DIY California and Vegetable Rolls

DIY California and Vegetable Rolls

California rollsMy kids and I love (cooked) sushi. Although my 14 YO will eat pretty much any kind of sushi, even the raw stuff, I just can’t get over the raw fish factor so I stick to “safe” things like California Rolls, Caterpillar rolls (my favorite), vegetable rolls and anything with tempura. NEWS FLASH…. I like seared tuna! Had the opportunity to taste some at Bonefish Grill and my friends FORCED me to try it. I’m so glad I did! Now back to your regularly scheduled recipe.

With a family of seven, we just can’t afford to go out and get sushi as often as we would like. It’s too expensive! A friend suggested since I love to cook, I should start making my own. Truthfully, it never even crossed my mind!

Sushi KitSo for the past few months I’ve been eyeing sushi-making kids on Amazon.com.  After doing extensive research on all of the different kits, options, and recommendations, I ended up ordering this Sushi Rolling Kit, it had great reviews, simple instructions and didn’t include a lot of things I didn’t need or want cluttering up my already gadget-heavy kitchen.

noriI also did a lot of research on Nori before finally purchasing Sushi Nori Premium Roasted Organic Seaweed by One Organic.

I wasn’t disappointed with either item.

The only other item I would highly recommend is a very sharp knife. I ended up purchasing the non-stick Sushi Chef’s Knife by As Seen on TV. It was very sharp and made easy work of cutting the rolls perfectly. (PS I was not given these items to review. I purchased them on my own and recommend them because I like the products.)

We made three kinds of sushi: California Rolls, Cucumber Rolls, and Vegetable Rolls.

All three were a huge hit, easy to make and were gobbled up so quickly I’m surprised someone didn’t lose a finger.

DIY California & Vegetable Rolls

Tasty Tuesday – Sushi

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      Truthfully, the thing that took the longest was preparing the rice. I cut up the veggies while the rice cooled and got everything ready to go so I just had to grab each ingredient as needed. When I made the first California roll, it took about 5-10 minutes to do as I was watching a tutorial on YouTube on how to roll everything together. I wasn't sure how to place the Nori and rice on the mat, plus I was using too many ingredients in the middle and had to unroll it and take some out. After a couple of rolls, I had it down to about 3 minutes total. That includes the time it took to chase the kids out of the kitchen because they were eating the avocado and cucumbers! We've made sushi a few times now and it just gets easier. The kids love to make their own veggie rolls own and would eat them all day long if I'd let them.

  1. Yay! I have never made sushi, only had a few different rolls that don't have shellfish in them, darn allergies!! These look great though and not falling apart either. Cool to hear about the organic purchases you made too.

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      Tiffany, it was so easy. The “hardest” part was rolling the first California roll because you do the rice first then you flip over the nori and do the veggie side. We love making the rolls and my kids love customizing them however they want!

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