Get on the sushi boat

Quick vegan meal for the family? Look no further than sushi, if by quick meal you mean 30+ minutes of excruciatingly painful why-are-my-kids-so-ham-fisted fuck-my-kitchen’s-a-mess kid-friendly bonding time while you’re making the rolls.

But my boys’ love of sushi always wins out over my desire to keep the kitchen clean and have a meal on the table in 15 minutes. Sushi is always begged for around here: sometimes we go out, and sometimes we make it at home. It’s super easy and delicious, and fun for the kids to be involved.

So here you have it: kid-friendly sushi rolls!



For each 1 cup of rice - white or brown:

  • 1 1/4 cup of water

  • 3 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons of sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt


  1. Wash the rice in a colander under running water for a minute or two until the starch has washed out and the water runs clear.

  2. Pop the rice in a pot with enough water to cover: generally 1 1/4 cups of water to every cup of rice but adjust as necessary depending on your brand of rice and package directions. You can always add more water during the cooking process...but you can’t recover from a ball of mush if you add too much water.

  3. Cook the rice on high heat at first, stir every minute or two, until the water boils. Then, cover, lower the heat and simmer for 6-8 minutes. Check your rice to see that all the water is absorbed or if more water is needed. Brown will take longer than white, obvs.

  4. Once done, gently fold in the other ingredients until the salt and sugar has dissolved completely.


  • marinate carrots, cucumber, bell peppers in a splash of rice wine vinegar

  • deep-fried tofu/yam for an extra crunch

  • oven-baked yams

  • tofu - plain or cooked with tamari/soy

  • avocado

  • mango

  • steamed broccoli

  • roasted squash

  • stir-fried mushrooms

  • Add some flare: green onion, vegan mayo, black/white sesame seeds, hot sauce, sprouts, or spinach

Find the kids a YouTube video on rolling sushi and put them to work while you sit down with some Sake, ear plugs, and the knowledge that the kitchen can always be cleaned.