How to Make Sushi and Rice Balls – “I Love School” Lunch Boxes

Each school day I make my kids a fun lunch.  It started as a way to get them excited about a long day at school.  Now it’s the only way we know how to make lunch.  Two of our favorite fun lunches are sushi and rice balls.

Let me share my tips for making these lunches, but remember, my skills in the kitchen are questionable.  If you want tips on making the perfect lunch, try another website. If you want tips on an easy way to make fun lunches, read on!

Rice Balls:
1.  Use  Sushi or Japanese Rice I Love School Lunch Boxes   Rabbit Rice Balls! (Not just any rice.  It needs to be sticky.)
2. Throw rice into Rice Cooker I Love School Lunch Boxes   Rabbit Rice Balls!. Add water and food coloring (if you want). Press ‘start’.
3.  When rice is cooked, add some salt.
4. Rinse any Rice Mold I Love School Lunch Boxes   Rabbit Rice Balls! and a spoon with water. (The water helps prevent the rice from sticking.)
5. Spoon rice into the mold and squeeze it tight.
6. Gently shake out rice shape. Add salt if desired.
7. Add decoration by cutting out Nori I Love School Lunch Boxes   Rabbit Rice Balls! or using a Nori Punch I Love School Lunch Boxes   Rabbit Rice Balls!.

Sushi:
1. Make Japanese Rice I Love School Lunch Boxes   Sushi, Greenling Rice Balls, Fishy Rice Cakes and Easter Eggs in the rice cooker. Make sure it’s Japanese Rice I Love School Lunch Boxes   Sushi, Greenling Rice Balls, Fishy Rice Cakes and Easter Eggs or it won’t stick. (I know from experience.)
2. Lay out Sushi Mat I Love School Lunch Boxes   Sushi, Greenling Rice Balls, Fishy Rice Cakes and Easter Eggs and cover with a piece of plastic wrap and a sheet of Nori I Love School Lunch Boxes   Sushi, Greenling Rice Balls, Fishy Rice Cakes and Easter Eggs.
3. When rice is ready, add some salt and then put a thin layer of rice on the nori.  Add a splash of water if it’s a little dry.
4. Make a line with the fillings.  For the kids I just added avocado (dipped in orange juice to keep it green).
5. Roll over the nori and apply a lot of pressure. (It is the part that I usually screw up.) The roll needs to be really tight. Once it is wrapped up, squeeze again with the sushi mat.
6. Use a wet knife to cut the roll into slices.

For my favorite lunch box tools, go here!


Comments

  1. I love these ideas for fun lunches! I was sad though because the images aren’t big enough to Pin–I wanted to share on Pinterest, which is where I keep most of my bookmarks for later use. Do you intentionally not want things shared on Pinterest? I was just curious since most sites have their own Pin It buttons as well. If you aren’t doing it intentionally, you might want to look into adding these. There are some great ideas on your site!

    • Thanks for the comment! My Pin It button was lost in my last update… thanks for pointing it out. I’ve added it back in. What size of pictures do you recommend?

      • Kirsten Oliphant says:

        I’m not sure of the specifications, but yours must be too small because when I tried theming button in my toolbar it said there were no images to pin. Pinterest might suggest certain sizes so I would check their site.

        • On this post they are just 150×150… so I’m guessing I need to go bigger. I’ll check Pinterest. Thanks for the tip!

          Jill

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