Sushi is a healthy alternative to the usual ham and cheese sandwich often found in kids’ lunch boxes. Here we share our own easy homemade sushi recipe – one that is perfect for the lunch box of any kid who loves sushi. By no means will we claim for this to be the proper way to make sushi. It is simply a healthy lunch box alternative using an easy, hassle-free, kid friendly recipe created for ultra busy mums.
Sushi making can definitely be turned into a kids activity at home, because this is relatively easy to make. School aged kids can help in specific tasks like spreading the rice and filling on the seaweed and even rolling up the seaweed sushi wrapper. Toddler and preschool kids can help in making the filling.
What you need for your easy homemade sushi:
- 1 cup of cooked sushi rice – Japanese sushi rice is incredibly good. But it may not be something you will always have in your pantry. So we use Jasmine rice as an alternative – even leftover rice
- 1 T. rice vinegar (white vinegar as a substitute)
- Sushi wrapper, which is available in the Asian food section of most local groceries
- Your choice of filling for your sushi…
- In this recipe, we used: 1 small can of tuna, 1 small can of corn, slices of cucumber and Kewpie Japanese mayonnaise (available in the Asian aisle of big supermarkets). We highly recommend you use Japanese mayo, but if it is not available, regular mayonnaise will do.
- Other filling options: carrots cut up into matchsticks, leftover chicken teriyaki cut into strips, avocado slices or mashed avocado mixed with Japanese mayonnaise, strips of egg omelette
Preparing the assembly line for your easy homemade sushi:
1. Add the vinegar to the cooked rice. Mix well.
2. Prepare the tuna sushi filling by mixing the canned tuna, canned corn, salt, pepper and approximately 3-5T. of Japanese mayonnaise. You want the consistency to be creamy. If the tuna filling falls apart as you scoop it with a spoon, add a bit more mayo.
3. Lay out a bamboo sushi making mat. They aren’t expensive and are available in the Asian aisle at your local grocery store.
4. Have a small bowl with a bit of water, so you can wet your fingers right before handling the rice to prevent it from sticking to your finger.
5. Optional: With scissors, cut the seaweed sushi wrap in half. You can keep them whole but I tend to make small bite sized sushi for little kids
Assembly of your easy homemade sushi:
1. Lay the seaweed sushi wrap on the bamboo mat, shiny side down. Dip your fingertips into the bowl of water. Get a bit of rice and spread it flat on the bottom part of the sushi wrapper, covering around an inch to 1.5 inches of the bottom part of the sushi wrapper.
2. Spoon some of the tuna mixture, arranging it on top of the rice. If you’ve chosen to put fresh vegetables, like cucumber, as in this recipe, place them on a single line on top of the tuna mixture.
3. Start to roll the sushi, using the bamboo mat to help in rolling it up. Try as much as you can to roll it tight.
4. When only 1 cm. of sushi wrap is left unrolled, dip your finger in the bowl of water. Wet the top edge of the sushi wrap with your wet finger to help seal the sushi.
5. Slice the sushi roll into approximately 8 slices. This is smaller than what you would see in a restaurant, but it is a great size for kids, because they can pop the entire roll into their mouth.
Place the little sushi rolls in their lunchbox container the night before, and keep them in the fridge for next day’s school lunch.
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