How to Make Sushi – An Easy Tutorial!


I’ve had this sushi tutorial on my old domain from college for years. I’ve been thinking for a long time that since I have a proper food blog (which is now over two years old!), that I ought to migrate that content over here. 

I’m going to teach you how to make sushi. It might sound intimidating, but it’s actually pretty easy once you practice a few times. The best part is that it is so much cheaper to make it at home, and you can often find the ingredients in bulk at very reasonable prices at your local Asian market.

raw vegan sushi


There are some really handy tools I recommend for making sushi at home, which will make your life much easier. You might find them at your local grocery store or big box store since making sushi at home has become trendy in recent years, or you might find a better deal online. Here is what you will need, along with some handy Amazon links to purchase them (and I am very grateful for any purchases you make there, since it helps to keep the virtual lights on for this blog). 

raw vegan sushi

Sushi Related Japanese Words and Phrases 

…And before we get started with the instructions, here are some fun sushi vocabulary words, so you can sound like a pro when telling all of your friends how to make sushi. 

  • Sushi – Literally, “sticky rice,” but in general, refers to anything made from the sticky vinegared rice. 
  • Nori – Dried and pressed sheets of seaweed. 
  • Maki OR “norimaki“- Regular old seaweed on the outside sushi roll.
  • Futomaki – Super big maki roll using a whole piece of Nori, rather than half.
  • Ura Maki – Inside out roll.
  • Temaki – Cone shaped hand roll.
  • Nigiri – A topping laid over a small bed of rice. Usually, this is fish, but you can use any veggie you like. 😉
  • Onigiri – A plain old rice ball filled with fun stuffin’s. 
  • Kappa – Cucumber (Kappa maki = cucumber roll).
  • Kombu – Kelp

Visual Reference for Rolling

Here is a series of images from the original (and very vintage, I might add, because they are so not my usual professional quality) blog post showing how to roll up your sushi. 


How to Make Sushi
Learn how to make sushi at home with this easy sushi tutorial. With the right tools, you'll be 'on a roll' in no time! This instructional guide uses vegetable rolls, so it's 100% vegan friendly!
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  1. 2 cups uncooked sushi rice
  2. 2.5 cups water (for cooking)
  3. 1/4 cup sushi vinegar
  1. 4-6 sheets nori (assuming we are making maki rolls with the rice on the inside)
  1. Cucumber
  2. Carrot
  3. Avocado
  4. Scallions
  5. Bell pepper
  6. Sunflower sprouts
  7. Pickled vegetables
  8. Marinaded tofu strips, tempeh, or other faux meats, if you're into that kind of thing
Preparing and Cooking the Rice
  1. Rinse the sushi rice until the rinse water runs clear, not cloudy. This is starch you are washing off. You can put the rice into a strainer under a faucet, but I find it's handy to put the strainer with the rice directly into a bowl of water, and then swish it around with my hands. You'll have to change the water a couple times, but you can see when it's "clean" a lot easier.
  2. Bring cooking water to a boil in a pot. Add rice. Cover the pot and turn the heat down to low/simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the water is all absorbed. Alternatively, you can be lazy like me and use a rice cooker.
Preparing the Fillings
  1. While the rice is cooking, cut your fillings into long even strips. For cucumbers and carrots, use a julienne peeler to make the perfect squared edge strips that you see in a Japanese restaurant. They turn out so professional looking and it's much faster than chopping by hand. If you are including avocado, cut into thin wedges.
Seasoning the Rice
  1. When the rice is done cooking, fluff it a bit in the pot, so that it won't dump out into your bowl into one big clump. Sushi rice is sticky, and it will want to hold together.
  2. Transfer the rice to a non-metallic bowl. Metal will interact negatively with the vinegar that the rice is seasoned with. Add the vinegar and stir with your rice paddle or large non-metallic spoon.
Rolling the Sushi (Reference the blog post for some illustrations on what the rolling process looks like)
  1. For maki rolls, you need half a sheet of nori. Cut it in half so that the fold runs parallel with the perforated lines on the sheet. You can also just fold it and tear it gently along the fold.
  2. Lay the half sheet of nori on your sushi mat, again with the perforated lines running parallel to the bamboo strips on the mat.
  3. Cover the sheet with a thin even layer of the rice. It's VERY sticky. Leave about a 1/2 - 3/4 inch uncovered on the edge that is farthest away from you. Keep a small bowl of water nearby to dip your hands into if you don't want the rice to stick to them.
  4. Place some of the veggies on top the rice. Don't overfill. When you roll it together, the edges of the rice should touch together. It helps to run a wet finger along the un-riced edge so it will stick and seal the roll closed.
  5. Make sure the edge of the seaweed (closest to you) is lined up with the edge of the mat. Hold the veggies with your fingertips and use your thumbs to start curling the mat up. Guide the veggies firmly toward the center of the roll as you bring the edge of the mat up and over to start forming the roll.
  6. As you start rolling the mat up and over the veggies, the tube will start to form.
  7. When the mat hits the edge as you are rolling, then just peel it back, fold it under a bit, and start rolling again so that the edge of the mat will come over the roll. Once the maki is rolled all the way, put your fingers over the roll and give it a good squeeze and tug to make sure it's nice and firm, and round out the shape.
  8. If you have veggie pieces sticking out from the ends, just give them a trim with a good SHARP knife to make the ends flat.
Cutting the Sushi
  1. Use a VERY SHARP knife and slice it into about 6 pieces. A sharp knife is very important to making sure the roll has straight even edges and won't rip when cutting. It helps to dip the knife into some water before cutting the roll. Make sure there is no rice on the edge of the blade from cutting previous rolls.
Ura Maki Variation (Rice on the Outside)
  1. To make url maki, cover the entire half sheet of nori with rice and flip it over.
  2. Place the veggies on the seaweed. Since there is no rice taking up room, you can use more to fill the center.
  3. Roll in the same manner as the regular maki, ensuring that the edges of the rice overlap slightly so that the roll will stick closed.
  4. Garnish with some sesame seeds, if desired.
Hand Roll Variation (Low Carb)
  1. You can also use your half sheet of nori to make a hand roll (a sushi cone that you can hold in your hand). Cover it with a tender lettuce leaf, skip the rice, add your fillings on a 45 degree angle from one of the corners, and then roll it on a diagonal, wrapping the extra around and using a little water to seal the edges shut.
  1. Cook as much rice as you want using a ratio of 1:1.25 (rice:water).
  2. Each cup of uncooked rice will make 4-6 sushi rolls.
  3. For every cup of uncooked rice that you started with, use 2TB vinegar to season.
  4. "Sushi Vinegar" is rice vinegar with the addition of salt and sugar.
  5. Some sushi vinegars are malted, which means they may not be gluten free. If you are sensitive to gluten, make sure you read the labels carefully to find a product that meets your dietary standards.
  6. If you cannot find a sushi vinegar that is unsalted, you can make your own sushi vinegar using this formula - ½ cup of rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of salt (it will be enough for 3 cups uncooked rice). You could try using a natural liquid sweetener here in place of the sugar. Just make sure to check substitution ratios, as some are more or less sweet than sugar.
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Overnight Chia Oats

overnight chia oats

Since I started working out, I made it a habit to start eating breakfast (after my workouts since I do them fasted to improve my fat loss). I also workout first thing in the morning and I’m not a huge fan of getting up earlier than I have to, so I started making overnight chia oats. I can just mix my oats, chia seeds, water, spices, and frozen fruit together, then stick it in the fridge, and by morning, it’s ready to eat with no heating and no fussing. I don’t have to worry about cooking anything in the morning, waiting for the container to cool before I can pack it, etc. I just grab my bowl of oats from the fridge with the rest of my food for the day and I’m on my way out the door. 

Another benefit of this method is that it is very versatile. You can change the fruit, spices, and liquid to make multiple flavor combinations and never get bored! You could use nut milks instead of water. I have even used fruit infused kombucha! I am a big fan of blueberry and cinnamon, but I have made it with mango with a little bit of local raw honey drizzled over the top, and it was also very good. Banana with some dried coconut shreds was a big winner too.

Overnight Chia Oats With Fruit
Serves 1
A quick nutritious and delicious breakfast meal that you can prepare the night before, which requires no cooking!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 1/2 cup oatmeal
  2. 3/4 cups water
  3. 1/2 cup berries or fruit of your choice
  4. 1.5 TB chia seeds
  5. 1 tsp cinnamon or other spices
  6. pinch sea salt
  7. optional: drizzle of local honey or a couple drops of stevia if you'd like to add a little more sweetness besides the fruit
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl or jar with a lid and refrigerate overnight.
  1. Optional fruit/flavor combinations: blueberry/cinnamon, banana/coconut, mango/honey, strawberry/lime, raspberry/cacao, apple/cinnamon, pineapple/vanilla
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Red Beans and Rice Stuffed Peppers – Vegan and Oil Free

Red beans and rice stuffed peppers

I had been wanting to do a variation on red beans and rice for a while. I found some bell peppers on sale at the grocery store, so I thought it might be fun to incorporate the bell pepper as an external component and make stuffed peppers instead of chopping the peppers up and mixing them into the rice and beans. 

red beans and rice stuffed peppers - vegan and oil free

This stuffed peppers recipe came together quite nicely and worked out really well for my meal planning because I was able to pre-stuff all of the peppers and then just line them up on a baking pan in my refrigerator. The ones that wouldn’t stand up on their own were situated in some small ramekin bowls. They stayed fresh for the whole work week, and all I had to do was put them into a bread pan to bake them two at a time (or you could use a 9×9 pan to bake four at a time) when I came home from work. Alternatively, these would also work well if you wanted to create some freezer meals from them while peppers are in season and the prices are a bit lower. 

red beans and rice stuffed peppers - vegan and oil free


Red Beans and Rice Stuffed Peppers - Vegan and Oil Free
Serves 4
Smokey and spicy, this flavorful recipe is simple to prepare and works well to make ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator or freezer until it is time to cook them.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Stuffed Pepper Base Ingredients
  1. 5-6 bell peppers in any color
  2. 2 cups cooked whole grain brown rice (you can do this ahead of time in a rice cooker)
  3. 2 cups cooked kidney beans (you can do this ahead of time in a crock pot or use canned beans)
Sauté Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  2. 1/2 sweet onion
  3. 2 stalks celery
  4. 2 clove garlic
  5. 1/4 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
  6. 2 tsp smoked paprika
  7. couple pinches black pepper
  8. pinch white pepper (very small pinch - it is potent)
  9. pinch cayenne pepper (optional - omit if you don't like spicy)
  10. pinch sea salt as needed (this really depends on your broth)
  1. Cut tops off of bell peppers and remove seeds and innards. Set aside.
  2. Put cooked rice and beans into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the vegetable broth to a large sauce pan and simmer at medium heat.
  4. Sauté all ingredients listed under "Sauté Ingredients" section in the sauce pan.
  5. When vegetables are cooked and soft, pour entire contents of sauce pan into the large mixing bowl and stir until evenly mixed into rice and beans.
  6. Add mixture to bell peppers until even with cut top.
  7. Put tops on peppers and refrigerate until ready to bake.
  8. When ready to bake, put in a glass pan with raised sides (to keep them from tipping over) and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until peppers are soft and easily pierced with a fork.
  1. If you decide to freeze them, the bake time might be a little longer than 45 minutes, perhaps closer to 60 minutes.
  2. The number of peppers required will depend on the size and variety of peppers you are using.
  3. Rather than cutting the tops off, you could slice the peppers in half vertically and make half stuffed peppers. When you bake them, the stuffing will be open to the hot air in the oven and get crispy on the top.
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Summer Succotash Salad & Peas Vs. Lima Beans

Summer Succotash Salad

As my caloric needs have gone up with more intense workouts, I’ve been experimenting with different food sources that can offer greater nutritional density per serving size. I’ve also been experimenting with eliminating protein powder from my daily regimen, in favor of a purely whole food approach.

PeasI noticed that pea protein seemed to be pretty popular as a supplement, so I set out to investigate the humble pea. I wanted to see what all the commotion was about, and also compare it to some other similar vegetables, to see if there was room for improvement.

My focus was on a few key areas:

  • Can I get a greater caloric value in the same volume of food? On a whole food plant based diet with a daily intake of 3,000+ calories, this becomes very important because plant food is very bulky, and sometimes the sheer volume of food that I have to eat can become uncomfortable if I am not making the right choices. 
  • Can I increase my fiber intake? I am a big fan of fiber. The more, the better. Various types of fibers and starches feed our microbiome. The more we eat, the healthier our gut flora is. Jeff Leach, Founder of the Human Food Project talks in depth about the eating habits of the Hadza, one of the few hunter-gather tribes left on the planet; their daily fiber intake is 75-100g, which is 7 times what the average American eats. I aim for 100g a day. 
  • Can I improve the omega fatty acid ratio? A healthy dietary omega fatty acid ratio is very important not only for overall good health, but for dropping fat and building muscle because a healthy ratio increases insulin sensitivity, reduces inflammation, and supports a healthy metabolism by protecting the liver.
  • Can I improve my intake of nutrients that are harder to come by on a plant-based diet, such as iron and selenium?

After a little searching, I found a viable candidate: the mighty lima bean! I put them side-by-side in this cute little infographic to illustrate the factors in my decision to eat more lima beans!

Peas Vs Lima Beans

Naturally, after I came upon this, I had to put some lima bean recipes together. Since it is summer time, I decided on a light succotash recipe with fresh herbs from my garden and bell peppers, which are in peak season right now. 

Please enjoy. 🙂

Summer Succotash Salad
Serves 4
This summer succotash salad is simple and quick to make, and full of plant-based protein. It is rich with texture and flavor, yet light without overpowering. It is a delightful dish to serve as a side at a summer picnic or gathering.
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 3 cups lima beans, thawed from frozen
  2. 2 cups organic corn, thawed from frozen (best option to find organic non-gmo)
  3. 1 red or orange bell pepper, small dice
  4. 4 scallions, chopped
  5. 1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped (I used purple since that's what I'm growing)
  6. 2 TB spearmint, finely chopped
  7. 3 TB fresh lemon juice
  8. 1/2 tsp black pepper
  9. couple pinches sea salt to taste
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and allow to marinade in the refrigerator overnight for the best flavor.
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German Potato Salad – Vegan and Oil Free

German Potato Salad - Oil Free and Vegan

I realize that I haven’t updated this blog with new recipes in a while. There is a very good reason for that. I’ve been making some big changes. After spending my entire adult life sitting in a cubicle, being sedentary with the exception of a few times I tried to start an exercise habit, I started to get some weird aches and pains, and decided it might be a good idea to force myself to stick with it this time. I committed to a gym membership, which would be difficult to walk away from because one of my friends worked there!

I’ve been weight lifting and practicing some Yoga for the last six months. During that time, I’ve also been tinkering with my diet a bit more in order to maximize my lean gains and fat losses. These photos are from about six months into my journey, but as of now, I am up about 12 lbs of lean mass and down about 6 lbs of fat. Most of these changes have been since the beginning of May, once I really figured out what I was doing with my diet and my workout plans (thanks to a little help from my super awesome trainer). 

6 Months whole food plant based diet and weight training

Practicing Yoga Crow Pose

So, now that I’ve got my approach figured out, I’ve been actively working to put meal plans together and to compile a book about building muscle and cutting fat on a whole food plant based diet. My diet was pretty utilitarian for a while, but I’ve made it a point to carve out some time to put some basic recipes together again. They are healthful, flavorful, and fit 100% within the whole food plant based approach as outlined by T. Colin Campbell in his latest book, Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition.

German Potato Salad - Oil Free and Vegan

I do include a lot of resistant starches and different types of fiber in my diet because they are prebiotics, meaning they are food for our gut flora. The whole-food plant based diet is naturally high in carbohydrates and low in fat, and as I am now consuming 3,000+ calories a day, I get plenty of fiber and fuel for my workouts. One of the recipes that I recently put together was this German potato salad with multi-colored potatoes. It was light and delicious, even without bacon or oil, which are included in most other variations. 

As an added bonus, the parsley came from my porch garden. 🙂

German Potato Salad - Vegan and Oil Free
Serves 5
This easy German potato salad recipe adheres to the low fat whole food plant based diet guidelines. It is oil free, and full of color and flavor! It makes a very large batch, which would be perfect for a picnic or your next family gathering.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
  1. 35 small red/blue/yellow potatoes of 50-70g each
  2. 1 sweet onion, diced (I love onion, cut back on the onion if you don't)
  3. 5 stalk celery, diced
  4. 1 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  5. 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  6. 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  7. 1/4 tsp black pepper
  8. Sea salt to taste (optional, depending if your broth has added salt or not)
  1. Bake the potatoes at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.
  2. After potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut into small wedges or cubes.
  3. Chop celery, onions, and parsley.
  4. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight to really let the flavors mingle together.
  1. I made this large batch of potato salad to serve as one of the 6 "meals" that I eat throughout the day. It made 5 portions that I would describe as "large snack sized". The recipe is easily sized up or down, depending on how much you'd like to make.
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Zucchini Noodle “Ramen” w/Mushroom Miso Broth – Raw Vegan

raw vegan ramen - zucchini noodles in a mushroom miso broth

The weather was a bit chilly again this evening, but I’ve also been feeling that I wanted a greater amount of raw food today, so I made a flavorful warm raw vegan ramen dish with zucchini noodles and a mushroom miso broth. 

This dish was actually a happy accident. I had marinaded the mushrooms and other vegetables with the intent of using them in sandwiches, but when I tasted the liquid after everything had soaked overnight, it seemed like a very perfect soup base, so I just added the zucchini noodles and some seaweed after gently heating the broth, and everything turned out to be really delicious. The whole dish required very little work, which is my favorite kind of meal. 😉

raw zucchini noodles

Zucchini noodles, stacked in the center of the bowl, softened with some sea salt, and ready for the soup.

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Zucchini Noodle Ramen w/Mushroom Miso Broth
Serves 2
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Noodle Ingredients
  1. 2 zucchinis, cut into noodles with a spiral cutter or julienne peeler
  2. few pinches of sea salt
Soup Ingredients
  1. 1.25 cups very warm water (do not exceed 118 degrees)
  2. 1 TB gluten free white miso paste (or another variety of miso if you prefer)
  3. 2 TB tamari or coconut aminos
  4. 1 large portobello mushroom, chopped into 1/2" slices, and then 1/4" pieces
  5. 2-3 TB sun dried tomatoes, julienne sliced
  6. 2-3 TB sweet onion, shaved as thin as possible on a mandolin
  7. Optional: 1 TB seaweed
  1. Prepare the broth 12-24 hours in advance. Slice the mushroom, sun dried tomatoes, and onions. Put them in a bowl and set aside. Heat the water (you can use the stove or a kettle and let it cool down to about 110 degrees) and then mix in the miso and tamari. Ensure the miso is completely dissolved into a broth. Pour the warm water over the vegetables and allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes or until room temperature. This helps to soften the vegetables and blend the flavors. Cover this bowl and let it everything marinade in the fridge 12-24 hours.
  2. When you are ready to eat this, spiral cut your zucchinis and sprinkle them with a few pinches of salt. Massage it in and let them sit on the counter to soften and release some of their liquid for about 10 minutes. As the broth has enough salt in it, rinse and drain the noodles when you feel the texture is to your desired consistency.
  3. Strain the liquid broth from the marinaded vegetables and, if a warm soup is desired, while monitoring the temperature (I use an IR thermometer), gently heat the liquid either on the stove top, or in a Vitamix blender until it is warm to the touch, not exceeding 110 degrees (to ensure you don't accidentally go over 118).
  4. Add half of the zucchini noodles to each of two bowls in a "pasta nest" (a twisted noodle tower). Arrange some of the marinaded vegetables around the edges of each bowl. Divide the warm broth and pour over each bowl. Reserve a few pieces of the sun dried tomato for garnish.
  5. If desired, add a bit of your favorite seaweed as well.
  1. This dish would probably work beautifully with other types of seasonal vegetable noodles in place of the zucchini.
  2. You can also substitute the mushroom variety if you like. I used portobellos because I used some of the marinaded pieces in a sandwich.
  3. You do not have to use white miso. It has a rich flavor that I like and I found a gluten free variety. You can use a different kind of miso if you would like.
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Omega-3 Lemon Balm, Hemp, & Flax Pesto Spread – Vegan

lemon balm pesto

Winter has been very mild here in central Florida this year. My herbs still look great. After pruning back my basil and lemon balm plants, it appeared that it was time to make pesto again. Pesto is one of my favorite sauces! 🙂

I do have one problem with traditional pesto recipes – not only do they contain a lot of oil, they contain a lot of olive oil. Most people have been led to believe that olive oil is a “health food”, and that just isn’t the case. Most plant based oils have omega fatty acid ratios that favor omega-6 and lead to inflammation. As I have a history of inflammatory disease, I try to eat very little oil, but when I do need to use a little in a recipe, I opt for flaxseed oil, which is very high in omega-3 fatty acid, making it an anti-inflammatory food. Flaxseed oil is a little pricey though, so in order to reduce the total amount required in the recipe, I make a thicker pesto spread instead of a sauce. It is wonderful in sandwiches!

lemon balm hemp flax pesto spread

Another ingredient in traditional pesto, which is problematic, is pine nuts. Standard variety pine nuts have THREE HUNDRED TIMES more omega-6 than omega-3. According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, the Mediterranean variety of pine nuts is much better with a 1:30 ratio. It is significantly better (10 times to be exact), but still very high. We can do even better than that be replacing the pine nuts in traditional pesto with hemp seeds. Hemp seeds have a 1:3 ratio – 10 times better than even the Mediterranean pine nuts. They also have a nutty flavor that compliments the flaxseed oil nicely. By replacing pine nuts with hemp seeds, we have literally made the omega fatty acid ratio of the nut/seed component in recipe one hundred times better

lemon balm hemp flax pesto spread

The last ingredient that I have replaced in this recipe is the cheese. There is a lot of controversy regarding the health benefits of dairy when all factors are considered (whether or not it is from grass fed animals, whether it not it is pasteurized, etc.). Regardless of these things, I’m allergic to it, so dairy is a non-negotiable ingredient exclusion for me. Instead of cheese, I use nutritional yeast in this recipe. It is an inactive yeast that contains all essential amino acids, and multiple B-vitamins. Some brands, like Red Star Nutritional Yeast, are also fortified with B-12. 

lemon balm hemp flax pesto spread

It’s also REALLY good in sandwiches.

gluten free vegan panini sandwich

Omega-3 Lemon Balm, Hemp, and Flax Pesto
This recipe has just a hint of lemon balm, and a few other key ingredient changes that create a much healthier omega fatty acid ratio than traditional pesto.
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 3 cups basil (replace up to 1/4 cup with lemon balm, if desired)
  2. 1/4 cup flaxseed oil
  3. 1/4 cup hemp seed
  4. 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  5. 3/4 tsp sea salt
  6. 1 TB Trader Joe's "21 Seasoning Salute" (or your favorite garlic or Italian-inspired spice blend)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor until an even, but slightly chunky, consistency is achieved.
  1. I used lemon balm to replace some of the basil because I had it in my garden, but you don't have to do that for this recipe. It adds a nice hint of lemon to the recipe, but is not necessary.
  2. I experimented with the Trader Joe's seasoning mix since I had swapped out a few other ingredients, but you don't have to use it. You can use a garlic powder based seasoning blend or an Italian-inspired spice blend of your choice, and it would probably still taste great.
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Easy Gluten Free Vegan Sourdough Bread Recipe

simple gluten free sourdough bread

This is an easy gluten free vegan sourdough bread recipe that you can make at home without a lot of complicated ingredients. It is soft and airy, yet moist and flexible – the perfect sandwich bread! It took a few tries to perfect the process, but I am consistently getting good results from this recipe and method now, so I feel confident that it is ready to share with everyone!

I have only found one gluten free vegan bread available for purchase (from a local bakery, and it was really expensive) that even resembled the taste and texture of the gluten-filled, egg laden breads I used to eat. Most of the gluten free breads out there are terrible, to be honest. The taste and texture just aren’t the same. When the egg and dairy are also removed, they often end up dense and dry, or both. They are hardly suitable for sandwiches. 

I’m not trying to “toot my own horn”, but this bread is amazing. 

easy gluten free sourdough bread

It is moist in the center and cooked all the way through. There are not gummy or dry patches. It has nice air pockets, and a good “squishy” texture. It cuts without crumbling and falling apart. I can bend it a good amount without breaking, so it holds together well. It has even passed “the sandwich test”. Yes, this is a glorious sandwich bread. 

I really hope that you enjoy it. I have put a lot of time, energy, and experimentation into coming up with something that is amazing, so I can share it with everyone else out there who might have as many food allergies and intolerances as I do. It is nice to eat real food again.

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Simple Gluten Free Sourdough Bread Recipe
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This easy gluten free vegan sourdough bread recipe with simple ingredients produces a bread that is airy, moist, flexible, and absolutely perfect for making sandwiches.
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Cook Time
45 min
Cook Time
45 min
Starter Ingredients
  1. 3 cups brown rice flour
  2. 3 cups water kefir, kombucha, or fermented coconut water
  3. 1/2 gallon glass jar or other large glass container
Bread Ingredients
  1. 3 cups sourdough starter
  2. 3/4 cup millet flour
  3. 2 TB psyllium
  4. 2 TB Ener-g egg replacer
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. 1/2 cup liquid (nut milk preferred, but a fermented beverage adds a more "sour" flavor to the bread)
Starter Instructions
  1. Add 1 cup of brown rice flour and 1 cup of the fermented beverage to a large glass container. Stir to mix well. Cover with cheesecloth and let it sit for 24 hours. You should start to see a little bubbling or some "puffiness".
  2. Once a day for the next 4 days, add 1/2 cup each of the flour and fermented liquid and stir to mix well. Some people say that it is better to do 1/4 each twice a day for GF starters, but I have had equally good results just "feeding" it once a day.
  3. After this point, you should have a fragrant and airy GF sourdough starter!
Bread Directions
  1. Mix all of the dry ingredients (everything except starter and liquid) together in a bowl. Whisk or sift so they are well-combined.
  2. Add the liquid and the starter and mix with a large spoon until everything is just combined. Don't over-mix so you won't let the air out.
  3. Line a glass bread pan with foil and then pour the batter in.
  4. Proof the bread with your preferred method. Please refer to "Notes" section for options.
  5. After the batter has risen, remove all of the plastic wrap and bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. Test that a toothpick comes out clean from the middle.
  6. When the bread is done, carefully use the extra foil over the edges to lift the bread from the pan, but don't fully unwrap it yet. Leave the bread on the counter covered with a towel until it has completely cooled. I put mine into a large stockpot with a lid and just let it cool overnight (to keep the cats away from it). We want the steam inside to keep cooking the center of the bread.
  7. After the bread has completely cooled, carefully remove the foil and transfer to a cutting board, to slice however you'd like. Don't forget that the end pieces are the best part! =D
  1. For the bread batter liquid, I have used fresh and fermented nut milk, as well as fermented coconut water. The final product has been great for all of them. You could probably even use a GF beer if you wanted to.
  2. I have tried greasing the pan generously, but the bread still sticks because I bake in glass. Foil seems to be the best method of easily getting the loaf out while not ripping it apart in the process.
  3. I have used just millet and also blends of millet and white rice flour in the batter, and it turns out about the same. The only thing I use in my starter, however, is brown rice flour.
  4. I have been using the same starter for several batches of bread now. When you aren't feeding it, it keeps well in the fridge for a few weeks. I was able to revive mine with no problem. I haven't tried leaving it in the fridge longer than a month. Traditional starters will last a long time when refrigerated, but GF starters can be finicky.
Proofing Options
  1. OVEN METHOD 1: You may be lucky enough to have a "proof" setting on your oven. I do!
  2. OVEN METHOD 2: Turn oven on to lowest setting for just a few minutes to warm it, then turn it off. Put the bread pan in the center and allow it to rise for a few hours or until the bread puffs up over the edge of the bread pan a bit.
  4. DEHYDRATOR METHOD: Cover your bread pan tightly with plastic wrap or insert it into a larger container with a lid to keep it from drying out. Set the dehydrator to 110-5 and proof for 2-3 hours. If the batter is not sealed into the pan completely, the bread will dry out.
A Taste of Two Plates

Cinnamon Raspberry Cheesecake (Raw Vegan)

raw vegan raspberry swirl cheesecake

Happy Holidays! This year for Christmas, my mom put in a special request for me to bring a dessert over to the house. I asked her if she had anything special in mind, and she said she was hoping for one of my cheesecakes (she knows they are raw vegan and tries to avoid dairy and refined sugars). I asked if there was any particular flavor she wanted, and she said raspberry. My family members all seem to be crazy about raspberries. It must be genetic. 😉

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This was my first real dessert project since finishing my raw cuisine courses with Matthew Kenney Culinary, so I thought it would be a fun way to put my skills to work. I was feeling pretty confident with my recently acquired knowledge about flavor balancing, food styling, and creating textures with good and authentic mouthfeel, so I set to work! I was able to put this recipe together surprisingly quick, and very please with the sampling of the different components along the way.

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This raw vegan cheesecake is comprised of three parts: a crust, a cheesecake base recipe, and a raspberry sauce that I swirled in. The crust is a blend of dried fruit, nuts, coconut, and a pinch of cinnamon. It was dough-y and stuck together just like a good crust should. The main batter is cashew based and has a perfectly creamy texture with just the right balance of sweet and tangy, and a hit of vanilla. It really tasted like an actual cheesecake batter. The raspberry sauce was sweet and fruity. I added a pinch of cinnamon to that too, to tie it all together. The raspberry sauce was then swirled into the batter. Oh, it was so divine!

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Dried date and pecan crust pressed into the bottom of the spring form pan.

This went over really well with my omnivorous relatives and received really good reviews. I was informed that my parents were keeping the remaining half of the cheesecake after dessert. I hope you enjoy this as much as they did. 🙂

Cinnamon Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake - Raw Vegan
A smooth and creamy raw vegan cheesecake with a cinnamon nut crust and an infusion of sweet and tangy raspberry sauce.
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
  1. 6 inch springform pan
  2. blender
  3. food processor (optional)
Crust Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup pecans
  2. 1/2 cup dates
  3. 1/4 cup dried coconut flakes
  4. 1/4 tsp sea salt
  5. pinch of cinnamon
Base Cheesecake Ingredients
  1. 2 cups cashews, soaked for 4-6 hours or overnight
  2. 1/2 cup agave syrup
  3. 1/4 cup lemon juice
  4. 1/4 cup water or nut milk
  5. 2 TB coconut oil
  6. 1 TB vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
Raspberry Sauce Ingredients
  1. 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  2. 1/4 cup agave syrup
  3. 1 tsp lemon juice
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. pinch of salt
  1. Combine crust ingredients in either a blender or food small processor until well combined and the consistency of a sticky dough.
  2. Spread crust mixture in the bottom of a 6" springform pan and pat down evenly and firmly. You can get it very flat and even with the smooth bottom of a drinking glass.
  3. Blend all base cheesecake ingredients until perfectly smooth and creamy. It should look like a cake batter. You may need to use a tamper if your blender has one.
  4. Pour the batter into the springform pan.
  5. Blend the raspberry sauce ingredients together until smooth. You can either mix the sauce into the cheesecake batter or reserve it to spoon on top of the plain cheesecake after it has set.
  6. Put the cheesecake into the freezer to firm overnight. Remove it 1-2 hours before you'd like to serve it so it can thaw a bit.
  7. Plate with extra raspberries and a light dusting of cinnamon.
  1. It is very important to soak the cashews for 4-6 hours before using them. This reduces the phytic acid content to make them more digestible and contributes to the smooth and creamy texture of the finished cheesecake. I can't promise that the texture will be the same if you do not soak the nuts!
A Taste of Two Plates

Advanced Raw Cuisine: Week 4

raw vegan chocolate walnut cake

Week 4 of Advanced Raw Cuisine was particularly exciting. We finished a few more pastry projects, made a few savory dishes, and got to work toward our final project, which for this class had some practical business applications. 

First, one of the final two pastry projects… raw vegan cupcakes! I always wondered if this was possible, and it sure is! They even had a nice little “bounce” from the Irish moss. We had creative freedom to make a flavor of our choosing, and since it was fall when I took the class, I made pumpkin spice with a vanilla frosting and some chocolate shavings.

Yes, I’m one of those people. Pumpkin spice all of the things! =D

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We also started to learn about costing out ingredients so that we could calculate prices for dishes the way restaurants do. This was a very useful lesson for those with entrepreneurial aspirations. We made this dish of cacao corn chips and guacamole, calculated the cost of all of the ingredients, then the cost of the whole dish, and finally, added on a markup to ensure we were paid for our time and resources used. This was a really beneficial exercise. The guacamole was tasty too. It’s one of my favorite foods. 🙂

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One of the other “big” projects this week was to put a lot of the lessons we learned together in a final pastry dish. We were given two to choose from, or the option to make both. I selected the chocolate walnut cake project. It was delicious. I had more than enough to take into work and share with my coworkers. They all enjoyed the special delivery and this dish got rave reviews!

Below are some photos of the prep work and the final plated dish. The dish is comprised of the chocolate cakes, the sous vide pears, a walnut caramel sauce, a fennel oil, candied fennel seeds, sassafras ice cream, and some fennel fronds and lavender as garnish. It was really delicious.

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Following all that dessert, I’m so glad there was another savory dish. This one was especially good because it had a bit of spice in it! It didn’t hurt that cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables too. I know, it’s a bit weird. So many people don’t like it, but to me, it has a subtle sweetness that makes it exquisite. 

This dish is a cauliflower and walnut harissa. I love that we branched out and used walnuts for more recipes this week. So many of the other recipes were based on almonds and cashews, which are certainly versatile nuts for their flavor and texture, but it was nice to have some more variety. There is a walnut cream sauce in the base, some harissa sauce, some marinaded and dehydrated spiced walnuts, and some cauliflower and romanesco. This dish would have been even more beautiful if I had access to some junky purple cauliflower, but my grocery store didn’t have any. I love the way we were instructed to plate this dish in a ring mold with the stems up. They are so organic looking. 

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The last real food recipe that we made before presenting out final projects was a lovely light carrot soup. This was somewhat like a gazpacho. There was a nice variety of carrot, radish, and apple chunks for texture and flavor. It was all topped with a bit of the soup, which had been foamed in the blender. The rest of the soup was poured in to make for a nice presentation. The soup was a great blend of sweet and savory with a smooth mouthfeel. It was a great lunch!

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For my final project, I decided to make a probiotic granola bar. I polled my social media friends to ask them what kind of product they might be interested in. The overwhelming response was for something quick and healthy that was also filling. I also asked about probiotics and what the perception of taste and texture was regarding fermented foods. People either love sauerkraut or they hate it. Personally, I love sauerkraut. I make it by the gallon, but I digress. I made these bars so that I could sneak some good bugs in without people having to fear the funky taste of fermented vegetables. 

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To celebrate the completion of the class, we were presented with some raw cocktail recipes. Whoo hoo! The base of both of these was also good as non-alcoholic drinks on their own. The green one is a nut milk with match powder – basically a vegan green tea latte. It is mixed with a cloudy sake to make it an adult beverage. The purple drink is a lavender and blueberry lemonade. It is also mixed with unfiltered nigori sake. Both were totally delicious. It was a nice way to celebrate. Cheers!

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I’m done!!! =D =D =D Be on the lookout for more delicious recipes and more class adventures coming your way!

advanced raw cuisine certificate of completion