Sep 4

Spicy Cucumber Guacamole Sushi Roll—Getting back into a school routine

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Spicy Cucumber Guacamole Sushi Roll

You’d think that it would be harder for my girls to get back into their school routines, especially considering this is Bug’s first year of formal schooling as a kindergartner.

First day of second grade and kindergarten

I certainly thought so.  I was looking forward to all of my free time, thinking about how easy it would be to get things done.  Well that’s what I get for thinking!  Both of the girls have slipped calmly into their respective routines, making school look like a walk in the park, and I can’t seem to get my head on straight.  I am totally discombobulated.

Back to School

One of the routines I am getting back into, as a result of the girls going back to school, is that of packing them lunches.  This has been the easiest thing for me to get back into.  Although last year I was only packing one bento and now I’m packing two, I haven’t found it to be any harder.  Heaven forbid they start asking for different things in their bentos!

Back to School Bentos

I actually enjoy packing up their lunches every morning.  I like the challenge of trying to keep things fresh and new.  (Join me on Instagram where I share the bentos I send to school with my kids, and join in the fun by sharing your creations by using the hashtag #bentobuddy!)  One of the things I made during the first week of school was a simple sushi roll using leftover guacamole and spicy mayo, along with some julienned cucumber.  It was a great way to use up the last couple of tablespoons of a big batch of guacamole (other than eating it straight with a spoon…which I almost did), and was a hit with the Fujilings.

Making cucumber guacamole sushi roll

Here’s to sushi bentos, making the most of leftover guacamole, and keeping our heads on straight.  Remind me again which day each of my kids have P.E. and when piano lessons are?!?  How is the back-to-school routine working for you in your house?

Cucumber Guacamole Sushi

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Spicy Cucumber Guacamole Sushi Roll

Makes 1 roll (8 pieces)

8 fluid ounces water
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon sriracha
1 sheet nori seaweed
1 1/2 cups prepared sushi rice (cooked Japanese rice seasoned with a sweetened rice vinegar—click the sushi rice link for my recipe)
2 tablespoons guacamole
1/4 Japanese cucumber, cut into thin matchsticks
1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds


1. Mix the water and rice vinegar together in a small bowl and set aside.

2. Mix the mayonnaise and sriracha together in another small bowl and set aside.

3. Place a bamboo rolling mat on a work surface, with the bamboo pieces running horizontally.  Place a whole sheet of nori, shiny-side-down, on the bamboo rolling mat.  Moisten your hands lightly with the vinegared water and pick up the sushi rice.  Gently spread the prepared sushi rice evenly across the nori, leaving  a 1-inch margin along the edge of the nori furthest from you.

4. Spread the guacamole in a line across the center of the sushi rice, from left to right.  Repeat with the spicy mayonnaise mixture.  Lay the cucumber matchsticks on top of the guacamole and spicy mayonnaise and then sprinkle the fillings with the toasted sesame seeds.

5. To roll up the sushi, place your thumbs under the rolling mat and lift the nearest edge of the mat with your thumbs and index fingers.  Hold the fillings in place with the rest of your fingers.  Use the mat to fold the edge of the nori over the fillings.  Pull back the edge of the bamboo rolling mat (so that you do not roll it into the sushi) and continue to roll tightly until the whole roll is complete.  The 1-inch of exposed nori at the far end will seal the roll.

6. Now place the bamboo mat over the roll, holding the mat securely, and gently place even pressure along the roll to firm up the roll and square off the edges slightly.  Remove the sushi from the bamboo rolling mat.  Cut the roll in half, using a sharp knife moistened with the vinegared water.  Then cut each half-roll into quarters (so that you end up with 8 pieces), wiping the blade of the knife with a moist cloth to remove the rice residue when necessary.  Be careful not to push down too hard with the knife, which will cause the pieces to be misshapen and will push rice out of the slices.  A gentle sawing motion is best!

*Recipe Notes: If you want larger pieces, you can cut the roll into 6 pieces instead!  Not a big fan of spicy things?  Use just mayo, or skip the mayo altogether!


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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie S. September 4, 2014 at 6:06 pm

I totally am with you on this Rachael. I can’t hardly even remember what day it is right now. But unlike you, I struggle with packing lunches and usually end up packing the same thing over and over and over again. That’s one reason I’m thankful for you! You always have great ideas. I’ve seen your bentos with rice balls in them, but I had never thought of putting sushi in lunches. So cool! I think I need to try making this just for my personal afternoon snack before the kids get home though. ;-)


Toby Riccard via Facebook September 4, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Looks lovely.
I just hope it wasn’t caught in the Pacific .


La Fuji Mama via Facebook September 4, 2014 at 6:20 pm

I would be super scared if any of these particular ingredients were caught in any ocean, except for the nori!


Julie Tschanz via Facebook September 5, 2014 at 7:16 am

Looks yummy. Have to try.


Debbie Diedrich Lee via Facebook September 7, 2014 at 12:16 pm



Carolyn Dedman Wicks via Facebook September 8, 2014 at 5:28 pm

I a, anxious to try this recipe; but truthfully, the darling little girls captured 99% of my attention!


Kazuya Miyashita via Facebook September 11, 2014 at 12:27 am

Thanks for sharing!


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Kids Best September 24, 2014 at 10:43 pm

I love those Bento Boxes too! They are the best for school lunches. I bet your kids were the talk of the lunch table showing up with sushi rolls. I’ll have to give it a whirl myself.


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