Too Wet & Cold Outside? Stay in and GET COOKING!

By: Lisa G

Let’s face it… November is a tricky month for outdoor activities. 

As the temperature hovers around the freezing mark, you never know what the day has in store.  Is it going to rain or will it be snow? Will there be enough snow to toboggan or will it just be a muddy mess?  We certainly do have to make the best of this unpredictable month by still getting outside and breathing in some fresh air, but it’s also a great opportunity to get the kids involved in the kitchen; maybe teach them a few things so someday they will feel confident to whip up something for themselves (or maybe even for the whole family!?)

Sushi Rolls are not only fun to make, they make a fabulously nutritious lunch or snack.



  • 2 cups uncooked short-grain white rice (sushi rice)

  • 4 cups water

  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1/4 cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 4 sheets of Nori (seaweed paper)

  • Julienned carrots

  • Avocado cut into strips

  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled, cut into small strips



Rinse the rice in a strainer or colander until the water runs clear. Combine with water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Rice should be tender and water should be absorbed. Cool until cool enough to handle.

In a small bowl, combine the rice vinegar, oil, sugar and salt. Mix until the sugar dissolves. Stir into the cooked rice. When you pour this into the rice it will seem very wet. Keep stirring and the rice will dry as it cools.

Center one sheet nori on a bamboo sushi mat. Wet your hands. Using your hands, spread a thin layer of rice on the sheet of nori, and press into a thin layer. Arrange 1/4 of the cucumber, avocado, and carrot in a line down the center of the rice. Lift the end of the mat, and gently roll it over the ingredients, pressing gently. Roll it forward to make a complete roll. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Cut each roll into 4 to 6 slices using a wet, sharp knife.  Enjoy with soy sauce and wasabi too if you dare!


Catch COOKSMART on Global TV Morning Show at 7:20 on December 4th!

Teen Workshops in Toronto & Mississauga are starting end of November (series of 4 workshops)

PD Day Camp in Toronto (at Rosedale United Church) on December 7th

Check out the Santa Pancake Breakfast on Dec 8 at Manor Road United Church in Toronto – Kids can make their own pancakes and support the Theresa Group, supporting families who live with HIV.  Our tasty soup jars will be available!