These little veggie rolls are such a great snack or appetizer. I have always loved sushi, but I’ve never really made it at home because it seemed rather intimidating and that one would need some serious skill to produce such beautiful bite size snacks. I gave it a bash and found it surprisingly easy – I’m sure the rolls I produce wouldn’t rival the perfect portions that trained sushi chefs make but I think they do!
So don’t shy away from making your own sushi at home, you can make much healthier options than those available in restaurants and the ingredients are readily available in most supermarkets.
Nori (the seaweed stuff you use as the wrap) has few health properties that are a worth a mention:
Omega 3s – Nori provides a good vegetarian source of omega 3 fats that are so beneficial for cognitive function and the nervous system. These fats are anti-inflammatory so they are beneficial for fighting chronic disease like metabolic syndrome.
Iodine – Nori is a good natural source of iodine, iodine is important for thyroid function (the gland that regulates your metabolism)
Fiber – Nori is about 88% fiber – great news for your digestive system!
- 1 avo, pitted and mashed
- ½ cucumber chopped into sticks about 5cm long
- 1 cup Carrots julienne
- 1 cup cauliflower rice
- 1 red or yellow pepper, sliced into sticks
- Handful mint leaves
- 4 sheets nori
- 1 cup water
- Lay the nori sheet flat on your chopping board
- Dollop 2 tbsp of the mashed avocado onto the nori and spread evenly, leave about 1-2com of the nori clean
- Layer thinly sliced carrot, cucumber, peppers and cauli-rice on top of the mashed avo
- Place 3 or 4 mint leaves on top of the veggies
- Wet your fingers with water and gently wet the side of the nori with no toppings
- Gently roll the nori until you can longer see the veggie fillings and use the wet end and press down on the nori roll to stick.
- Cut the roll into small individual pieces, or you could eat the whole roll whole.
- Repeat this with each sheet of nori.
Instead of mashed avo you could use hummus.
You could also use quinoa or bean sprouts instead of the cauli-rice and to flavour you could use coriander in place of mint.
If you can’t find Nori you can use lettuce or spinach leaves instead.
For more instruction go have a look at the you tube video here on how to make these tasty snacks.