Hi there and good morning to you. This weekend went by way too fast, don’t you think? I was busy, busy, busy on Saturday so I could take the whole day off yesterday for a whale-watching trip (see below).
“California-Style” Vegan Sushi Rolls:
But first, I want to share with you these easy, vegan sushi rolls I made for lunch on Saturday for something different than my normal giant salad. I use toasted nori sheets that I buy in a package of 50 from my health food store. They don’t need to be warmed up or anything, you just lay them on a cutting board to fill them up (note: you can also buy untoasted nori, but I think they taste a little too much like seaweed when they’re raw).
By the way, each nori sheet has only 10 calories so I make two of them per person with a lot of filling. But, what do you fill them with, you might ask?
Since I strive to be an uber-healthy vegan, I decided to make mine “California-style” with tons of shredded veggies, hummus, bell pepper, onion, and avocado. One of my latest healthy habits is shredding various vegetables in my food processor each week and then putting them into everything. Here is the giant container of cabbage and carrots I shredded that will be consumed this week:
It’s nice to start with some kind of creamy filling like my Roasted Garlic Hummus, for example. Then, you can just layer in your other veggies, being careful not to overfill. Just think of it like a burrito.
Some sliced red bell pepper, red onion, and avocado makes it even tastier. Then, when you are satisfied with your filling, you just roll up the nori and use a sharp knife to slice the roll in half:
The printable recipe:
“California-Style” Vegan Sushi Rolls
4 toasted nori sheets
1/2 cup hummus
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 cup shredded carrots and cabbage
2 tablespoons minced red onion
1 medium avocado
Place the nori sheets on a flat surface for filling. Slather the hummus on each sheet, topped with bell pepper, shredded vegetables, onion, and avocado. Roll each sheet into a burrito and use a sharp knife to slice each roll in half. Serve cold.
My new favorite lunch!
Whale-Watching Trip in Santa Barbara:
So, as mentioned, I traveled to Santa Barbara on Sunday to go whale-watching with some friends:
We have been talking about doing this for ages, so we finally settled on a date and just did it. The weather was fantastic, a cool 55 degrees when we got started:
There was a naturalist on board who talked to us about the grey whale and how tens of thousands of them migrate from Mexico back to Alaska at this time of year.
It felt so good to soak up some sun while on board:
We spent several hours going up the coastline and enjoying the natural beauty of the scenery. Finally, after we turned around and started heading back, we saw whales! They were off in the distance and some people missed seeing them entirely, but I felt lucky to see several spouts and the full body of one of these magnificent animals as it drew air for a dive. I hope you didn’t expect to see pictures of the whales, though, because it was one of those “you had to be there” situations. Sorry!
The beauty of the scenery and just being outside in the fresh air was more than enough reason to enjoy this adventure:
Spending time with Alan, my friends, being outside, and just enjoying life was a great way to spend the day, and a reminder to take advantage of special opportunities like this.
I hope you had a great weekend and are ready to tackle this week with enthusiasm. I’ll be back here on Wednesday with another new post, recipe, and giveaway.
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