Sushi is without a doubt my favourite food! I adore it and consequently spend a ridiculous amount of money on it every month. I also pretend to myself that sushi from my favourite high street restaurants (naming no names) is a lot healthier than it is. The reality however is that proper sushi can be very high in sugar and therefore very high in sys, as well as very unfriendly on your pocket! For a long time I’ve been telling myself that I was going to start making my own sushi at home, but frankly I’m a bit crap at rolling it with the bamboo mat and so I had kind of given up….until I discovered the Sushi Bazooka! As you can see from the video and recipe below, it’s basically the world’s most useful gadget for sushi lovers and helped me knock this perfect sushi out in next to no time at all!
The Sushi Bazooka was actually the only thing that I directly asked for this Christmas and so I was very thrilled when I received it! Obviously this recipe works just as well if you’re moulding your sushi any other way, but seriously if you want a quick way to create no hassle, neat and tasty sushi then this is an essential kitchen gadget. The concept is very simple, you just pack the ingredients into each half, clip it together and push the plunger to ‘extrude’ your sushi roll. You can fill it with just about anything you fancied and it’s only £9.85 on Amazon! Total bargain and worth its weight in gold if you ask me!
Sushi rice is totally syn free, not filled with sugar as many people believe, however it is often mixed with a flavouring sauce made up of Mirin (a Japanese rice wine) and sugar which are both synned ingredients. You don’t need either of these ingredients to make the sushi rice sticky, it is naturally like that, but it does add a salty sweetness to the sushi. However, with just a teaspoon of sweetener (not required to be synned) and a bit of salt I found you get the same taste without the syns. I have included the Mirin as an optional addition in the ingredients list below if you’d like to use it, however you’d just need to add 2 syns to the recipe, which is still very low! Nori is synned at 0.5 syns per 11g pack of five sheets, so of course if you do eat an entire five sheet pack (five whole sushi rolls) then you would need to account for half a syn. However as one sheet is only 0.1 syns you don’t need to syn this (although feel free if you want to!).
One of the reasons I asked for my Sushi Bazooka for Christmas, as mentioned above, is that I spend an inordinant amount of money on sushi during the work week. A lunch order of suhsi on the high street can set you back almost £10 and as such is definitely a huge luxury which I honestly can’t afford to be having. With just a little bit of planning I’ll now be saving that money and enjoying my favourite food at the same time…winner winner! This is particularly important as 2017 is officially my money saving year!
Rob and I are beginning to save in earnest for a mortgage deposit as of January and hope to have the bulk saved by the end of the year, which means it’s going to be a year of scrimping and saving on many things, and certainly isn’t a time to be splashing out £30 a week on sushi! It also means you can expect to see many more money saving recipes and ideas from me from now on, so keep your eyes peeled for those if you’re looking to slim on a budget in 2017 like me or just looking to save a few pennies here and there! Slimming World has a reputation for being an expensive diet but I’m planning on changing that!
Money and weight gain/loss are often intertwined intrinsically in our society these days. One reason people give for being overweight is that fast food is often much cheaper than its healthier alternatives. In some instances this is true, however with a bit of planning and sensible shopping you can eek out a few simple and cheap ingredients to make a number of different meals. By doing that, and swapping expensive treats like sushi for simple homemade versions a lot of money can be saved where you’d never have thought to look before! It’s going to be a personal journey too, as I’m notoriously rubbish at budgeting and with my finances, but it’s one which will hopefully help me get my dream house and help others save towards their own goals too!
You don’t necessarily need a Sushi Bazooka for this recipe, you could hand mould your sushi rice into balls and cover them with fish or meat, or you could use a traditional mat to roll these. Everything you need for sushi making is very easily accessible from local Asian supermarkets or from Amazon!
In addition to the salmon sushi I also made a steak version with a cooked thinly cut steak which was equally delicious! You can try your sushi with a number of different fillings, from fish to tofu! Purchase the Sushi Bazooka from Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2hQaZtO
Seriously easy syn free sushi made using a Sushi Bazooka!
- Sushi Rice
- Smoked Salmon
- 1tsp Sweetener
- 1tbsp Mirin (optional - add 2 syns per tbsp)
- Wasabi (optional - 0.5 syns per tbsp)
- Salt (to taste)
- Nori Sheets
- Cook your desired quantity of sushi rice as per the packet instructions. Once cooked mix in the sweetener and salt, and add the Mirin if using. Allow to cool.
- Pack equal amounts of sushi rice into each half of the Sushi Bazooka and press down with a spoon. It can be useful to spray the back of the spoon with Fry Light as sushi rice is very sticky.
- Spread wasabi on the rice if adding.
- Into one side layer thinly cut strips of cucumber and in the other layer smoked salmon (or sushi grade salmon if you have it).
- Clip the two halves of the Sushi Bazooka together and lay out a sheet of nori. Push the plunger of the Sushi Bazooka to 'extrude' the sushi roll onto the nori.
- Roll the nori around the rice and trim the excess.
- Slice the sushi roll with a sharp knife, making sure not to press down too much as this will push the rice out.
- Serve with soy sauce and enjoy!
Syn free on Slimming World. Add 2 syns per tablespoon of Mirin used. Add 0.5 syns per teaspoon of Wasabi used. Syn values correct at time of writing. Please do not screenshot the recipe as details may change over time as Slimming World evolves. Please share the link directly to ensure the most up to date information is being shared.