Thursday, June 9, 2011

Gringo Sushi

While watching a Food Porn channel a few days ago my husband saw a segment on a Guy Fieri show about Gringo Sushi - sushi for people who are not ready to try real sushi. My husband and I love real sushi but the rolls made on the show sounded tasty to my husband and he said that he would like it if I would try making that for his birthday. I do make sushi at home and it tastes as good as our favorite sushi restaurant, although not quite as visually pretty. Some sushi rolls are served looking like works of art. Mine look like art by third graders, and not from the gifted class. 

This sushi panda was NOT made by me!
I knew I could make him some fun rolls a la Gringo/Fieri style so I went shopping and bought smoked salmon, a piece of cornmeal crusted catfish, one fried chicken tenderloin, a small piece of very thinly sliced beef (which I seasoned and cooked at home), fat free cream cheese. avocado, carrots, Chinese cabbage, cucumber, scallions, tomato, asparagus, and and salad greens. In my home pantry I had a package of soy based sushi wraps in various flavors. 

A made a Thai peanut sauce using PB2 (see the products review page), skim milk, 1 package of Truvia, a splash of Toroni sugar free coconut syrup,  ground red and black peppers, salt and ponzu sauce. It came out so tasty I will be adding it to the recipe page soon. 

I made a sweet chili sauce mixing sugar free maple syrup (sweetened with Splenda), Japanese hot chili sauce, cider vinegar and sugar free apricot spread. This was good, too. I bought wasabi mayo and used it sparingly. 

I made my husband several different "gringo" sushi rolls. For myself I skipped the soy wraps and piled all the vegetables, avocado and proteins into a large salad bowl, added a judicious amount of the Wasabi mayo, the sugar free sweet chili sauce and the Thai Peanut sauce. It was one of the most delicious salads I have ever had. 

It was only three short years ago that I could not imagine a salad without a fatty cheese or creamy blue cheese dressing. The idea of a dinner salad that was mostly vegetables was alien to me. Today I cannot imagine anything better than a great, low fat, barely dressed salad for a summer dinner. 

Our taste buds re-set themselves when we eat without added fat, sugar and salt. Fresh vegetables and fruits and lean proteins have a depth of flavor and natural sweetness that you cannot appreciate when your mouth is used to manufactured food products. I am so glad I stuck around long enough to reach this stage. 

Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

What foods are you appreciating with your cleaner taste buds? 

10 comments:

Grace. said...

Those pandas are so cute, I couldn't have eaten them if I wanted to lol, I made sushi once, didn't work out so well. I have to try that thai sauce.

Jacqui said...

love the name Gringo Sushi!

I love maki rolls. We make them all the time. I tend to use mostly veggies and a bit of protein. We did use quinoa the last time instead of rice.. and it was pretty good. Dipped in a bit of soy sauce mixed with wasabi.. yum!

Jane Cartelli said...

Grace,
I will post it soon.

Jacqui,
I love the idea of using quinoa. I will try that in the future. I was going to use cauliflower but ran out of time.

Jane~

Diane Fit to the Finish said...

At first I thought you made those - and even though you said you didn't - I bet you could! I find that I cannot stand very salty, fatty food. It turns my mouth inside out! (Except chocolate, of course.)

Vickie said...

You wrote:
"Our taste buds re-set themselves when we eat without added fat, sugar and salt. Fresh vegetables and fruits and lean proteins have a depth of flavor and natural sweetness that you cannot appreciate when your mouth is used to manufactured food products. I am so glad I stuck around long enough to reach this stage."

AMEN.

And I feel so bad that so many do not understand that fact and continue to fight it. If they can fight it with grace and happiness and positive progress - more power to them. I am thinking of the ones who make themselves miserable and do not do well.

Jane Cartelli said...

Diane -
You are making me think of salted caramel. LOL
I could not make that panda face but I bet I could do a Picasso-esque sushi face.

Vicki,
I have a friend who always talks about how horrible some things taste. When I ask her how many times she has tasted each she replied "once." I did not like cauliflower the first 10 times I tried it but now I love it. I always suggest people give it a dozen tries before they write something off. - assuming it is not something that evokes a gag reflex.

Jane~

Vickie said...

I started at your very first post and read myself to current over the course of the weekend. To be honest, you were just what I needed. Calmness. Levelheadedness. Reality. Sanity. I wasn't exactly wobbling, but you were very steadying just the same. I enjoyed every word. thank you for being you. I have pasted a few paragraphs (of yours) into a few upcoming posts (of mine). I included a link back to your original post each time. I hope that was okay - ?

Jane Cartelli said...

Vicki,
I am happy that you found things that I wrote to be helpful in any way. If you find them worthy of sharing with others I am delighted.
I see you left several comments in the two days you spend reading the whole blog. :-) I am reading them all in context with my original posts and will email you when I have read them all.

THANK YOU for sharing your thoughts.

Jane~

Vickie said...

You might be hearing from Leslie along the way also. I left her a note that said I thought she needed to start with your beginning post and read your blog. She is an AA person and is struggling with food and I think she will related to your writing style and your message in very calming ways.

lorna vanderhaeghe products said...

Quinoa is a good alternative as well instead of rice.