Special Diets | 18 February 2016Inside-Out Asparagus & Shiitake Sushi Roll Share article facebook twitter google pinterest When it comes to making sushi, practice makes perfect. But we think this asparagus and shiitake sushi from Raw Organic Goodness is more than worth it. It’s the perfect combination of flavors and textures, even if it may be a little bit messy the first few times. You’ll get the hang of it! We have made a lot of great sushi in the little bird cafes – with different versions of rice and styles, including handrolls and nigiri. The inside-outside roll is a favorite; rice on the outside adds a little extra to your sushi eating experience. Make time: 30 minutes + component recipe | Dehydrator time: 40 minutes | Makes: 4 rolls, 24 pieces | Equipment required: dehydrator, food processor, sushi mat Rice ¹?³ cup psyllium husk (this helps bind it) ¹?³ cup filtered water 1½ cups diced cauliflower 1½ cups diced parsnip ¹?³ cup macadamia nuts ¼ tsp sea salt ½ tsp toasted sesame oil 2 tbsp umeboshi vinegar 4 tsp black sesame seeds 4 tsp white sesame seeds Sushi 1 washed bunch green or white asparagus 1 tbsp cold-pressed olive oil 6 medium shiitake mushrooms, cut into strips ½ finely chopped red chilli (with or without seeds – that’s up to you) 1 tsp coconut sugar ½ tsp toasted sesame oil 1 spring onion, finely sliced lengthways handful snow pea shoots 1–2 avocados, sliced into wedges (8 per avocado) 4 nori sheets (there are raw brands available) tamari or coconut aminos pickled ginger pinch sea salt To prepare the rice: Mix psyllium and water, put aside and let sit for 5 minutes. Pulse the cauliflower, parsnip, macadamia nuts and sea salt in a food processor until the texture of couscous. Place the mixture in a nut milk bag and squeeze out some of the moisture. Place in a bowl and fluff with a fork, fold through the sesame oil and vinegar. Rub the psyllium and water mix into the rice with your fingers until the mixture is nice and sticky and holds together well. To prepare the fillings: Hold each asparagus stalk half way down its length and at the thick end with your other hand – then bend it until it snaps. Don’t use the thick end. (The head of the asparagus stalk is the tender tasty part – the thicker end can be very fibrous and difficult to eat.) Coat the asparagus in the olive oil and a pinch of sea salt, place in a dehydrator for 30-40 minutes at 115ºF until slightly tender. To roll the sushi: Take a sushi mat and place it down with the slats running horizontally. Place a nori sheet shiny-side down. With wet hands, spread ¼ of rice over nori sheet. Sprinkle the sesame seeds evenly over rice. Cover with plastic wrap. Gently turn the rice, nori & plastic over so the nori faces up – place the plastic side down against the mat. Layer ¼ of the filling ingredients on the nori – place them approximately ¹?³ of the way in from the end facing you. Take the bottom edge of the sushi mat with your thumbs and, while pushing the sushi filling in with your fingers, start rolling it away from you. (After you’ve enclosed the vegetables, clamp down on the roll slightly to firm it up so the shape holds.) Continue until you have completed the roll and it’s holding firmly. Remove from the mat and plastic. Cut into 6 pieces – clean the knife after each cut with a damp cloth. Serve with a side of tamari and pickled ginger. Buy from an Online Retailer US: Discover the very best way to eat raw. Through amazing delicious recipes and beautiful photos, Raw Organic Goodness is a cookbook that offers the best way to eat naturally healthy, clean ingredients. If you use the finest foods that nature has to offer, you will get unsurpassed flavor and nutritional content. Raw foods are in their purest state – no heating above 46*C(114.8*F). This ensures the food retains all its enzymes and nutrients and its life force, which means every bite contains more goodness for your body. And it gets better! Organic foods are grown without harmful chemicals. No chemicals in the food means no chemicals in you or the environment. Chef Megan May teaches you how to eat this way, because food should be good for you, packed with all the nutrition you need, to feel fabulous. Goodness – you are what you eat. Raw Organic Goodness takes healthy a few steps further, by sprouting and activating your own nuts and seeds. This not only increases their nutritional content, it also makes every bit of that goodness more bio-available to your body, so it can do its happy, healthy thing. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.