When the mad sushi cravings hit . . . I REALLY miss Santa Clara.
When David and I were first married, I was attending law school, and we were living in a 300 square foot box. (Curse that California cost of living!) But we sure loved that box. We had a great location in Santa Clara–directly across from the university, down the street from a weekly farmer’s market, and in the middle of foodie heaven. Incredible italian. (I miss you, Mio Vicino, and your garlic soaked clams . . .) Backyard BBQ. (Dear Andy’s, please send me some of your awesome sauce.) Annnnnnnd SUSHI.
Cheap sushi. And not puking-into-the-gutter-five-minutes-after-you-leave cheap sushi. QUALITY cheap sushi. David and I always ordered one roll too many and spread the feast out on a blanket on the floor of our apartment. After eating so much our tummies hurt, David would sigh and say it was his husbandly duty to finish the sushi, such that none was wasted. I don’t where he packed that last roll, but he always managed to do it.
Now we are in the beautiful Rocky Mountains . . . where the sun always shines and the snow falls . . . 1,000 MILES from the ocean. (Dear Denver, I really do love you. Please forgive me for what I say during the mad sushi cravings.)
BUT! We have super easy sushi lunch on the go! Let’s be honest . . . I’m always eating lunch on the go. Highly ineffective habit of the overworked lawyer. But this sushi makes me feel like I’m taking a moment out of my busy day to be indulgent. Bonus that this lunch is definitely low-carb. And if you’re feeling EXTRA lazy like me (or you have a grocery like ours where ripe avocados are ne’er to be seen), you can buy the little tubs of avocado. You’ll be surprised by how much you don’t miss the rice. And the endless combinations of sushi are as long as your takout sushi menu!
Don’t forget the sake! (Kidding. Don’t take sake to work. Or on the go.)
5 minPrep Time
5 minTotal Time
- 1 package seaweed snacks
- smoked salmon
- avocado, chopped or mashed
- thinly sliced red onion and/or green onion
- other options: cooked crab, cooked shrimp, whipped cream cheese, thinly sliced cucumber, thinly sliced carrot, aioli, wasabi, pickled ginger, soy sauce
- Pack everything in containers to take on the go.
- Assemble a small piece of fish, small dab of avocado, and pieces of onion on each seaweed snack. Fold up seaweed snack and enjoy!
Since I'm taking it on the go, I choose to used cooked fish only. I would not recommend packing raw fish on the go.
Other Sushi Combos:
- Philadelphia Roll: smoked salmon, whipped cream cheese, cucumber
- Shrimp Tempura Roll: cooked shrimp, avocado (toss some corn flakes or panko crumbs in there for some crunch!)
- Baked Spicy Tuna Roll: cooked tuna, cream cheese, jalapeno aioli
- Las Vegas Roll: smoked salmon, cooked crab, whipped cream cheese (corn flakes or panko crumbs for crunch)
- California Roll: cooked crab, cucumber, avocado
Let me know if you try anything else!