Quinoa Maki

When you have dietary restrictions you’ve always got to plan meals and snacks ahead of time for work, travelling or parties. Otherwise, you’ll starve. Ok, you probably won’t starve, but it’s difficult to find convenience foods that are healthy, dairy-free and gluten-friendly.

On occasion, I misjudge how much food I’ll need during the day and end up craving something satisfying by 3:00pm. Sushi is always my go-to snack – it’s filling, but not too heavy, inexpensive and convenient. However, I am concerned about eating so much white rice, since it doesn’t have much nutritional value.

That’s why this recipe is genius. Genius! It’s got the tasty comfort of traditional sushi with added benefits from the quinoa like protein, magnesium, riboflavin and fibre, to name a few.

These are not difficult to prepare and you can fill them with anything. My favourite sushi has avocado and yams – how about you?

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Quinoa Maki
From The Conscious Cook

1 ½ cups cooked quinoa
1 tsp rice vinegar (or to taste)
1 tsp sugar (or to taste)
2 tbsp vegan mayonnaise
1 tsp sambal olek (or any garlic chili paste)
Half of a large avocado, sliced
Nori sheets

Mix the vegan mayonnaise with the sambal olek and set aside. Sprinkle sugar and rice vinegar over the quinoa and mix until well incorporated.

Take one sheet of nori and spread quinoa onto it in thin layer, leaving a few inches at the top. Place avocado slices at the bottom of the nori, dollop the mayonnaise mixture across the slices and roll the maki up tightly. Dab water onto the exposed nori at the top and seal. Cut into slices.

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21 Responses to Quinoa Maki

  1. CinnamonQuill/GlutenFreeFeed.com November 11, 2010 at 5:54 am #

    Wow! This is sushi I might actually love; nice work!

  2. NourishU November 12, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    Yum, thanks!!

  3. squashblossombabies November 12, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    Oh my gosh! This is brilliant!!

    • sondibruner November 12, 2010 at 11:53 am #

      Isn’t it? Tal Ronnen is awesome.

  4. janemaynard November 12, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    hi there! just wanted to let you know we featured this post on the FoodPress.com homepage today. love the photo and love the unique twist on traditional sushi. very fun! have a great day! jane

    • sondibruner November 12, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

      Hi Jane! I was SO excited to see this on the FoodPress.com homepage. Thank you thank you!

  5. TA Loeffler November 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    Brilliant…just brilliant!

  6. lartichaud November 12, 2010 at 6:27 pm #

    briliant, I’ve heard of quinoa sushi making for the first this week and I’m incredibly excited at the prospect of try them out at home!

  7. Dilek November 12, 2010 at 8:14 pm #

    great idea, can’t wait to try it!

  8. ThisAmericanDiet November 12, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    Very clever. I’ll have to give it a try.

  9. Jodie Cordell November 13, 2010 at 4:19 am #

    OMG!! This is genius! I love quinoa for its flavor and the great nutritional value over rice! But I never would have thought to use it in sushi rolls! What a brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing! ;)

  10. bethlee November 13, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    genius! – who would have thought of it, and once you put it out there, quinoa, then, yes! of course.

    thanks!

  11. amber November 13, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

    I have a similar recipe in my quinoa365 book – I wasn’t sure if I was going to try it, but looking at these pictures, I think I will!! This looks mmm mmm good & healthy too!
    Amber :)

  12. amber November 13, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

    How many rolls did this make Sondi? 1 1/2 cups of quinoa is A LOT!!
    Amber :)

    • sondibruner November 13, 2010 at 11:31 pm #

      It is a lot of quinoa, but keep in mind it’s 1 1/2 cups quinoa that’s cooked, not dry. I definitely had some quinoa left over, and filled about 4 sheets of nori. So I had leftovers for lunch for a few days! So good, especially if you mix up the fillings.

  13. radams89 November 14, 2010 at 6:58 am #

    I’ve seen brown rice before, but never something like this.
    We just need restaurants to take the hint because I hate having to fill up on white rice when I’m out with friends..

    austineatcetera.wordpress.com

    • sondibruner November 14, 2010 at 8:41 am #

      Even brown rice sushi is few and far between. It would be nice if restaurants explored more exciting and nutritious veggie options, but at the moment I’m not going to hold my breath!

  14. anne onsoien November 14, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    Wow, this looks amazing, I want to eat them! I´m gonna try it, thanks!

  15. baahnvoyage January 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    I have not yet tried making any sort of maki, but I have been meaning to try my hand at it for quite some time.

    As soon as I get all of the ingredients assembled, this recipe will be the first one I’m trying. Thanks for posting it!

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