Sweets and Valentine’s Day go hand-in-hand, but all that candy can get to be a bit much, so this veggie sushi recipe makes for a nice change of pace. The brown rice, nori, and carrots are all healthy and delicious, and the adorable heart shape is sweet way to send your little ones some lunchtime love.
We made ours with carrots but you could make this with your favorite sushi ingredients — fish, asparagus, avocado, whatever. The important thing is that it’s made with love.
Heart-Shaped Brown Rice and Carrot Sushi
makes 18 pieces
for the sushi
1 cup brown rice
2 cups cold water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
4 carrots, peeled and cut into long strips
3 sheets toasted nori
for the mold
4 x 10″ piece of cardboard
2 strong rubber bands
In a medium saucepan, combine the rice, cold water, and salt over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a boil, cover, and cook for 50 minutes. Test rice for doneness, fluff, and add a teaspoon of rice wine vinegar. Remove rice to a bowl to cool.
Meanwhile, prepare the carrots and blanche for 2 minutes. Set aside.
When the rice has cooled, lay the toasted nori sheet out on a sushi roller. Spread the rice into a 5″ wide rectangle that touches the top and bottom of the nori. Place the carrots in the center, and roll the sushi. Use a bit of cold water to moisten and seal the edge.
To make the heart mold, cut out a long strip of cardboard into a “V” shape, roughly 1 1/2 – 2″ wide on each side. Place the roll inside. In the center of the roll, place a chop stick, and press firmly into the roll. Secure the chopstick with 2 or 3 rubber bands. Allow sushi to stay in the mold for 10 minutes. Remove sushi roll, and cut into 1 1/2″ segments with a very sharp chef’s knife.
Serve with a small dish of soy sauce, pickled ginger, and wasabi.
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