Two words. Paleo. Sushi.
Sushi and I go way back. I once made my own sushi (using my Nintendo DS with the Personal Trainer Cooking Game) way back in the day. I'm talking at least 6 years ago. I was a skilled little kid and that cucumber avocado sushi came out awesome! Then just a few months ago I tried making my own sushi again. This time without a guide. Well let's just say, I screwed that one up, and it turned into my Macrobiotic Sushi Bowl instead. Remember that one?
From that day on I was determined to nail the traditional sushi roll some way some how. A few weeks ago I did just that. Except I can't really call it traditional. This sushi has no rice, no grains at all and it topped with salsa. And there is no raw fish here, only cooked sardines! Raw fish...now that is scary...and not safe in my opinion.
I know a lot of bloggers are obsessed with sushi. Actually a lot of young people now-a-days are. But I am not. I can count on my hand the number of times I ever had sushi. It's just not something I ever think about and since I don't go out to eat, well, that makes it a bit less accessible. Until now...
Now I could have made this vegan, but no, I wanted amp up the protein. I also wanted to amp up the fat so I included avocado too. It really was a random roll of ingredients that I prayed would taste good together. Sardines, avocado, raw beets, celery, sweet pea shoots, and mushrooms. And topped with my favorite salsa mind you. I had an open jar that needed to get used so, what the heck! Paleo, Mexican, Asian Sushi for the win!
Now what did I use for the wrap? The one, the only, PALEO WRAP! It makes a comeback! This coconut creation is so unique and mimicked the perfect "rice" without being a spilling mess. So actually I guess this is a Paleo, Mexican, Asian, Thai Sushi roll...all with the Rebecca flare!
So am I now a sushi convert? Eh, it still takes a lot of patience, I'm not going to lie. But at least I can cross this one off the recipe bucket list! What's next on the docket? I still have to make my own almond milk finally, as well as hummus and bars! Those seem to be easy though, unlike the infamous sushi.
Paleo (Mexican, Asian, Thai) Sushi
+ 1 Sheet of Organic Nori
+ 1 Paleo Wrap
+ 1 Celery Heart (cut lengthwise)
+ ½ Medium Beet (cut into long rectangles)
+ 3 Small Mushrooms (sliced)
+ 1 Handful of Sweet Pea Shoots
+ ⅓ Avocado (mashed)
+ 2-3 Sardine Fillets (however many you can fit!)
+ Salsa! (topping)
+ On a large plate, place your nori down, wet it lightly with water, then your paleo wrap on top. Next spread the avocado mash in a think layer on the top of one half of the wrap.
+ Next place your sardines down on the line, the celery, beets, shoots, and mushrooms.
+ Wet your fingers and carefully roll the sushi, very slowly, and very patiently, keeping all the goods in with your fingers. Continue to wet finger tips as needed. Once you get the roll, seal the seam with a bit more water.
+ Now with a wet, sharp (very sharp) knife, carefully cut the roll into sushi pieces. I got 6 (only photographed the 4 inner ones for prettiness-sake).
+ Finally top with salsa. No other option. It has to be salsa...it's just that good 😉
The last step is to get your hands dirty and dig it! Sushi is messy, but that's the point or at least it is for me! Unless you get super skilled and show off your chop-stick stuff the whole roll in your mouth skill. But that's cocky. I use my hands and don't care if I get it all over. I worked hard for this roll so I am going to enjoy it any way I damn please!
So tell me:
+ Have you conquered the sushi roll?
+ Why do they call it Asian Fusion? Why don't they call things Mexican Fusion or Indian Fusion when combines cuisines?
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