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Calories in sushi

We all love our favorite sushi dish, and we enjoy it so much that we can’t get enough of it and we eat more and more. The thing is that no matter how much we indulge, we don’t think of anything but the good taste of what we’re eating. It becomes our favorite meal and we start eating it more and more often. However, have you stopped for a second and wondered about the amount of calories there are in your favorite sushi foods?

Well, you should be glad to know that sushi is not particularly a fattening food. We all know that rice contains fair enough amounts of carbohydrates, sushi on the other hand can be enjoyed without rice, then calling it sashimi. The standard sushi item can be a very healthy treat without even touching the calorie bank. Keep in mind that although you will find out the amount of calories there are in sushi, two of the same items can be made by two different chefs (itamae), and because their ingredients will be different, so will the values for fat, protein, calories and carbohydrates.

Sushi restaurants who prefer adding more flavor to their sushi may also add mayonnaise to a few of their rolls which can definitely increase the calorie value of that food. Here it will be stated the approximate nutrition and calorie content in various sushi items. Bear in mind that the information does not come from dietitians and nutritionists but rather from various government sources and other sources like the USDA and from supermarkets and restaurants. These three sources will provide the information as accurately as possible.

Three sections will be taken into consideration. The most common sushi rolls, other items found in Japanese restaurants and then sashimi. In the standard nigiri sushi item, add about 30 calories, 6.3g of carbohydrates, minimal fat and about 0.5g of protein. In an avocado sushi roll expect 140 calories, 5.7g fat, 28g carb and 2.1g of protein. In a California Roll expect 255 calories, 7g fat, 38g carb and 9.0g of protein. In a Shrimp Tempura Roll expect 508 calories, 21g fat, 64g carb and 20g of protein.

In a Amaebi (Sweet Shrimp) Sashimi meal expect 30 calories per oz, 0.5g fat per oz, 0.2g carb per oz and 5.8g protein per oz. In a Anago (Conger eel) expect 67 calories per oz, 4.2g fat per oz, 0.0g carb per oz and 6.7g protein per oz. the Iwashi (Sardine) expect) 59 calories per oz, 3.3g fat per oz, 0.0g carb per oz and 7.0g protein per oz.

In other Japanese meals like Edamame with a serving size of 1/2 cup expect 100 calories, 3.0g fat per serving, 9.0g carb per serving and 8.0g protein per serving. Rice expect in a 1/2 cup 121 calories, 0.2g fat per serving, 27g carb per serving and 2.2g protein per serving.

This is an analysis of only a small selection of the well-chosen meals in a sushi restaurant. Selected were those with the highest calories and fat contents.

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November 28, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Sushi | Leave a comment

Types of sushi

Sushi can be made in a number of different ways; you can choose any type of fish and vegetables you would like in your sushi. You can be as creative as you like when it comes to making sushi, a few of the most common types of sushi are Bara sushi, Chirashi sushi, Futomaki, Inari sushi, Nigiri sushi, Okonomi sushi, Onigiri, Oshizushi and Temaki.

When making the Bara sushi the ingredients are mixed together with the vinegar rice and made into a salad. The Chirashi is when the rice has numerous types of fish on top of it. Futomaki is various ingredients rolled in Nori (seaweed). Inari is the least expensive type of sushi as tofu is used instead of the vinegar rice. Nigiri is made by putting a raw piece of fish or a few vegetables on a bed of rice. Okonomi is the same as Nigiri, this is just more common in homes then it is in restaurants. Onigiri is a very interesting type of sushi as all the ingredients and rice are mixed together and then rolled into a ball. Oshizushi is a more plain way of making sushi, the vinegar rice and the other fillings are flattened into a mold. Temaki sushi is when the rice and ingredients are rolled into a cone shape using nori (seaweed).

Not all sushi is made using raw fish, sometimes the fish is half cooked and other times it could be fully cooked or marinated. In a lot places people think that sushi is made by raw fish being put on top of lumps of cooked rice. This is not true as there are many different ways of making sushi.

When sushi is being made, the raw fish has to be fresher and of higher quality than the fish that is cooked. The sushi chefs are trained to be able to identify if the fish as “good enough”. They can tell that by the smell and color of the fish and they will also check the fish for any parasites. Only fish from the ocean are used raw, any freshwater fish or parasites that might be used will first be cooked. Some of the most common ocean fish used to make sushi are Japanese amberjack, tuna, salmon, mackerel, conger and snapper. The most common vegetables to go with the fish will be radish, different pickled vegetables, cucumber, avocado, asparagus, tofu and mayonnaise mixed with sweet corn.

November 28, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Sushi | 1 Comment

Vegetarian sushi recipe

Just because you are vegetarian it does not mean that you cannot eat sushi, why not make yourself a vegetarian sushi dish?

All you will need to make this is:

3 cups of short-grain brown rice
6 cups of water
2 cups of rice wine vinegar
Seaweed sheets (nori)
Wasabi paste
6 tablespoons of brown sugar

And any of the following:

Fresh spinach
Avocado
Scallions
Carrots
Mushrooms
Cucumber
Daikon radish
Asparagus
Sesame seeds
Red pepper

Cook the rice; this normally takes about 40 – 45 minutes. Once the rice is cooked take it off the heat and leave it to simmer. If you have chosen vegetables that need to be cooked, boil them until they are cooked and leave them to cool down. The other ingredients such as the avocado, cucumber and carrots that do not need to be cooked just need to be peeled and sliced into strips.

Mix the vinegar with the brown sugar and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. When the rice is cool, and the vinegar mix is ready, mix the vinegar and brown sugar in with the rice. And let this new dish cool to room temperature now too.

After about 10-20 minutes the rice should be cool enough to handle. Lay out the seaweed sheets on a flat surface. Take a handful of rice and place it in the centre of the sheet, when doing this make sure your hands are wet or else the rice is just going to sick to you. Using a spoon, spread the rice out evenly on the sheet and then cover the rice with wasabi paste, a thin layer of the paste will do. Then add the vegetable strips of your choice on top of the wasabi paste.

When your seaweed sheet it properly prepared and everything you want is on it, start rolling. Press down quite firmly on the roll when you are rolling it and remember to roll it from one side to the other, all the way pressing firmly. Do not press it so hard that the filling starts to come out, just hard enough for it to stick together. When it is rolled you should use a bread knife with a hot blade to cut it. Put the blade of the knife into a bowl of hot water for a few minutes then proceed to cut them into smaller rolls.

November 28, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Sushi | Leave a comment

What is sushi

Sushi is not equal to raw fish and it does not only consist of raw fish. Although, raw fish is the most popular ingredient in sushi it is one of many other ingredients but the main element of sushi is the rice. There are in actual fact many different ways in which sushi can be made. Sushi was founded when the Chinese used to keep the fish in rice to ferment it and keep it fresh so that it could be used in a few months time. This tradition carried on for many years and eventually went on to Japan. There they started to eat the rice with the fish instead of just disposing the rice and eating only the fish.
Sushi is a very healthy meal for one to eat. It is loaded with all kinds of vitamins and minerals and contains hardly any fat. In 7 to 9 pieces of sushi there are about 350-450 calories. Sushi rolls are very good for you too as the seaweed (nori) is rich in iodine and the rice gives you carbohydrates.
There are many different types of sushi available and there are many different types that you can make at home. The easiest kind of sushi that can be made at home is a sushi roll. This is made by rice, vegetables and seafood of your choice rolled into a sheet of seaweed. You can use just about any vegetables in this meal but it is easier to use ones that can be eaten raw, like carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes. Wasabi is a special sauce for the sushi roll, it is quite spicy but delicious.
Some of the different types include Chirasi, Inari, Maki, Nigari and Temaki. These are the most popular kinds. Chirasi is usually made in a bowl, with a variety if toppings on a bed of rice. Inari is fried tofu with sushi rice stuffed inside. Maki is a type of sushi roll that is just consists of fish and vegetables but there are other types of sushi rolls that fall under the headings of Uramaki, Hosomaki and Futomaki. Nigari is rice topped with wasabi sauce and a piece of either raw or cooked fish. Temaki on the other hand, is similar to the sushi roll but it is in the shape of a cone. It is also filled with fish and vegetables and wrapped in a sheet of seaweed.

November 28, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Sushi | Leave a comment

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One sunny day in February 2009

One sunny day in February 2009 an old man approached the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue, where he’d been sitting on a park bench.

He spoke to the U.S. Marine standing guard and said, ‘I would like to go in and meet with President Bush.’

The Marine looked at the man and said, ‘Sir, Mr. Bush is no longer president and no longer resides here.’

The old man said, ‘Okay’ and walked away.

The following day, the same man approached the White House and said to the same Marine, ‘I would like to go in and meet with President Bush.’

The Marine again told the man, ‘Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Bush is no longer president  and no longer resides here.’

The man thanked him and, again, just walked away.

The third day, the same man approached the White House and spoke to the very same U.S. Marine, saying ‘I would like to go in and meet with President Bush.’

The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looked at the man and said, ‘Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mr. Bush.

I’ve told you already that Mr. Bush is no longer the president and no longer resides here.

Don’t you understand?’

The old man looked at the Marine and said, ‘Oh, I understand.

I just love hearing it.’

The Marine snapped to attention, saluted, and said, ‘See you tomorrow.’

November 10, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll | Leave a comment