When I told my Dad that we made sushi the other night, he became very puzzled. Most people associate raw fish with sushi, when indeed what really characterizes sushi is vinegar-flavored cold rice. In America, we tend to see this rolled up with sea creatures, and all sorts of other weird things (like cold french fries or products derived from cow udders ). But we are here to define sushi afresh!
The Bear and The Blackberry does sushi! AKA we VEGAN-IZED sushi up, down, and all around, bending minds and wiping out prejudices everywhere!
We cooked some brown rice, added some mirin and brown rice vinegar to it, and let it chill for a couple of hours. We then moved on to marinating a couple of items. For the tempeh, we made a concoction of thinly sliced lemon, minced ginger, agave syrup, tamari, and toasted sesame oil. For the tofu, we made a marinade of orange peel, orange juice, minced garlic, tamari, agave syrup, and toasted sesame oil.
Sushi Party Time! Now for creating a bunch of fun rolls! We laid the cool and sticky brown rice down on the toasted nori sheets and came up with a few fun mixtures! Here are the combinations that we came up with for our sushi night feast:
- Asparagus and Shiitake Mushroom Roll (asparagus and shiitake sauteed in olive oil with minced garlic)
- Fresh Veggie Roll (cucumber, carrots, red bell pepper, fresh cilantro, and avocado)
- Avocado and Cucumber Roll (a classic!)
- Garlic-Orange Tofu Roll (the marinated tofu takes center stage)
- Lemon Ginger Tempeh and Shiitake Mushroom Roll (the marinated tempeh and shiitakes team up for some super stardom!)
This was a first for The Bear and The Blackberry, so we jotted down some improvements we will be making for next time (like less rice in the rolls, perhaps switching the rice up with quinoa, and longer marinating times for the tofu and tempeh), but in conclusion, Vegan Sushi Night was pretty freaking radically tasty!
How about some fun nutritional facts about Nori? Nori is high in protein and vitamin A, and is also rich in B vitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Using brown rice in place of white rice in sushi is an excellent way to add a high dosage of nutrients to your diet, like protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, B vitamins, and vitamin E.
Now go have a sushi party of your own, and tell us all about it! : )