Vegan Sushi Sandwiches!

Welcome back!

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For this week’s post, I thought another vegan recipe might be fun to do. I can across this recipe a few weeks ago when I was binge watching CheapLazyVegan on Youtube. I came across this video, and I knew I had to try it. I made it last week, an it has already become one of my favorite new meals. It’s great because it’s easy to make, healthy and filling. It’s one of my new go to school lunches. Without further adieu, here is my recipe for onigirazu (aka “sushi sandwiches”)

*Disclaimer* I don’t normally use measurements when I cook, so any measurements that are present in this recipe serve more as a guideline than an exact rule to follow.

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What you’ll need:

1. Nori
2.1 cup sushi rice
3.1 1/2 cup of water
4.Various veggies (I used cucumber and avocado, but you can really use anything)
5.Rice vinegar (optional)
6.Sugar (optional)
7.Salt (optional)
8.Sriracha
9.Soy Sauce
10.Plastic wrap

The first step is to make the rice. I’m going to suggest that you make the rice according to the package, because that is what I did. However, I will say that you should definitely rinse the rice before cooking it because it will get rid of excess starch. I put my rice in a bowl, filled it with water, stirred the rice around and then drained it. I did this about 3 times until the water was clear.

Once you have finished cooking your rice, place it on a plate and let it cool. I wouldn’t recommend sticking it in the fridge to let it cool, because I have heard that it can cause the rice to no longer be sticky, and it need to be sticky for this recipe. If you want tradition sushi rice, you can add rice vinegar, sugar and salt to the rice before you let it cool. I didn’t do that because I was feeling lazy :D. It tasted just fine without it.

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Now that the rice has cooled, place a sheet of plastic wrap on a cutting board or on your counter. Take a sheet of nori and place it on the plastic wrap with the rough side facing up.

Next you’re going to take about a handful of rice and form it into a diamond shape. Then you can place it on your nori.

Now you can start working on your vegetables. As I said, I used cucumber and avocado, but any veggies would work here. You can used bell pepper, carrots, tofu, spinach, pretty much anything you want. The possibilities are endless! Place your veggies on top of the rice.

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After veggies are placed on the rice, take some more rice and make another diamond shape. Place that on top of your veggies.

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Now comes for the wrapping. Take a corner of the nori and place it so that it lays in the center of the diamond. Repeat on all sides until you have something that looks like this:
Wrap up your sandwich and set it aside before you eat it, that way the nori can settle and stick to the rice better. This will make it easier to cut into later, if you decide to do that.

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That is it! Your sushi sandwich is done! I personally like to mix up some sriracha and soy sauce and use that as a dipping sauce for it, but feel free to use anything you sauce you want.

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I hope you enjoy this recipe and decide to try it out for yourself. Please let me know if you do!

Stay fabulous!

Vegan Sushi Sandwiches!

Living Radically: Graduating Early

Hey readers,

This past weekend, I graduated college! Well, almost. It’s story time.

Three years ago, I graduated high school with every intention to either, A) Travel the world on my own, or B) Move across the country and attend college on the west coast. Instead, I ended up going to college fifteen minutes down the road from my house.

My father is a professor, which means an opportunity for a debt-free education. He works at a business school, which while great, was never a path I wanted to go down. What’s more, I wanted to adventure!!! But with no money saved up and no other prospects, I went to the last place I wanted to be on earth–school with my parents and living at home.

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I have always been the type of person to make the best of any situation, and that is exactly what I did. Freshman year, I joined clubs and found my place learning Mandarin Chinese with an awesome group of people. Sophomore year, I got a job as resident assistant, which allowed me to fulfill my dream of living on campus. That really changed everything, because up until that point, I was trying extremely hard to make friends on campus. The good friends I made in freshman year had graduated or left altogether and like many college students, I had to find some more. While being a resident assistant put me on campus full-time, I can honestly say it is the reason I made my next move: graduate college one year early.

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They say that your vibes attract your tribe, and in my case, I was trapped in a bubble were there were either zero vibes or I wasn’t vibing right. Either way, I didn’t make anymore strong connections at school, and I decided to make the most of my college opportunity in a new way: use my free tuition to take a ton of extra classes and be done with school forever. And so, I did it. I found my class of 2018 gear and changed it all to 2017. I made school about classes and not about making strong connections on campus, and I spent more time on projects like Feminine Boutique (which is way more fun than school).

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Finally, this semester came around. It was the hardest yet, probably because I was so close to the end, and also because I was amidst lining up a job for after I graduated. I kept my head down, worked hard, and managed to make the honor roll for every semester since the beginning of this ride. I chugged through the busy work, the work that actually mattered, and then some. And now, with two summer classes left, I can already say I have crossed the stage and truly took advantage of every opportunity given to me. And, in about two months, I get to finally pursue that dream of traveling the world by serving in the Peace Corps with my partner in crime.

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Moral of the story? No matter the cards you are dealt, keep playing the game. Keep trying, and keep hacking at whatever wall stands in your way, because most walls are worth knocking down. Remember, you are in charge of your destiny.

Living radically,

Marta

Living Radically: Graduating Early

Living Radically: Starting My Own Business!

Hey everyone!

Last time, I talked about my (possibly) crazy decision to cancel my phone plan. You can read it here. This week, I will be talking about why I started my own business!

I had been working a new job for about a month when one week they took me off the schedule and sent an ominous email to call them when I was available. And then… well, for the first time in my entire life, I was fired. I had already gone through three jobs in less than eight months, and the world of employment was beginning to look bleak. The thought of going through yet another pile of applications to work was soul-crushing. I then decided that I was done with it. I was going to pursue a bucket list item: start my own business.

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I have always been quite crafty, and love creating artistic products. I decided to combine my skills in crochet with my passion for creating stuff, and came up with Crochet All May. In one evening, I made a crop top, and the next day I posted it on social media. I wasn’t sure what to expect–Would people be willing to buy my stuff? Things I made myself?

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The response was astounding. People loved it! I took in four orders in less than three days, and was crocheting every spare minute I had. The next week, I created a new design: a bikini top. Crochet is trending, and so many people were interested in this. Now I am working on designs for bikini bottoms, clutches, beach bags, headbands, and any other bohemian item I can think of.

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Being in charge of my income is especially empowering. Being in charge of a very small business is incredible. I have pride in what I create, and connect with my very own clients. I am even fulfilling a long-time dream: being an entrepreneur. All I had to do was get fired (check), create something of value to others (check-check), and go for it (triple check). I get to challenge myself everyday, apply my business education, and do something I love for hours on end.

My end game here is this: if you are thinking of starting a business on your own, go for it. Put yourself out there, because you will never know if it will work if you never try. So far, I have found my own little success, and I am enjoying every second of this new project.

Living radically,

-Marta

P.S. If you need some motivation, read/watch Girlboss. The main character, Sophia, becomes 10x more relatable when you start doing your own thang. 😃

 

Living Radically: Starting My Own Business!

Sunday funday

Do you what equals having $20, a car, good music, and your closest friends? It equals to the best road/beach trip, ever!

We decided on a spontaneous random adventure. All we knew was our destination, we just decided to wing it after that. On the day of the trip, we practically raided the CVS near our house. It was a cheat day for everyone. The amount of stuff everyone was piling onto the counter had me a little worried, it was too much. But always remember, you can never have too much of Cheetos cheese puffs, pringles, iced tea, and coke when you are going on a road trip!

We were ready to go and we sure did. Our destination was Fire Island, NY, a good 2 hour drive from our apartment. However, close to reaching the town, we realised that we needed a federal permit to drive further. On the bright side though, we were already in the middle-of-nowhere-town and in a midst of two state parks.

There was no way we were turning back, so we ended up at the Robert Moses State Park. It was glorious. And thank god for all the food we bought because there were no beachy restaurants in sight there.

Sunny, ocassionally overcast, skies, beautiful wind, ice cold water, and great laughs!

I really recommend getting lost and going on a short road trip. It will get your mind off the busy season and recharge you for the remaining hustle.

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(P.S. There were a shit ton of sea gulls eyeing our pringles there.)

 

 

Sunday funday