As someone who absolutely loves sushi, I was heartbroken to recently discover that I can no longer eat fish. Eating salmon and getting sicker than I had been in a while was one of the worst experiences. Not necessarily because of the physical pain I was in, but more because of the emotional ties I had with salmon. When I went on a recent trip to Uruguay with my school, all I ate was salmon. It was my go-to protein source (besides tofu) and has been since I discovered I could no longer eat meat. Now, salmon was gone and so was sushi. Or so I thought.
A few nights ago, out of desperation to find something I could eat for dinner, I decided to make tofu sushi. I had made sushi at home in the past, so I knew it was a pretty simple and easy meal to prepare. I got out some seaweed, layered on some brown rice, avocado, cucumber, hemp hearts, orange bell peppers, and topped it off with grilled tofu. I had nothing to lose, I thought. Well, let me tell you, this tofu-sushi concoction far exceeded my expectations. It was delicious! This new meal excited me because it was next best thing to a cajun salmon cut roll (at least that's what I keep telling myself).
So, you can imagine my excitement, when one day in class my friend Emma approached me and asked if she could come over to my house to make sushi. She had heard that I liked to make it and wanted to give it a go. Two days later a few of my friends, including Emma, came over to make sushi. We made spicy tuna, cut up a ton of vegetables, and I made sure to grill some tofu. We set everything up on the table, and before I was even finished making a second batch of rice, all of the tofu was gone. The tofu was gone before the spicy tuna! Keep in mind that all of my friends (with the exception of Emma) came over to eat fish.
I was blown away. Not only did my friends like my tofu-sushi concoction, they liked it better than the fish-sushi we had prepared. When I originally told them about putting tofu in sushi they were hesitant. However, so was I. But that's the beauty of all of this. Finding vegan and gluten free foods is all about being open to trying new things.
I think that vegan/gf cake is delicious while my friends taste it and spit it out with a look of pure disgust. They want that buttery, delicious flavor of red velvet that my cake doesn’t have. So, you can imagine how good I felt when my meat eating friends found my food delicious! :)
My name is Gabriella. Join me on my health and wellness journey as I discover foods that not only please my taste buds but my stomach as well!