This is the best quick healthy lunch. It is so simple and very fast to pull together. It packs very well for picnics, a road trip or for work. It is vegan, gluten-free, rice-free and nut-free. These have been on repeat this summer, we love to make these very spicy and experiment with different hot peppers that are in season right now from our garden.
Nori is amazing for our bodies and our health. Nori is an edible red seaweed that is popular to eat in East Asia, especially Japan. If you are a sushi lover, you might recognize this stuff! Some of the health benefits of nori are that it is rich in protein. It is one of our world’s largest sources of protein including our friends spirulina and chlorella. Protein is essential for our health and wellbeing it helps us build and repair our muscles, build enzymes and antibodies and our cell maintenance and growth. Other health benefits of nori include, just to list a few… lowers cholesterol, includes high amounts of our daily dietary fiber, lowers cancer risk, high in iron and improves our bone health. I’ve grown to love nori so much, I have started adding it to my smoothies, salads and make all sorts of wraps with it.
There is something so exciting about a healthy meal that fills you up and does not consume all of your time. This is a meal that is so simple and easy to throw together and by no means do you need to be a sushi expert to make this! My little wraps were nothing like my favorite sushi restaurant in town, Masu… but they did the job! Let go of any attachment for it to look perfect and look like what you get at a restaurant. Those chefs, train very hard and have been doing this kind of stuff for so many years, there is no way it is going to look as good as theirs. Have fun with this, be playful and enjoy!
(vegan + gluten-free + rice-free + nut-free)
1 Avocado, pitted and sliced
1 Carrot, sliced
1/2 Cucumber, sliced
2-4 radishes, sliced and chopped
1/4 red onion, sliced
handful of butter lettuce or other leafy green
handful Sunflower Sprouts
1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
2 tablespoons Tamari
1 tablespoon Tahini
1 tablespoon Sesame Oil
dash of red chili flakes (optional)
1 Jalapeño, sliced
1. Prepare your ingredients first. Have them all laying out and ready to go.
2. Lay out your Nori on a flat work surface onto plastic wrap. The plastic wrap will help you roll your wrap like sushi.
3. Smash your avocado slices onto the Nori first, then begin to orderly place the carrot, cucumber, radishes, red onion, leafy green, sprouts, and chia seeds horizontally onto your Nori.
4. Fold and roll your nori wrap horizontally. Use your plastic wrap and guide with your fingertips. This does not have to be perfect, but tighter is better.
5. From here, you can either choose to eat your Nori Wrap in one big roll and slice into bite size pieces. When cutting use a very sharp knife and wipe clean after each cut.
6. For your dipping sauce, combine tamari, tahini, sesame oil and depending upon your heat of your jalapeños or if you like heat, add a dash of red chili flakes. Whisk together until smooth and add to a small dish.