Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Quinoa Sushi


Another Quinoa attempt. I really enjoyed my first experience with Quinoa, I wanted to try something else. I ran across a Quinoa Sushi recipe and I knew this is what I wanted! Now, don't let the word "Sushi" scare you.....in this particular recipe I only used vegetables....so I think you would be surprised how yummy this sushi really is!

First, I will give you the recipe, and then show you my pix

-1 cup Honeyville's Quinoa, uncooked
-1 3/4 cups of water
-1/2 Tablespoon of olive oil
-Rice vinegar (to taste)
-1/8 teaspoon sugar (or more, to taste)
-1 avocado, cut into small strips
-Toasted sesame seeds (to taste)
-Carrot, cut into small strips
-Cucumber, cut into small strips
-Nori Sheets

In a dry pan over medium-high heat (not too high....it burns quickly, and smells like burnt popcorn! Yes, it happened to me!) lightly toast grain until it is light brown (just a couple of minutes).

Rinse grain in a fine strainer until the water runs clear

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, add the water and bring it to a boil. Then add the toasted grain, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 12 minutes or until water is absorbed. Fluff with fork and let it cool for a few minutes

Stir in olive oil, salt, rice vinegar, and sugar (I used more sugar than recipe called for).

Lay a sheet of nori on a bamboo sushi mat or flat on counter. Place quarter of the grain mixture along edge of nori closest to you, then line the strips of avocado, carrot, and cucumber. Sprinkle sesame seeds, to taste.

Roll up nori TIGHTLY and ENJOY!!!

(You can add or change what you fill your sushi roll with: shrimp, crab, string cheese, or any other vegetables you like)

Here are some visuals for you:

Toasting the Quinoa

Strips of carrots, avocado, and cucumber

Spreading Quinoa on nori

Layering vegetables and sesame seed

Rolling it tightly

Almost ready to eat.....

Side view

hmmm...uhmmmm.....gooooooood!!!
(we dipped our sushi in soy sauce)

ENJOY!


4 comments:

Brian~Cami~Rian said...

That looks fun! Is that just soy sauce you are using to dip in? Where do you buy Nori in Arizona or Utah? I've never seen it there!

Another great quinoa post Tenille!

jmcline said...

Yum, I love sushi and Quinoa is better for you than rice.
Any trouble getting the Quinoa holding together? I know when I do sushi at home with sushi rice I still find my rolls fall apart.
I tend to do hand rolls (cones shaped)

Cookin' Cousins said...

Yes, it was SUPER hard to keep them from falling apart. We were able to roll them and eat them quickly. They were delicious though and worth the mess! Enjoy

jmcline said...

thanks for your reply.
Might need a little more starch, I wonder if a 1/2 tsp of corn starch in the would help?
I'll give it a try.