Sushi rice balls with Chloe

We had our favourite seven year old friend Chloe over for dinner and a sleepover last night…Mid-week sleepover heck yea! We’ve known Chloe since she was five and while not the pickiest of eaters, she is only seven, although we sometimes forget this when we are deep in conversation about boys or Taylor Swift…so I pondered all day about what we could make for dinner that would be fun, nutritious and delicious for all…

RICE BALLS!!! Rice balls stuffed with creamy green sauce that is.

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Ali and Chloe ❤

Recipe:

1 1/2 cups short grain brown rice cooked in vegetable stock
2 green onions chopped finely
2 TBS black sesame seeds
2 TBS white sesame seeds
2 sheets of nori torn into little pieces
(1/4 cup toasted almonds, Chloe is allergic to nuts so Ali and I sprinkled them on top but it would be even better mixed in)

Cook rice and combine all ingredients.

Green sauce:

3 TBS mayo
Handful spinach
Juice of one lemon
Paprika and Himalayan rock salt

Blend until smooth. In normal circumstance I would have made this with cashews blended instead of the mayo and it would have been even tastier and healthier but like the good child minders we are we kept Chloe's allergy in mind 🙂

Now the assembly is a but weird but it works well as its really simple. Get a piece of cling wrap and lay it in a 1 cup measure

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Like that…then add 1/4 cup of the rice mixture and stick your finger in the middle to make a hole where you will put a couple teaspoons of the sauce. (avo in the middle would also be pretty good I assume if you don’t want to bother with the sauce). Close up the cling wrap and twist it up moulding the ball with your hands…twss.

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Untwist the cling wrap and you should have a perfect little ball! You can continue with the same piece of plastic for all the balls (waste not)

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I made peanut miso dipping sauce to accompany the balls as well as some kid friendly carrot sticks and a simple spinach and avo salad.

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Yum!! They were a hit with all big and small! Chloe went a bit overboard on the soy sauce at one point so had to add some extra rice to even it out! Clean plates all round!

Makes about 9 balls.

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