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Life is good! I am sitting in bed with my laptop looking out the window at the beautiful green park across the street. Sometimes you forget to notice how lucky you are. I have never attempted to make sushi before until now. My mom always made it for dinner party’s as a kid, and I never liked it. When I was 20 years old I tried sushi again when I moved to Vancouver, and I changed my mind about it. I love Vancouver sushi, I am not a fan of raw fish so I mostly eat agedashi tofu, gomae salad and dynamite rolls. 😉  I always feel very bloated after too much sushi because there is lots of white rice and creamy mayo sauces to fill me up. This sushi does not make me feel like that at all, its divine! 🙂 I will warm you that making sushi is a bit of work….my kitchen looked like a bomb went off after and it took me over an hour to make and clean up. If you can make the quinoa the night before it would help save time.


Sushi with Quinoa, Avocado and Tempeh
Recipe type: Sushi
Serves: 2
  • 4 nori sheets
  • 3 tbs pickled ginger
  • 1 tbs sesame seeds
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 package tempeh
  • 2 tbs soy sauce or braggs
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • 1 tbs paprika
  • 1 tbs rice wine vinegar
  • extra soy sauce for serving
  • extra sesame seeds for garnish
  1. First cook the quinoa according to package instructions. Add the vinegar and 1 tbs of maple syrup. Set aside to cool or refrigerate.
  2. Next slice the tempeh into long stripps. Cover the tempeh in the marinade of sesame seeds, paprika, soy sauce and the other tbs of maple syrup. Let sit for 5 min. Then pan fry with a grill pan if you have one for about 2-3 min on each side. If you want the tempeh crispier you can bake it after in the oven for an additional 10 min.
  3. Slice the cucumber and avocado into thin strips.
  4. If you have a sushi mat use it, I just used a dish towel. Its time to roll the sushi. Place the shiny side of the nori roll down and cover it with a layer of quinoa. Leave a half inch at the bottom so you can wet it with water and it will stick to the other side when you roll it up. It helps to google a youtube video on how to roll sushi if you have never done it before.
  5. Place 2 strips of cucumber, avocado and tempeh in each roll and roll them up. Slice them gently on a cutting board and serve with soy sauce and ginger. I garnished my rolls with extra sesame seeds.