Mains · Recipes

ABQ Sushi with Crispy Sesame Tofu

 vegan, sushi, amaranth, quinoa, barley

I love sushi and would eat it for every meal if I could, The only thing I am not so keen on is the processed white rice that is in it. I think this alternative makes it taste even yummier although beware it can fall apart easier when you cut it!


Raw Sushi


Amaranth and Quinoa are both ancient grains packed full of essential amino acids and powerful protein. The crispy tofu makes for a fantastic crunch but can easily be omitted or swapped for tempeh.

quinoa sushi



Crispy Sesame tofu

1 packet of tofu- drained/pressed for 5 minutes

2 tbsp Tahini or nut butter of choice

1 tbsp soy sauce or tamari

1 clove garlic crushed

½ cup white sesame seeds

½ cup black sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 180 Celsius. Slice tofu into long strips. In a shallow bowl mix all other ingredients. The mixture should resemble a thick sauce, add a few tbsp of water if necessary.

On a plate sprinkle both colours of sesame seeds. Dip tofu in tahini sauce and then roll in sesame seeds, place on lined baking tray and bake for 20-25 until crisp and golden.

Remove from oven and allow to cool.

ABQ sushi

½ cup barley (for gluten free use ½ cup or red or black rice or buckwheat)

½ cup Quinoa

½ cup Amaranth.

2 ½ cups water

2 tbsp rice vinegar

1 tbsp maple syrup

Veggie filling of choice- I use strips of thinly sliced




Red Capsicum

4 Sheets Sushi nori

In a pot over medium heat bring barley, quinoa and amaranth to boil with the water, lower heat and simmer for 20 min, you may need to add more water if it starts to boil dry.

Remove from heat and stir through rice wine vinegar and maple syrup and allow to cool.

Thinly slice your chosen veges in long strips.

Place nori sheet shiny side down and cover with 1/2 cm layer of cooked grain mix, leaving a 2 cm strip free at top of nori, make sure you press mixture right out to sides and that its evenly distributed.

I always find it easier if a work with slightly damp hands to stop the mixture sticking

Place strips of veges and tofu length wise in middle of sheet.

Roll up like your rolling a yoga mat and then use a couple of drops of water to help you seal down the end of the nori to the roll.

Cut into large rounds with a sharp knife and serve with tamari, wasabi and ginger.

Breakfast · Recipes

Warming Supergrain Breakfast Bowl

Used by the Aztecs these super grains are gluten free, high in essential amino acids, and a great source of protein. This dish will kick start your day on those ever increasing chilly mornings.

Super grain breakfast bowl


¼ cup Quinoa

¼ cup Amaranth

1 ½ cups water (or non-dairy milk for extra creaminess)

½ cup coconut milk or non dairy milk to serve

4 dates chopped

1 tbsp raisins

1 tsp cinnamon

Pinch nutmeg

1 cm piece of ginger peeled

Fresh fruit, sliced almonds for on top

For an extra treat stir in a teaspoon of cocoa powder before serving

Bring amaranth, quinoa, raisins, dates, ginger and spices to boil in water, cover and allow liquid to absorb (about 20 minutes). Remove the ginger piece.

Spoon into serving bowl and top with milk, sliced almonds and fruit. I make a double batch of this and keep it in the fridge ready to go, it’s delicious cold and will keep in the fridge for 5 or so days.