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Lunchbox Inspiration: Teriyaki Chicken & Watermelon Sushi {from leftovers!}

Teriyaki Chicken and Watermelon Sushi

I’ve got a fun lunch inspiration for you today! It is so delicious, you’ll want to pack yourself a lunch too!  And, why not?  Brown baggin’ it means you’ll save your hard earned dollars, and eat better too!  Besides, with this lunch your kids {or your co-workers} will think you’re the coolest mom ever!

This teriyaki chicken and watermelon sushi looks tricky to pull off, but I’m going to let you in on a secret..this was the first time I had EVER tried to make sushi.  If I can do it, you can do it.  AND, I didn’t have any special tools to do it with {although, if you do, it might be even easier}.  ANNNNDD… if that weren’t enough, this lunch can be pulled off with {que music} LEFTOVERS!

You heard me right.  This is a double duty lunch/dinner.  You’re going to love this!  You’ll get a speedy quick dinner on the table tonight and then you’ll be able to use the leftovers to prepare this special lunch treat.  No one will even notice it’s leftovers because it is so different, plus it can even be made the night before.  That help me so much on an early morning when I can have all or at least some of the lunch packed the night before.

Okay, so on to the directions.  First you need to make the teriyaki chicken for dinner. I’ll lay it out simple so you can print it at home.

Teriyaki Glazed Chicken


Okay, serve that up with some veggies and rice and call dinner DONE!  Next, make some sushi rice.  Here’s how:

Sushi Rice

What you need to make Teriyaki Watermelon Sushi


To make the sushi I’m going show you in pictures and give it to you step by step.  It really is simple.   First, gather your “supplies.”

  • leftover teriyaki chicke, shredded or sliced
  • sushi rice
  • watermelon sliced into thin planks
  • leftover teriyaki glaze
  • a sharp knife
  • a sheet of wax paper
  • a bowl or water and a clean towel

Step 1 in making sushi - Shape the rice

First, spread the sushi rice onto a piece of wax paper.  Wet your hands {this will keep them from sticking to the sticky rice} and smooth the rice out/shape it into a rectangle.

STep 2 in making teriyaki chicken and watermelon sushi

Next, add your chicken and watermelon in a straight line about an inch from the edge.  Add more teriyaki sauce if you want.

Step 3 in Sushi making

Roll the sushi up starting with the side closest to the filling.  Use the wax paper to help you roll it into a “tube.”

Step 4 of Teriyaki Chicken and Watermelon Sushi

Finally, slice the sushi into about 6 to 8 pieces and serve it up!  I served mine with a little more watermelon cubed up and some extra teriyaki sauce in a little cup on the side.  YUMMY!

Okay, so I know I didn’t use nori…all sushi is supposed to be wrapped in that green nori wrapping.  I left it off.  #1: I don’t like it.  #2: My kids don’t like it. #3: It was one less thing to buy. :)   You can totally add it under the rice if you desire it to look more “sushi-like.” LOL.  This is OBVIOUSLY a loose interpretation of sushi.  But, the kids will love it!  What do you think?

Thanks to the National Watermelon Promotion Board for sponsoring this post.  It was a lot of fun to make {and eat!}   This post is part of a series on lunchbox inspirations.  If you missed last week’s post for Grilled Chicken Sliders with Maple Citrus Watermelon Glaze, go check it out {and pin it!}  and then go take a look at the first post of the series: Making your own healthy, real food lunchable, you can see it here at “Real Food Series: Lunch Inspiration to Start the School Year Off Right.”

Stay tuned for more lunch box ideas, I’ve got one your sure to love next week! And, in the meantime, check out my Lunchbox PINspiration Pinterest Board for more lunch box ideas to start this school year off right!

 Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I have been provided with compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post for the National Watermelon Promotion Board.  Participation is voluntary and the opinions stated above are entirely my own.

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  1. What are your thoughts on brown or white rice? I have one child who will eat it and one who won’t. Thanks.

    • Denisesawyer says:

      This is a great questionand actually, I think it deserves a post all on its own!
      There is a lot of controversy about which is better and one thing that I recently heard is pretty important.
      Rice contains arsenic – but when it is polished to become white rice they remove the bran and fiber AND most of the arsenic. So brown rice is higher in levels of arsenic than white rice – score one for white rice!
      But, the nutritional benefits are better in brown rice! Score one for brown rice! So that leaves us at a tie. So, honestly, I think it depends on HOW MUCH rice you eat. IF you are eating it in moderation, choose whatever type you LIKE.
      The real problem is when people eat too much rice and those who are eating rice in other ways {possibly due to allergies} like rice milk, rice pasta, rice flour, etc. Then, they would be ingesting larger amounts of arsenic.
      That’s just my quick two cents. We eat both brown and white along with sushi rice, basamati rice, and converted rice, but the majority of what we eat is white. But, we only eat rice one at most twice a week.
      I think I’ll go write that post… :)

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