Thursday, December 20, 2012

Vegan Sushi for Christmas

Mike and I have gone to a variety of Christmas parties this month, and of course there's always the question of will there be anything vegan available---and healthy vegan would be a bonus. So, I decided to make homemade sushi to take to the girls night party last Sunday. I thought it would be perfect for myself, and all the non-vegans could experience how delicious vegan sushi can be. Here's what I used for the sushi:

Sheets of nori
Sushi rice rinsed until water runs clear. 1.5 cups rice to 2.5 cups water. Let cool in fridge, then mix in  a few splashes of Brown Rice Vinegar for flavor.
Carrots, cucumbers and scallions sliced lengthwise
Tofu cooked with soy sauce and a little liquid smoke
Umeboshi plum paste

I made varying types of rolls--some with just veggies--some with just tofu--and combos of all of the above. Make sure to have a bowl of cold water available to dip your fingers in before grabbing the rice to place on the nori--it will really stick if you don't. Also spread a little water on the edge of the sushi roll closest to you before rolling so it will seal to the other side.

I made a delicious ponzu sauce with tamari, lemon juice and a touch of lime juice. Delish!

I also made a dragon sauce (that's what I call it --reminds me of what they serve at the sushi restaurant). I used 2 Tbs Vegenaise, 1 Tbs of Sriracha, and lime juice (adjust according to taste on all of the sauces).  It too was just yummy!

Turns out I couldn't go to the party because I showed a house late in the day, so Mike and I were able to enjoy the sushi at home and watch a movie while in our pajamas! My kind of Christmas Party!

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