Creamy Cashew Kale Sushi
I LOVE sushi and I love a good kale salad, so it only made sense to combine the two ... right? Guys, this is too simple (which I love) and insanely nourishing (obviously)!
Ok, let me give you three (i'll keep it short & sweet) wellthy facts about this roll:
Nori sheets | Nori is a sea vegetable that is an amazing source of iodine which converts to iodide in your body. Iodide stimulates your thyroid gland, which is key to regulating your metabolism, thus helping control your weight. Iodine also is essential to maintaining healthy hair, skin, teeth, and nails.
ok, but this might be the most surprising fact of all, a single sheet of nori contains more omega-3 fatty acids than a cup of chopped avocado — those essential fats help fight inflammation and improve your skin! Say whattttttt!!
Kale | kale is packed with fibre (you know, the stuff that keeps you regular)! Ok but what does fibre actually do for the body? Well, fibre is an essential part of digestion! Yup, that's right. Fibre help to keep things moving at a healthy rate so that waste exits the body and doesn't get errrrr backed up... Fibre also helps to slow the rate at which glucose levels rise in the body, helping to prevent a rollercoaster of high and low energy! Need another reason to love up on kale? This leafy green is an amazing source of antioxidants which helps to lessen the effects of oxidative stress in the body (which causes inflammation).
Nutritional yeast | If you follow a plant based diet or limit your exposure to dairy, nutritional yeast is a great alternative! No, it doesn't melt in your mouth like traditional cheese or faux cheese, but it does add a nice cheesy flavour to dishes. This little flake is also a source of vitamin B12, a vitamin that many plant based peeps are deficient of. Why does B12 matter? To name a few, it supports mood, energy, metabolism, adrenal health and hormonal balance. But it doesn't stop there... Vitamin B12 benefits the central nervous system (CNS) as well, maintaining the health of nerve cells. Nerve cells are needed for neurotransmitter signally, which requires the myelin sheath to have a strong protective coating (this is what B12 helps to maintain). Without it, cognitive function may suffer.
Ok ok, now it's time for the recipe!
what you'll need:
6 nori sheets
1 bunch dinosaur kale, rinsed & de-stemmed
for the dressing:
1 cup cashews
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tsp capers
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup h2o
salt & pepper, to taste
cucumber, thinly sliced
cauliflower rice (for a great sticky coconut cauli rice, click here)
Prepare the kale, chop it in to small bite sized pieces. add to a bowl and set to the side.
Prepare the dressing by adding all ingredients into a small blender. Blend until smooth. Add more h2o if needed to achieve desired consistency. Note, you don't want the dressing too runny.
Add about 1/4 cup of dressing to the bowl of kale. Massage the kale to incorporate the dressing and tenderize.
Next, prepare any vegetables or protein that you would like to fill the sushi rolls with.
Place the seaweed on a bamboo mat, then cover the sheet of seaweed with an even layer of prepared sushi rice or cauliflower rice (if using). Smooth gently with a wooden spoon.
arrange the massaged kale and your desired veg filling in a line at the bottom closest to you.
roll the nori and rice until it’s all the way rolled up.
Slice with a sharp knife and enjoy with coconut aminos, ginger and wasabi!