Springtime Veggie Sushi with Almond Butter

Springtime Veggie Sushi with Almond Butter

Serves 8

These elegant, colorful sushi morsels serve as wonderful appetizers or as part of an Asian-themed meal. Nutty almond butter adds protein to the dish and complements the vibrant trio of asparagus, avocado and carrot, all swaddled in sticky sweet brown rice. A sushi mat is a must for rolling your own.

Ingredients: 
  • Rice
  • 2 cups sweet brown rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
  • Sushi
  • 2 carrots, julienned
  • 4 asparagus spears, trimmed, halved lengthwise
  • 4 toasted nori sheets
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup shoyu (soy sauce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
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Method: 

Rinse and drain rice. Place rice, 4 cups water and salt in a heavy pan with tight fitting lid, cover and bring to a boil. Lower heat, and simmer 50 minutes. After 50 minutes, remove from heat and let sit, covered, for 5 to 10 more minutes. Allow to cool. Mix cooled rice with brown rice vinegar.

In large pot with steamer basket, steam carrots and asparagus together for about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Dampen sushi mat by running cool water over it. Place 1 nori sheet, shiny-side down, on the mat. Spread 1 cup rice evenly over nori, leaving about 1 inch of the nori uncovered at the top and bottom. About 1 inch from the bottom of the rice closest to you, lay 1/4 of the sushi filling (almond butter, carrot, asparagus and avocado) lengthwise across the rice. Roll tightly with firm pressure, tucking in filling as you roll into a cylinder. If your roll does not stick together, dip your fingers in water and wet nori seam. Moisten a knife blade and slice into eight pieces. Repeat process using remaining 3 nori sheets, carrot, asparagus, avoado and almond butter to make 32 pieces of sushi total.

Bring shoyu to a boil in small pot; lower heat and simmer 5 minutes. Pour into a small serving bowl and garnish with sesame seeds. Serve with sushi for dipping.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:210 calories (100 from fat), 11g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 540mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 1g sugar), 7g protein
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