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Wholefood Sushi

gluten free
wheat free
quick meals, fast feeds
low fat low sugar, diabetic friendly
2 spoon difficulty rating

30 minutes

Serves: 2-4

Wholefood Sushi

This is a fun recipe to make - don't be put off by the instructions as it's actually very quick once everything is assembled and ready to go! You can also cheat and use ready-cooked rice in sachets, but warm it through and mash gently before rolling up into sushi. 
To make more, just double or quadruple the ingredients - it doesn't take much longer.

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  • 115g/5oz sushi rice or short grain brown rice OR 1-2 packs ready-cooked pouches of brown rice, warmed through and mashed slightly to make it sticky
  • 230-300ml/8-10fl oz cold water
  • 1 tsp vegan low-salt bouillon powder
  • 1 sheet nori
  • 1½ tsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp shoyu soya sauce
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated

Options - choose one of these

  • Thinly sliced cucumber
  • Thin strips of avocado
  • Sauerkraut (pickled cabbage in a jar)
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Spring onion greens, chopped

To serve:

  • 2 tbsp soya sauce mixed with 2 tbsp water (preferably shoyu or tamari type)
  • Wasabi (Japanese horseradish) - very hot and good for clearing the sinuses! Buy it dried from large supermarkets or health/oriental stores and mix with water according to instructions. Try a very tiny dab - about a matchstick tip's worth - until you're sure how hot how you like it.
  • Extra pickled ginger


  • 2 handfuls of pak choi, cos, lollo rosso or lamb's lettuce
  • plus 1 handful each of watercress, rocket and beansprouts


1. If using pre-cooked rice, warm and mash gently then go to stage 3. You might have to add a splash of water to make it sticky also. 

2. If using raw rice, cook it in the water and bouillon powder until it is well-cooked and slightly sticky - about 25-30 minutes. (Add a little more water if necessary but don't drown it. You want all the liquid to be absorbed by the end of the cooking process).

3. Meanwhile, prepare the other ingredients, including 1 or 2 from the options if desired. Make the salad also if you have time.

4. If you don't have a sushi mat, wet a clean tea-towel and wring it out well so that it's just a little damp.

5. Let the rice cool. It should be fairly sticky and just slightly warm - this makes it easier to roll.

6. Place the nori sheet carefully on sushi mat/damp tea-towel.

7. Spread the rice thinly on nori sheet, leaving a 1cm/half inch gap at the top and bottom.

8. With a chopstick or handle of a wooden spoon, make a horizontal indentation in the middle of the rice.

9. Spread the tahini in the gap and then add the grated carrot. Add another option, such as cucumber or watercress at this stage.

10. Using the mat/tea-towel, roll the nori up into a mini Swiss roll, making sure you keep pulling the leading edge of the mat/towel back so it doesn't get rolled into the sushi.

11. Continue rolling tightly until the uncovered top edge of the nori is reached. Wet this edge with a little cold water and complete rolling - this will seal the sushi.

12. Slice the roll in half with with a sharp knife, making sure you cut through all the nori. Then slice each half into 3 or 4 pieces.

13. Serve on the nicest plate you have, preferably plain white, with a little diluted soya sauce or aminos,  a dab of wasabi and pickled ginger - and the green salad.

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