By Request
Betty Shimabukuro

Eat light with sushi
and salad combo

If you're in the mood for the ease of a one-dish meal, consider Bara Sushi, a sort of rice-slash-salad dish, Japanese style.

Betsy Christian wrote in search of a recipe, having lost the one her family was in love with.

These two turned up on the Web site for Start.Living.Healthy. -- a state Department of Health public education campaign. You'll remember the slogan from the commercial showing a guy wiping the mayonnaise off of his sandwich onto his friend's shirt (he's starting to live healthy, get it?).

Anyway, if you're into light eating, is full of recipes.

Bara Sushi

4 cups cooked white rice
1/4 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup french-cut beans
1-1/2 ounces dried shiitake mushrooms, sliced
» Sushi seasoning:
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix seasoning ingredients and stir to dissolve sugar. Mix with hot rice; set aside to cool.

Steam carrots, beans and mushrooms until tender. Add to rice. Serves 8.

Approximate nutritional analysis per serving: 180 calories, no fat or cholesterol, 135 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 3 g protein

Nutritional analysis by Joannie Dobbs, Ph.D., C.N.S.

5 A Day Sushi

2 cups cooked rice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 Japanese cucumber
1/2 ripe avocado, peeled
1 medium tomato
1 orange, peeled
1 papaya, peeled
1 small can mushrooms, drained
10 pitted olives
1/2 cup cooked green peas
» Rice seasoning:
5 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar

Combine rice seasoning ingredients and stir to dissolve sugar. Stir into hot rice in a bowl. Cool.

Cut cucumber, avocado, tomato, orange and papaya into 1/2-inch cubes. Cut mushrooms and olives in half.

Lightly toss all the vegetables and fruits with rice mixture. Serves 4.

Approximate nutritional analysis, per serving: 329 calories, 9.5 g fat, no cholesterol, 226 mg sodium, 58 g carbohydrate, 8g fiber, 6g protein.

Nutritional analysis by state Department of Health.

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