When I was in my early 20s, sushi bowls were my go-to lunch or dinner. They were quick, easy, and delicious! Now that I’m older, (choke) and wiser, though, I know that some of the ingredients I used back then weren’t always that healthy. Since those days, I’ve given my sushi bowls a much needed update, and am here to show you how you can create your own delicious and “healthy” sushi bowls!
As with my Buddha bowls, on the weekends I will often prep ingredients for the week. Sushi bowls aren’t that different. You can steam your rice, make your dressing, and prep any other ingredients in advance that you may want to throw in, such as cooked yams, edamame beans, etc. This will save you time during your busy week. They make a great take-to-work lunch, or a quick dinner when you’re short on time.
Again, as with Buddha bowls, there are endless combinations of sushi bowls to try. You don’t need to follow a recipe. Start with your rice. I like brown rice, but you can use any short-grain rice you like, bearing in mind that white rice is more refined and generally considered less healthy than unrefined rice.
Preparing your rice
Traditionally sushi rice is prepared using “seasoned rice vinegar” which is basically rice vinegar with sugar and salt added in. (Here’s a good overview.) Personally, I enjoy the subtle sweet flavor of traditional seasoned sushi rice, but don’t want the sugar and salt. You can use a teaspoon agave in place of sugar and some coconut or soy aminos, or you can skip seasoning the rice all together, opting instead to mix in a nice asian-style dressing at the end after assembling your bowl. Experiment and see what you like.
Veggies, Fruits, and Starches
Here comes the fun part! You can create any combination you like for your add-ins. Just think veggie sushi. What are your favorite combinations? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Cooked yams
- Cooked mushrooms
- Purple cabbage
- Daikon radish
- Bell peppers
- Mango slices
- Red onion
- Romaine lettuce
- Edamame beans
- Grilled Tofu
- Green onion
- Sesame seeds
- Nori (Seaweed)
- Pickled Ginger
- Hemp seeds
Dressing or Seasoning
- Rice vinegar
- Tamari or coconut/soy aminos
- Any Asian-inspired dressing (Here’s a great one from Oh She Glows)
Assemble your bowls and enjoy!
Feel free to share your topping ideas in the comments! I’d love to hear them.
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