Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Brown Rice California Rolls...yum!

There's not much I enjoy more than sharing delicious food with the people I love.  It often seems that people view 'vegan' (...or 'almost') as some kind of deprived lifestyle, but I actually view it as quite the opposite.  Not only do I eat insanely yummy food everyday, I feel great in about a million different ways because of it!  Honestly, it feels amazing, which is why I love to share my ideas and recipes with you!

Bringing something when I go to a party is so much fun, because I get to show off delicious, healthy food.  These cute little rolls are made with short-grain, brown rice, tahini, avocado and more.  Although I didn't add any wild shrimp or crab, I'm sure that addition would be tasty.  They are also gluten-free and just all-around fun to eat!  Enjoy!

1 cup organic short grain brown rice (dry)
1/4 cup tahini
1/2 ripe avocado
1/2 organic cucumber
1/2 cup shredded carrots
2 organic nori sheets
some sesame seeds
1 tsp dry wasabi powder
Shoyu or gluten-free tamari
seasoned rice vinegar


1. Cook the rice in your rice cooker according to the package directions.  When the rice is cooked, add another cup of water and cook it again.  This will make it nice and sticky!

2. Cut the avocado and cucumber into long, thin slices.

3. Put cooked rice into a glass or wooden mixing bowl and add some rice vinegar and shoyu to taste (I think I used around 2 TBSP vinegar and 2 tsp. shoyu).

4. Put a sheet of nori, shiny side down, onto your cutting board or bamboo mat.

5. Add a layer of rice to the nori. Make sure your rice is not wet so that the nori stays in-tact.  Press the rice until you have a layer 1/4-1/8in. thick.  Leave about 1/2 inch of nori showing at one end. (if the rice is too sticky, you can get your fingers a little wet).

6. Spread a thin layer of tahini onto the rice, then add avocado slices, cucumber and carrots.

7. Carefully hold ingredients in as you roll the nori.  Use a little water to seal it at the end.

8.  With a sharp knife, slice your roll and dip each piece in a bowl of sesame seeds.

9. Mix up some wasabi and tamari and they're ready to eat!

 ...and now for the photo shoot! I just couldn't stop taking pictures!


Today's Ingredients:
Lundberg's Organic Short Grain Brown Rice - Costco
Avocado - Costco
Organic Nori Sheets - Marlene's
Shoyu or Gluten-Free Tamari - Marlene's
Tahini - Marlene's
Bunny Love organic shredded carrots - Fred Meyer
Organic Cucumber - Trader Joe's or Freddy's
Seasoned Rice Vinegar - Trader Joe's


  1. Looks great Marth! Sounds fun and yummy! Patrick loves sushi...I will have to surprise him sometime!

  2. Yum!!! I have yet to make sushi but yours looks beautiful!
    It was so nice to meet you and your husband today at the film! We should definitely get our kiddos together this summer for some fun... and you and I can cook! ;)

  3. Thanks Tasha! It was really great to meet you today too! I would love to get together this summer and I know my little guy would love a new friend to play with :)