Sushi | Veganized

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I had never really tried sushi until last summer when we made it in Natural Chef school. Seafood was never really served in my family, and so I never really like it even before deciding to go vegan. Before making it, I always associated sushi with raw fish and it kind of grossed me out. But then I realized not only was it easy to make, but you didn’t have to use fish or meat at all. Sushi rolls can easily be made vegan. Once I learned how to make it, I went to an Asian Market and picked up some nori (roasted seaweed). The process of making sushi is a lot easier than I thought it would be, and it’s way cheaper than getting it from a store or restaurant. So today, I’m going to show you just how easy it is to not only make sushi, but make vegan sushi! IMG_7695_2

Before we get into the actual steps to making it, I wanted to talk a little bit about the health benefits of sushi. Seaweed is extremely high in many nutrients, including iodine which is good for thyroid health. It is also has some protein. Making sushi with white or brown rice, vegetables, and little avocado is the perfect combination to a filling and whole plant-based meal. I like making mine with white rice, because it taste better but it can easily substitute it with brown rice. I like (and recommend) using liquid aminos instead of soy sauce. Liquid aminos is a low sodium substitute for soy sauce and taste just like it without all the added salt and preservatives. It’s essentially just amino acids, with are the building blocks of protein and essential for our body.

Vegan Sushi Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 8 Nori sheets (can find in the Asian section of most grocery stores like Harris Teeter, or at an Asian Market)
  • 2 cups dry rice ( I’ve found white rice works best, but you can definitely use brown rice)
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1/2 medium cucumber
  • optional: 1/2 pack of extra firm tofu (I recommend using organic tofu) that has been cut into strips and dried with paper towels to remove as much liquid as possible
  • 1-2 Tbsp. liquid aminos (Bragg’s Liquid Aminos are my favorite to use)
  • optional: 1 Tbsp. miso paste (can be found in Asian Markets and some specialty grocery stores)

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus


Hummus is a food that I typically buy pre-made. In my mind it’s a lot cheaper, and quicker to just buy it already made. But recently, I’ve tried to steer away from pre-made/convenience foods and put more effort and love into the food that I am eating. By doing this, I came up with this yummy hummus recipe that is actually much cheaper than pre-made and takes less than 20 minutes to whip up. Also, by making your own you can control what you put in your hummus. Most store bought hummus has preservatives and is high in oil.

The red peppers can definitely be left out, and the flavor can be changed to whatever you’d like. Add more garlic if you would like a more garlic heavy hummus, add cilantro and lime for a Mexican inspired hummus, or different spices to create whatever kind of hummus your hummus loving heart desires!

Most hummus recipes call for tahini which is similar to peanut butter but made with sesame seeds. This ingredient is pretty expensive, so I have found that just using raw sunflower seeds tends to take on the tahini flavor.

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Homemade Granola

With Christmas less than a week away, I thought it would be a good time to share my homemade granola recipe. This granola recipe is super healthy, using flax, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds, as well as unsweetened applesauce (instead of oil). It is also low in sugar, using only a small amount of honey. My granola recipe is packed with nutrients, and is great to snack on throughout the day.


Once I make a big batch of granola, I package it in inexpensive jars (I found some at Walmart) and tie a ribbon around each one with the list of ingredients and a gift tag. This way, the recipient can reuse the jar once the granola is gone.

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Cauliflower Mashed ‘Potatoes’

Looking for ways to sneak more vegetables into your diet, or even your kid’s diet? Here’s a great way to add some more nutrition into everyone’s favorite side dish….mashed potatoes! Also, these mashed ‘potatoes’ don’t take as long to make, because you don’t have to wait forever for your potatoes to cook. These cauliflower mashed potatoes can be a great base for many flavors, you could add cheese, sauces, spices, or other vegetables to give them a little kick. Be creative and try out different things to add into your delicious mashed cauliflower!

Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower

that’s it! Just one ingredient! 


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