Thank you for all the positive comments on the r.i.c.e. discussed yesterday!  I know they’re just races, but they mean a lot to me, so having a few shoulders to lean on means the world to me.

But I’m done talking about r.i.c.e.ing for now.  Today I’m talking about real rice!


Here in Hawai`i, we have tons of amazing sushi – made by people who study in Japan and use only the freshest fish available.  I’m a huge fan of sushi, and am actually pretty adventurous with my food, but I have a ridiculous secret to share with you all: It doesn’t matter where we go for sushi, I always crave California rolls. 

It honestly makes no difference to me whether the crab meat is real or imitation, either [yes, I taste the difference, but either does the job Winking smile].

This recipe came about from a random California roll craving I had the other day.  Making sushi at home is super simple and will cost you way less.  Plus, since I really feel like rice – whether it be white or brown – is just filler, it takes out the entire sushi rice component.


Riceless California Roll

[ingredients – all to taste]

  • sushi nori [toasted seaweed] – cut into half sheets
  • 1 carrot – either sliced thinly or peeled using the vegetable peeler
  • 1 small avocado – sliced
  • 1 cucumber – sliced into thin matchsticks
  • 1 package imitation or fresh crab
  • 2-3 Tbsp veganaise
  • small glass of water [to seal sushi]
  • tamari + wasabi to taste [optional]


[This set-up was ready for either sushi or rice-paper/summer rolls.  The brown rice was for Ben to add to his rolls.]

Mix crab and vegenaise together.

Lay sushi nori shiny-side down on a flat surface.

Pile on the veggies and crab mixture at a 45 degree angle.


Wrap the nori from the bottom left corner, forming a cone. 

Dip your finger in water and run it across the end of the nori to seal.

Enjoy!  Dip in tamari + wasabi if desired. 

You can make all kinds of personal sushi this way, adding rice or other ingredients as desired.  Get creative and have fun!  Smile

What’s your favorite type of sushi? 

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7 thoughts on “Riceless

  1. Pema says:

    Mahalo for all your posts; I enjoy reading them. Thanks for showing how simple homemade sushi can be. You could add a small amount of cooked quinoa to this recipe which will add more protein and not just be a filler :>)

  2. AmandaonMaui says:

    I love California rolls, but the only place I know I can get it with real crab is at Sensei, and that’s only if I pay more for it to be all real crab. Did you know they do a mix of real and imitation as their standard?

    Imitation crab contains gluten, so I don’t get to have California rolls much.

  3. Melissa @ TryingToHeal says:

    omg i love vegetable rolls. there is a japanese place in my town that is so $$$$ but they have the best veggie roll. i always make whit take me there if he’s craving sushi. lol. But i agree, making your own is way easier than anyone thinks and sooooooo much cheaper! It’s the same thing with spring rolls; people think they’ll always fall apart or won’t work, but they’re easy and tasty, esp with homemade peanut sauce!

  4. Angela @ The Chicken Scoop says:

    Yummies! You are so creative!!! I love seeing all the cool foods you come up with. Have you made any more bars lately? Now that I’m back in school (aka poor college student), I am going to stop buying my Larabars (*cries*) and make them myself. That’s the plan anyway…

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