Creating traditions is one of the best parts of parenting. Family rituals foster connection, bring a sense of stability and meaning into our lives and generate positive memories that can last a lifetime. This year, celebrate Valentine’s Day with a new tradition that doesn’t revolve around sugary treats: making heart-shaped sushi with your kids. It’s a fun-filled (and delicious) activity your whole family will love. (For more Valentine’s Day traditions, click here).
The term “sushi” refers to the vinegary, seasoned rice that is traditionally used in the dish. Maki sushi rolls are basically just rice and fillings wrapped in sheets of nori seaweed. (Think of it as a thin seaweed burrito that’s sliced into smaller pieces.)
WILL MY KIDS EAT IT?
Contrary to popular belief, sushi doesn’t have to contain raw fish. In fact, it doesn’t have to contain seafood at all. From avocado to cucumber to carrots, there are plenty of fish-free fillings that are healthy, delicious and kid-friendly. You might even discover that your kids are more willing to eat veggies and fish when they’re rolled up in seaweed and dipped in soy sauce.
- Sushi kit (heart-shaped sushi mold included)
- Spoon or rice paddle
- Bowl of warm water (to prevent rice from sticking to fingers)
- Cooked sushi rice
- Nori seaweed sheets
- Low-sodium soy sauce
- Bell peppers
- Cooked shrimp
- Smoked salmon
- Japanese omelet
- Cream cheese
GET READY TO ROLL
- Assemble your heart-shaped sushi mold, according to the kit’s instructions.
- Place one seaweed sheet into the mold.
- Using a spoon or non-stick rice paddle, layer sushi rice on top of the seaweed, filling about ⅓ of the mold. Lightly press the rice into the seaweed.
- Add your choice of fillings, being careful not to overstuff the roll.
- Place an additional thin layer of rice over the fillings.
- Fold one side of seaweed over the rice and then the other.
- Gently press down using the spoon or top of the mold.
- Cut with a sharp knife along the mold ridges.
- Serve with soy sauce. (Try pickled ginger, wasabi or Sriracha mayo if your kids are willing to experiment.)
- Enjoy—your heart-shaped sushi is ready to eat.