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Avocado Roll Bowl

The best avocado bowl ever! Creamy avocados, crunchy fresh veg, and ume tofu bites on a bed of warm brown sushi rice. This is like a deconstructed sushi roll in a bowl, taking only as much time as it takes to cook the rice to make two nights worth of bowls. We just chop extra veg and make double rice and tofu so that there is enough for another meal later in the week. The rice, tofu, and chopped carrot, cucumber and daikon last about 5 days in the fridge. so you can make some dragon sauce or even lemon-tahini for the second batch for variety, or stick with the avocado roll bowl concept here.
Total Time40 mins
Course: Bowls, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American, Asian
Keyword: Avocado, Make-ahead, Rice, Savoury, Vegan
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups short-grain brown rice or sushi rice You can add seasoned rice vinegar if you prefer that authentic sushi flavour, go for about 1/4 cup and stir it in after it is cooked.
  • 1 batch Ume Tofu Bites recipe below
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and grated
  • 1 medium cucumber chopped (and seeded if watery)
  • 1/2 small daikon peeled and chopped, about 1 1/2 cups total
  • 4 avocados peel and chop only the amount you will be serving today, 1/2 avocado per bowl.
  • 3 ounces dried shiitakes, reconstituted or 1 pound fresh shiitakes. See recipe notes below for reconstitution instructions.
  • 3 scallions sliced thinly on the bias
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 sheet nori (sushi wrappers) cut with scissors into 4 strips, then cut with scissors crosswise into matchsticks
  • wasabi paste to taste
  • lemon wedges, sesame seeds, or fresh scallions to garnish, if desired

Instructions

  • Prepare the rice according to package directions. I estimated about 40 minutes of cook time for brown rice. You can make the ume tofu bites (see recipe below) at the same time, and complete the remaining steps in the cooking time listed. If so, preheat the oven at the same time you put on the rice water to boil, then immediately make the tofu and put it in the oven before continuing with bowl instructions.
  • While the rice is cooking, chop your veggies as described in the instructions.
  • Mix tamari, sesame oil, and lemon lemon juice and set aside.
  • Prepare your mushrooms. Place a large pan over medium-high heat and drizzle with some extra olive oil. Add the mushrooms all at once and cook until browning slightly. You will want to keep the pan hot and sizzling, with liquids from the mushrooms evaporating quickly, so adjust the heat accordingly.
  • Once the mushrooms are all a bit brown and mostly cooked, add the scallions to the pan, adding extra oil if necessary so they don't stick. After about one minute, or when scallions are starting to look golden in places, turn off the heat and splash a couple of tablespoons the prepared tamari sauce to the pan, scraping up any browned bits. Set aside.
  • Once the rice is cooked you're ready to assemble the bowls. Only assemble the bowls you will be serving immediately. Place the veggies in little separate piles around the edge of the bowl, with the tofu in the middle. Scoop some of the mushrooms over the tofu, then drizzle with a couple of spoonfuls of the tamari sauce. Sprinkle over nori and sesame seeds if using, and add a dot of wasabi. You are now ready to serve your bowls!
  • Put the remainder of the veggies together in a airtight container in the fridge, and the leftover rice and tofu into a separate container and refrigerate. Consume within 5 days.

Notes

If you're new to dried shiitakes, here is a break-down of how to reconstitute them. I like to soak a bunch using the hot water method, and then keep them in the fridge in some of their soaking liquid. That way I have "fresh" shiitakes whenever I want to toss some into my tofu scramble or stir fries. If you do this, consume within 2 weeks. https://www.thespruceeats.com/how-to-substitute-dried-mushrooms-for-fresh-mushrooms-1388871