I’m happy to say that I almost have my sushi-rolling technique down. It’s still a usual mess when I roll it, but at least the rolls come out nice and tight. It looks gorgeous, right? The secret is to buy a bamboo sushi rolling mat. You can get them for about $6 for two mats on Amazon. Once you get used to rolling sushi, it makes a great meal to bring to work. It really doesn’t take much time. As long as you prepare the veggies during the beginning of the week and have a large batch of rice that’s already cooked, you can make 2 rolls in about 10-15 minutes. Don’t forget to make a big jar of sauce ahead of time.   sushi2   For this recipe I used forbidden black rice, a more nutritious type of rice that I’ve grown to adore. It’s chewier and higher in antioxidants. You can also substitute quinoa or brown rice. I paired it with some carrots, purple cabbage, avocado, and sprouts (from Trader Joe’s). These vegetables alone are so nutritious for you. So many vitamins and minerals to keep you feeling strong and energized throughout the day. The texture of avocado makes it so creamy and adds healthy fats to your diet. What a great way to add more raw delicious foods to your diet!   sushi3   The sauce is also very delicious and creamy, with a zingy flavor from the ginger. You can add Sriracha for a spicy kick! I usually make a large jar of this sauce and use it in salads and spring rolls too. You can also dip the rolls in a simple tamari and wasabi sauce. If you’re used to eating sushi that’s coated in a pool of sauce, then you’ll love this sauce. Tip: Sprinkle some hemp seeds for extra protein. Enjoy!

Vegan Sushi with Spicy Tahini Dip
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Total time
Serves: 2
  • (sushi)
  • ½ cup Forbidden black rice
  • ½ avocado
  • 2 roasted Nori sheets
  • shredded carrots
  • shredded red cabbage
  • ½ cup sprouts
  • (dipping sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon miso paste
  • ¼ inch ginger root
  • 1 tablespoon tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ⅛ cup water (or more depending on how thick you prefer the sauce to be)
  1. Cook black rice as instructed in the package. Or, combine 1 cup black rice and 1¾ cup water. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes.
  2. While rice is cooking, cut avocado into julienned slices, as well as the sprouts and carrots.
  3. Prepare dipping sauce by blending all ingredients in food processor.
  4. Place nori sheet on bamboo sushi roller.
  5. Spread some rice evenly starting at the edge farthest from you.
  6. Place avocado slices, carrot and sprouts in the bottom half.
  7. Roll, roll, roll using a bit of pressure to keep all the ingredients in place.
  8. Slice roll into whatever size sushi rolls you desire.


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