Rosemary Olive Sourdough Bread

How to make Crusty Sourdough Bread with rosemary, roasted garlic and kalamata olives that requires no kneading and rises overnight. Made with sourdough starter instead of yeast!  I have really enjoyed watching you perfect your Sourdough Bread over the…

How to make Crusty Sourdough Bread, infused with rosemary, roasted garlic and olives that requires no kneading and rises overnight. Made with sourdough starter instead of yeast! #sourdoughbread

How to make Crusty Sourdough Bread with rosemary, roasted garlic and kalamata olives that requires no kneading and rises overnight. Made with sourdough starter instead of yeast!  I have really enjoyed watching you perfect your Sourdough Bread over the past 6 months! Many of you have posted your beautiful loaves on Instagram, some have sent photos...

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Homemade Sourdough Croutons

Here’s a simple EASY recipe for Homemade Croutons, to use in soups, salads and stews. It’s the perfect way to use up leftover sourdough bread! Keeps up to 2 weeks.  I hear you’ve been baking a lot of sourdough bread lately! Eating it…

How to make EASY Homemade croutons - a great way to use up leftover sourdough bread! Baked, Vegan!

Here’s a simple EASY recipe for Homemade Croutons, to use in soups, salads and stews. It’s the perfect way to use up leftover sourdough bread! Keeps up to 2 weeks.  I hear you’ve been baking a lot of sourdough bread lately! Eating it, giving it away to family and friends, even freezing it for later....

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Mediterranean Farro Salad w/ Marinated Zucchini and Chickpeas

 Mediterranean Farro Salad with Marinated Zucchini and Chickpeas tossed in a tangy lemony dressing with fresh mint, parsley and oregano. Top with optional feta, or keep it vegan! A simple, delicious Farro Salad you are going to be very glad to see in …

Mediterranean Farro Salad with Marinated Zucchini & Chickpeas, fresh herbs and optional feta, tossed a simple lemony dressing. #farrosalad #vegansalad #zucchinirecipes #chickpeasalad

 Mediterranean Farro Salad with Marinated Zucchini and Chickpeas tossed in a tangy lemony dressing with fresh mint, parsley and oregano. Top with optional feta, or keep it vegan! A simple, delicious Farro Salad you are going to be very glad to see in your fridge when you need a quick and satisfying lunch.  It is bright and...

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How to Make Tortillas (Corn + Flour & Sourdough)

How to make Homemade Tortillas from scratch with masa harina, flour, or a blend of both. And you don’t even need a tortilla press for this recipe if you have a glass pie plate! Plus a bonus recipe for Sourdough Tortillas using your sourdough sta…

How to make homemade tortillas from scratch using corn, flour or a blend, with a sourdough option! #tortillas

How to make Homemade Tortillas from scratch with masa harina, flour, or a blend of both. And you don’t even need a tortilla press for this recipe if you have a glass pie plate! Plus a bonus recipe for Sourdough Tortillas using your sourdough starter and masa harina- my personal favorite! We have a lot of taco...

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Super Natural Vegan Sushi

This is homemade vegan sushi made with sweet potato fries, seasoned tofu, avocado, kale chips, and a whole grain sushi rice blend. A quick kiss of strong wasabi-spiked soy sauce is my preferred dipping sauce.

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I make this vegan sushi constantly. Especially anytime the weather is hot (read:now). It’s a recipe I planned to include in Super Natural Simple, but ended up leaving it out at the last minute. So! They’re making their appearance here where I have more room to talk through rices, rolling technique, and variations. And don’t worry, you don’t need any special tools to make it. This is homemade vegan sushi made with sweet potato fries, seasoned tofu, avocado, kale chips, and a whole grain sushi rice blend. A quick kiss of strong wasabi-spiked soy sauce is my preferred dipping sauce.
Super Natural Vegan Sushi

Let’s Talk About Sushi Rice

The key to your success here is choosing the appropriate rice. One way to be sure your sushi rolls hold together is to use white short-grain sushi rice. For this recipe you’ll combine cooked white sushi rice with other whole grains to “boost” it nutritionally. I’ve found that using a percentage of white rice really helps the rolls come together. More importantly, it helps them hold together, especially important for newbie sushi makers or if you’re having kids help out.

To cook the sushi rice, rinse the rice grains well before cooking. And if you have time to let them soak, even better. I use 2 cups of rice and 3 cups of water, and a bit of salt – scant 1/2 teaspoon. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Allow to sit, covered, for 10 minutes more. You should end up with perfect chubby, sticky grains of rice you can then combine with other quinoa, cooked grains, pearled barley, black rice, or brown rice. I’ll outline the ratio I like below, but you can experiment. This organic sushi rice is an example of the kind of rice you’re after for the white sushi rice component.

Seasoning: Traditional sushi rice also uses a vinegar and sugar mixture as seasoning. Sometimes I add it to my cooked rice, other times I skip it. I know this might be a controversial admission, but I’d encourage you to think through a range of different ways you can season, spice, or boost your rice. The rice in these sushi rolls is plain and simple. That said, once you get the hang of the basics, you can experiment if you like! Use strong broth in place of the water in your rice. You can add spices (turmeric, curry blends, etc.) or ingredients like minced garlic, ginger, or scallions. Play around!
Vegan Sushi Ingredients

No Sushi Mat, No Problem!

You don’t need to have a special sushi mat to make sushi. I tend to use parchment paper. A clean linen or cotton towel can also work. If you want to make reverse roll (where the rice is on the outside, line your parchment paper with a sheet of plastic wrap. Do a layer of rice, next add the sheet of nori followed by more ingredients and/or rice. You can see my set up for getting ready to roll sushi in the photos below. Basically this is a long way of saying, you don’t need a bunch of specialty equipment to make vegetable or vegan sushi.Tofu in Skillet for Vegan Sushi

Vegan Sushi Filling Ideas

As I mention up above, I’m highlighting my favorite “everyday” vegan sushi roll for you today. I’ve made them twice this week! I’ll talk you through the main components:

  • Seasoned Tofu: Marinate slabs of tofu in a simple soy sauce, water, sesame-chile oil mixture. You can grill the tofu or cook it in a skillet (above) until golden. Cool a bit, and use a sharp knife to slice into matchsticks. You can see the sliced tofu pictured below.
  • Sweet Potato “Fries”: Slice sweet potatoes into fry shapes. Skins on or off, your choice. Toss with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, a bake at 400F until golden, flipping once or twice along the way. I tend to use the sweet potato version of these oven fries, but Wayne sometimes buys pre-cut sweet potato oven fries in a freezer bag, and those work great too.
  • Avocado: Thinly sliced, and perfectly ripe is what you’re after.
  • Kale Chips: I like the crunch you get from adding a few kale chips. Consider adding them a bonus if you have some on hand.
  • Sesame seeds: In your rolls, on your rolls, whatever.
  • Wildcards: If I have them sometimes I add a bit of cucumber, spicy tempeh crumble, or I’ll make the sushi with this tempeh in place of the tofu. I love this all-natural wasabi paste, and mix it with soy sauce, shoyu, or tamari as a dipping sauce.

As I mentioned, on the rice front, I like a rice blend with a good amount of whole grains in it, and have had the best results using half white sushi rice mixed well with half whole grain rice. For the whole grain rice portions, I like to cook short grain brown rice with a good amount of quinoa in it. That said, any whole grain blend should work with the white sushi rice. It’s sticky and helps everything hold together nicely.

How to Assemble Your Sushi

Sushi doesn’t have to be perfect to be delicious. Keep that in mind if you’re new to this. I thought I’d post a play-by-play photo series of how these rolls come together. Before we get into it, one thing that is helpful to know if your sushi rice is sticky and hard to work with is this. Use cold water to wet your hands or spatula. It’s a game changer.

Ready to roll: Once you have all your ingredients prepared it’s time to make sushi. What you see in the photo below is a sheet of parchment paper in place of a sushi mat. On top of that a 8×8-inch sheet of nori is placed. About a cup of rice is spread across the bottom third. Pat it down with a spatula so it holds together. Now add strips of avocado, sweet potato, tofu, and whatever else you’d like in your sushi.

Preparing Vegan Sushi on Sheet of Nori
Working from the bottom, use your sushi mat or parchment paper to start gently (but confidently!) guiding and shaping everything tightly into a roll. You can see how it starts in the photo below. 
Demonstration of How to Start Rolling Sushi
Use your extra fingers to keep ingredients in place and to pull the roll in toward the sushi mat. See photo below. The goal is shaping and keeping things tight. Keep guiding and rolling.
Demonstrating Sushi Tuck-and-Roll Technique
Once the rice and fillings have been encircled by the nori, compress and pull things tight one more time. I basically run my hands along the length of the roll making sure nothing is loose. 
Using Sushi Mat or Parchment Paper to Roll Sushi
Continue rolling to the end of the nori at this point, guiding the sushi mat or parchment paper out of the way as you go. See above and below examples.
Finished Vegan Sushi Roll
At this point you should be able cut the roll into pieces of sushi. Use your sharpest knife, and keep it clean as you go.
Super Natural Vegan Sushi Recipe
It’s a lot of fun to explore the world of vegetarian and vegan sushi. Next up on my list is to make a roll using sushi rice version of Bryant Terry’s Amazing Green Rice. Basically, I imagine it will be very similar to this roll, but using his blender technique to green-ify the rice. Or maybe as we make our way into the fall a mushroom-centric roll. Excited to see your versions!

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Peruvian Burritos with Aji Verde Sauce (Vegan!)

These vegan Peruvian Burritos are filled with roasted sweet potato, fresh corn, peppers, quinoa, whipped black beans, and drizzled with Spicy Peruvian Green Sauce. Flavorful, filling, vegan and Delicious!  I’m soooooo excited for you to try thes…

These Peruvian Burritos are filled with roasted sweet potato, fresh corn, peppers, quinoa and creamy blackbeans, then drizzled with spicy Peruvian Green Sauce. A flavor bomb! Vegan and Delicious! #vegan #burrito #peruvianfood #peruvianrecipes #veganburrito

These vegan Peruvian Burritos are filled with roasted sweet potato, fresh corn, peppers, quinoa, whipped black beans, and drizzled with Spicy Peruvian Green Sauce. Flavorful, filling, vegan and Delicious!  I’m soooooo excited for you to try these because I KNOW you will love them. These Peruvian Burritos with Aji Verde (Spicy Peruvian Green Sauce) are not...

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Indian Lemon Rice

Introducing Indian Lemon Rice! Infused with Indian spices and tangy, zesty lemon, this South Indian classic is the perfect side dish to pair with all of your Indian meals! The Lemon Rice is baked, creating a deliciously crispy crust that will have you…

How to make Indian Lemon rice. Infused with Indian spices, this fragrant rice dish is the perfect side to your Indian meals. #lemonrice #indianrice #basmatirice

Introducing Indian Lemon Rice! Infused with Indian spices and tangy, zesty lemon, this South Indian classic is the perfect side dish to pair with all of your Indian meals! The Lemon Rice is baked, creating a deliciously crispy crust that will have you coming back for seconds!  I slept and dreamt that life was joy....

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Easy Little Bread

The simple, easy little bread you should make right this minute – yeast-based, farm-style, made from rolled oats and a blend of all-purpose and whole wheat flours.

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I’m eating a slice of butter-slathered homemade bread. And quite frankly, it might be the least interesting looking bread you’ve ever set eyes on. That said, at this particular moment, there isn’t anything on this earth that would taste better. I’m convinced of it. It reminds me of the bread my dad would sometimes bake for us as kids. A dead simple yeast bread recipe made from ingredients I can nearly guarantee you have on hand. My dad’s bread was made using all-purpose white flour, whereas this bread is made with a white, wheat, rolled oat blend. I’ve baked it three times this week, after I came across the recipe for it in a beautiful, heartfelt cookbook by Natalie Oldfield.Easy Little Bread Recipe
I snapped a few shots of the book to give you a sense of it. See below. Super cute, right? I love the grids of vintage family pictures, and the soft color palette of the recipe pages. It’s a collection recipes inspired by the notebooks of Dulcie May Booker, written by her granddaughter Natalie. It was published in New Zealand, then Australia and the UK. I stumbled on my copy of it the other day at Omnivore Books here in SF, although I don’t think it’s been published in the U.S. yet.
Easy Little Bread Recipe

The recipes are classic and no-fuss. The kind that can and (clearly) have been whipped up a hundred times over – scones, fruit pies, chocolate cake, lemon bars, shortbread, and a selection of savory dishes as well.

Easy Little Bread Recipe

So, to all of you who still shy away from yeast-based recipes – you’ve got to try this one. You can have the dough in the pan in 5-10 minutes. It sits around for 30 minutes while I’m in the shower, then straight into the oven. Thank you Gran & Natalie. It’s a beautiful book.

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Plum Galette with Buckwheat Crust

Juicy summer plums are highlighted in this simple recipe for Plum Galette with Buckwheat Crust. The buckwheat is super tasty – but optional here, so don’t let it stop you! A pinch of five-spice adds a whisper of the exotic.  Every time I b…

Juicy summer plums are highlighted in this simple recipe for Plum Galette with Buckwheat Crust. The buckwheat is super tasty - but optional here, so don't let it stop you! A pinch of five-spice adds a whisper of the exotic. #plumgalette #plumtart

Juicy summer plums are highlighted in this simple recipe for Plum Galette with Buckwheat Crust. The buckwheat is super tasty – but optional here, so don’t let it stop you! A pinch of five-spice adds a whisper of the exotic.  Every time I bite into a juicy ripe summer plum, I am flooded with joy...

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Summer Tomato Risotto with Saffron

A summery Tomato Risotto highlighting juicy, sweet, vine-ripened tomatoes, and infused with saffron.  Serve this as a vegetarian main, seasonal side dish, or top it off with smoky,  pan-seared shrimp. Vegetarian-adaptable! Is there anything better tha…

Summer Tomato Risotto with juicy vine-ripened tomatoes, and infused with saffron, can be served as a vegetarian main or side dish, or topped off with smoky shrimp. #vegetarian #risotto #shrimprisotto

A summery Tomato Risotto highlighting juicy, sweet, vine-ripened tomatoes, and infused with saffron.  Serve this as a vegetarian main, seasonal side dish, or top it off with smoky,  pan-seared shrimp. Vegetarian-adaptable! Is there anything better than summer’s sweet and juicy tomatoes, picked right off the vine? I look forward to them every year, never tiring...

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