13 April 2014

Vegan and Vegetarian Sushi Rolls with Quinoa Sticky Rice

That title was a mouthful!
It's fitting though, because these rolls are a mouthful... of YUM!!!

I'll stop talking now.

Homemade Vegan and Vegetarian Sushi Rolls with Quinoa Sticky Rice
Vegan and Vegetarian Sushi Rolls
with Quinoa Sticky Rice
[recipe yields 4 crunchy, colorful sushi rolls]
1/2 cup uncooked sushi rice
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water or broth
2 TBSP rice vinegar
1/8-1/4 tsp sugar
1/8-1/4 tsp salt
4 sheets of nori
10 spears of asparagus, blanched
1/4-1/2 an English cucumber
1-2 large carrots
1/2 a large yellow bell pepper
4-8 green onions
broccoli/clover sprouts, to taste
toasted sesame seeds and chia seeds for topping
sriracha chili sauce and soy sauce [or braggs liquid aminos] for dipping

t-rex chefs sashimi-grade salmon and tuna can absolutely be added.
brontosaurus chefs feel free to add cream cheese or sliced avocado; adding a bit of fat to vegetables actually helps your body absorb their antioxidants!

You'll also want to pick up a bamboo mat to roll your sushi with. They're extremely affordable and can be found in nearly any grocery store!

On your stove top, heat a small pot to medium-high heat. Rinse your quinoa. drain it of all liquid, then add it to the pot, stirring constantly as you lightly toast it for extra nutty flavor. Add two cups of water as well as the rice and turn to highest heat setting.  Once it starts to boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for twenty minutes. Once its hot and fluffy, season with vinegar, salt, and sugar.  Fluff with a fork and allow to cool in a separate bowl.

Prep your veggies while the rice and quinoa simmer away!

Sushi Veggies

Cut the ends from the asparagus and blanch it briefly in boiling water to tenderize. Next julienne the carrots, and cut the bell pepper and cucumber into thin strips. Snip as many strips of green onion as you'd like and grab a big fistful of sprouts too! I like to lay out all my veggies, toppings, and sauces, so that once the rice and quinoa are ready, I can quickly roll everything together and start chowing down.

Cover a bamboo mat with plastic wrap and top with a sheet of nori. Using a large spoon, spread quinoa and rice in a thin layer atop the seaweed sheet.  At the very end of the sheet, arrange your veggies in three compact rows. If you're adding fish or cream cheese you'll add it here as well. First time rolling sushi? [click here] for a photo tutorial of the entire process.  Roll, slice, and sprinkle with sesame seeds!

Homemade Vegan and Vegetarian Sushi Rolls with Quinoa Sticky Rice

Serve with a side of low sodium or gluten-free soy sauce and top with a hearty drizzle of sriracha chili sauce.

Homemade Vegan and Vegetarian Sushi Rolls with Quinoa Sticky Rice

so... how were they!?
Hello! It's sushi! It rocked! But seriously: I adored the addition of the quinoa to my usual sticky rice sushi rolls. It added a burst of whole grain goodness and a bit of nuttiness flavor wise; a perfect pairing for the crisp, refreshing vegetables. I was out of avocados [the baby eats them all! gah!] but added cream cheese to two of the rolls for a bit of creamy indulgence. They were fantastic!

Big thanks to my husband the hand model and to the crazy chickpea for taking at least one of her naps so mama could blog. It's a luxury I'll never, ever take for granted!

So what are you waiting for? Go make some sushi!

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  1. it's sooo pretty.... and all that sriracha makes me so happy. i stalked your fb profile like mad today. hahaha. you're the cutest, i couldn't stop looking at your pics!

  2. Um, no you def are! Come visit meeeeeee!!! I'm trying to work out some major myrtle beach time this summer actually so I'll keep you posted on dates if you ever want to plan a trip to be there the same weekend! <3

  3. ahhh i totally would, but i actually moved back to MA a couple weeks ago! :)

  4. shut up! How did I miss that?! I'm actually from MA so if I'm ever back visiting family I'll holler at ya!

  5. Meghan@CleanEatsFadtFeetsSunday, April 13, 2014

    You make me want sushi, and I've never eaten it before. I know, I know; it's like sacreligious. Forgive me Jenn, for I have sinned.

  6. WHAT!?!!????!!???!!!!!!!?? I'm not reading this right!? Must. Be. Misprint. Whaaa!???

  7. This recipe looks awesome and was secretly made for me :) Yum!

  8. Oh. My. YUM. Making these this weekend - thank you for the yummilicious ness! :)

  9. Shashi @ RunninSrilankanMonday, April 14, 2014

    Good golly these sure are a mouthful of yum!
    Glad your chickpea took a nap so you could share this recipe - my chickpea is 15 and it feels like just yesterday she was the same age as your chickpea, they grow up too fast!

  10. That sushi looks amazing! And its Vegetarian friendly (at least i think all the ingredients are non-meat). I'm definitley going to have to take this recipe for a spin!

  11. Very creative!!! I'm so impressed with this idea, and can't wait to try it :)

  12. Could you use sharp cheddar cheese cubes?

  13. smallthingstrilogyWednesday, April 16, 2014

    I love sushi (because rice + quinoa mixture is pure genius), but I love your sushi dishes more! I can steal them?! Lol

  14. haha thanks! The dishes are from World Market! They have the BEST sushi stuff!!!!!

  15. kim@hungryhealthygirlWednesday, April 16, 2014

    Love the peace sign pretzels and the idea of the pineapple pizza muffin. I'm on a major pineapple kick here lately!

  16. can you just use Quinoa? or do you need the sticky rice to help hold it together?

  17. Can you make more than 1 day ahead and keep in fridge???? Thanks, can't wait to try this.

  18. Hey Janette! Absolutely! I usually make enough to have it in the fridge for a few days. My husband adores it chilled and I like mine warmed up to room temperature. Since the noodles and veggies soak up the dressing, just make a little extra to drizzle on the salad when you take it out of the fridge and you're good to go! Hope you adore it!