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Sonoma Family Life Magazine

Sweet On “Sushi”

By Momma Chef

Are you looking for a fun and simple recipe to make for your kids’ lunches? Look no further. My SB&J Sushi Rolls have become such a favorite at my son’s school that one of the teachers sought me out at our last parent/teacher conference to thank me for the idea. She wanted to let me know that she made them for her daughter’s birthday party, and they were a huge hit. I love it!

And what’s not to love about SB&J Sushi Rolls?

To begin with, they are pretty darn cute. Who can resist a sweet little lunch roll-up? How fun it is for children to open their lunch bags and find “sushi rolls” instead of the expected, traditional sandwich.

Plus, sushi is super mainstream to the hip elementary-school crowd. I’ve seen sushi t-shirts, stuffed animals, and memes aplenty. My friend’s 5-year-old daughter’s favorite toy is her Melissa and Doug Sushi Slicing Wooden Play Food Set. So adorable! One of the Littlest Pet Shop cats comes with teeny-tiny plastic sushi. Seriously. SB&J Sushi Rolls are going to rock your kids’ cafeteria tablemates.

Next, they are so easy to prepare. Are they as easy as a sandwich? Of course not—but just about. This recipe can be completed in fewer than five minutes, including making an extra serving you can nosh on after the kids head to school.

Finally, they are made with SunButter instead of peanut butter. Made from sunflower seeds, SunButter is nut-free. While I am fortunate that my own kids do not have nut allergies, many of their friends at school do. Out of respect for those families, I like to promote yummy lunch recipes that take into consideration their dietary restrictions. And SB&J Sushi Rolls perfectly fits the bill.

For some added pizzazz, pick up extra sets of disposable chopsticks the next time you dine at your favorite Asian restaurant. Include a pair for your kids so that they can have authentic tableware as they enjoy this creative lunchtime offering. 

SB&J Sushi Rolls


2 slices of Schwebel’s Sweet Harvest Wheat Bread (or other wheat bread)

2 teaspoons creamy SunButter

2 teaspoons strawberry or

grape jelly


Remove crusts from bread. Use a rolling pin to flatten the bread slices.

Spread 1 teaspoon of SunButter to within ½-inch of bread edges.

Top SunButter with 1 teaspoon of strawberry or grape jelly.

Roll up each slice of bread into a tight spiral.

Refrigerate 15 minutes (optional).

Cut into 2-inch pieces and serve.

Serves: 6 “sushi” rolls

Find more recipes from Momma Chef, aka Karen Nochimowski, at All Momma Chef recipes contain six or fewer ingredients and can be made in six or fewer minutes.