Cauliflower Rice & Quinoa Sushi

I Absolutely love sushi. My boyfriend Chancy & I make it quite frequently because it is delicious and actually quite easy to make! Recently we have been trying to clean up our plant based diet with eliminating things such as white rice and instead replacing it with QUINOA. I combined quinoa and some left over cauliflower rice I had in the fridge and it was PERFECT in the sushi. I added HUMMUS as the secret ingredient that way the quinoa and cauliflower would stick together and it also added great texture and flavor. I think I really prefer THIS over the classic sushi rice.

The great thing about making sushi at home is how creative you can get with the fillings! Really add any fillings your heart desires. I love the combination of baked veggies with avocado and tofu. If I could recommend my top two favorites in the sushi I would have to say BAKED SEASONED CAULIFLOWER (new game changer) & AVOCADO (classic must!).

Cauliflower Rice & Quinoa Sushi

Serves 4
Author: Alexa Soto
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| Total time: 40 minutes | Prep time: 5 minutes  |
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INGREDIENTS
Cauliflower rice & quinoa 
1 cup uncooked quinoa (I used tri-colored but any kind would work perfect)
1/2 cauliflower (reserve other half for fillings)
4 tbsp store bought hummus (plain)
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
Fillings
1/2 cauliflower
2 avocados
Asparagus
2 Sweet potatoes
1/2 Tofu block, extra firm & high protein if possible (I purchase mine from Trader Joe’s)
2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
Other ingredients
Seaweed sheets (6-8)
Soy sauce Or tamari (for dipping)
Sesame seeds

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INSTRUCTIONS
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1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Peel then cut sweet potatoes into fries, and cut washed cauliflower into small florets. (Reserve half of the cut cauliflower for the cauliflower rice)
3. On a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper, line up sweet potato fries and spread out cauliflower on the same baking sheet (or another one if you need more room.)
4. In a small bowl combine 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp garlic powder and a pinch of salt. Mix with a spoon and then sprinkle this mixture over the cauliflower.
5. Place the cauliflower and sweet potatoes in the preheated oven an bake for 30 minutes.
6. Meanwhile cook quinoa according the direction of the package. This should take a total of 20-25 minutes.
Place the reserved cut cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until rice texture is reached.
Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add cauliflower rice to the pan along with 2 tbsp of water. Cook for 5 minute, add a pinch of salt and pepper then turn off heat.
7. Slice tofu into strips and place in a shallow bowl. Add to tbsp soy sauce, making sure each piece of tofu has soaked up the soy sauce. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper lay out the tofu and asparagus. Once there is 15 minutes left for the cauliflower and sweet potatoes to bake, place in oven and cook for 15 minutes.
8. Once the quinoa is cooked and your cauliflower rice is ready, in a large bowl combine quinoa, cauliflower rice, 4 tbsp hummus, 1 tbsp rice vinegar and a 1/2 tsp salt. Mix well to combine.
9. Lay out a large piece of plastic wrap, then lay seaweed paper over it with rough side facing up, apply rice to nori sheet covering all edges. Apply rice 1/2″ thick.
10. Layer veggies on bottom of nori & roll carefully with the plastic wrap, tightening with hands as you roll. Slice with a sharp knife. Season with sesame seeds if desired & Use Soy Sauce dipping and enjoy!

*To make sushi “sandwich” peep The lazy cat kitchen blog post to see tutorial!

Onigirazu (sushi sandwich)

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