Springtime Veggie Sushi with Almond Butter

Springtime Veggie Sushi with Almond Butter

Recipe Rating: 3.61706
Serves 16
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.
  • Rice
  • 1 cup sweet brown rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown rice vinegar
  • Sushi
  • 2 carrots, julienned
  • 4 asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 1/2 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 4 toasted nori sheets
  • 1/2 cup shoyu (soy sauce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
Rinse and drain rice. Place rice, 1 1/2 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 a large pot with a steamer basket, steam carrots and asparagus together until tender and vibrant in color, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Place 1 nori sheet, shiny-side down, on a clean surface. Spread a heaping 1/2 cup of rice evenly over the nori, leaving about 1 inch of the nori uncovered at the top and bottom. Spead 1 tablespoon of the almond butter in a line across the rice, about 1 inch from the bottom of the rice closest to you. Top with about a quarter of the carrots, aparagus and avocado. 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 the nori seam. Moisten a knife blade and slice into eight pieces. Repeat process using remaining 3 nori sheets, carrot, asparagus, avocado and almond butter to make 32 pieces of sushi total.

Pour soy sauce and into a small bowl and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve alongside sushi for dipping.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 210 calories (100 from fat), 11g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 540mg sodium, 25g carbohydrates, (3 g dietary fiber, 1g sugar), 7g protein.
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