Sushi is a very polarizing thing. People seem to either love it or they HATE it. Our household is in the love it camp. I could eat sushi crazy often and never get tired of it. But, that riiiice! That blasted rice! It takes something super light and weight loss friendly and screws it all up. Surely we should be able to have our cake and eat it too. Right? I ran across a brilliant idea to replace the rice with…wait for it….drum roll….cauliflower rice! Why have I never thought of this? I love cauliflower rice! I mean this borders on genius here people! Hold the phone and stop the presses and all that jazz! So I present to you grain free sushi which I first saw the idea for on Whole New Mom‘s blog.
She gives a recipe for steaming the cauliflower rice and some seasonings and then a list of ideas. Her go too fillings are a little fancier than mine with fermented radish tops and pickled herring. But, I kept the spirit the same. This is this link to her recipe. My version is below.
1 head of cauliflower
Nori (sheets of seaweed)
Fillings of your choice
For Cauliflower Rice
1 head cauliflower
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp agave nectar
1/4 tsp salt
Canned albecore tuna
Imitation crab meat
Cut sheets into quarters.
For Cauliflower Rice:
1. In a blender or food processor, pulse cauliflower until it resembles rice.
2. Pour both cauliflower and a cup of water into a microwave safe bowl and microwave to steam it for about 7 minutes or until tender and no longer crunchy.
3. Drain through a sieve.
4. Mix together vinegar, agave, and salt.
5. Stir until salt dissolves, then pour into the cauliflower rice and mix well.
6. Put the cauliflower rice into a serving bowl.
Julienne the cucumber.
1. For any other ingredients, cut into two to three inch strips.
2. Place chosen fillings on a plate.
1. To assemble, lay a square of nori on a plate or in your hand.
2. Put some cauliflower rice on it, lay your chosen ingredients across, close it up, and dip it in soy sauce.