We Attempted a Pinterest-Worthy Recipe

... And nobody ended up in the ER with food poisoning.  ;)  At least, that's what the rest of the caption for this post should probably say.  But the truth is, not only was it not a disaster, I'm actually pretty pleased (and proud) of the outcome, so I wanted to share.

Here's what happened:  I am a serial recipe hoarder.  There, I said it.  I hoard more recipes than I will ever have time to attempt.  I always bookmark these amazing looking recipes that I see friends posting on social media and I often write down (and occasionally even shop for) the ingredients.

Then, I get busy with work and there never seems to be time or motivation to experiment in the kitchen when Rudy needs to be fed and put to bed.  I find there's always something thawing in the fridge or some meat I need to use and the recipe I had been so excited about gets put on the (pardon the pun) back burner.  Often I'll print the recipe to file in a black hole binder for later but I honestly can't imagine revisiting my binder in the forseeable future.  We have good intentions but whenever it's time to cook as a family, we end up making one of the same five or so favourites (I'd list them for you but it would be depressing) and eating leftovers all week.

With Corey rejoining the work force very soon, (Seriously guys, it's sooo soon and we're a little sad about it.) I didn't want to continue in this rut of living off the same few meals.  I'm not looking to reinvent the wheel, but I am making an effort to add maybe ten more easy (few ingredients)
and relatively healthy "go to" meals to our dinner repertoire.

A friend posted the awesome video (below) on Facebook and, as someone who entertains frequent sushi cravings, it seemed like a good place to start.

The full recipe can be found here and, I must say that I was really impressed.  It was really easy to make and I think that the presentation (Confession: Our 1 cup measure resides in the dog food container so I used a ramekin instead.) made it kind of exciting.  I found that packing everything down helped it to maintain its shape and I think I'll try making extra Sriracha mayo so that I can store it for next time.  A small squeeze bottle also would have made spreading it a little easier.  I was a little terrified of collapsing all my cucumber.

All in all, this was a yummy dish and it actually did satisfy my sushi craving.  It was surprisingly filling and the spicy mayo (although not my favourite on real sushi) sort of makes the dish.  The best part is that everything is already cut into toddler-sized pieces and Rudy could totally eat this while we supervised.

What are you making for dinner this week?  I'm waiting for the next really cold, snowy night (that I'm not working) to try this recipe.

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Posted by Skinnytaste on Sunday, 10 January 2016

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