Sushi 'low carb style'

Sunday, March 29, 2009

I make some pretty good sushi, obviously in my old higher carb days rice was used, however it seems when we transition to a low carb/primal/paleo lifestyle the one missing more than bread is sushi.  This post is my most searched blog post, it remains to be extremely popular.  I hope this satisfies and gives you a sense of relief that you can enjoy a form of sushi without blowing your good eating plan!

Above are two different versions of low carb sushi, the one on the left is made with egg and the one on the right is made with cauliflower rice and mayo! The perfect lunch!

The photo to the left I used Nori which is the toasted seaweed, you can use raw seaweed but I prefer the toasted one, it's darker in color. Then I fried 2 eggs into a flat omelette, layered with avocado then crab meat mixed with homemade mayo, to the mayo add ginger juice (the juice that comes from grated fresh ginger, discard the ginger meat), lime juice and ofcourse wasabi YUM!!! Then to top it off with Tamari or Kikkoman do a Gluten free Soy Sauce.
I just made it the same as you do with rice, it's a little harder to roll because the rice makes it easier, but as you can see from the photo it came out pretty darn good if you ask me. Even my family who love traditional rice sushi even liked this. After experimenting with cauliflower rice I have decided I prefer the sushi made with cauli rice than the egg, however the egg is still awesome, just personal taste really!
The photo on the right...Cook the cauliflower rice, mix in your mayo, s&p and vinegar. Spread out the cauliflower as you would the rice, lay your smoked salmon atop of the cauli rice, then layer avocado, carrot, zucchini and cream cheese, roll up and then eat immediately or let sit for 15 mins, do not leave this to sit in fridge for longer than an hour, it will be gross!

1 Cup (approx) Cooked Cauliflower Rice
Salt and Pepper
1 tsp Wine Vinegar
2 Tbsps Japanesse Mayo (any mayo will work)
Toasted or Raw Nori Sheet
A few strips of Smoked Salmon
1/2 Avocado
Slices of Carrot and Zucchini
1-2 Tbsps Cream Cheese

Nutritional Stats for whole recipe: (this is for the cauliflower rice sushi)
Calories: 494
Fat: 39
Protein: 9
Carbs: 11
Net Carbs: 7

Per one sushi piece (divided into 7 pieces)
Calories: 70.5
Fat: 5.6
Protein: 1.29
Net Carbs: 1

Don't eat till your full

Sunday, March 22, 2009

So I'm over my tummy bug yah!! The only good thing that came out of that is I lost 2kg in a couple of days but now I'm too scared to weigh myself again so I have decided to challenge myself to waiting a whole week or even two if I can handle it. I remember when I started this wol I said to my dh and myself I'm only weighing once a week because I don't want to get obsessed and now I'm weighing daily so I have to really remind myself about the health benefits as opposed to what the scale says, it's just very hard.

I think my stomach shrunk in the couple of days of the tummy bug and I did the greedy thing on friday night and had my favourite meal - a lettuce wrap filled with chicken, bacon, avocado, camembert, relish and aioli. It was beautiful but I ate wayyyy too much to the point I felt physically uncomfortable and wanted to throw up just to feel better. I didn't because I can't make myself do that yuck! So instead I had reflux and horrible pain until 4am that morning, arrrrrhhh!!!! What do I learn from this....don't eat until I'm full. Everytime I eat now I don't feel full initially but then I do a couple of hours later, I think this is because protein and fat aren't immediate energy.

Tummy Bug

Monday, March 16, 2009

Today I have a tummy bug and it hurts. So since nothing is staying down I have no choice to avoid food and I have no appetite. I guess this is considered a compulsory fast but it's not very enjoyable I can tell you. I haven't had a bug since I've been low carbing so hopefully I don't start craving those "sick" foods like toast, apple etc...

Lets hope it doesn't last long and I'll be back to my old self in no time, fingers crossed x

The Damn Scale!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Well I haven't posted in a while, feeling a little bummed that my weight hasn't shifted again yet. I'm stuck a little, at least I haven't gone up but it's a little frustrating when you stick to plan and still the scale doesn't move. So my plan this week is to eat less nuts, berries and 85% dark choc, maybe they are stalling me but these foods are so yummy!! so I'm a little frustrated to say the least.

This is my plan, 3 eggs for breakfast either scrambed, omelete (with added cream) this keeps me fuller for longer, I can go 5 hours when I add enough fat. If I have poached eggs I need to add some sort of fat and usually I will add a couple of pecans so I may have to stick to scrambed or omelete or if I feel creative I'll make hollandaise to go with my eggs YUM!!
Lunch will be chicken nibbles baked to be crispy with a creamy sauce or some cheese on the side.
Dinner will be some meat, vegies with butter, will go easy on pumpkin.
Well time for lunch now and i'm hungryyyyy!!!


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I am feeling pretty happy today, I couldn’t help but weigh myself and I can’t believe I saw the scale go down. I’m finally out of the 90’s and into the 80’s, well 89.5kg to be exact. It’s still amazing that I was 107.1kg on my first day and to see it come down each week I couldn’t be happier. My husband said ok now don’t weigh for a week, he know’s me too well. I’m finally fitting into my older clothes, I wish I could buy more but I don’t want to spend money on something that will be too big in the next few months. So I’m going to make myself a few things, I’m in the process of setting up my own dressmaking business so it’s all good practice anyway.

I made the yummiest tasting “lasagne” last night for dinner, mike loves my lasagne but since there’s no pasta I used Pumpkin and zucchini instead, it was soo good I had leftovers for lunch today. Here’s the recipe if anyone is interested:

500gms Lamb Mince
1 Tin Tomatoes
2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
1/4 -1/2 cup Cream
1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
Could add garlic and onion but I didn’t want reflux so I avoided it.

Let cook and simmer for 10 minutes or so the cream will thicken a little.

¼ Buttercup Pumpkin (precook it)
1 Large Zucchini
¾ cup Swiss Cheese
¾ cup Mozzarella Cheese
½ cup Parmesan Cheese

I layered the mince with the pumpkin very finely sliced, and the cheese. The top layer I used the zucchini and cheese on top. Bake in oven 200C for about 30-40 minutes. YUM!!
It’s not strictly primal/paleo but then I'm not that strict when it comes to cheese.
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