sushi mat wrapped in plastic wrap plus extra plastic wrap for cutting
Sushi Quinoa Rice
3/4cupsushi rice, rinsed several times
1/4cupuncooked quinoa, rinsed (tri-color is prettiest!)
3tbsprice wine vinegar
Wasabi Beet Filling
1smallcooked beet (usually available in produce section) cut into matchsticks
1/2slicecucumber, peeled and cut into matchsticks
1/4avocado, thin sliced
1tspchopped fresh dill
1tbspchopped pistachios, optional
squeeze lemon juice
2 sheets nori
soy sauce for dipping
Prepare the Sushi Quinoa Rice
Place the rinsed sushi and quinoa in a small saucepan. Add 1 cup water and place over med-high heat. As soon as bubbles start to form on the edges, stir to release anything sticking and cover with a lid. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 15 minutes and then turn off heat (don't open the lid). Allow to steam for another 15 minutes. Remove lid, fluff with fork. Add rice vinegar, sugar, salt and sesame seeds and fluff again. Set aside.
Preparing the Roll
While rice is cooking, prep your filling ingredients.
Once rice is done, place one nori sheet (bumpy side up) on a sushi rolling mat that has been wrapped in plastic wrap. Using a fork or wet fingers, press cooked sushi quinoa rice onto the mat firmly leaving 1 inch of nori uncovered. Carefully pick up the nori and flip over.
Spread wasabi paste on the section of nori opposite where the rice begins on the other side but closest to the nori edge that you left without rice. You are going to roll that uncovered nori around the filling to get it started. Layer beets, cucumber and avocado. Sprinkle with dill and pistachios (if using). Finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. **You are going to make 2 rolls so use about half your filling ingredients on each.
Pick up the edge of your rolling mat and start to flip the exposed piece of nori over the filling ingredients. You essentially want to tuck that piece around and under to get your roll sealed. Use the mat to pull it back towards you, and use your fingers to pinch the roll firmly as you go. You want to get things tight on that first turn and then continue rolling about a half turn at a time, pulling the mat free as you continue to roll forward and continuing to pinch along the length of the roll as you go. Unroll the mat and you should have a beautiful sushi roll!
The hardest part IMO is cutting. Move the roll to a cutting board. I use a separate piece of plastic wrap which I lay over the top, pull snug and tuck in slightly all around (some people fully wrap the roll before cutting but I found that left me with shreds of plastic wrap to pick off). Using a serrated knife, gently cut your sushi into pieces and then carefully remove the plastic wrap. Stand back to admire what you've created, then go ahead and make your second roll. Serve immediately or keep wrapped in plastic and refrigerated until ready to serve.
Serve 1 roll per person with soy sauce for dipping and wasabi paste on the side (optional).
You could certainly boil or roast beets for this recipe, but pre-cooked baby beets are pretty readily available in the produce section of your grocery and saves a ton of time.