Salmon Poke Power Bowl

There was a summer during college when I came back to Toronto to find that 50% of my close friends were now vegan. I was shocked. I grew up in a very meat-centric family, both in my Brazilian and Chinese sides meals revolved around meat, whether it be my grandma’s galinha caipira com batata (‘hick’ chicken with potatoes) or my other grandma’s favorite, lion’s head meatballs (made of pork not lion FYI). So suddenly instead of summers filled with prosciutto pizza at Terroni, boats of glistening sashimi or late night McDonald’s runs there was one restaurant we could frequent: Fresh.

 

Salmon Poke Power Bowl

Salmon Poke Power Bowl

Salmon Poke Power Bowl

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And you know what? It was ok. No, it was more than ok. I discovered tempeh and I discovered my Green Goddess bowl with steamed greens, broccoli, grilled tempeh, pickled ginger, toasted sunflower seeds, tahini sauce, toasted nori & ginger tamari sauce. This baby could come on rice or soba noodles and it was delicious. This was the first time I came to the conclusion that it was possible to eat super healthy food that was delicious and satisfying. Sure I was kind of forcibly coerced into eating there but hey. The more you know.

 

Salmon Poke Power Bowl

Salmon Poke Power Bowl

 

My love of bowls thus began at Fresh, and I especially love making these for lunch. Now this bowl is not vegan as it contains salmon but it can easily be made vegan by substituting tofu, tempeh, sweet potatoes, whathaveyou. This is also very low carb as it substitutes rice for cauliflower rice, something I have wanted to try for a while but was hesitant about. I am happy to report to you cauliflower rice is quite tasty. This also fits in quite nicely with a NYTimes article that came out today reporting on how beneficial low carb diets are for you both in terms of weight loss and cardiovascular health. But fear not, you do not have to subsist entirely on chicken breasts and celery sticks to reap the benefits of this diet, because high fat is a-ok. So pass the peanut butter, olive oil, fatty salmon steaks and tahini dressing.

 

Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower Rice

 

RECIPE:
Serves 1, with plenty of leftover cauliflower rice

INGREDIENTS:

Cauliflower Rice:

  • 1 head of cauliflower, chopped with large pieces of stem removed
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of thyme or preferred herbs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice (juice of 1/2 lemon)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1/2 cup of finely chopped beet greens or other greens

Salmon Poke:

  • 1/4 lb of raw good quality salmon, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Tahini-Miso Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1/2 tablespoon of white miso paste
  • 1 lemon, juiced

Bowl:

  • 1/2 avocado
  • Beets, or other vegetables
  • green onions and sesame seeds

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. For the poke, combine all the ingredients, mix well and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. For the cauliflower rice, process the cauliflower in a food processor until it is in rice-sized pieces. Discard any large pieces of leftover stem.
  3. Once processed, in a large pan heat olive oil over medium heat. Once hot add in cauliflower rice. If adding in greens, add in together with rice. Cook until cauliflower rice is al dente, approximately 5 minutes. Towards the last 2 minutes add in thyme or any herbs. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Once cooked, remove from heat and add in lemon juice, toss to combine. Set aside.
  5. To assemble the bowl, layer in cauliflower rice on the bottom (this can be hot or cold according to preference, I like it lukewarm), then top with salmon poke, avocado, beets and any other vegetables.
  6. Lastly, generously drizzle with the tahini-miso dressing and feel free to add green onions, sesame seeds and other toppings (perhaps some pickled ginger?).

 

Salmon

Salmon

Cauliflower Florets

Cauliflower Florets

Processed Cauliflower

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Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower Rice

Candy-Stripe Beets

Candy-Stripe Beets

Candy-Stripe Beets

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Salmon Poke Power Bowl

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The beets here are beautiful and something so unabashedly magenta just has to be good for you. Avocados make nearly every kind of bowl better. Fact. And the tahini-miso dressing adds a nice savoury umami richness that ties everything in together.

 

Salmon Poke Power Bowl

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Salmon Poke Power Bowl

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Although my friends’ veganism appeared to be just a phase (you should see how much cheese was consumed on our recent trip to Paris) I am forever thankful to be introduced to veggie-filled bowls that are both filling and tasty. Although one of the former vegan friends is now gluten intolerant so we’ll see where that leads….so far rice crackers with brie did not persuade me to abandon my gluten-full ways.

 

Salmon Poke Power Bowl

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Jardin du Luxembourg.  Yes I realize this does not fit my palm trees theme for link posts but you go find a palm tree in Paris.

Jardin du Luxembourg. Yes I realize this does not fit my palm trees theme for link posts but you go find a palm tree in Paris.

 

  • There is now a Carnitas Snack Shack in Del Mar at the Del Mar Highlands plaza! No more huge lines and too few tables and a completely opposite cougar to hipster ratio compared to North Park. Both Kirbie’s Cravings and Faye’s Fork have already been!
  • Things you probably have already seen but are worth mentioning: Hello Kitty is just a weird human not a cat, you can now sort of create time-lapse videos on Instagram with hyperlapse, and Amy Poehler is a badass.

  • I need to go camping so I can make this cornbread.

  • Ten Things Not To Do As A New Yorker Visiting LA. Most of these are valid for SD too.

  • Once in college me and a friend had too many gummy bear shots at this bar called The Shack where the bouncer didn’t really card and he was Aaron Rogers’ brother and I tried to run away from my friend because he was not letting me buy Cheetos at 7-11 at 2 am and we had to tie my friends hair with a bottle cap ring then I made our designated driver follow me to my car so he could drive it home except I didn’t bring my car that night and I was just making it all up and somehow also really badly bruised my knee at some point. In a related story, 5 years later I might be ready to have gummy bears + alcohol reunited again if its this Gummy Bear Sangria.

 

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