Going vegan we were nervous we would miss out on the delicious foods we used to enjoy like sushi. However, we quickly discovered this Cucumber & Avocado Roll was just the thing to get our satisfy our sushi itch.
Going vegan has been so great because we spend more time at home cooking and living a slower more conscientious life. We have had a sushi maker sitting in our drawer, I kid you not, for the past ten years without use. So when our craving hit this time we did something crazy – we made our own sushi! We were surprised to find it was actually really easy and we had been wasting money eating out at expensive sushi restaurants all these years.
We used Minado’s Perfect Sushi Rice from Food.com and made some modifications to make it a little bit easier because let’s face it we’re lazy. But the good news is ours turned out great even without all of the extra steps.
Cucumber & Avocado Roll
2 cups sushi rice
2 cups water
4 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons mirin (a Japanese wine and the secret ingredient!)
2 kale leafs or sheets of seaweed
Soy sauce or sauce of choice
Rinse and drain rice. Mix the mirin, vinegar, sugar, and salt together in a bowl.
Cook your rice in a rice cooker if you have one or use the below directions. More in depth version on their website. Like we said we’re lazy so we used the rice cooker.
Add rice to the stove and quickly bring to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer.
Bring quickly to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes before removing the pot from the heat, as their website says, ” keep the lid CLOSED.”
While your rice is cooking cut the cucumber into skinny spears and slice your avocado in thin slices as you would for avocado toast.
After removing from the heat wait 10 minutes to remove the cover. Then put rice in a glass dish and let the rice cool. Then add the vinegar mixture and mix the rice gently.
Strip the kale from the stem or get out your sheet of seaweed.
Lay out your kale or seaweed flat on your sushi roller. Add a thin layer of rice then the cucumber and avocado and roll the ingredients into roll. Slice into 1/2 inch – 1 inch pieces and add your favorite sauce.