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simple & healthy: sushi bowls

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I’m going to guess that a lot of you are fans of sushi.

If you aren’t…I don’t know what to say…

We love sushi and would probably eat it on a daily basis if there wasn’t that annoying thing money, standing in the way.

Michelle from The Lively Kitchen makes her family Buddha Bowls and I’ve always loved the idea so I de-veganized them and added some typical sushi fillings. We have a really nice store in our neighborhood that has sushi-grade fish, but I realize not everyone has access, nor has the desire to use raw fish so don’t worry, there are a ton of options for protein in these bowls.

Everyone chooses their own toppings and they contain everything you need in a meal: whole grains, vegetables, protein and flavor!


  • I would of course, recommend brown rice, but it doesn’t need to be special sushi rice
  • the perfect use for leftover rice!


  • can be found in natural food stores or asian grocery stores (much cheaper at the latter)
  • best to roast with some sesame oil if it isn’t already roasted


  • julienned cucumber, carrots or spinach
  • sauteed mushrooms, asparagus, bok choy
  • sliced scallions, avocado


  • cooked fish like tuna or salmon
  • raw sushi-grade fish
  • cooked chicken, steak, shrimp or tofu


  • sesame seeds, pickled ginger,
  • sauces like miso, soy sauce, sriracha, peanut sauce, spicy mayo (mayo + sriracha)

What kind of sushi do you order? 

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  1. faith @ For the Health of It

    I love sweet potato tempura rolls and the garden roll with cucumber, asparagus and avocado. I’m SO excited that you explained what the spicy mayo was (I kept trying to mix mayo with soy and red pepper/wasabi and not coming up with anything similar) and I can’t WAIT to try that out to dip tofu, homemade sushi or freshly steamed veggies in!

    • Emily

      It is such a good combination for many, many things! 🙂 Roasted sweet potato would be great in these bowls, love that idea.

  2. Megan (Braise The Roof)

    We used to serve bowls like this at the sushi restaurant I worked at and they were SO good! Another tip is to buy wakame instead of nori (it’s the kind of seaweed that you see floating around in your miso soup)- I think you can find it dried (just rehydrate in some water) cheaper than nori! 🙂

  3. Jacky

    That bowl of sushi is gorgeous! I could eat sushi every day without a doubt. Love super white tuna and spicy tuna. Especially love specialty rolls with crazy combos.

  4. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum

    I really do love the real deal sashimi, nigiri, etc, but I can’t resist a good ol California roll. :). This looks so fun Emily!