I frequently get a craving for sushi. Japanese food is something I have yet to conquer in the kitchen, even though my recent ramen bowl was a great success. Japanese food has been made overcomplicated by our American taste buds- in Japan, restaurants are small family owned businesses that serve one specialty. They might only make sushi, or udon bowls, and spend their life perfecting that craft. While it is fun having such diversity at a Japanese restaurant here when you want a bento box or tempura udon, sometimes I crave a simple sushi roll. No cream cheese, no fried shrimp, no special sweet sauces. Just a piece of fish on rice, with a dab of wasabi holding them together. The beauty of Japanese food is that the person has spent their life making their favorite food.
I could eat sushi-grade raw fish on fluffy rice pillows every day, but this bowl incorporates my favorite sushi flavors while getting me to eat lots of veggies. The foolproof sushi rice is quick and easy, incorporating the sweet rice vinegar flavor with seaweed by smashing it all together. Lots of raw sliced, ribboned, and chopped vegetables go on top with sweet pickled ginger, creamy avocado, and a dash of soy sauce to imitate dipping a piece of sushi. Simple, yet satisfies a sushi craving easily- without a trip to the nearest Asian supermarket for sushi-grade fish.
Veggie Sushi Bowls (serves 2)
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- 1 tsp rice vinegar
- 1 sheet nori seaweed
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 medium-sized carrot
- 1/6 of a head of red cabbage
- 1/2 small avocado
- Garnishes: sesame seeds, pickled sushi ginger, soy sauce
Cook rice according to package directions. Combine the warm cooked rice with rice vinegar and a crumbled sheet of nori (seaweed).
Cut a cucumber into small matchsticks. Using a vegetable peeler, peel a whole carrot so you have long ribbons. Slice off thin sheets from the side of a red cabbage and chop into smaller pieces. Dice avocado as well for topping.
Divide the rice and cut vegetables into two bowls. Top with avocado, sesame seeds, pickled sushi ginger, and a drizzle of soy sauce. Dig in!