What to give your tot for lunch? Maggie’s latest word is “suuusheeeeee” (sushi) which she began saying every day when we would order brown rice and fresh tuna and avocado rolls on our holiday on the Gold Coast…her love for sushi began well before then though. In her early days of eating solids she would just pick the rice from the inside of my sushi rolls and gradually worked her way up to one day when Darryn, Maggie and I went for a sushi date in the beautiful Queens Gardens in Nelson and Darryn and I left hungry due to how much we had to share with our little bear! She had devoured about 5 pieces! (Daz now calls it “Maggie tax” when she insists on sharing our food…even more of a reason to make sure what you have on your plate at all times is something healthy!) As much as sushi is a healthy takeaway option (when you order right) I wanted to make it healthier at home. Say hello to Quinoa Sushi at home! This recipe works just as well with brown rice and we tend to switch it up a little or mix the two nutritious grains!
You will need:
1 Cup of dried Quinoa (any colour)-Prepare this as per packet directions (one cup of quinoa to two cups water, boil 15-20 mins)
For the dressing:
1 Tablespoon Tahini
1.5 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
1 teaspoon rice malt syrup or honey
1/2 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger
Juice of half a large lemon
3-4 Nori (seaweed) sheets
For the filling:
Get creative..I have made meat-free ones today but put some fresh salmon or shredded chicken in there. I have used carrot, red capsicum, kale and cucumber today (bummer my avocados weren’t quite ripe enough).
Slice your choice of fillings in to thin strips.
The process: Cook Quinoa as stated above and allow to cool (I cook mine the night before and refrigerate). Mix all of the dressing ingredients together in a bowl with a whisk. Add prepared dressing to cooked and cooled quinoa. Lay out a sheet of nori on a sushi roller and spread just over 3/4 of the sheet with the prepared quinoa. Place your fillings at the bottom of the roll as neat and tight as possible and begin to roll with the roller. If you have never made sushi before, do a quick search on youtube and you will surely find a short video that will demonstrate the knack. You will probably get 3 or 4 rolls out of the above recipe. Cut your rolls in to sushi pieces and serve up to your little one or on a platter for your whole family to share.
Happy Sushi Sunday..
xx. Aunty Lonnie