I came across this creative idea quite by accident while surfing around on Instagram. I shared it with Nikki and together we decided to our own spin on Onigirazu — traditionally sushi rice wrapped with a nori sheet to form a pocket, with whatever filling suits your fancy. We decided to switch things up a bit, and instead of using white sushi rice, we substituted it with turmeric quinoa. Worked like a charm… a healthy little charm 😉
Onigirazu sandwiches are a fast, easy to prepare and you don’t need any special tools to make it. Feel free to experiment with the fillings, you can use any vegetables, sprouts, lentil or whole grains. Also feel free to use any leftovers you might have around the house and make your own onigirazu in about 5 minutes or less!
Depending on what fillings you use, this can be a very healthy and satisfying dish. You could even use some tempeh to boost the protein content – great for any plant-based athletes out there!
Now let’s give this baby a try, shall we?
Vegan Quinoa Onigirazu aka Muscle Building Sushi Sandwich
- 2 organic nori sheet
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- pinch of black pepper
- pinch of salt
- Any veggies of your choice will work here. Be creative. We use:
- 1/4 English cucumber sliced
- 1 carrot shredded
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 roasted/cook or pickled beet
- 1 leaf of Swiss chard or Romain lettuce gives the sandwich a nice crunch
- Handful of fresh cilantro
Miso Ginger Sauce:
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 3 tablespoon miso
- 2 ″ fresh ginger root peeled
- juice of one lime
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
- 2 tablespoon coconut nectar or maple syrup
- 1 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/8 cup water less or more
Pour the quinoa into a fine mesh strainer and rinse under running water for at least 30 seconds. Drain well.
Combine the rinsed quinoa and water with turmeric, pepper and salt in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then decrease the heat a bit to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook until the quinoa has absorbed all of the water, about 10 to 12 minutes. Reduce heat as time goes on to maintain a gentle simmer.
Remove the pot from heat, cover, and let the quinoa steam for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork.
While the quinoa is cooking prep your veggies. Wash, peel, slice, shred, etc.
Miso Ginger Sauce
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth and creamy, adding water as needed.
Lay out individual nori sheet on a length of cling wrap, on a working surface, shiny side down.
Drop 1/4 of the quinoa in the center, and flatten.
Now pile veggies of your choice (chard, avocado, carrot, beet, cucumber, cilantro) over the quinoa (right to the edges of the quinoa).
Top with second 1/4 of quinoa.
Fold the nori as a package, bringing up each corner to meet in the middle, with some overlap.
Fold the cling wrap up over, seal relatively tightly, then flip over and let sit five minutes.
Prep up the second nori wrap in the same way.
Slice packets in half using a sharp, wetted knife, and enjoy either warm or (same day) cold. Dip in the miso ginger sauce as desired.
Check out this quick video on how to assemble:
Enjoy making these fun Onigirazu “sandwiches” and remember to be creative, choose different fillings, take photos, share them with us and keep on being awesome!
Love & Light,