After help from an adult to chop and prep the ingredients, kids can prepare most of this recipe themselves! This recipe comes to us from Sarah Koszyk, RDN of Family. Food. Fiesta.
Cooking Tip of the Week: Add less rice and more veggies to your rolls to make them crunchier and more flavorful!
Food for Thought: Does your family enjoy eating sushi on special occasions? Sushi used to be only available in restaurants because it was prepared by trained chefs. But for cheaper than getting sushi at a restaurant or take-out, you and your family can make a night of fun creative sushi ideas. You can make it even healthier by going using a variety of vegetables like carrots and cucumbers and even some fruit like pineapple!
Family Dinner Conversation Starter: What is your favorite vegetable that grows in the spring? Can we grow this is our backyard or on the windowsill?
Together: Marinate the tofu with 2 Tbsp. of soy sauce, garlic, and ginger.
Adult: Make the rice in a rice cooker. OR if using stove top, boil 2 cups water in a medium pot. Add the rice and reduce to medium-low heat. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes. Remove rice from rice cooker or pot and place in a large bowl.
Kid: Use a fork to fluff the rice. Add vinegar and 1 Tbsp. soy sauce. Mix together. Vinegar will make the rice stickier. Set aside.
Adult: At this time, you can peel and slice the carrot and cucumber and any other vegetables or fruit you want to try as well.
Together: Lay out 1 piece of nori seaweed. Place the rice in a long line down the middle of the seaweed sheet the horizontal way (long way). Leave room at the top and bottom to roll up the sushi. Put 1-2 strips of the carrot, 1 strip of cucumber, and 1 strip of marinated tofu in the middle of the rice. You can change up the combinations of each roll as you so choose.
Together: Start to roll up the sushi, if you have a mat you can use one, if you don’t just keep on rolling it up. Use a little bit of water and slide your finger down the seaweed to get it damp. The water will act like a seal at the end of the piece of nori and close your sushi roll just like licking an envelope shut.
Adult: Using a sharp knife, cut the sushi into smaller rolls; 1 roll is usually cut into six pieces and can feed one person. Try a variety of sauces on the side for dipping including soy sauce.