I’ve already reported about the wonderful qualities of quinoa a few posts ago and today I present you the first recipe where white rice is replaced with quinoa and thus casts a 100% healthy, valuable snack! And it also tastes incredibly delicious! So I will definitely make this sushi regularly from now on!
You might be asking now if sushi wasn’t healthy anyway. Yes and no. The raw fish and vegetables are healthy of course. Also the seaweed makes sushi healthy. But the white, polished rice that is normally used, contains nearly no nutrients, vitamins, fiber but many empty calories or carbohydrates.
In the United States and UK, you can therefore buy sushi made with brown rice or even sometimes quinoa, but in Germany I have never seen that.
So why not make it ourselves? :-)
You’ll need for about 6 rolls (from which you get about 6 pieces each):
- nori sheets
- 1 cup quinoa
- vegetables, fish, etc. to fill (I had avocado, asparagus, cucumber, red bell pepper)
- avocado mayo (the recipe can be found here)
- apple cider vinegar
- agave syrup
- sushi mat
- soy sauce or tamari (for dipping)
- wasabi (if you want)
- finely chopped, pickled ginger (available in asian stores, but often only in very large packs)
And here’s how:
- Rinse quinoa under hot water so that the bitter substances are washed out and then cook it with three times the amount of water (takes about 10 minutes), until all the water is absorbed.
- Let the quinoa rest and cool for about 5 minutes and meanwhile cut the vegetables or fish into thin strips.
- Now mix 1 cup cooked quinoa each with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon agave syrup, which makes everything a little sticky, because that’s what we want, so everything holds together well.
- Now you have everything you need to start rolling!
- Place nori sheet on a sushi mat and spread 1/2 cup of quinoa over it and press firmly (to the brim) and spread with avocado mayo and place the sliced vegetables on it. –> If you’ve never made sushi yourself, better take a look at this video (you can start from minute 7:22), that’s easier to understand and I don’t have to describe everything awkwardly ;-)
- Cut roll into 5-6 pieces. Done.
Have fun rolling and enjoy!