Before we get started here I wanted to disclaim that I am not a sushi chef, nor I ever claimed to be a sushi expert. I have been making my own sushi for few years now. The techniques you will find here are mostly what I have learned and found to be the easiest to follow.
The purpose of this blog is to share my passion for this simple and healthy dish and help others discover the joy of making healthy food that is also delicious.
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For now, let's make some sushi!
You will need the following (fig. 1):
Making Sushi Rice:
Preparing the Bamboo Rolling Mat:
I found out that by doing so, it helps keep the mat clean and it makes handling the Nori sheets much easier.
Cut the Vegetables:
By now, the rice should have cooled down to room temprature and we should be ready to start making sushi. There are 3 styles of sushi that I use here: Maki Sushi (seaweed on the outside), Uramaki Sushi (or Inside Out Sushi, rice is on the outside), and Nigiri Sushi (no seaweed).
Uramaki Sushi "Inside Out Sushi":
This is much easier!
My kids love sushi. So to enjoy this healthy dish without having to worry about raw fish, I substitute some of the ingredients with ones I know they would love like vegetable roll, chicken cucumber roll (fig. 25) or fruit roll! Whatever you like, the choices are limited to your imagination and your taste buds!
So here's my simple recipe for making this healthy dish. If you are one of my Total Transformation Challenge participants then please keep in mind that sushi is recommended for lunch and not for dinner (higher ratio of starchy carbs). Also remember that calories will vary significantly based upon the ingredients you use inside the roll and how much rice you lay on your Nori. Below is a sample of popular rolls and their corresponding calories (remember the calorie estimate is per ENTIRE roll and not per piece):
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Happy Healthy Transformation!
Rami S. Aboumahadi
Personal Trainer and Founder of the Total Transformation Challenge Program.