Do you know what a sushi bowl is?
Good, me neither.
Ok, I dont know what you answered, because I don’t have a crystal ball. But I know you’ll like this bowl.
Anyone who knows me knows that Im not very fancy when it comes to food. I love basic stuff – falafels, wraps, lentils, chickpeas and their gasses afterwards.
But a few weeks ago I was deeply desiring a sushi. You know how out of nowhere you start thinking of a certain food and you just can’t stop? And then you start googling all kinds of recipes with it?
In my mind I was picturing something yummy with quinoa instead of rice to add a little spark and nutrition to my boring and lately undernourished life. In reality I knew I can’t make quinoa sushi. I’ve tried.
What I can make when I try to make quinoa sushi is a big mess – I don’t know what I’m doing wrong but whenever I try the quinoa sushi (and my whole world) falls apart.
Therefore sushi bowl. You just throw stuff together in a bowl and call it sushi bowl. And then you’re cool like the people on Instagram.
I did use some inspiration from this awesome recipe here – it said 5 minute sushi bowl. There are three things I like about the title of that recipe: 5 minute sushi. That recipe fulfilled all my expectations – 5 minutes and it tastes like sushi.
My only unanswered quetion about sushi bowls is how do you eat them? Do you use a fork? Sticks? Spoons or some new invention? Somebody told me about some freak invention between a fork and a spoon (a foon??). Might be old, after all a few weeks I saw a fish knife for the first time at one fish “restaurant” and I had no idea what to do with it. I thought it was a joke – I can’t cut with it, I can’t comb my hair with it, I can’t sing with it…seriously what is it good for?
So I’ll be the first to admit it – here I used a large spoon. I really made sure everything from that bowl made it safely into my mouth.
Note: For this recipe I used some mediterranian mushrooms from a jar at first (see picture), but I actually liked the bowl better without them. Avocado, peppers and that amazing wasabi dressing make the whole thing complete. So if you don’t have a jar of mushrooms – let it go, don’t really need it.
You’ll also need some cooked + cooled quinoa for this.
Health and beauty benefits
I’m pretty happy with the health benefits of this quinoa bowl too. First of all: I did not have to take a nap after lunch, so that’s a good start. Second – I love how nutritious this bowl is: protein, iron, vitamin C, Bs, calcium, omega-3’s, fiber…Pretty impressive for something made in just about 5 min.
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 1 nori sheet - sliced thinly
- 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
- 1 avocado, peeled and chopped
- 2 spring onions/scallions, chopped
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp flax seeds
- 1 tbsp nigella seeds
- 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
- 1 tbsp wasabi paste
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil (roasted isn't healthier, but I find it more delicious)
- 1 tbsp vinegar (I used balsamic)
- Fluff cooked quinoa and mix in a large bowl with scallions and the wasabi sauce.
- Divide into two bowls and arrange on top: nori, cucumber, avocado, bell pepper. Optionally - some mushrooms.
- Top with nigella seeds, flax seeds and sesame seeds.
- Eat with a spoon. (Or a foon).
How about you? Have you ever had a quinoa sushi bowl? Or a sushi bowl at all? More importantly what do you use to eat it?