Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum! Thank you Heidi from the 101 cookbooks blog and author of a wonderful cookbook called Super Natural Cooking. She described this Sushi Bowl recipe on her recent post and hit the nail right on the head. It really is like a deconstructed sushi roll. The rice is nutty, the dressing is sweet and tart all at the same time, the tofu is crisp, the avocado creamy and smooth on the tongue, the scallions give it just the right amount of oniony taste, the little bits of nori and toasted sesame seeds add a surprising and welcome crunch with each bite. For sure, this will become part of our regular rotation of meals, especially since rice is SO easy to make in my still fairly new Sanyo Rice cooker (thanks to Gluten Free Girl’s suggestion). I LOOOOOOVVVVVVVVE this rice cooker. I’d venture to say we have rice at least 4 times a week. The rice comes out perfectly each time and that ain’t no lie.
The wonderful thing about this recipe is that it is very versatile and flexible. The next time I make it I will include some roasted asparagus and maybe some sauteed cremini mushrooms. Take your pick – I think it lends itself to any number of different variations.
The other great thing about this recipe is that it makes you feel like you’re living in a Japanese restaurant, I swear! It’s the real deal, very authentic tasting and looking.
If we’d gone out to one of our local (and fabulous) Japanese restaurants, I’m sure this would’ve set us back at least $50. We would’ve had beverages, maybe a salad (if the dressing was GF), a serving of edamame, and then two main courses (or lots of sushi). And while we would’ve rolled out of there feeling sated, I’m much happier knowing that I can have an authentic Japanese restaurant experience right at home for a heck of lot less money.
You see, it’s all because of the new budget we’ve begun following in earnest. With the price of oil skyrocketing like mad, we are tightening the ol’ belt. I’ve been making a weekly meal plan, I’ve been super-uber aware of what I buy at the grocery store AND I’ve been trying really hard to use all of the food I buy. Trust me, that’s new behavior on my part. At least being consistent about it is new behavior. I’ve tried budgets, I’ve tried making weekly meal plans. I’m determined to make it stick this time!
In fact, I’m not even allowing myself to buy Heidi’s cookbook that I referred to earlier in my post. Though I’ll be sad when I have to return it to the library next week. Instead, I’m putting it on my wishlist and hoping one of my kids reads my post! Ha! I’m only partly kidding.