Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Vegetable and Tofu Sushi

We first made our own sushi a year or 2 ago, and now we do it all the time! It's really not as difficult as it might look.

Vegetable Sushi with Tofu
makes 4 rolls
Sushi Roll

2 C cooked brown rice - use freshly cooked and still warm for best results
1/2 cucumber - sliced into thin strips
1 avocado - sliced into thin strips or small pieces
Sushi Nori Seaweed sheets (similar to this)
Optional - For a more authentic tasting sushi rice, you can add the following into your cooked rice:
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt

I followed this fantastic peanut tofu recipe from Healthy Happy Life.
Slice the tofu into thin strips.

 Step 1 - Prepare your work surface. We use a bamboo sushi mat to make it easier to roll. We also found that putting a piece of plastic wrap in between helps to hold it together while cutting it, and also you can store leftovers for a day or two in the fridge. Lay out your Nori sheet on top of the mat.

Step 2 - Add the rice. Sticky and still warm rice works the best. Press it down flat.

Step 3 - Add your vegetables and tofu on one side. Don't overstuff or it won't roll up nicely.

 Step 4 - Roll up your sushi! Take your time and start over if you need to. If your Nori isn't sticking together at the ends you can put a little water on it to get it to stick.

 Step 5- Remove the bamboo mat, slice into pieces, unwrap and serve!

Try it with soy sauce or peanut sauce (my favorite)!

Happy sushi making!

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