Nori Rolls with Edamame Wasabi Spread

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“Everything is so alive, that I can be alive. Without moving I can see it all. In your life I see everything that lives.”

― Pablo Neruda 

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These puppies are adapted slightly from The Longevity Kitchen, the latest release from Rebecca Katz — one of the kindest, most authoritative voices in health and wellness I know. You’ve seen me cook from The Cancer Fighting Kitchen and One Bite at a Time over the years, and I’m just thrilled to share her third nourishing gift to the world. The Longevity Kitchen is packed with healthful, accesible recipes to help readers combat chronic disease and lead healthier, happier lives. It may not get the blogger pony-show like Vegetable Literacy (which is amazing, too), but it is of equal importance and measure in our conversations on cherishing the good things growing and how they heal us inside and out.

Rebecca wrote “stand in your truth, Kelsey” in the front pages of the copy she sent me while I was away in Chile. It is a prayer that has permeated and punctuated my days lately as I begin to make significant changes in my life. With that… I’m giving away one copy of The Longevity Kitchen to a reader who can tell me how they plan to stand in their truth this week, this month, or this year.

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Nori Rolls with Edamame Wasabi Spread

  • 8 sheets toasted nori
  • 1 peeled daikon radish 
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 cup sunflower sprouts
  • 1 small mango
  • 2 small avocados
  • 24 sprigs mint
  • handful cilantro
  • (optional) 6 oz smoked wild salmon OR tofu
  • ——–
  • 2 cups edamame
  • 2 + teaspoons wasabi powder
  • 2-4 limes
  • 8 sprigs of cilantro
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • dash of water
  • sea salt

To start, prep all of your veggies and working ingredients. Julienne the cucumbers and radish. Thinly slice the avocados and mango. Peel apart salmon, or cut tofu into 1 inch by 2 cm strips if you’re making these vegan. Create an assembly line of the proteins, veggies, and herbs then begin to prep the edamame wasabi spread.

In the bowl of a food processer blitz together the edamame, wasabi powder (adjust measurements to match your affinity), lime juice, olive oil, water, and sea salt. Mixture should be just barely chunky, but not a total paste.

Place nori sheet on a clean work surface. Spread 1/4 cup of the edamame spread onto the sheet leaving a bit of uncovered nori for grip while wrapping. At the bottom edge of the spread facing you, begin to build your roll, filling it with strips of cucumber, radish, mango, salmon or tofu, avocado, and topping with bits of sprouts, mint, and fresh cilantro. Wrap with your hands from the bottom around the filling until completely sealed. If you use an excessive amount of spread, like me, you won’t need to seal the edge shut with water and your finger. Cut each roll into 8 pieces with a super sharp knife. Repeat.

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  1. Ashley

    Whoa. These look absolutely perfect. Thanks for introducing that book. It sounds spectacular. Lovely words + photos as always.


  2. Jenny

    I’m going to speak in loving truth and honesty what’s on my heart, without fear of judgement.


  3. sarah

    Oh, how I love Mr. Neruda.
    These photographs are so beautiful. I probably say this every time, but I love the simple movements captured, and the light. There is such peace and freedom whispered through your hands, Kelsey.


  4. Nicole

    This book has gone straight to my Amazon wish list. Beautiful post, as always. Standing in truth? I did that yesterday by organizing Food Bloggers Against Hunger, and I have some big plans for that area of my life this year… though I can’t reveal any details yet!


  5. holly

    i love that: stand in your truth.

    in 2013, i’ve been making a concerted effort to step away from the computer and the online world of reading other blogs, looking at other’s work and getting sucked into seeing what other people are doing in an effort to create myself. as i near graduation for design, i think the influence of others can too easily shade your voice, your aesthetic, your truth. it’s been so helpful to step away and just create for no other reason than that it’s part of who i am.

    brava my lady! can’t wait to hear all about the upcoming changes.


  6. Melissa // The Fauxmartha

    I could get down with this kind of roll.

    How am I going to stand in my truth this month. Hmm. So often I feel like I’m still trying to define my truth. So with that, I’m going to keep pursuing my definition so I know exactly how to stand in it. I think I’m getting closer.


  7. Yohann

    Beautiful photos! These look so fresh and delicious. Thanks for sharing


  8. Erica

    This looks amazing! We should eat these with some coffee (Winky Face). My truth…standing in it, that is a great question. I want to stand in my truth by seeking the truth. Way too often I believe lies and doubts in my head, this next month, week, year, whatever- I am choosing to believe what is right and true and lovely. I’m casting the fears off at the waist-side.


  9. Becca

    Thank you for introducing me to Rebecca! I cannot wait to make this recipe. I plan to stand in my truth this year but doing everything in my power to steer the ship that is my life/my destiny towards what I know is good and true and right. Thank you for the sweet reminder.


  10. Pam

    These are so beautiful ! Definitely going to make these with my 13 year old who has gluten sensitivities…she is going to be so excited ! thanks so much !

    Many Healthy Blessings to you ..

    P.S. Not sure what the dialogue was about “speaking the truth”…but just wanted to say ..go for it ! and we do get sucked in don’t we…

    bon appetit !


  11. Megan

    Wow, what a beautiful post! I would love a copy of this book, it sounds wonderful. I hope to stand in my truth this year by working towards a goal I’ve been thinking about for a while – pursuing my dreams and transitioning to a less safe but more rewarding career. Here’s hoping!


  12. Margarita

    beautiful post as always and th rolls looks so wholesome and good!

    my truth… that is a good question… i guess for me that would be truly allowing myself to do what i want to do even if i am scared to try it and accepting the comrpomises that come along with making that decision.


  13. Sarah

    This post shows the power that a kind word, and some support and inspiration can have. These photos are beautiful, and perfectly lit as always. Healing foods, and healing words, thanks Kelsey!


  14. Sarah

    I’m going to remember that I don’t have to have my whole life after college completely planned out. I can take it step by step.

    These look really good!


  15. Allie

    Honestly, Vegetable Literacy is on my list, but I’ll have to take a closer look at this book. Your descriptions sound wonderful. I am standing for my truth by stepping away from the “hyperkinfolk” (as you aptly dubbed) to really know my own voice, find *inner* fulfillment, & follow true joy.


  16. Maria Tadic

    This is such a great recipe! Could you make them the night before for lunch the next day? This would be such a great lunch!


  17. Irina @ wandercrush

    Lovely photos, as always!
    The upcoming year will be chaotic as I won’t be staying in any one place for long and it’s always too easy to have truths shaken that way; standing in my truth will be more important than ever, so I plan to do so by keeping the important things —family, moral values, spiritual earnestness— constant in my life, no matter where I am geographically. Thanks for the reminder.


  18. Christina

    Beautiful post! I want to live every day in truth. Here is mine: To be content with my life, to make the most of what is given to me and to find a way to enrich the lives of others. Thank you for the reminder and for a prompt to turn those feelings into words!


  19. Stacy

    Oh, these look gorgeous and delicious. That spread! The brilliant green! And I love the sentiments you’re sharing, per usual. (: I have to say that it feels like rather hard work to stand in my truth these days, but I’m trusting that although the pieces don’t make sense to me, there is something forming; I’m going somewhere. So I keep moving. Thanks for the reminder to let the standing be enough. xo


  20. ami@nsivecokcooks

    Lovely recipe! Where can I find Norirolls? Never heard about them! I am going to stand in truth in whatever decisions I make!


  21. Zoe

    What a wise woman – we never do that enough. Love the lighter look photos this time around – you’ve really developed such a beautiful style. Zoe


  22. WSAKE

    wow… this looks amazing…
    and standing in you truth is sometimes quite the task, whwn certain things are expected from you or the road you chose turns out more bumpy than you thought. i try to listen and feel inside, to take time to notice what i want and need. and if that´s something different than i thought it was, than i just take a turn.

    all the best to you and your way!


  23. Natalie Lindeland

    Thank for another beautiful post, Kelsey!
    I will try to be braver and do things I’ve wish I had done a long time ago. Not wait for the right time, or care about what other think about me all the time. But most important I have to believe and respect myself, and be true to myself in every situation in this grand, weird life, with endless possibilities.



  24. Kathryn

    Like Melissa, I’m still trying to work out what my truth is. Sometimes I think I’m there and I have a moment of clarity but other days it seems as murky as ever but maybe that simply is my truth? Thanks for the words, pictures and recipe. As ever.


  25. Clare

    Lovely, alive, the quote couldn’t be better fit for this piece. :)

    I am standing in my truth every moment. I accept where I am and am open to the wildest dreams to come meet me here. I’m going to remember that every day is complete with the joy of allowance and then I shall wave my magic wand of desire and build my world of truth from the inside out. I graduate with both a BM in Music Theater and a certificate from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition this month. I don’t know where they’ll meet- if it’ll be anywhere close to ‘the middle’- but keeping my heart and mind open right now… that is my truth.


  26. Gabriele

    Thank-you for your book suggestions. They are welcome and informative. I am two weeks out of cancer surgery and standing in my truth means that I will try to practice what I have learned.


  27. Jen

    I am going to start a whole new life of home economy in just 36 days. Everything I know I’m giving up to start a new life.


  28. Amelie

    With spring resoundingly here in DC, I’m pushing myself to wake up at 6 each morning so I have time to do the things that bring me release–from baking fresh sourdough bread this morning, to running up to the National Cathedral, to simply making time to fold my laundry. In the next six months I’m getting married to my great love and moving to Chicago to start grad school, so I’m learning to both simultaneously seize the day and slow down to enjoy each moment.


  29. Tina

    Yum! Looks perfect for spring and as usual your photos are just beautiful!


  30. kankana

    Every time I visit your blog i wish the photo series never ended. You guys take the BEST movement shots. Wish I could learn from you someday. And that book sounds like a must-have.


  31. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    Beautiful recipe. PS. Loving that oblong plate :)


  32. Chloe

    I stand in my truth when I remember that love is all that counts. When I remember that it is the most powerful force in the universe, everything in my life has meaning.


  33. Shilpa

    How to stand in truth this day, this month and this year: To really listen to myself and those around me. To speak from my heart and be present always.


  34. Joyti

    Those rolls sound wonderful. There are some recipes – where I think – oh, why didn’t think I think of that? This would be one – why haven’t I thought of using nori to wrap rolls? Such a great idea. And that edamame-wasabi spread sounds pretty terrific.
    I plan to stand in my truth this year – by admitting that I don’t want to practice law (even if I’m in law school) and instead deciding to follow my bliss.


  35. Courtney

    As always, your photos and words emit such beauty and light. Bravo on another lovely post.

    As for standing my truth, I think I’m still trying to piece together what it is. I tend to get wrapped up in what others are doing and saying so perhaps I need to be me. I need to not be afraid of who I am and what I believe in. I need to believe in myself and what I can accomplish.


  36. Amanda

    I love this recipe. I really need to try to make nori rolls. Nice work Kelsey. As for standing in my truth? I think I need to stop comparing myself, my writing, my successes and failures and stand in my own truth of what works for me and my life. I’d like to do that now. Work on it this summer. And make it a lifelong creed. I will stand in my truth by praising successes and art I admire, but keeping true to my goals, ideas and artful desires.


  37. Jeanine

    Lovely! I just went and bought the book (no need to count me in the giveaway). I love a good non-dog-and-pony show find almost as much as I love nori rolls… thanks so much for sharing.


  38. Angy

    Hi Kelsey! I’d love to tell you about my venture into a more authentic existence but I’d like to add that I understand not being picked for the give away since I live all the way Downunder!

    I recently stumbled upon a roadblock in my journey’s map and it took the form of “an illness” Whilst I don’t want to qualify the experience with a measure of how serious this diagnosis was (for indeed it was not) I do feel qualifying the toll it takes to live in pain (and seek answers in all the wrong places) is important in the context of life and what it can teach you. After literally NO HELP from traditional Western Medicine – whatsoever – I decided to take matters into my own hands (why I did not do this all along is a tale to tell when one exposes moments in your life that merely lacked faith) I embarked upon an extended juice fast that ended a week ago and my life will forever be changed. Not only did gain back my health, my vitality, my hormones and my libido; but I gained back the me I was when crickets were trapped in jars and dirt between your toes was fun.

    To stand in my truth now I believe I need to take from this the wisdom and blessing that food – wholesome, pure, nutrient rich food holds a magic that cannot be explained. It heals, connects and supports. My stumbling block was a blessing in disguise and the lesson I treasure from this experience is: We only have one body, a body that does EVERYTHING in it’s power to support us. Let’s try and reciprocate that love.

    Thank you for sharing knowledge, ideas, art and recipes that gives us the power to do just that.

    PS – I’ve been snacking on Nori Rolls filled with sauerkraut, avocado, cucumber and teriyaki tofu – now I have a new filling to try!


  39. Abbe@This is How I Cook

    Beautiful recipe that I can’t wait to try. And standing in truth? Being true to yourself and living each day to the fullest-sounds trite maybe, but it’s not easy when things are good and even tougher when things aren’t. Standing in truth is work that never stops.


  40. Jan Plotkin

    Beautiful pictures and recipe…thanks! I have been thinking a lot lately about standing in truth. I do everything to support my health that I can and even am going back to school to get a M.S. in Nutrition as an older woman. I hope to counsel others with chronic illness. My truth is that although I do so much with nutrition, exercise and qigong etc., I realize that all this healthy living does not calm my chaotic and overly busy mind. I have been afraid to face my autoimmune diseases and I think that is why I am so busy and chaotic. So to honor my truth, I am going to slow down and create art again, play my tin whistle and just be and see what comes up for me. Sorry if this is too long and serious for the blog, but it is the truth!


  41. thelittleloaf

    This book sounds like exactly how I want to cook every day, nourishing my family and friends with powerful, life-affirming ingredients. I imagine the competition isn’t open to UK residents so am heading over to now to order my copy!


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  43. Sini

    Wow, beautiful. Can’t wait to make these. And thank you for the book suggestion.

    Oh and congrats for being nominated for Saveur’s Best Cooking Blog Award 2013 :)


  44. molly

    oh good grief, this go straight to my stomach, screamingly good. must make as soon as i can manage it.

    and oy, standing in truth? that’s a tough one, tougher than i can bear, at times. staring down truths, long-standing, dark, that need revision in the most absolute ways. without any of the glamor, or fun, or polish that any mouthpiece or book jacket will promise. without half as many reserves as one might need to truly tackle such things. without even knowing where such reserves might hail. i guess there must be a measure of faith involved, although faith has never been my strong suit, and what faith i have tends to fall to things like rain and tall trees. anne’s old bird by bird. probably lots of mint tea. i don’t know. the urgency of necessity? maybe that will do. check back in a month, six months, a year. jury’s out. resolve’s strong. failure common. life. geez.



  45. Nuno

    Such a wonderful sensitivity in your food and photos, thank you for sharing.


  46. tara

    Spring is so late coming here that I’ve wanted to keep up with the potatoes and cream and down comforters. These rolls though, they make me feel like there is green outside and it’s time to embrace fresh, vibrant, eating. Thank you for the inspiration.


  47. Jennifer

    Thank you for not only inspiring my cooking on a dreary shopping day, but also for making me pause and think. So instead of frantically rushing around the house while the baby naps to get ready to shop (which meant hurrying up and finding some recipes to scribble down ingredients), I thought about taking a moment and pondering my truth. Suffering from anxiety lately with too much going on – new baby, sick husband, mentally ill sister, niece and nephews (4 of them, dear God) she’s lost and who I want home with me but know we cannot handle that with all we have going on. Too much heartbreak. So instead, I focused on breath. Not just mine, but the sound of my soundly sleeping, stuffy little man breathing through the monitor. This is what matters most; while health and circumstances vary, we are all here and I hope to stop more often to simply enjoy and appreciate what we have now while we have it. Thank you for that reminder. Now I’m enjoying green tea and the sound of a sleeping baby and taking my own deep breaths instead of scrambling around like a mad-woman to finish a list of tasks on a precious day off.


  48. Amelie

    I’d just like to add that I made these last week and they were AWESOME-love the edamame-wasabi paste!


  49. Sarah


    I am in Japan now, and currently struggling with cooking over here. Chotto muzukashii being illiterate and growing up in the Midwest, where I never ate seaweed or sushi. I am looking at it as an adventure…..but one in which I was cooking better. Hahahah!

    Interestingly, over here in rural Western Japan, I am amazed at some of the things we cannot find, namely cilantro and lime and mango. When I get back to the States, I’m-a-gonna-whip-up these.


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    I love the totally unpretentious dirty knife in the penultimate photo! So excited that you’ll be styling/photographing our salad/vinaigrette piece for the next Verily Magazine issue!


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  55. sherry

    I will have to look for these ingredients. Recently switched over to a more raw food diet. Feel so much better. I have been inspired here and by the thoughts you share about life. I want to stand in my truth daily. I’m a recovering people pleaser which is tiring. I’m excited that life has so much more to offer now as I practice a new mindset – standing in my truth that I don’t have to please people like that’s more important than anything else in life!
    hugs, Sherry


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  60. Brooke Amber

    I know it’s too late for the give away, but I want to participate anyway.

    Standing in my truth.
    I have been making it a point to slow down in my life, direct my focus & to make my self care my first priority.
    I have always lived my life for others, allowing obligation to control me, feeling the pang of guilt, over committing myself to others, leaving me to push what mattered most to me to the side.
    This has been changing.
    I also have always lived my life being silent, tucking my tail between my legs when facing those intoxicated & blinded by their dark emotions.
    I, now, make it a point to speak. I will be me, Self.
    I will never be afraid to speak my mind, my point of view, my reality, my TRUTH, ever again. I will never put my self care in the trunk, to be forgotten. I will never allow the pressures of the world to turn me into a slave.

    I will be me, standing tall, unashamed.


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