I bloody love sushi! It's been one of my very favourite foods since I first tasted it years and years ago. There is something about stuffing my face with little savoury bite sized chunks of loveliness that I can just never resist. Another great thing about it is that it is so easy to veganize it. Most people think that sushi means raw fish, however I believe it actually means 'with rice,' so really in some respects this isn't really sushi. That's because I made this lot with quinoa!
I am so excited about this one. This one changes EVERYTHING!! Ok, that might be a little bit of an exaggeration, but still, I was well happy about it!
So the star of the day is....... cauliflower! I've always like cauliflower since childhood, when my Nan used to serve us raw cauliflower with dip before meals. I've also LOVED sushi since the first ever taste. So this.....this is a lovechild of the two. The idea started when I was trying to make a cauliflower crust pizza. It failed. I'm still in the process of trying to find a gluten free vegan pizza. I shall not be defeated. Anyway, I digress, part of the process is to is bung a cauliflower into a food processor and chop the living hell out of it. It was at this point that I thought the cauliflower had a very similar texture to rice, and would probably make much nicer sushi than pizza crust. I was right, however that night I hadn't listened to my heart. I went with the pizza and (because it was a failure) ended up eating sliced mushrooms and carrots for dinner. Not my best attempt to change the perception of vegans just eating carrot sticks eh? Well, this should change all that. This is a taste sensation!!!
Ooh la la! This is probably my very favourite meal when I want something filling, healthy and chock full of veg. I am a Ramen beast and I can nearly eat my own weight in it. Of course you can put whatever veggies you want in it, but seeing as I am a mushroom maniac I like to pack it with as many different types of mushroom as I can. We are obsessed with Shiitake mushrooms in my house (or shit-take mushrooms as my boyfriend's parents call them!)
They are so incredibly nutritious too, which makes stuffing my face with them all the better!
They are packed full of iron, are rich in B vitamins and are concentrated in minerals, which make them a great source of zinc, selenium, copper and manganese. They are also a good source of vitamin D (D2) and dietry fiber. Seriously, what is not to love? Well, unless you are my brother who honestly has a phobia of mushrooms, I can't think why you wouldn't want to eat as many of these mushroom kings as you can get your hands on!