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Brown Rice ‘Heart’ Sushi

Brown Rice ‘Heart’ Sushi

Did I ever mention my 2 year old is funny?

What’s ‘funny’ is that sometimes I just want to make my toddler a peanut butter and jam sandwich with a few slices of cheese and apples on the side and call it a lunch. But to her, that’s unacceptable.

“Is this more to your liking?” I ask.

Healthy Brown Rice 'heart' sushi for Toddlers and Kids

Yup.

Here’s the thing. Els is one of the pickiest eaters I’ve ever met. But she’s not the typical picky. She’ll choose seaweed over potatoes. Kimchi over Bread. Fermented soybean soup over cheese. You see where I’m going with this?

It’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just, not a peanut butter and jam sandwich, you know what I’m saying. And guaranteed these are what’s in my diaper bag when we go out for pizza as a family. Because the idea of pizza, somehow activates her little, peculiar gag reflexes.

Here’s a little tutorial! (It’s a Korean style sushi, otherwise known as kimbap. I used only three ingredients as the filling, but the options are endless in terms of what you want to put in them).

Ingredients:
(for one roll)

1 cup of sticky brown rice
1 sheet of roasted seaweed
1 egg
1 carrot
1 yellow pickled radish (Please make sure to read the label and get organic if you can, but also msg and preservative-free. The brand I like is: Pulmuone. They are committed to providing all natural, high quality wholesome foods).
sesame oil
pinch of salt
sesame seeds

PREP:
1. First scoop out the rice in a bowl and add 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil and mix. Then add as much sesame seeds as you want ( I use a LOT) and a pinch of salt and mix again.

2. Peel the carrot and slice into thin pieces. Stir fry the carrots for a few minutes until cooked but still slightly crunchy. Add a drizzle of sesame oil and set aside. Slice the radish into strips. Beat one egg and make a thin crepe-like egg on pan on medium-low. Once done, cut the egg into strips. It should all look like this:

Brown Rice 'heart' Sushi.

3. To make the heart shape, you will need a special heart making sushi kit. You can find them at your local Korean or Japanese Store. Get the sushi kit and the roasted seaweed ready.

Take the kit, grease with a little sesame oil, and start layering. First rice. Then egg, carrots and radish. Top off final layer with more rice. Sprinkle more sesame seeds on top if you like. Place the lid on top and press down. Take off lid and place face down on the very left side of the seaweed.

Brown Rice heart sushi

5. Start rolling to the right. Once at the end, dab a little water on the edge to seal the seaweed together, like you are sealing an envelope. Finally, take a sharp knife and slice carefully into sushi pieces. (Tip: Wet the knife in between each slice to get a clean cut)

Brown Rice 'heart' Sushi.

Use the leftover egg, radish and carrots as a little side for your toddler to munch on!

Healthy Brown Rice 'heart' Sushi for Kids.

It might look like a lot of work, but I promise it’s very easy! And worth it at the end.

Healthy Brown Rice 'heart' sushi for Toddlers and Kids

And if you are wondering how I made those grape tomatoes into hearts, here’s the link that shows you how.

Healthy Brown Rice 'heart' Sushi for Kids.

*Do your toddlers/kids have any special tastes? I’d love to hear them. I feel like I’m the only one who has a toddler who prefers vegan mac n’ cheese over the real deal! Not that it’s a bad thing!

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Movie Night Snack: Baked Cauliflower ‘Popcorn’

Movie Night Snack: Baked Cauliflower ‘Popcorn’

I originally saw this recipe from Delighted Momma. She had me at ‘tastes like French Fries.’ I called Mark immediately and told him to bring home some cauliflower on the way home. Urgent.

And WOW. I have to say, this is my new favorite dish to make. It is super easy. Super healthy. And super delicious. I tend to always ‘healthify’ all my recipes, so even though the original is pretty healthy, i ‘healthified’ it a little more by cutting the oil and salt in half and changed it up a bit.

Here’s what I did:

Ingredients:
1 Head of Cauliflower
1 Tablespoon and a 1/2 of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon of salt (i only used a pinch since I would be dipping it in ketchup)
1 teaspoon of red hot chili flakes ( you may omit this if you don’t want spicy)
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

Prep:

1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Wash and Chop cauliflower into small pieces.
3. Mix in the Olive oil, salt, chili flakes and pepper.

4. Lay on a greased baking sheet evenly.
5. Put in oven and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour. Stir it around 3 times. It should get really brown and crispy.

Once it’s done, serve right away with a side of ketchup and hot sauce! If you do not like ketchup, plain is good too. Another option would be a side of marinara sauce.

Mark and I, ate these instead of popcorn for our movie night and thought it tasted better than popcorn. Or it at least was a very nice, enjoyable change. And bonus: Els devoured them too!