Paleo Sushi with Parsnip Rice
Serves: 3 sushi rolls, for about 18 pieces sushi
Sushi rice
  • 4 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped (to measure about 5 cups riced parsnips, see instructions)
  • 2 Tbs. ghee or coconut oil
  • ⅔ cup broth of choice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 sheets nori (sushi seaweed, available at many health food stores)
Sushi fillings of choice, such as:
  • Avocado slices
  • Cucumber slices
  • Grated carrots or thin carrot sticks (I used fermented ginger carrots)
  • Smoked salmon
  • Optional: coconut aminos (a gluten-free, paleo alternative to soy sauce), available here
  1. Peel and chop the parsnips before placing them in a food processor (I use my beloved Ninja with the food processor attachment). Pulse until it resembles rice-sized granules. You should have 5 cups of riced parsnips.
  2. In a skillet or wide saucepan with a lid, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the riced parsnips with a pinch of salt and cook for 3 minutes, until the parsnips color slightly.
  3. Add the broth, cover, and cook over medium heat for about 4 minutes, until the parsnips have softened. Remove the cover and cook briefly to evaporate some of the moisture. The parsnip rice should be tender, slightly sticky, and not mushy. Let cool completely before rolling the sushi.
  4. To roll the sushi, place a sushi mat on your work surface (see my note below) and put a nori sheet on it. Place about ⅓ of the parsnip rice on the nori, and spread it so that it covers ¾ of the sheet. Place the filling so that it is centered in the portion of the parsnip rice. There will likely be a helpful image on your package of nori, and also I recommend watching the video I've put in this blog post. Roll up the sushi and seal it by wetting the edge of the nori. Use a sharp knife, cleaned between each slice, to slice the sushi.
A bamboo sushi mat, like this one, is the traditional tool used to roll sushi. I was able to successfully roll sushi using a heavy-duty paper towel beneath the nori, instead of the sushi mat.
Recipe by Empowered Sustenance at