PB&J Sushi

My son hates eating the crust off the bread.  Every time I make him a sandwich or toast he makes me cut it off.  I can’t blame him…I remember not liking the crust of the bread either as a kid.  So I found this cute and fun way to eat PB&J’s without the crust.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons Peanut Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Strawberry Jelly or Preserves of your choice
  • 2 slices bread

Directions:

1. REMOVE crusts from bread. With a rolling pin or large soup can, completely flatten bread.
2. SPREAD 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1 tablespoon fruit spread on each slice of bread
3. ROLL each slice into a tight spiral. Cut each spiral into 4 pieces.

The results:  It was a big hit with my son!  He loved it! My daughter hates PB&J sandwiches…so one of these days I might try one of these other combinations…which I found on Birmingham Mommy’s blog.

Other fillings you should try:

  • PB & Marshmallow Fluff
  • PB & J of course!
  • Cheese stick(quartered lengthwise) and Sunchips (crunchy, my son’s favorite!)
  • Cheese stick(quartered lengthwise) and sunflower seeds
  • Cream cheese and blueberries and/or strawberries
  • Carrots(matchstick) and cucumbers (with ranch to dip)
  • Hot dog(quartered lengthwise) and cheese
  • Tuna salad or Chicken salad

The possibilities are really endless! Dig through your pantry and try different combinations and don’t forget to use dipping sauces: ketchup, mustard, ranch, etc. Dipping is part of the fun too!

*Tip: For the older kids, make some “training wheels” chopsticks by placing a rubber band around the upper part of the chopsticks. Then slide a rolled up napkin in between the sticks where the rubber band is. Adjust it so it makes the chopsticks springy.

Our dessert sushi is on the sugary side of course but it is simply too cute for words! It makes a great special occaision treat, especially if you’re planning a party.

Dessert and party sushi:
(photo courtesy of mommyknows.com)

  • Fruit roll-ups (the seaweed)
  • Rice Krispie mixture (the rice)
  • Twizzler and/or gummy worm (the filling)
  • Swedish fish candy- optional

*Tip: Add extra marshmallows to the rice krispies treat mixture so it will flatten easily.

Make Rice Krispie treats according to the recipe, but add a couple of extra marshmallows. Flatten it out onto wax sheets and trim the edges. (Then eat the edges, YUM!) Then place your twizzler and/or gummy worm at the end and roll it up. Only do one roll, not overlapping, so it won’t be too thick. Then use a fruit roll up and tightly wrap it around the roll. Then cut and display!

Use leftover Rice Krispie treats and edges to make nigiri style sushi. Pat it into small mounds and place a Swedish fish candy or a piece of a fruit roll up on top. Voila!