If you read my “Fish Are Friends” ebook (which also going to published on this website as series of posts), then you’ll know that eating fish is a big no-no.

So, what to do if you are a sushi lover, adore your tuna-salad-sandwich, or cannot imagine a summer party without tasty crab cakes? Here are some recipe ideas for you that prove that eating healthfully and compassionately doesn’t need to be a sacrifice.

Fish Are Friends Not Food: Recipes

Reclaiming the Word “Sushi”

Sushi is most often associated with a dish containing fish or other sea animals, but in Japanese cuisine, sushi is simply a food made of rice combined with various toppings or fillings.

Sushi as an English word has come to refer to the complete dish (rice together with toppings). The original term Japanese: 寿司 sushi (-zushi in some compounds sush as makizushi) in the Japanese language refers to the rice, not the fish or other toppings. In the Western world, sushi is often misunderstood to mean only clumps of rice topped with raw fish, or to refer to other raw-seafood dishes, such as sashimi (sushi and sashimi are considered distinct in Japan).

There are various types of sushi. Sushi served rolled in nori (dried sheets of laver, a kind of seaweed) is called maki (rolls). Sushi made with toppings laid onto hand-formed clumps of rice is called nigiri; sushi made with toppings stuffed into a small pouch of fried tofu is called inari; and sushi made with toppings served scattered over a bowl of sushi rice is called chirashi-zushi, or scattered sushi.

Quinoa Vegetable Sushi & Pickled Ginger

Quinoa-Sushi-2_NomYumFree“The sushi cookbook calls for using sugar and rice vinegar to flavor your sushi rice and pickled ginger (gari), while My New Roots website uses honey and rice vinegar. To make the recipe truly vegan and refined sugar free, I decided to use pure maple syrup and rice vinegar instead. You might be thinking – what Devin, syrup in sushi?! But trust me, no one will know unless you tell them (or maybe I just did). (Makes 24 large quinoa sushi pieces).” Visit nomyumfree.com for the recipe.

California Rolls with Edamame Paté
sushi-rolls001Earthy vegan pâté great as an accompaniment to veggies, cooked grains, crackers or used as a rice replacement in California rolls. Find the recipe at healthfulpursuit.com.
Raw Sushi”Nori Roll Recipe
Here is a completely raw sushi recipe for you. It’s a delectable nori roll with sprouts, dill, avocado and zucchini that is fresh, vibrant and full of healthy nutrients! Read more here.
Pink Nori Sprout Rolls
raw-food-pink-nori-roll-recipeThis is a great way to make a lot of alfalfa sprouts taste good! The idea is not to roll a tight sushi type nori roll; it can be rolled fairly loosely and enjoyed as a wrap rather than in small bites. Recipe by TheRawChef.
Veggie Sushi Wraps
veggie-sushi1Last, but not least, my own early attempt at veggie sushi rolls (wrapped in collard greens, in absence of nori sheets). These are fun to prepare with your kids, which makes them more likely to eat their veggies. So, get your veggies and a sharp knife and you’ll have an impressive-looking appetizer that is easy to put together in minutes! Recipe here.
Vegan no-Crab Cakes
zucchini-crab-cakesJust look at these crab cakes – they look amazing. But don’t forget the sauce! Top these cakes with some cocktail and/or tartar sauce and serve with lemon wedges to round out your animal- and planet-friendly seafood experience. Read how to make these babies here.
Better Than Tuna Salad
Better-Than-Tuna-SaladWho knew mashed up chickpeas could taste just like tuna? It’s amazing how you can get a very similar taste and texture using all the same ingredients, but substituting the tuna with tofu and adding a bit of kelp seaweed for a fishy flavor. This sandwich tastes like the tuna salad.. except with out the fish, mercury, cholesterol and preservatives… It comes straight from one of my favorite cooks, authors, podcasters, and all-around inspirational people, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. Find the recipe here or here.

Child’s Play Chia Pudding
chia1OK, so there is really no “fish pudding” that we’re re-creating here, but since chia seeds are famous for their Omega 3s and few people know about this ingredient, here is an excellent recipe by one of my favorite cookbook authors, Terry Hope Romero. The recipe makes about 3/4 of a quart of creamy, nutty vanilla pudding flecked with cacao nibs. Or leave out the nibs and customize every serving with other toppings (berries, fruit, jam, shaved dark organic chocolate, nuts, etc.) for an entirely different pudding every time. One batch made Sunday gives me enough to snack on until Tuesday; the fiber rich chia and nourishing cacao nibs keep me full longer, so a small serving goes a long way.  Find the recipe at Veganlatina.com


Fish Are Friends, Not Food Ebook Download

Note: This is not a scientific or medical report, but I guarantee you that if you take some time to read it, you will learn some invaluable, possibly life changing, information. I tried to keep it as brief and to the point as possible, but I also wanted to include as much facts as possible. See the resources section at the end of the book to learn more.

Fish are Friends Not Food Ebook: Omega 3 vs Omega 6

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Exposed: The Truth About Eating Fish What Your Doctor Never Told You About Eating Fish & Fish Oil Supplements

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