaweed haters, I found these soy wrappers that are virtually tasteless.  They are super cute and made different colors naturally (with turmeric etc.)

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