Foodie Fridays

Foodie Fridays is a weekly meme hosted by Diary of a Domestic Goddess.

The aim is to share a recipe or a favourite food each week so that everyone else can try it.

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This week isn’t so much a recipe as a food recommendation. If you haven’t already tried it, it’s my mission to make you change your mind and give it a go – sushi!

Now before some of you start saying, “Yuck! Raw fish – no thanks!” let me reassure you that I cannot eat raw fish myself (I can’t even eat smoked salmon because it feels “raw” to me) and so I stick completely to the vegetarian versions or make it with tinned tuna.

You can buy ready-made sushi, or go to one of the many sushi restaurants that are popping up these days, but I suggest you try making it yourself. It’s not as fiddly or difficult as you might expect.

If you’ve never tried before, I heartily recommend purchasing a sushi kit, which you can buy from most supermarkets. The kits contain everything you need for basic sushi – the rice, rice vinegar, nori (seaweed), pickled ginger and soy sauce, as well as a rolling mat. All you have to do is add whatever filling you fancy!

My favourite filling is tuna, sometimes with some thinly sliced carrot, cucumber or red pepper in the centre, but really, you can let your imagination go wild.

(And yes, that is sushi I’ve made myself in the picture to the left here!)

A typical serving of sushi with tuna filling, complete with pickled ginger to cleanse the pallet after each bite, comes to around 330 calories, but I swear, if you have this for lunch, you won’t need an afternoon snack as you’ll feel satisfied right up till dinner time.

Another plus is if you eat with chopsticks, you’ll have no problem in recognising when you’re “hara hachi bu” as the Japanese say (eating till you’re 80% full) as it forces you to take your time and gives your body time to register feeling full, therefore you’re less likely to overeat.

Sushi really is a versatile meal and is a dream come true for those who are watching what they eat. Go on, broaden your horizons and give it a try!

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