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The finished product! Yummy!

     This recipe stems from Giada at Home’s recipe for Vegetable Rolls with Chili Mayonnaise. But, of course, I couldn’t find the rice paper/cellophane noodle wraps at my local grocery. So, already having the know-how to make sushi, I just used the recipe for the chili mayonnaise sauce with some vegetables and rolled that. But, obviously, mayonnaise isn’t vegan and there was also fish sauce in the origional recipe, so I substituted some things and changed a few ingredients around to make it vegan. Hope you try it!

Ingredients for the Sauce

  • 1/2 cup veganaise
  • 1/3 cup sweet thai chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

Ingredients for the Rolls

  • 1/3 red bell pepper
  • 1/3 yellow bell pepper
  • 1/3 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 large carrots
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 pack nori, which are seaweed wraps for sushi (about 10 sheets, you’ll only need 3-4)
  • about 4 cups cold, cooked sticky rice (short grain), I made mine the day before.

Directions

For the chili mayonnaise:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the veganaise, chili sauce, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic, brown sugar, mint, and basil.
  2. Cut up the vegetables into shoots about 1/4 inch wide and 3 inches long.
  3. Mix in the vegetables and let sit.

For Rolling:

  • Place a nori sheet on your cutting board.
  • Spoon about 3 small piles of sticky rice onto it.
  • Before you spread it, DIP YOUR FINGERS IN WATER! This will make it easier and the rice won’t stick to your hands. Then spread the rice evenly on the sheet, and remember to leave about a 1 inch margin at the top.

               

  • Onto the lower half of the sheet, place a few pieces of vegetables from the sauce bowl.
  • Start slowly wrapping from the lower half up.
  • Once you get to the 1 inch of nori left at the top, dip your finger in water and slide it across the margin. (This will keep it sealed.) Finish rolling.

               

  • With a VERY SHARP knife, carefully slice the log into rolls. (You might want to junk the ends, they usually turn out uneven and loose, but the rest of the log is great!)
  • Finish rolling all of your ingredients into rolls.

To Serve!

To serve these rolls, arrange them on a large plate or seving dish. On the side, have a small bowl for soy sauce at each setting. As an extra, you could have wasabi and pickled ginger on the serving dish with the sushi. Chopsticks are great, too!

 

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Apparently I’ve been missing out on Mexican chocolate all my life, because, until I went to my local bulk/health food store I had never even heard of it. There I was, setting my bags of bamboo rice, red quinoa, and dried fruit down at the counter, when a little display of round packages caught my eye. They read TAZA Mexican Chocolate, and i was intrigued. I read the ingredients; they were vegan-friendly and all organic, then I read it was stone ground and had peppers in it, too! I instantly knew I would get the chocolate, especially since I had ran out of my Scharffen Bergers one or two days before. Once i got home I opened the chocolate and broke a little piece off of the first tablet and popped it into my mouth. True. bliss. Mexican chocolate is so different from anything I’ve ever tasted before, it has a very interesting, crumbly, almost dry texture, and a spicy, smooth aftertaste.

Go get some TAZA chocolate!

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