Monday, August 8, 2011

Lazy snacks - Nori wraps

Summers are lazy for me.  Especially when it comes to turning on the stove or oven in an already hot house.  My friend VT introduced me to the idea of lazy nori wraps.  I dare not call it sushi or even categorize it as Japanese food since our ingredients vary so much.  Sometimes it's a snack, sometimes it's a meal.  The wraps are basically nori, a starch, some kind of pickled veggie, and maybe a protein.  The protein is optional.  Make sure all the ingredients are either chilled or at room temperature.  Otherwise, you'll have some burned fingers.

Nori Wraps
sheets of nori
starch ingredient
pickled veggies, cut into small pieces
protein ingredient (optional), cut into bite-sized chunks
Take a sheet of nori and cut it in half.  Cut those in half again.  And cut those in half again.  You should have rectangles that are 1/6th the size of the original sheet.  Or you could also buy the little nori rectangles that are pre-cut to that size. 
Place a scoop of the starch ingredient, a piece of pickled veggie and the protein ingredient in the middle of a piece of nori.  Fold and enjoy.
Easy, right?  Here are some variations that I have tried out.
  • smoked salmon, capers, white rice
  • umeboshi, bún (rice vermicelli noodles)
  • Spam, sushi rice
  • quinoa, cilantro, lightly pickled cucumbers, tomatoes
  • leftover Red Quinoa Salad
  • tuna salad, orzo pasta, capers
  • century eggs, gari, white rice
  • deviled eggs, sun-dried tomatoes, brown rice
  • sticky rice, pork sung

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