Monday, April 1, 2013

Clean Eating's Veggie and Crab Sushi Cones (Could Be Meatless Monday)

There are many reasons why I'm lucky to have a husband like Nick. One of the qualities I love most about him is that he is willing to try just about anything I make.  I love that he's adventurous when it comes to food.  Even if he doesn't love something I make, he will still eat it and not complain (as long as he's able to add hot sauce....).  There is one thing, however, that he refuses to eat, and that's sushi (well, he won't eat salmon either).

Of course, that didn't stop him from taking me to a sushi restaurant for our three year anniversary.....

And he also took me to Sushi for my 28th birthday.....

But when he walked in and saw me attempting to make sushi cones, all he could do was laugh, "Seriously, sushi?!  Hahaha, you think I'm going to eat that??". 

No, I never thought he would eat it, which is why I chose to make the simple version of sushi, sushi cones.  These babies were so easy, and delicious, I was actually glad I didn't have to share. So in your face Nick!

Crab and Vegetable Sushi Cones
Serves 4 (1 serving is 2 cones)
Modified from a recipe found in Clean Eating Magazine

1 cup brown rice, cooked
1 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
2 tsp. rice wine vinegar
8 sheets nori (cut in half, if not already)
1 large red bell pepper , thinly sliced
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced into thin wedges **
1 large carrot, peeled and finely grated
1 bunch fresh cilantro, stemmed
Optional: 1/2 cup imitation crab


1.  Add soy sauce and vinegar to the rice and mix well.

2.  On a flat, DRY, work surface, spread one nori sheet and add 1/8 cup rice, plus 1/8th of the pepper, avocado, carrot, avocado and crab to the top half (see photos below)

3.  Fold one bottom corner of nori into center of sheet.  With your finger, gently hold corner in place; fold remaining bottom corner over filling into center of sheet to form a cone.  Hold in place; with a wet fingertip, brush finger along seems to seal edges in place, pressing gently.  Transfer seam side down to a serving plate.  Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 8 cones.

** NOTE:  If you are following a low FODMAPs diet the avocado should be omitted.

Estimated Nutrition Facts (with the imitation crab included)

Nutrition Highlights:  Under 150 calories, low saturated fat, good source of fiber, excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A.

Be sure not to fill the cones too full because they will fall apart.

No, these were not perfect (I think practice makes perfect, and this was my first time....they didn't hold together well, but they tasted fantastic).


What's that Nick, you want a bite?  Sorry, all mine!  :)

QUESTIONHave you ever worked with nori? Made sushi? Made sushi cones?  Give us your tips! Or, recipes!

Thanks for reading.

The Candid Rd

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  1. Yummy! I've never tried making sushi rolls at home. I guess I'll just leave it to the pros. ;)

  2. Ha! Nick sounds so much like Peter - willing to try just about everything, but will stop short of eating sushi if at all possible. Did he end up tasting it? I've never been successful with the regular rolled sushi, but these cones look a bit easier. I'll have to give them a try!

  3. So pretty, love nori and love that you made them despite Nick hating sushi. I feel I'm having a senior moment, why did I think you weren't married yet. Is it that you mentioned registering for something in one of my comments. Maybe I need more selenium in my diet, weird.

    1. It's ok, we got married in September :) I only talked about it on my first "return to the blog" post. No worries!

  4. Haha, I am lucky and Eric's friend actually got him into sushi, wahoo! I've been wanting to make sushi for a few years but it always scares me. I'll have to try this!

  5. Gorgeous cones! I've never made my own sushi, but think I might be able to manage these cones. Hubby is a huge sushi fan, so these would be a big hit in our house :-)

  6. I've tried making my own sushi rolls, with limited success. I may give cones a try, they look fantastic. Have a great Tuesday Gina.

  7. I am impressed! I have always wanted to make sushi but this seems like a better idea for a first timer. :)

  8. I love, love, love making sushi at home. I left my mat at my parents' house, so I haven't been able to do so lately. I'm thinking I should just do the cones in the meantime. Sushi is surprisingly so simple to make!

  9. As much as I love sushi, I've never tried a sushi cone. I'm all about the rolls or the nigiri sushi. I've made my own rolls at home - they seem easier to me than making cones actually.