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Vegetable Sushi for Kids – Inspired by Princess Mulan

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This rainbow sushi for kids recipe is inspired by Princess Mulan! This vegetable sushi recipe is easy and fun, and a great sushi for the whole family.  With tons of beautiful colorful vegetables and lots of dipping sauce, this dinner is a fun activity the whole family can love – and everyone gets to make their own rainbow sushi roll!


Eat Like A Princess - Rainbow Veggie Rolls




Eat Like A Princess Recipes

Welcome to the Eat Like A Princess Series!

I designed this series as a fun way to teach my daughters about new cultures through the Disney Princesses in hopes that they will become more open to trying new foods, to understand other cultures better, and to enjoy exploring the world around them. And still staying within the 30 minute weeknight dinner theme. You can see other recipes in this series here, including:


Kids eating rainbow veggie sushi


I have only recently discovered my love for sushi, and have discovered that making them at home is easy, super fun, and amazing! Making your own vegetable sushi rolls is awesome because you can get 100% what you want in your roll.


In my on going quest to teach my children a love for all food, I have been involving them in these little DIY at home adventures of mine, and love how enthusiastic they are about trying out my crazy ideas. When I was thinking about what recipe I wanted to make for Mulan, what I really wanted to do was go out and stuff my face with all the sushi.


So how do you make sushi seem fun and exciting to kids? I wanted something that would still be easy to make, yet appealing for kids. Raw fish was out, there was no way I would be able to get my kids to eat that (and I am assuming yours, too). I thought about putting something cooked in there for about 5 seconds – rotisserie chicken? seared tuna? They just didn’t sound appealing to me, and added more work. In the end I decided to keep it vegetarian and only have fruits and veggies in there. To make it fun and appealing I took a page out of my Rainbow Pizza recipe and offered up a variety of choices in a rainbow array of colors. And hence, Rainbow Sushi was born!


kids making sushi with rainbow vegetables on white platter


If you don’t have one of those friends you can call with your weird crazy ideas, you need to get one. I mean, how many people could you say “Hey! Let’s make vegetable sushi with 5 small children today!” to and not have them look at you like you were utterly crazy? So yes, making sushi with children IS a little crazy. It’s messy, and kind of chaotic, but friends –  its so dang fun.


**Note: This recipe is not intended to be 100% authentic. Mulan is a fictional character, and although we know that she lived in China, this recipe was created by me. Yes, sushi is Japanese, not Chinese. This recipe is intended to be easy enough that children can help you prepare it by chopping up vegetables, creating their own dish and even practicing rolling their roll. It is supposed to be a fun way to get kids interested in eating veggies, not an authentic and historically correct  recipe. It is my hope that it is interesting enough to pique their interest in new cultures and foods without being too intense or weird. 


Interested in adding more Asian flavors to your weeknight meals but not sure how to make it actually doable? Check out my Beginner’s Guide to Asian Cuisine for easy tips and recipes that are weeknight and kid-friendly and will help your weeknight meals be a win!




rainbow veggie sushi


How to Make This Vegetable Sushi Recipe Kid-Friendly

Making rainbow sushi at home isn’t as overwhelming as it might seem. Use these tips to make your homemade sushi night go over well!

  • Have your children help you select a rainbow variety of additives at the store – make sure you at 2 things for every color so there are lots of choices. Also don’t forget fruit like mango or avocado!
  • Make it PRETTY! I don’t mean cut everything into tiny little cutesy shapes, but present things in a fun way so it looks interesting. We arranged everything in a rainbow on a tray, but you could also use small bowls.
  • Make extra sushi rice. Seriously, make waaaay more than you need. You can always use leftover for a stir fry later, but its better to make sure you have enough than to run out!
  • Have a dipping sauce for kids – we offered shoyu (which is an organic soy sauce)
  • I also like offering some protein along side of this, and if you like to as well, rotisserie chicken, seared tuna or salmon, or even chicken nuggets would work wonderfully.


preparing rainbow vegetable sushi roll on bamboo mat


How to Make Sushi for Kids:

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You can find really inexpensive sushi rolling mats at World Market, as well as tons of other supplies you need (nori, sushi rice, rice vinegar, cute kid-friendly chopsticks, pickled ginger, little bowls for dipping sauces, seriously everything you could possibly want for a sushi making party).

If you have a child who doesn’t want to try a nori wrap (which is made out of seaweed), you have a few alternatives. You can either use a soy wrapper (which come in fun colors) or you can make spring rolls with spring roll wrappers or rice paper. If you end up using the spring roll wrappers, make sure you follow the directions on the package because these do not work like nori sheets at all. Do NOT put them on a bamboo rolling mat or you will have a giant sticky mess that won’t come off (yes, we made that mistake).

** In a few of the photos above you can see that I sprinkled some black sesame seeds on a sliced sushi roll, but I didn’t think it really added anything to the recipe at all (and all subsequent rolls didn’t get any) and so I left that part out of the recipe. Go ahead and add them in if you like, or leave them out.


Tips on Family Dinner Conversations:

Dinner time is more than cleaning your plate! Its also a perfect time to engage with your kids about what you are eating in an easy and stress-free way. Use these conversation starters to help open up a conversation about these Vegetable Sushi Recipe:

  • While making your vegetable sushi rolls, talk to your kids about the colors of  ingredients they are adding – can they add something red? Would they like something green? Allow them to pick and choose what they want.
  • What was crunchy in your roll? What was soft? Did you like the different textures in your roll?
  • What does the pickled ginger and shoyu smell like? Do you think it will taste like it smells? 
  • What was your favorite part of this meal? What would you change to make it yummier?


Ulan Inspired Recipe for kids sushi - rainbow veggies


Kids in the Kitchen:

One of the best ways to get kids interested in eating new foods (besides making food inspired by their favorite characters, books, and movies…) is to get them involved! Here are some easy ways your kids can help you create sushi for kids:

  • Kids aged 1-3 can help you wash and dry the produce, measure out ingredients for the rice, and help get out all the tools you need. They can also pick out what ingredients they want in their vegetable sushi roll.
  • Kids aged 4-6 can help you do everything above, plus help you slice all the ingredients for the sushi. They can also make their own vegetable sushi roll with assistance.
  • Kids aged 7-10+ can help you do everything above, plus help make the rainbow sushi.

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.



kids making rainbow sushi on rice paper


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Yield: 6 servings

Vegetable Sushi for Kids - Inspired by Princess Mulan

Vegetable Sushi for Kids - Inspired by Princess Mulan

This rainbow sushi for kids recipe is inspired by Princess Mulan! This vegetable sushi recipe is easy and fun, and a great sushi for the whole family.  With tons of beautiful colorful vegetables and lots of dipping sauce, this dinner is a fun activity the whole family can love - and everyone gets to make their own rainbow sushi roll!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


For Sushi Rolls:

  • 6 nori seaweed warps
  • 2 cups sushi rice
  • 1 red, orange, and yellow bell pepper, sliced thinly
  • 1 carrot, peeled and julienned
  • 1 mango, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 avocado, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 cucumber, sliced into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1/2 cup cooked beets, sliced into thin strips (I bought mine pre-cooked at the grocery store!)

For Serving:

  • Soy sauce
  • Pickled Ginger (for super brave children)
  • Wasabi (for adults!)


  1. Combine the 2 cups uncooked sushi rice with 4 cups water.
  2. Cover with a tight fitting lid and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and allow to simmer on low for 10 minutes. After 10 minute turn off the heat and allow to sit for another 10 minutes - DO NOT TAKE OFF THE LID!
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the rest of the ingredients by slicing them as thin as you can (save the beet for last because it will dye everything).
  4. When the rice is done cooking, stir in the rice vinegar and place it in a bowl to cool down slightly.
  5. Place a nori sheet on to the bamboo rolling mat (make sure that the pieces of bamboo are horizontal so you can roll it).
  6. Wet your hands in a bowl of warm water and place a small amount of rice on the nori and pat it into a thin layer to cover the nori. You want a continuous and even layer rice while still keeping it thin.
  7. Add your fillings in a line about 1/3 of the way from the bottom of the nori roll.
  8. Start to roll the bamboo/nori up - they will roll kind of like cinnamon rolls, but make sure to keep the bamboo mat on the outside and don't add it into your roll. As you roll, squeeze and compress the bamboo mat to compress and tighten the roll.
  9. When complete, remove the bamboo mat and slice into coins with a super sharp knife.
  10. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 212 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 410mg Carbohydrates: 38g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 16g Protein: 4g


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  • Reply
    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    June 13, 2017 at 1:41 PM

    This is such a cute idea– Mulan was my daughter’s favorite disney movie when she was growing up — and sushi has always been a favorite as well. Funny coincidence… I happen to be driving over to visit her at college today — and she’s requested sushi for dinner — though we’re going out for some — and their might be a glass or two of wine as well… It’s fun when their kids — and sometimes more fun when they’re adults!

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    June 13, 2017 at 2:04 PM

    What a beautiful, healthy meal! Fun to do too! Bet the kids love those.

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    Luci's Morsels
    June 13, 2017 at 2:45 PM

    These looks so fun and delicious! I especially love how easy they are to make. I may not have a little princess at home, but I am definitely wanting to try these! Thank you for sharing! Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

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    The Food Hunter
    June 13, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    I love this sushi idea! I will need to make some soon

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    June 13, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    We love sushi too, beautiful presentation.

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    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
    June 13, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    That is too cute! I love this idea and those sushi rolls are so colorful!

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen
    June 13, 2017 at 4:40 PM

    What a bunch of lucky kids to be able to say they’ve been to a rainbow vegetable sushi making party! I’ll bet they’ll ask to do another sushi party before the summer is over.

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    June 13, 2017 at 4:54 PM

    Jeni, this is adorable and I honestly have to say that I probably more in love with this than the kids <3

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    June 14, 2017 at 3:05 AM

    Such a fun idea! We loved eating them – my kids had a lot of fun making them too! Thanks!

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    Sandi G
    June 14, 2017 at 4:36 AM

    This is an awesome idea for kids lunch boxes.

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    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    June 14, 2017 at 6:49 AM

    I have never tried to make sushi but this looks easy and so delicious! Yum!

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    June 14, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    How cute it that! I’m sure the kids will adore this!

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    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    June 14, 2017 at 1:53 PM

    Making sushi at home is so much fun. Getting the kids involved is even better. These look awesome….and so is the movie.

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    Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids
    June 14, 2017 at 8:09 PM

    Love your “Eat Like a Princess” series! I’ve never tried making sushi at home but love this idea so much I think I’m going to have to try!

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    Sarah @ Champagne Tastes
    June 18, 2017 at 1:13 AM

    This series is so adorable! I love that you’re introducing your little girls to sushi!

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    Ashleigh @ Dash of Evans
    June 18, 2017 at 11:59 PM

    I just love these Eat Like a Princess meal ideas–with 3 girls who love to cook, these are always great ideas! I have a sushi kit that I’ve been meaning to try. This would be perfect! YUM!

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    Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
    June 19, 2017 at 1:18 AM

    Such an adorable idea! Love how you worked all those colors into this dish 🙂

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    [email protected]
    June 19, 2017 at 6:53 PM

    I used to make sushi quite frequently, but I’ve fallen out of the habit. Probably because a) my kids were a bit too young to help, and b) I’m surrounded by some pretty great sushi restaurants. Still, I think it might be time to revisit the idea now that my oldest can help out more. And hey, if it means eating more veggies… I’m on board. Cheers!

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    June 20, 2017 at 2:48 AM

    How fun, I love all the colors in there! My kids are HUGE sushi fans, and we might just have to make some ourselves this week considering its 100+ all week and we will be housebound in the evenings, and thus in need of some distractions. We will need to add the raw fish though, my kids are weird and love it 🙂

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    June 23, 2017 at 2:51 AM

    I absolutely love this series you do. What a fantastic idea to teach kids about different cuisines in such a fun and enticing way! These little sushi rolls are just too cute. I don’t have kids and I want to make them for myself! 🙂

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    tu wongs
    February 13, 2018 at 9:17 PM

    Delicious orientalism

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