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Turn your ordinary PBJ into something extrapordinary by turning it into mock sushi. Kids and adults alike are sure to gobble it up!MORE+LESS-


tablespoons peanut butter


tablespoons grape jelly

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    Lay a slice of bread on a cutting board and roll it flat with a rolling pin or plastic drinking cup.

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    Spread one tablespoon peanut butter and one tablespoon jelly over 2/3 of the bread. You can also cut the crusts off if desired.

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    Roll it up, starting with the end spread with peanut butter/jelly, and press edges to seal. Repeat with remaining slices of bread, peanut butter and jelly.

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    Slice rolls with a sharp knife into 1/2 inch slices and serve.

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  • When I want to have a special lunch, I LOVE to pick up some good sushi and I’m lucky to have kids that are pretty adventurous eaters and they love it, too. However, it’s fairly expensive and not something we can have every day.I found a little something that they love just as much and it’s so fun for a quick lunch...PBJ Sushi!To be honest, I think my kids just love smashing bread with a rolling pin...but hey, who wouldn't?!You can substitute turkey/cheese, hummus, anything you want. Peanut butter and jelly just happens to be a favorite around here.

After School Snack Idea: PBJ “Sushi” – A Fun, Easy Take on a Classic Snack

2. Spread jelly on the other half of the tortilla. I like the squeezable jelly personally – quicker with less mess.

3. Roll the tortilla, starting on the jelly side.

The peanut butter side makes a good seal for the roll.

4. Slice the roll into sushi-sized pieces.

5. Present on a plate with chocolate syrup as the “soy sauce” to dip.

A large tortilla version of these makes enough for both my boys to share as a bite-size snack. Pictured above is only about half of the sliced pieces from the single rolled tortilla.

Do you have any unique takes on the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Comment below or hit my up on social media @fabeveryday to share your ideas!

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Cooking with Kids – Episode 5 – PB&J Sushi Rolls

I hate complaining. I hate it even more when the kids complain about what I make for dinner. Oh it bugs me! I have one child in particular who just hates to eat anything with meat which is generally what I like to cook. Since being GFDF there’s really not a whole lot to make that doesn’t have meat in it. And I like meat.

So to combat the complaining, I’ve instituted Cooking with Kids at our home. Each week one child gets to choose anything they would like to eat (as long as it’s healthy) and helps me to do the shopping and make it. It has worked smashingly so far. And, the other kids are banned from complaining about it even if they don’t like it. Ha!

Well, in today’s episode… well, it’s not really an “episide”, it’s more of an 8 year old giving a photo tutorial… we’re going to learn how to make PB&J sushi rolls. We made some with regular bread and some with gluten free dairy free (GFDF) bread. I was skeptical at first… I thought, “No, not healthy”. But I pushed my thoughts aside because this is my picky daughter and she deserves to like dinner once a month. It’s ok if her one choice doesn’t fit my perfect description of healthy. We did choose healthy side dishes so it worked out great.

1. Choose your bread type and your favorite creamy peanut butter. We chose Wonderbread and Udi’s Gluten Free Multigrain.

2. Roll out the bread with a rolling pin. Oh this girl is so cute, isn’t she? Isn’t her apron adorable? It’s very high quality and we get a lot of compliments on it. I wish they had one in my size! We got it here.

3. Spread peanut butter and jelly on the SAME SLICE of bread. We used raspberry jam and for my daughter who hates raspberries, we put rose petal jam on hers (yum!)

4. Then simply roll them up, cut in half and put a decorative toothpick in to make it pretty.

5. We kindof had a fail on the gluten free version of the sushi roll. I think it preferred not to be sushi. However, I think it’s because we used stale bread. I think it would have worked better with fresh and homemade bread that tends to be softer and less dry. It still tasted good. Really good.

6. We served the sushi rolls with a fresh peach smoothie, green salad with strawberries (not pictured), and green beans and cherry tomatoes from the garden.

She was happy so everyone was happy. I thought it tasted yummy!

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I’m in the mood for a cheeseburger…oh, and I’m also in the mood for sushi…what to do?

How About “Cheeseburger Sushi!”

I mean, the internet just keeps on giving! This is one of the most beautiful pieces of sushi I’ve ever seen…oh, except maybe for this:

Peanut Butter And Jelly Sushi!

OK, that is almost TOO amazing for words…and that means, of course that “RocketNews24” is behind it! Those masterful investigative reporters have uncovered TWENTY – count ’em, TWENTY! Wacky sushi combos that weren’t created in Japan!

Like What You Ask?

Well, how about “IRISH SUSHI!”

Yep, this amazing sushi consists of mashed potato and corned beef wrapped in cabbage – you read that right…and if you are hungry for dessert, well, get ready for:

Cupcake Sushi!

I mean, what sort of demented delight is being offered up in sushi kitchens around the world? Well, I have the answer:

“RocketNews24” Rules Again!

“RocketNews24” has put together some of the most amazing sushi creations in the world. These folks are AMAZING. You need to go to their website RIGHT NOW to see all twenty of these amazing, non-Japanese created sushi rolls – here’s a tease: one is chicken and waffles!

O course, I love sushi, and I love the amazing things that have been done in its name…like this amazing concoction:

Creamed Corn Sushi!

Yes, you read that right….creamed corn! And now add banana sushi and COLA sushi, and you can see that Sushi masters have gone bonkers!

And finally, don’t forget about these:


Yes, you can take sushi anywhere you want to go, and just “pop” one in your mouth whenever you need it!

Read all about this amazing, and portable “sushi to go” by clicking on the story here!

School Lunch/Snack: PBJ&B “Sushi”

It’s easy to get into a lunchtime rut, especially when it comes to packing kids lunches and snacks for school. I have to admit, I’m not very good with the cutesy lunches. It’s not that I don’t think they are adorable, I’m just not very well versed in making things look precious or adorable (not yet anyway). That being said, my three year old is at the age where he really appreciates that sort of thing, so I’m starting to up my arsenal of fun lunches and snack ideas.

These roll-ups are anything but ordinary and I love that they’re healthy balance of whole grain, fruit and protein. What kid doesn’t love PB&J, right? And turning them into “sushi” is a fun twist on an old classic. The best thing is they are easily made with pantry staples and can be thrown together in minutes (even before you’ve had your coffee) in the AM. If your child doesn’t eat peanut-butter, you can easily swap in your favorite nut or seed butter.


4 slices whole wheat bread

2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter

1 tablespoon jelly or jam

1 large banana, cut in half


Cut the crusts off of the bread. Slater with peanut butter and jelly.

Overlap two slices and use your rolling pin to flatten them out and fuse the pieces together.

Tip: Press very hard when you are rolling them together so the bread sticks together well.

Spread each piece with peanut butter and jelly.

Place half a banana onto the top portion of each piece of bread.

Roll-up each banana very tightly.

Tip: If the bread starts to pull away from the banana, use some extra PB&J as glue.

Gourmet Mom on-the-Go

When I want to have a special lunch, I LOVE to pick up some good sushi. The problem is that my kids will eat it, too, and to be honest, sometimes I don't like to share. :) It's expensive!

I found a little "project" that they love just as much and we're both happy.
Introducing PBJ Sushi!

I think they just love smashing bread with a rolling pin. but hey, who wouldn't.

You can substitute turkey/cheese, hummus, anything you want. Peanut Butter & Jelly just happens to be a favorite around here.
As a side note, we are working out the logistics on a super-fun community service project for our family to do this year (food-related, of course!:)). It should be worked out next week and I can't wait to tell you all about it! We'll be posting our adventures on it throughout the year.

PBJ Sushi (or "Kid's Mock Sushi")
Sliced Bread
Peanut Butter
(or, your favorite sandwich fillings. Pepperoni and cheese is another favorite of ours)

Lay a slice of bread on a cutting board and let your child roll it flat with a rolling pin or plastic drinking cup. Smashing bread is the best part. )

Spread a thin layer of peanut butter and jelly over 2/3 of the bread. You can also cut the crusts off if desired.

Roll it up, starting with the end spread with peanut butter/jelly, and press edges to seal.
Slice with a sharp knife and serve.Little H couldn't wait for the slicing, she devoured her first roll before I could get my hands on it to slice it up!

How to Make Gorgeous Fruit Sushi for Dessert

If having sushi for dessert just sounds way too crazy, hear us out &mdash fruit sushi is actually super tasty, and it’s also visually stunning enough to wow even the most jaded of dinner guests.

Dessert sushi combines traditional sushi rice with bright, sweet fruits. Don’t worry, there’s no fish anywhere in sight. And these three different kinds of fruit sushi are actually really easy to prepare &mdash especially with the step-by-step photos provided to guide you.

1. Strawberry and kiwi sushi balls

In making these sushi balls, you will have to break out your knife skills, slicing the fruits as thinly as possible. If they are a tad thick, they tend to crack and will not take the round shape.

You will need several pieces of plastic wrap to shape the sushi into perfect balls. Start by laying the plastic wrap on the table, then place the strawberries in the middle (same with kiwi), and top with the rice. If you want to be precise with the size of the balls, then weigh the rice. I use 0.7 ounces, but you can also just use 1 to 1-1/2 tablespoons.

When that is done, collect the edges of the plastic wrap, and twist them until the sushi is shaped into a compact ball. Squeeze the sushi a little bit (but not too tight).

Unwrap the plastic wrap, and carefully extract the sushi ball. Place it on the serving plate, and top with a small mint leaf. Top the kiwi sushi balls with a wild strawberry, red currants or anything with a contrasting color.

The recipe


  • 1/2 cup sushi rice
  • 1-1/2 cups coconut milk (plus more if adjustment is needed)
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled
  • 2 kiwifruits, peeled
  • 4 fresh mint leaves
  • 4 wild strawberries (or any small red fruit for garnish)


  1. To a small saucepan over high heat, add the rice, coconut milk and sugar. Once boiling, simmer on the lowest heat for 18 to 20 minutes or until tender. Mix once in a while. Let cool.
  2. Slice the strawberries and kiwifruits as thinly as possible with a sharp knife. Set them aside.
  3. Using a square piece of plastic wrap, distribute the strawberries (or kiwi) in the middle, leaving a 3- to 4-inch parameter all around them.
  4. Top the strawberries (or kiwi) at the center with 1-1/2 tablespoons of rice.
  5. Close the plastic wrap, and form a ball. Twist the plastic wrap to tighten around the fruit and rice.
  6. Carefully unwrap the plastic wrap from the sushi ball.
  7. Garnish with mint or wild strawberries.

2. Strawberry sushi rolls

Among the three kinds of sushi, this is probably the one that looks like real sushi. I love sushi with tuna. It’s a classic, and I can eat way too much if you don’t stop me. This strawberry sushi roll is a copy of my favorite sushi.

Like any sushi roll, you will need a sushi rolling mat. Cover it with plastic wrap, and put the rice in the middle of the mat. Flatten and spread it out evenly. Then place the strawberries in the middle of the rice. Strips work better, but since I still had some thinly sliced strawberries, I used them instead.

Next, start rolling. Tighten as much as you can so the rice will not crumble when you slice.

Unwrap the plastic wrap, and slice with a very sharp knife. Don’t worry if they don’t come out as perfectly as you want them to. Just pat them back into shape after slicing.

Now the fun part. On a saucer with the sesame seeds, roll the sushi on its side (not the top or bottom). And now you have sushi number two.

The recipe


  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1-1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, hulled
  • 1/4 cup black sesame seeds


  1. In a small saucepan over high heat, add the rice, coconut milk and sugar. Once boiling, simmer on the lowest heat for 18 to 20 minutes or until tender. Mix once in a while. Let cool.
  2. Cover the sushi rolling mat with plastic wrap.
  3. Put the rice in the middle of the rolling mat covered with plastic wrap, and then put the strawberries on top of the rice at the center.
  4. Roll the sushi with the help of the sushi mat. Tighten with the help of the plastic wrap to achieve a compact cylinder. Unwrap the plastic wrap.
  5. With a sharp knife, slice the rice to bite sizes.
  6. On a saucer, pour the sesame seeds, and then roll the sides of the sushi on it.

3. Banana and peanut butter sushi rolls

The flavors of these rolls were inspired by my love of peanut butter, bananas, coconut and chocolate. Put them all together in one bite-size dessert, and it’s heavenly. You can also replace the peanut butter with Nutella or a chocolate spread.

Slice the banana to bite sizes, between 1-1/2 to 2 inches in length. Note that with one bite, the peanut butter can be overpowering if you make the banana slices too long. Using an apple corer, make holes in the centers of the banana pieces. You won’t be needing the middle part that you removed, so you can munch on them while preparing the rolls.

Fill the holes carefully with the peanut butter, and then sprinkle with the coconut flakes and chocolate balls. The peanut butter tends to stick to the plate, and the bananas are slippery, so be careful when you take them off the plate. Just tilt them a bit, and support the lower part to keep the sushi intact.

The Recipe


  • 1 large banana, peeled
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (can be replaced with Nutella or a chocolate spread)
  • 1/8 cup coconut flakes
  • Chocolate balls


  1. Divide the banana into 8 pieces of about 2 inches in height.
  2. Using an apple corer, remove the middle part of the banana slices.
  3. Fill up every hollowed-out banana with peanut butter.
  4. Sprinkle the coconut and then the chocolate balls on top.

Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

How to Make a Perfect PB&J

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Peanut butter and jelly might be my favorite meal in the whole entire world. (Hello, there’s protein in it, so yes, it’s a “meal.”) Basically since birth I was raised on Jif and Smucker’s and, quite honestly, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Now that I’m a little older and have slightly more sophisticated taste buds, I’ve tried venturing out in the beautiful world of PB&J by trying new and exciting variations on the classic sandwich. With a little help from my friends (thanks, Ringo), here is a list of the best “adult” PB&J recipes.

1. PB&J Roll-Ups

Add a little Mexican flare by swapping bread for a tortilla! Simply spread peanut butter and jelly over the entire surface of the tortilla and roll it up. For extra flavor and fun, add some sliced strawberries or granola. So easy, a college kid could do it!

2. The Gluten-Free PB&J

I know what you’re probably thinking. “What’s a PB&J without the bread?” But I’m here to tell you that this insanely easy variation is still delicious! This is perfect for when you are just too lazy to make a real dinner, not that that would ever happen, right? Grab a spoon and dig in. Easy clean up too…just lick the spoon and you’re good to go!

3. PB&J Oatmeal

No, this is not a sandwich, but yes, this is freakin’ delicious. Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, second dinner, or a late night snack. Cook up some of that plain oatmeal your mom bought you at the beginning of the semester and stir in some PB and J. The protein in the peanut butter and the fiber in the oatmeal keeps you full for hours!

4. The Elvis

Photo courtesy of treataday.com

The King’s favorite sandwich was grilled Italian bread filled with peanut butter and bananas. Rumor has it that he sometimes added bacon. (Sometimes? Sure, Elvis, sure.)

5. Peanut Butter and Nutella

Do I even need to explain this one? I didn’t think so. You’re welcome.

6. PB&J Sushi

Talk about sophisticated! Most college kids I know don’t have the palette (and by palette, I mean funds) to support a sushi addiction, so this is the next best thing! Impress your next dinner party guests with these little appetizers. Bon appétit!

"These are really tasty and wholesome. They're just like a PB&J sandwich, only better."

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