Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Vegan Sushi

Today's lunchbox almost ended up being a raw one except for the cooked rice in the sushi. I am still very interested in the whole raw vegan thing and am constantly reading up on it. I've even bought all of the equipment that you need to fix all those fancy raw dishes, and I've got the cookbooks. I just never have done it. If nothing else, I really want to try making the raw burgers and pizza (you know, "junk food" things) just to see what they taste like. I guess the main thing that has kept me from making fancy things like that is just the amount of prep time involved. I mean, if you're going to have to sprout grains to make your raw pizza crust, plus you have to dehydrate the whole thing once it's put together, well then you need to know that you want to have a raw pizza 2-4 days in advance. Of course, it's not really hard work letting something sprout or sit in the dehydrator. I just can't get past the "I want it NOW" mindset. I really would like to try making a raw pizza or burger someday though. I need to just DO it. Anyway...

Today I brought some vegan sushi which I just picked up at my local grocery store. I'm not an expert on sushi but I guess this could be considered an avocado roll since it has avocado in it. There's carrots in there too and, I don't think they show up in the picture very well, but there's some yummy toasted sesame seeds on the outsides of the sushi rolls too. Making my own sushi, like making some fancy raw food, is something else that I've always wanted to do and never gotten around to. Of course, I could just combine the two and make some homemade raw sushi one day. Have you ever seen how they make that before? It is so cool, they replace the cooked rice with raw cauliflower that has been pulsed in the food processor. It looks just like rice. So clever.

I've wanted to make my own vegan sushi before because there are just so many more things that you can do when you make it yourself. You can add tofu, spicy tempeh, and just all kinds of things. For example, if you've got a high speed internet connection and 30 minutes or so to spare, here is the first episode of Isa & Terry's Post Punk Kitchen show where they make, guess what, SUSHI! It's super fun to watch and they show you exactly how to make some awesome vegan sushi. Plus, after that, they make cupcakes!

I finished out the lunchbox with a bunch of raw food. I've got some broccoli & cauliflower, some baby carrots and some edamame. I didn't cook the edamame this time though. I bought it frozen, and I assume it was packed raw. I don't know if you're supposed to eat it raw? If you can eat it raw? But I thought I would just thaw it out and throw a little sea salt on it and see how it is. And for dessert I packed the ultimate in raw vegan convenience food, a Banana Cookie Larabar.

So that's lunch for Wednesday. Not very complicated, but yummy and healthy. Nothing wrong with that.



Vegan Knitting said...

Hi kenny,

Edamame is actually cooked. They just freeze it like any other frozen veggie. You couldn't eat raw soybeans.

Yummy lunch! keep 'em coming!

kennyboy said...

Now I know.

Thanks! :o)

Anonymous said...

From experience: soy beans (seem?) to be edible when they're young and freshly picked.

Dori said...

I think I've commented and said I love the lunchboxes at least once before. I just finished reading back posts including the first one this year, the one that makes me stop in to let you know I enjoy your posts and I see it come up in my reader each time you make a new one.

From a fellow lunch box carrier.

kennyboy said...

Thanks dori!

bitterknitter said...

Sushi is a lot of fun to make. And really it isn't hard at all! A little messy maybe and it took me a try or two to get the size right. It is really easy to make a HUGE roll, but not so easy to eat a huge roll :)

Now I want sushi for dinner...or even better I can plan it for lunch next week!

shebytches said...

Oh my god!!!! I just found your blog. I am in love with the veganlunchbox. now I've found a blog with vegan lunches for grown ups, well I pretend to be one anyway... LOVE IT! I've added you to my favourites!

kennyboy said...

Thanks shebytches.

Glad you found it!


Marieke van Vugt said...

Hi Ken,
I often make sushi, and even raw sushi is not too hard. Instead of rice you can use alfalfa sprouts, which you won't have to grate ;-) and then coat the inside of the nori with miso. A very good ingredient for the filling (apart from any veggies you like) are tomatoes and olives.
Thanks for sharing your lunchboxes with us!