Hello loves, I hope your off to a wonderful start today!
Does it ever seem like all the foodies posting delicious pictures out there are just trying to make us jealous of their perfect lunch? I mean, do you think that when you share something? I used to be afraid of coming off this way when I first started blogging and then I realized how much I enjoyed getting to share with you how delicious my latest recipe could be just so you could try it too!
So yeah, maybe a tiny part of the intention behind each of our food shares is us subconsciously saying “Haha, they wish they were eating this!” but it’s probably more likely that they just wanted to share the love. To me that’s what food is pretty much, love! I love food and I love to share it.
This recipe is probably easier than you think. I used to think suchi making was some complicated process that only the master Japanese ninjas that I’d picture in my head could make. While in reality it’s very simple and not all that different from rolling up a burrito. Hey, that’s what we’re doing!
It’s also true that these so called burritos are just unsliced sushi rolls, but I think there is something a little bit fun and rebellious in eating it burrito style. You also don’t have to have a Sushi Mat to make it. It probably does make easier but I’ve done it many times without (I left my sushi mat in South America. [<- That should go on a T-shirt??])
Alright, so about the specifics of making this, I have a few things to note. Firstly, you can make it however you want! I just went the the fridge and grabbed and pulled out some veggies. As for the add-ons, I wanted to try something new so I tried using some of the not-really-chicken plant-based “meat”. To be completely honest, I think I’d skip it next time as it kind of grossed me out. You can easily replace it with tofu or tempeh, which is probably what I’d prefer, or even just skip it.
What will you put on yours?
Lunchbox Upgrade: Brown Rice Sushi Burritos
- 1 cup uncooked brown rice or about 2 cups already steamed rice
- 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink sea salt
- 2 tablespoons sushi seasoning *see note
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 8 ounces cooked meat for vegan you can replace with tofu or tempeh **see note
- 1 large carrot julienned
- 1 red bell pepper seeded and thinly sliced
- 1 medium zucchini julienned ***see notes
- 1 medium ripe avocado, pitted and sliced
- 8 sheets roasted nori sushi seaweed
- black sesame seeds
- soy sauce for serving
- 1 servings plant-based "chik'n or 1 14oz package firm tofu or tempeh
Cook the rice according to package instructions until al dente. (If using cooked rice you may skip this step.) Add about 1 cup of water and the salt to the already cooked rice and place over low heat, covered. Stir every few minutes until the water is absorbed and the rice is a bit sticky. Remove from heat and stir in the sushi seasoning (if using) and allow it to cool completely before making sushi burritos.(Cold rice is the best to work with.)
Cut all of your choices for filling into thin strips to make forming the sushi as easy as possible.
Spread a Sushi Mat out on your counter or work surface (You can also use a towel or a place mat.) Take 2 sheets of nori and lay them so they overlap for about 2 inches. Wet your hands and spread about 1/2 cup of the rice onto the top sheet of nori. Sprinkle with sesame seeds as desired and layer your veggies and "meat" or tofu to form a line from side to side.
Now slowly start rolling up the end with the rice and applying pressure as you roll. Continue until completely rolled. Wrap the roll in plastic wrap or parchment paper and allow it to set for about 10 minutes.
Serve with soy sauce and any of your favorite sushi condiments.
*The sushi seasoning is a great addition if you'd like a completely traditional sushi flavor but it's not necessary. (I usually skip it actually) Same for the sugar, and and vinegar.
**I used bell peppers, zucchini, and carrots but there are many different veggies that you could use to replace them, like cucumbers or microgreens.