Indulge in this healthy and "heart"y Valentine meal for two! This easy-to-make sushi dish is vegan, and while delicious on its own would also be a great addition to a Valentine-themed bento box.

You will need the following ingredients:

For the carrots:
+ 2 large carrots
+ 1 tbs miso paste (yellow, white, or red is fine - whichever you prefer)
+ 1 tsp ginger powder
+ 1 tbs rice vinegar

For the rice:
+ 1 cup short grain rice (white or brown, see notes in rice-cooking section)
+ 1 cup water
+ 1 tbs rice vinegar
+ 1 tbs white sugar
+ 1 tsp salt
+ 2 sheets nori (roasted seaweed sheets)
+ 1 tsp beet root powder
+ sprig of parsley, to garnish

Step 1: Prepping the Carrots:

To begin, take two large carrots and peel them. Cut a v-shaped notch lengthwise in each carrot, and then use the peeler to shape the carrot into a long heart. Next, steam your heart carrots lightly (either in the microwave or on the stovetop) so that they are slightly softer but still retain a good crunch in the center. This will make it easier for the carrots to accept the marinade.
     Scoop 1 tbs of good quality miso paste into a plastic sandwich bag. Add 1 tbs rice vinegar and 1 tsp ginger powder to the miso paste. Seal and “smush” until mixed thoroughly. Add the steamed carrots to the mixture, seal tightly, and mush the marinade around so that it covers the carrots evenly. Place in the refrigerator, we’ll get back to those when the rice is done.
<p>Charming and perfect for a surprise in my teens' lunches - I think this might make them a bit more receptive to vegan foods! Thanks!</p>
<p>OMG I will try to make this sushi. I am a sushi lover and we are always eating sushi at Sushi Counter here in Dubai! &lt;3</p>
This is beautiful. Almost too pretty to eat. :D

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