Sushi-rolling on a budget


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It’s easy to make a lot of sushi, with only a few ingredients.

Futomaki Sushi by Madison








Sushi nori or hane wraps

Sushi rice

Rice vinegar

Bamboo sushi rolling mat

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Flatten the rice on the sushi hane/nori.

The literal translation of futomaki is “fat rolled sushi,” and this surprisingly simple recipe lives up to its reputation, offering a delightful vegetable sushi roll packed to the brim with varied flavors and a nice crunch.

Though it does take a bit of prep time, making futomaki is well worth the healthy, yet tasty, finished product and is always a great addition to special events like birthday parties, or, as in my family, a special New Year’s tradition.

For this recipe, you’ll need an egg, carrot, cucumber, avocado, sushi rice, rice vinegar, sugar, and sushi hane or nori wraps. The wraps may be the only difficult to find ingredient, but can be found at most grocery stores or in specialty Asian markets. You’ll also need a sushi rolling mat, so now’s a good time for that free Amazon Prime trial.

First, cook the sushi rice and fluff it lightly with the rice vinegar. Then leave it to cool, covered, in a bowl on the side. Then, mix the egg with water and sugar, and cook it flat like an omelet.

Once cool, gently slice the egg into long, thin strips. Carefully cut the cucumber, carrot, and avocado into thin strips as well, keeping them long if possible.

Place the nori wrap with the rough side down on the rolling mat, and lightly brush water on the smooth side.

Then press sushi rice deliberately into all corners of the wrap, using a spoon to smooth the layer down.

Layer the carrot, egg, avocado, and cucumber at one end of the wrap, and slowly press into a cylinder.

Then use the sushi mat to roll the remainder together, applying equal amounts of pressure to all parts of the roll.

Once unwrapped, simply slice the roll into half inch segments, and voila, your sushi futomaki is ready for delicious eating!

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“Brokashi” (broke-ass-sushi) by Marinelle


Toasted Bread (preferably bagels)


Nori Komi Furikake (rice seasoning)

If you don’t have the time for the roll, this is an easy alternative to Madison’s amazing sushi!

This recipe doesn’t get any easier. You just need three ingredients: toast, avocado, and Nori Komi Furikake rice seasoning.

What is Nori Komi Furikake rice seasoning? It’s a blend of seaweed, salt, sugar, and sesame seeds, to give you that sushi feel.

I usually put the dial on my toaster to the number 5 heating temperature, just to get it super toasty, but it can be set to your preferred toast setting as well.

While the toast is heating, you want to get your avocado and cut it in half, keeping the rice seasoning close. When the toast is done, you want to put one half of the avocado on one slice of toast. I usually mash it up so it is a layer of avocado goodness, but some people may want to leave it in chunks.

Lastly, add the rice seasoning. Add as much or as little as you like. And there you go, a cheap wannabe sushi substitute!

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Green, delicious, cheap what else could you want?