I posted a sushi bowl that I had made the other week on Instagram (@cookbooksandcardigans) which was my version of a California roll sushi bowl, and I have been making sushi bowls on repeat ever since. However, it’s pretty easy to get sick of imitation crab sticks (or kamaboko), since the packages contain generous portions that you don’t want sitting in your fridge for too long. Eating sushi every day is not the worst thing in the world, but I do get sick of eating the SAME thing every day, especially when it’s processed fish.
That’s when I decided to make this vegan sushi bowl. The veggies that I used are versatile and last in the fridge, so I don’t feel forced to eat sushi all day every day. It is also easy to add more substance to the bowls as well. If you want to keep it vegan, you can add some sautéed tofu, mushrooms, or bean curd… these are great for protein and vitality as a vegan or if you eat primarily plant based foods. If you lean towards vegetarian foods, a medium boiled egg and sesame dressing goes really well with this also.
My favourite part about this is its versatility. If you follow my recipe, you get different shapes and textures from all of the ingredients (which tastes and feels great)… but you may also choose to use whichever sushi toppings you prefer. The idea to eating healthy is to make your food the way you will like it, that way you know that you will keep eating it! So, with that being said, here is my recipe for this vegan sushi bowl, that keeps me coming back to it again and again.
Recipe (for 1 bowl):
- 1/2 cup short grain brown rice (brown sushi rice), cooked according to directions
- 1 1/2 tbsp “bento at home” sushi seasoning
- 1/4 avocado, sliced
- 1 carrot, peeled and then cut into slices with the same peeler (or a mandolin)
- 3 inch portion of cucumber, seeded and diced small
- 1/2 nori sheet, ripped into small flakes
- toasted sesame seeds
- togarashi seasoning
- soy sauce
- **other toppings and sauces of your choice
- Season the cooked brown sushi rice with sushi seasoning
- Scoop rice into a bowl
- Arrange toppings in sections around the bowl on top of the rice; on top of eating with your eyes first, mixing this all together before you eat is super satisfying
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds, togarashi and soy sauce and enjoy!