I absolutely LOVE sushi, but as the Paleo diet doesn’t include grains (= rice) I had been missing the texture of nori sushi rolls, mostly opting for Sashimi and Salad instead. I then stumbled across a recipe on a raw food website (keep reading please…) nori rolls, with no rice involved, using a nut pate instead. I decided to add fish for Protein in my version. It does take a little time and effort to prepare this recipe, but believe me it’s worth the effort – so incredibly tasty :). Nori wraps are so versatile and I quite often use them to wrap up chicken or fish with salad instead of tortilla wraps/bread for a quick lunch. Sometimes there is nothing as satisfying as the taste sensations of a range of flavours all wrapped up together in one bite, which you can eat with your fingers too!
These nori could be perfect dinner party entrées, so long as you don’t eat too many! Be warned if you aren’t used to eating nuts the cashew pate can be very filling. Left-overs kept well for next day lunch too!
- For the nut pate: 5 Oz Cashew Nuts, ¼ cup water, Chunk of fresh ginger, Garlic clove, 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 Tablespoon of Tamari (wheat free soy sauce – I use the brand Clearspring)
- + Sheets of Nori (dried seaweed sheets), King Prawns, Organic Smoked Salmon, thinly sliced vegetable crudités (I used cucumber, pepper and grated carrot)
- Blend the nuts to a crumb and slowly add the water and lemon juice, then the minced garlic, ginger and Tamari till it resembles a smooth (not runny consistency). Voila a nut pate.
- Take a sheet of Nori and spread the Nut pate along the bottom edge covering about 2 inches up, at the top of the pate edge, place a line of salmon, and crudités, carrot etc – then roll and slice into 6 pieces. For the prawn ones I left out the Salmon and poked the prawns in once the rolls were already cut. The above pate was enough for 30 pieces using 5 sheets of Nori.
I think this might work well with an Avocado pate too (1 ripe avocado, clove garlic, chunck ginger,1 tsp nut butter/ cashew-type best + lime or lemon juice + whizzed in blender), and perhaps with thin slices of beef.