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Sushi Rolls (GF/Paleo)

25 Mar

Give me a family-sized platter of sushi & sashimi and I’ll show you some power-eating with my eyes glazed over in delirious joy. Eel & its delicious sauce is one of the best foods on the planet. I honestly save it for last because it’s like dessert. But sushi restaurants aren’t particularly cheap. And not paleo-friendly with all the gluteny (glutenous?) starchy rice.

So we tried making our own rolls at home and it was rad. It’s also a flexible recipe so you could use whatever veggies you have on hand or love. There’s no “wrong” when it comes to sushi. Bonus points for wearing a sushi chef hat.

Paleo / Gluten-Free Sushi Rolls

Paleo / Gluten-Free Sushi Rolls


  • 1 medium avocado
  • spicy mayo (liberal amount of sriracha mix with mayo)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced or julienned
  • 1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced or julienned
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced or julienned
  • 2-3 scallions, green tops only
  • 4 ounces cooked, chilled shrimp (I bought one of those cocktail shrimp rings because I’m lazy & cut each in 2 pieces)
  • 4 ounces smoked salmon
  • 4 sheets nori
  • wasabi


  • Lay a piece of nori on a bamboo rolling mat, shiny side down, with the guidelines for slicing vertical.
  • Smear about a 1″ stripe of either avocado or spicy mayo along the edge closest to you. You’ll make 4 rolls, so we did 2 avocado & 2 spicy mayo.
  • Then start making little rows of your goodies.
  • Finish with another smear of something sticky on the far edge.
  • To roll them up, start at the edge closest to you. Use the bamboo mat to fold the sticky edge onto the first row of ingredients. Then just keep rolling it up & squeezing the roll as you go to make sure it’s compact. Note: the bamboo mat doesn’t get rolled up into the roll. Yeah we learned that quick.
  • Once you’re at the far end, again make sure you’re giving it a nice little squeeze to “seal” it. Somehow we managed to get sriracha-mayo all over the bamboo mat & each subsequent roll got… stickier. But it’s all good. Life is messy.
  • To slice the rolls, first sharpen your knife then wet it a little bit. Slice along the guidelines into 1″ rolls.

Serve with wasabi, sriracha and/or soy sauce (or amino acids if you do that kinda thing).

Peace out!


Here we go!

20 Mar

Hey I’m Katie – welcome to my Newbie Yogi blog! I should have started this back in the fall at the start of this journey, but here we are. So… here we are! I started practicing yoga in September 2012 at a wonderful, close-knit studio in my little ‘burb. About a week in I felt like a lightbulb… nah, more like a floodlight… turned on. It’s rather cliche to say, but through yoga I’ve found something I’ve been looking for & needing and I didn’t even know I needed it. I needed to be pushed out of my comfort zone (physically and mentally) and I needed something that was just “mine.”

Here’s a picture of me after my first hot yoga class. “Whaaaaat did I get myself into?” meets “Insane fun” meets “Am I going to pass out now?”

I had spinal surgery in Dec 2011 due to an injury at the gym. After physical therapy ended & I was back to normal life, I didn’t know how to get back in shape without further injury. I thought yoga would be a gentle way to ease back in. I came to my mat with my head full of the tape-loop saying: “Maybe you shouldn’t try (name any heart opener or backbend or twist), it could hurt your back.” It was my tagline for my life the whole year prior. Letting go of that was the biggest step I took in my practice. I’m deciding right now to not even mention surgery again in this blog.

All uphill from here, baby.

My husband and I started eating caveman-style (paleo) about the same time I started yoga. Paleo is typically associated with the he-man/she-ra, tire-dragging Crossfit folks. But it’s perfect for us and I’ve learned so much about how my body responds to food. I totally get down on veggies, meat, fruits, nuts, anything made of coconut in any format, and lots of Thai/Indian food. NOM. I’m 99% gluten free and I ix-nay other grains like rice. And MAN I love to cook… well, ok a lot of it is actually baking. Who doesn’t like muffins? My hubby likes this too (and he’s a damn fine cook as well, as long as you like healthy doses of sriracha in every meal… Yes please).

So this blog will be for me to log silly photos of me trying new asanas, to share insights I learn my practice & meditation, and hook you up with some rad recipes.

I’m not much of a Sanskrit/Namaste kinda chick, so…


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