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Cleansing Sushi Roll w/ Spicy Kale + Green Veggies

Cleansing Sushi Roll w/ Spicy Kale + Green Veggies | Well and Full | #vegan #recipe

As some of you may have read, I recently got back from a lovely trip to Colorado. The trip itself was great, but between you and me, I may have eaten few more Voodoo Doughnuts during the trip than I’m okay with admitting. Eating healthy while traveling is hard. I don’t know how David and Luise over at Green Kitchen Stories do it. Personally, when I got home from that week in Denver, my body felt pretty beat up after how badly I was eating. Which brings me to cleansing / detoxing….

Cleansing Sushi Roll w/ Spicy Kale + Green Veggies | Well and Full | #vegan #recipe

The medical community has all but debunked the idea of “detoxing” as we think of it (read: juice cleanses). I was pretty bummed when I read article after article about how the kidneys and liver basically do the job for you (no $60/day juice package required). But I think it’s wrong to dismiss the idea of detoxing/cleansing altogether. Even though there may be no “quick fix” by drinking juice or smoothies all day, the psychological effects of such practices cannot be ignored.

The concept of a “fresh start” is something that is ingrained in nearly every culture in the world. While the methods of being cleansed or being born anew may differ from culture to culture, what cannot be denied is how the mental effects of being cleansed translate to our overall wellness. Read: you simply feel better when you eat better.

Cleansing Sushi Roll w/ Spicy Kale + Green Veggies | Well and Full | #vegan #recipeCleansing Sushi Roll w/ Spicy Kale + Green Veggies | Well and Full | #vegan #recipe

So while this sushi may not be “cleansing” in a strictly physiological sense, it is full of fiber, vitamins, and healthy nutrients to give your body a push in the right direction. 🙂 (And it doesn’t hurt that it’s absolutely delicious!!)

Just a quick note about making sushi – the actual rolling part can be rather difficult, so I would highly recommend looking at this fantastic tutorial by Minimalist Baker before you commence your sushi endeavors!!

Cleansing Sushi Roll w/ Spicy Kale + Green Veggies | Well and Full | #vegan #recipeCleansing Sushi Roll w/ Spicy Kale + Green Veggies | Well and Full | #vegan #recipe

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Cleansing Sushi Roll w/ Spicy Kale + Green Veggies
 
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This raw, cleansing sushi roll is a delicious way to eat clean + vegan!
Serves: 3 Rolls
Ingredients
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Avocado
  • 3 Nori Sheets
  • 1 Cup Kale, packed
  • 2 Tbs Vegan Mayo
  • ½ Tsp Sriracha (optional)
Instructions
  1. First, prepare the kale salad. Take 1 cup (packed) kale and chop finely. In a bowl, mix kale with 2 tbs vegan mayo and ½ tsp sriracha. Mix well, ensuring that kale is evenly coated.
  2. Prep the cucumber by slicing into thin strips. Likewise, prepare the avocado by slicing into thin chunks as well. You may have some veggies left over when you're done making your sushi!
  3. Start assembling the sushi by laying out your nori sheets. They should be set out wider than they are tall.
  4. About an inch from the edge closest to you, lay out the cucumbers, avocado, and kale salad in a strip about 1-2 inches wide. Note: if you have a sushi mat, this is the time to use it! If not, you can also roll the sushi by hand (which is what I did here).
  5. Using both hands, tuck the sushi filling in with your fingers and tightly wrap the nori around it. If it's not super tight, it might be harder to cut but that's not a problem!
  6. Once the sushi has been sufficiently rolled, take the sharpest knife in your kitchen and wet it with some water. Slice the sushi, wetting your knife between every 1-2 cuts.
  7. Serve sushi with tamari and extra sriracha (for my fellow spicy lovers out there). Enjoy!

Cleansing Sushi Roll w/ Spicy Kale + Green Veggies | Well and Full | #vegan #recipe

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27 Comments

  • Reply
    Laura
    June 30, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    I love making my own sushi! This version looks delicious – anything with kale is always a go:) Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Reply
      WellAndFull
      June 30, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Thanks Laura, I’m glad you like it! 🙂

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    Emily | Gather & Dine
    June 30, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Having so much fun looking around your beautiful blog! Such vibrant green sushi here- delish!

    • Reply
      WellAndFull
      June 30, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Emily 🙂

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    Meg @ Noming thru Life
    June 30, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    These look insanely delicious and yes healthy too 🙂 You covered all the bases here my friend. Great idea and beautifully photographed as well!

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      WellAndFull
      August 5, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      Thank you Meg! 🙂

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    Pang @circahappy
    July 1, 2015 at 10:25 am

    I don’t think detox, by having juice all day, is a good idea either; it’s healthy but just not a good idea. Having said that, your ‘clean sweep’ meal IS a wonderful idea 🙂 Your sushi looks so delicious & nutritious. <3 <3 <3

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      WellAndFull
      August 5, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      Thank you Pang!! I tried a juice cleanse once and I found that it wasn’t right for my body. I much prefer having cleansing, whole foods to get me through any sort of detox! 😉

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    Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist
    July 1, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Sarah,
    First, these look amazing and I am making them tomorrow! My garden is full of kale, yum! Second, I just found your blog through minimalist baker and I love what I’ve seen so far. I particularly enjoyed your about page. Short, sweet and significant at all the right points. Well and full and grateful 🙂 . I hope to see more of Ivy!

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      WellAndFull
      July 1, 2015 at 7:59 pm

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful note, Kathryn! I’m super jealous of your garden full of kale, I wish I had a yard! And I will definitely try to include more photos of Ivy; after all, she is my unofficial recipe taste-tester!! 😉

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    Grace
    July 1, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    This is the perfect reset meal, fresh, green and bright and still super flavorful and delicious! Gorgeous photography too!

    • Reply
      WellAndFull
      July 1, 2015 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you so much, Grace, I’m so glad you stopped by! Earthy Feast is one of my favorite blogs 🙂

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    Martyna @ Wholesome Cook
    July 2, 2015 at 4:21 am

    We love making our own nori rolls. Sometimes we add quinoa but my favourites involve nothing else then veggies. Sauerkraut makes for a yummy and gut-healthy roll too!

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      WellAndFull
      July 2, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Ooh that sounds great! I bet some kimchi would taste good in there too 🙂

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    Aimee / Wallflower Girl
    July 2, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    These not only sound delicious but are also a treat for the eyes! That colour <3

    • Reply
      WellAndFull
      July 2, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks Aimee!! 🙂 I don’t know about you, but I always feel healthier when I’m eating something green 😉

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    Consuelo | Honey & Figs
    July 6, 2015 at 7:17 am

    These look incredible and your blog is so cool!!!
    Have a lovely week! xx

    • Reply
      WellAndFull
      July 6, 2015 at 8:01 am

      Thanks Consuelo 🙂

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    Grace @ FoodFitnessFreshAir.com
    July 8, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    My kind of meal. These look and sound perfecto!

    • Reply
      WellAndFull
      July 8, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      Thanks, Grace! 🙂

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    Maggie
    July 15, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    I will definetly try these in autumn when I am back in Ireland, they look amazing!

    • Reply
      WellAndFull
      July 15, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      Let me know how it goes! 🙂

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    Dina
    September 28, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Sarah, detoxing or not, this looks so delicious it has to be good for you and cleansing. Judging from the number of comments, everyone else thinks so as well. I make a lot of salad rolls and this would be great in rice paper as well. Thanks for posting.

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      Sarah
      September 28, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      Ooh this would be great in rice paper! I’ll have to try it out! 😀

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