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Cooking with Allison and Jimmy: Asian Night!

I am sharing with you TWO Asian recipes today. The first is a very special meal in my heart, and it’s not because it’s the most tasty to me. It’s because it’s the most tasty to my husband. Let me warn you: making sushi is a cooking level of difficulty and it’s not easy to clean after either. I don’t eat raw fish, so sushi isn’t a meal I would choose. But I am sharing this recipe because 1. I know many love sushi and 2. I don’t want what I share about my life to only be about ME and what I like.

(** I do have TWO recipes in this post, one is sushi and another is an easier Asian dish that I love as well**)

So all that is to say, I make sushi with my husband because he loves it and I love spending time with him. And many times, cooking meals is bigger than the food itself. Let me encourage you: it is an act of love to spend time doing things with a spouse/friend/family member that you don’t enjoy but you know that they do. And they will notice and feel the love <3. Life is so much sweeter when we don’t make it about us, right? 🙂

First up,


Serving size: 2 people


1 1/2 cups rice

2 cups water

1 Tsp sugar

1 Tbsp of rice vinegar

1 pack of imitation crab

1 cucumber

1 avocado

Seaweed sheets


(Also any other filling you like: tuna, salmon, spicy mayo, cream cheese, etc)

1.Cook your rice! We have a rice cooker which is amazing, but if you don’t, just follow ingredients on your rice to cook on stove.

2. Move your rice to a small mixing bowl and add the sugar and rice vinegar. GENTLY flip your rice to mix it all together like Jimmy shows you with some sort of spatula. Do not beat or stir it.




3. While the rice is cooling, slice up the ingredients for the rolls. Cut the cucumber, avocado, and all your other ingredients for the filling in long, really thin slices.




4. I am going to show you TWO ways to roll the sushi. The first is with this sushi roller that our friends gifted us because they know how much Jimmy loves sushi :). You can find it on amazon for $10! It makes rolling the sushi and cleaning up after super easy. You pack the long tube with rice on both sides and then add your toppings in the middle in a line like shown below. Then you close it up and twist the roll out! You can take a piece of seawood and roll it over the rice at the end. It makes the sushi look very neat compared to the second, but more authentic method I will show next.




5. Here is the second method which is using a sushi mat. These are usually made out of bamboo and you’ll put a piece of seaweed on the mat. Then fill the mat with a thin layer of rice gently using your hands. Fill it about 1/3 with rice.



6. Then place the filling ingredients in the middle of the seaweed but at the edge of the rice like shown below.



7. Next you will take the mat end closest to you and gentle roll the sushi. This is one of the hardest parts. It takes practice :). See Jim’s method below. He will keep pulling the mat up to continue to roll the sushi.



8. Cut it into bite sized pieces and you’re finished! See the final rolls below. You can pick out which is the sushi roller method (cleaner) and which was bamboo rolled (authentic). They both taste just as good!






Next recipe (and we made both of these in the same night)…


Serving size: 4


Sesame Garlic Sauce (I purchased mine from the Fresh Market, but you can get from another store as well!)

1 green pepper

1 zucchini

2 carrots

1 red onion (I only use a quarter of it!)

1 green onion (I only use a quarter of it!)

1 pack of rice noodles

1.5 lb of chicken breast (cut in 1 in pieces)


  1. See this delicious garlic sesame marinade! Yum! It’s so good! I love the Fresh Market! But really any will do. So I poured like a third of this bottle in a plastic with with the chicken cut up in 1 inch pieces and let it marinade in the fridge for at least 2 hours. All day is preferred.



2. Cut up all your veggies in in cubes.asian


3. Cook your rice noodles. They cook SUPER fast so make sure you don’t over cook them.


4. Heat up some oil (I use olive) and cook the chicken. I pour about 1/4 cup more garlic sesame marinade in as well.asian


5. Once chicken is cooked on the outside, add the veggies in and sprinkle with salt and peppper.


6. Once the veggies are cooked which takes just a few minutes, add the cooked rice noodles in and stir everything together.asian asian


And it’s finished! You have conquered amazing sushi and an easy and delicious Asian stir fry! We made the sushi together first, and then ate the sushi, and then I cooked the stir fry for our second course :). We had a lot of leftovers which Jimmy loves!


Happy Asian cooking!

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