Soon the Catholic Church will enter a period of Lenten fasting? A strict fast would mean going vegan (meatless, eggless, dairy-free). That doesn’t leave much choice, so how about some yummy meatless recipes for your Lenten fasting? Try these vegan sushi recipes for Lent or other Catholic fast days. Sushi (as in sushinori rolls) has hit the yuppie public and created a quiet riot, like Mahjhong hit the baby-boomers of the fifties! Sushi has been around for quite awhile, in the Soho-esque subcultures in NYC and San Francisco. Sushi is great for people on vegetarian, vegan, diabetics, low sodium or weight loss diets and in short, the whole world. So vegan is a buzzword, but it’s how most of the world eats–simple, meatless, sustainable, locally sourced. Sushi rolls make great recipes for Lent, when the Catholic is called to Lenten fasting to live simply, in solidarity with the poor.
Not all sushi is created equal and not all is the seaweed and rice variety. Some, like inari, is tiny pita-like shells filled with greens. Typically sushi is raw fish and rice wrapped in seaweed. Sashimi is the actual term for raw fish, specifically salmon. Sushi is raw fish wrapped in rice and covered with seaweed. But the term sushi has become a westernized colloquialism (like calling all tissues Kleenex). But how you stuff and design sushi rolls is endlessly varied.
To make sushi rolls, you will need bamboo sushi rollers, available at Asian markets or online and at Walmart and Bed, Bath and Beyond. Sushi rollers are inexpensive and expedite the sushi making process. They will come in handy for other recipes for Lent and other Catholic fast days. Next gather your ingredients–Sushinori seaweed wraps, sesame seeds and brown sticky rice (basmati and jasmine rice are the tastiest).
Next cut favorite vegetables into long thin matchsticks. Slice cucumber, carrots, celery, crimini or shitake mushrooms, avocado, scallions, zucchini and colored peppers work. Choose three or four different vegetables for each type of sushi roll. Try to get a variety of colors. This will make California style sushi rolls. Optionally, if you aren’t doing strict vegan or Lenten fasting, and are eating fish and dairy, add raw salmon: slice in very thin slices. You can also purchase sushi salmon. egg yolk and cream cheese. Serve with wasabi and sushi ginger strips on the side.
To prepare sushi recipes for Lent, rinse bamboo roller and cover with plastic wrap. Lay sushinori seaweed wrap on roller or sprinkle sesame seeds on roller (for sesame coated sushi). Spread rice to a quarter inch layer over sushinori or sesame seeds. Smooth flat with oiled fingers. About one third of the way from the edge closest to you, make rows of vegetables, eggs and salmon. Put rows right next to each other and on top of each other.
Gently roll bamboo mat away from you with thumbs on roller and fingers on filling. Open and adjust connecting portion as needed. Reroll, open, adjust and smooth edges of sushi log. Slice into 6-8 sushi rolls. Serve with Bragg’s liquid amino in place of soy sauce; no MSG and full of nutrients. Enjoy these healthy recipes for Lent. You might decide to continue your Catholic Lenten fasting open all year long! For more recipes from the Lenten Kitchen, visit this blog Great Food 4U.