Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Vegan Grain Free Sushi Rolls

Vegan Grain Free Sushi Rolls
7 servings
160 calories per serving

1 pack of Sushi Nori Sheets (toasted or untoasted)
1 – 15 oz can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
¼ cup nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp coconut aminos or soy sauce
5-7 sundried tomatoes (soak in water for 15-20 min.)
1 red pepper
1 cucumber
1 avocado
½ cauliflower
¼ tsp salt

First thing you'll need to do is soak your sundried tomatoes in water for about 15-20 minutes. The tomatoes will be blended with the garbanzo beans and nutritional yeast. The soaking makes it easier to blend. As the tomatoes are soaking, thinly slice the red pepper, cucumber and avocado. Next, chop the cauliflower into smaller pieces so that it easily fits into your food processor (or blender but much easier with a processor). You'll want to process the cauliflower until it looks like rice. The cauliflower adds a rice type texture to the sushi rolls without the added calories. Place the chopped cauliflower into a bowl. Add ¼ cup nutritional yeast to the food processor along the soaked sundried tomatoes, ¼ tsp salt, 1 Tbsp coconut aminos, and the can of drained garbanzo beans. Process until smooth.

Lay down 1 sushi nori sheet on a dry surface. Spread about 2 Tbsp of your garbanzo bean mixture onto the sheet. I like to spread with my hands. DO NOT spread to the edges. Keep about 1 inch of sheet showing...makes for easier rolling. Next, add a bit of your cauliflower directly on top of your garbanzo beans. Add about 2 slices of cucumber, 2 slices of red pepper, and about 2-3 slices of avocado to one edge of your garbanzo/cauliflower spread (still leaving 1 inch of seaweed showing). Now, Time To Roll! This may take a little practice and patience but is quite easy once you get the swing of things. I'd say it is more of a tuck and roll then just a roll. Once it is rolled, you'll need to lightly moisten the seaweed so it sticks together. The next thing to perfect the roll is slicing. This is easiest with a sharp knife. I slice each end and taste test as these will not look the prettiest but taste wonderful then you'll carefully slice about ¾ of inch think rolls. Repeat the above steps and enjoy as many as desired...low calorie but very tasty.