Sushi bites, some snack inspiration for you which can be shared as a healthy toddler meal idea too (a bonus rhyme!). This is a super simple recipe with just 2 main ingredients. But it can be easily jazzed up with different fillings to give it different flavours and get your little one used to different tastes. Sea weed can be quite a difficult food to include in your diet so this are a great way to include this sea vegetable that is a good source of iodine. Depending on the age of your toddler this is also a fun activity to get them involved in making.
So here are the ingredients required and the method.
Ingredients (makes 10 mini sushi rolls, which is enough for 1 adult and 1 toddler):
- 125g sushi rice
- 5 nori sheets (I cut them in half to make mini sushi rolls; nori is a dried seaweed commonly used to make sushi rolls)
- 165g cold water
- Optional fillings: mashed avocado, peas, sweet corn, tuna.
- First thoroughly rinse the rice. Place it in a bowl, cover it with cold water and then sieve. Repeat this process several times until the water covering the rice is clear (I usually repeat about 4 times).
- Place the sushi rice and the water in to the pan and bring it to the boil.
- Once boiling, place a lid on the pan, turn the heat off and leave the rice to sit for approximately 40 minutes (do not remove the lid in this time) until all the water has been soaked up. (Optional: If you are just serving the sushi to adults you could now season it with rice vinegar, sugar and salt)
- Spread approximately 2 tsps of rice on to each sheet. As the rice is really sticky, it is a good idea to wet your hands before handling the rice to prevent the sticking or using 2 spoons also works quite well.
- Add any additional fillings to the centre of the layer of rice – my favourite is to add mashed avocado.
- Next roll the sushi with either a sushi mat or, because these are mini rolls, you can just roll them with your hands (it might take a few attempts!).
- Cut the rolls to the desired size. As Jasper doesn’t have many teeth I cut them in to bite size pieces for him but you might prefer to serve as rolls.
- Serve and enjoy!
Has your little one ever tried sushi? I would love to know what you think of this recipe and if you give it a go. Let me know in the comments or on facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Thanks for reading, Jen x
*I took inspiration for this post from The Baby Led Weaning Cookbook by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett.