The Lunchbox Debate

My daughter has always taken her lunchbox to school.

Me... I never took my lunch because it wasn't cool and I really enjoy that squared shaped pizza with the matching square shaped pepperoni...

Call me crazy..

Now that we are in the 5th grade the lunches have become somewhat... involved

Like Bowtie Pasta with Parmesan cheese and Hummus with Pita

What happened to Peanut Butter and Jelly, do they still make that?

Not to long ago she came home telling me all about how some of her friends are bringing Sushi to school.


Just the thought of packing her lunch, which is normally the night before and then it sitting until 12:15 (lunchtime) the next day had my stomach in knots.


So after lots of begging and pleading and promises to keep the room clean.. I said I would try to find something that would be just as cool but minus the wasbi and spicy tuna.

Yes, her friend had spicy tuna sushi for lunch.. I just see a problem there...

I found this really neat recipe on one of my favorite blogs 101 Cookbooks and thought I would give them a try.

They came out fan-tab-oulous! and my 11 year old thought they were "Mad Cool"... took them to school and now all of her friends think that I'm "Mad Cool"

You want to be "Mad Cool" too?

Sesame Cucumber Rice Balls 

You might need these:

2 cups sushi rice (this is not hard to find.. it was in the rice aisle at my local market)
3 cups water
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (or just plain ole salt if that's what you got)
1/4 cup sesame seeds (black/white mix)
1/4 cup minced green onions
1 cucumber chopped
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Bring rice and water to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower to where the water is just simmering on low- medium and cook until water has been absorbed and the rice is cooked thoroughly.  Be careful not to over cook. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork and let cool.

Add cooked rice, salt, sesame seeds, onions, cucumber and soy sauce to a bowl mixing together to incorporate all ingredients.

Now let's shape them...
I let my rice get cool before I mixed and shaped into balls

To form rice balls, line a small cup with plastic wrap sprinkling with water to keep the rice from sticking.
You should also put a little water on your hands because the rice will be very sticky.
Fill the cup about 1/2 full with rice, gather the plastic wrap forming a ball shape then remove from plastic wrap and set aside on a parchment paper lined dish or plate. Repeat this with remaining rice.
I ended up only making enough rice balls for my daughter to take to for lunch and then we ate the rest of the rice straight out of the bowl. That's how good it was..

Very clean and fresh tasting... without the spicy tuna...