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Vegetarian Sushi

4 to 8 lettuce leaves
3 ounces somen (thin Japanese wheat noodles)*
1/2 cup matchstick-size strips carrots
1/2 cup matchstick-size strips green onion
1/2 cup matchstick-size strips red bell pepper (can be left out)
Fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon chili paste with garlic*
1 teaspoon sugar

*Thin Japanese wheat noodles and chili paste with garlic are available at Asian markets, specialty foods stores, and in the Asian section of some supermarkets.

Pat lettuce leaves dry. Put water to boil. Add noodles and cook until tender, about 2 minutes. Drain. Refresh under cold water and drain.

Arrange 4 lettuce leaves on work surface. Place additional leaves on each arranged leaf if needed to form 8-inch length. Place 1/4 cup noodles along 1 long side of each leaf forming 1-inch-wide strip. Arrange carrots atop noodles, then green onion, bell pepper and cilantro leaves. Starting from 1 long side, roll leaf over filling. Roll up tightly in jelly roll fashion. Place each roll on piece of plastic wrap and roll up tightly, twisting ends. Refrigerate rolls 1 to 8 hours.

Combine vinegar, soy sauce, chili paste and sugar in bowl. (Can be prepared 8 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

Remove plastic wrap from rolls. Trim ends. Cut each roll into 6 pieces. Place pieces cut side up on platter. Place sauce in center of rolls and serve.

Makes 24.

KOHLRABI SIAM CHOPPED SALAD

Kohlrabi is new to some of you. Like radishes and beets, cut the leaves from the vegetable so that they won’t continue to draw moisture. The leaves are edible, use them in soup or stir fry. My favorite way to eat kohlrabi is raw. Just peel and slice thin with a little sprinkle of salt and I have a fat free and sugar free, non-processed snack! Some of you may prefer to add a dip.  Toss thinly sliced kohlrabi with some olive oil and sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese and roast on a parchment lined sheet in a 450 degree oven for 10 minutes, edges should be browned and vegetable should be a little tender.  Steam this vegetable and top with a sauce (au gratin) recipe can be found in the recipe index.

KOHLRABI SIAM CHOPPED SALAD

4 medium kohlrabi, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
dice 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) chopped Napa cabbage
1/4 pound (115g) snow peas,
chopped 1/2 to 1 fresh poblano pepper,
diced or 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into fine julienne about 1 inch (2.5 cm) long
3 green onions, chopped
3 tablespoons organic canola oil
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1 or 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/2 inch (1 cm) piece ginger, peeled and grated
Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
2 teaspoons sesame oil
Dash of rice vinegar
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Black sesame seeds
2 tablespoons minced green onions

1. Combine all the ingredients, except the black sesame seeds and green onions, in a large bowl and toss well to distribute the seasonings evenly.
2. Transfer to an attractive serving bowl or platter and garnish the top with the black sesame seeds and minced green onions.
3. This salad is best if made several hours ahead to allow the dressing to penetrate the vegetables.
4. Serve as a salad course or a side dish.

Yield: 4 servings
From: Vegparadise.com

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