Happy Monday, friends! It’s a beautiful day, isn’t it?!
It’s beautiful because it is April. And I’m super excited about this month because it’s the month of Mark’s and my 1 year anniversary! A lot has happened this year: we moved in together, we got a kitten, we ate copious amounts of Mexican food. But even after a year, some of my favorite nights with Mark are our Date Nights In. We’ll cook an awesome meal, get the wine flowin’, and create a cute little picnic in our apartment by the windows.
We’re naturally introverted and the let’s stay inside in our comfy clothes so we don’t have to talk to anyone type, so these Date Nights In are seriously perfect. And getting to spend them with my guy doesn’t hurt either. ?
And while we like to picnic on our Date Nights In, we always try and change up our menu and the activities. Lately, we’ve been re-binge watching Game of Thrones, but in the past we’ve played video games, we’ve read, we’ve listened to music, and we’ve played around with code.
But we’re always looking for ways to jazz up our Date Nights In. And what better way to do that than with homemade sushi?!
Ever hear of Uncommon Goods? No? Their products are ridiculously cool, as they feature unique jewelry, designer décor, tabletop items and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment without harm to animals or people. AND it’s their mission to create a platform for artists and designers to do their thang. My kind of people!
I completely lose track of time while scrolling through their website. You know those places that have those things that you never thought you needed until you saw it? Yeah, Uncommon Goods is toooootally that place. Like, totally.
Mark and I were beyond psyched to see that they had a sushi-making kit on their site! Sushi night was one of our unofficial first dates, complete with an $8 asparagus appetizer and cucumber-wrapped sushi. Mark is a huge sushi fan, so I got this little make-your-own sushi kit (complete with pre-measured rice, nori, rice vinegar, sesame seeds, gf soy sauce, wasabi powder, and a sushi mat), and we got to work.
Just letting you know: making your own sushi requires some effort. But when it’s a Date Night In activity, it’s ridiculously fun. We definitely had some…colorful looking sushi rolls at the end, but I can honestly say it was one of our best Date Nights In to date!
We stuffed our sushi with some broccoli slaw from Trader Joe’s (pre-cut ingredients make for a much more enjoyable date night!) and avocado, and topped it with a dollop of super-simple, let totally scrumptious vegan Sriracha mayo. You know that pink spicy mayo that gets beautifully drizzled over sushi? Yeah, you can make that! Better yet, you can make it vegan! Better yet, you can make it with two ingredients!
In all honesty, I don’t just reserve this sauce for special sushi-making occasions. Oh no. It’s an every day occurrence in the Fooduzzi household. Spread on sandwiches, served with fresh-cut veggies, drizzled on a salad…I love this sauce. And it’s not really a surprise because it’s made up of two of my all-time favorite ingredients: Sriracha and hummus!
It’s super creamy, and it has that spicy-sweet thing goin’ on that makes me oh-so happy. Mark isn’t a huge spice fan like me, and he even loved the stuff! He actually requested more the next day so he could finish up the leftover sushi fruits of our labor. You know it’s a keeper recipe when your guy requests it two days in a row. ?
I know…this is barely a recipe. But having a good foundation of sauces in your recipe repertoire is essential IMO.
This Sriracha mayo is really my go-to when I want to add a little creaminess to my meal. When I don’t feel like pulling out all the stops to make sushi, I honestly love mixing a spoonful of this “mayo” (…OK, two spoonfuls) into some rice. It totally reminds me of loading my rice up with that yum yum sauce at hibachi restaurants as a kid. Mmm…creamy carbs.Print
Vegan Sriracha Mayo
- Yield: 1/2 cup 1x
- 6 Tbsp. plain hummus
- 2 Tbsp. Sriracha
- water, as needed
- Combine hummus and Sriracha in a small bowl and mix. Thin the mixture with water, 1 tsp. at a time, until your desired texture is reached. Enjoy as a spread on a sandwich, as a dip with veggies, or with sushi!
A special thank you goes to the awesome people at Uncommon Goods for supplying me with some of their unique products that I love for this post! All opinions are my own.
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