Tuna and Avocado Poke Bowls

I’m so excited about this recipe! You don’t even know. Obviously with the pandemic going on I haven’t been eating out as much, and yesterday I was just craving something different. Something that made me feel like I’m at a restaurant somewhere. The ingredients that I had on hand didn’t seem very restaurant-quality (canned tuna isn’t exactly a star protein), but I came up with something that HIT. THE. SPOT.

I love tuna poke- I love raw fish of any kind, really, but getting a big chunk of tuna steak is kind of expensive and it’s not the kind of thing that I just have lying around in my fridge. HOWEVER, I do have a large quantity of canned tuna. I mixed it with mashed avocado, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and ginger to make an amazing mixture that definitely reminds me of delicious poke! Plus I formed it into little balls to serve, which really brought the restaurant vibe!

For the other components of this bowl, I tried to get creative and really have fun. We have some HOMEMADE pickled veggies people! Homemade!! They’re so simple to make and sooooooo tasty! Plus you have some wild rice, which contains tons of good-for-you vitamins, spinach, thinly sliced cucumbers, and a sprinkle of hemp hearts. Delish!

I really hope you give this bowl a try! It’s so fun to make and eat, and makes for a slightly-fancy at home dinner for when you can’t go out. Enjoy!

Tuna and Avocado Poke Bowls

Serves: 2

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Tuna:

  • 1 can of light chunk tuna, drained (I used yellowfin)
  • 1/2 a ripe avocado
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger

For the Pickled Veggies:

  • 1/2 a large carrot, cut in half width-wise and shaved into thin strips with a veggie peeler (see Thai Ribbon Salad)
  • 1/4 of a red onion, sliced very thinly
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced

For the Bowl:

  • 1/2 cup wild rice
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • A couple of handfuls of spinach
  • 1/2 a cucumber, sliced thinly
  • Hemp hearts or sesame seeds for topping

Directions:

  1. Combine the wild rice with 1 cup of water in a pot. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for about 30 minutes, until all of the water has evaporated. Then remove from the heat, fluff with a fork, and let stand for 5-10 minutes.
  2. After the rice starts cooking, mix the vinegar, garlic, and chilli flakes in a small bowl. Add in the shaved carrot and thinly sliced red onion, trying to make sure that most of the veggies are covered by the pickling liquid. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for a least 35 minutes to pickle.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, mash the half avocado and stir in the soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, sesame oil and tuna.
  4. Once the rice is cooked, stir in the rice vinegar. Split the rice up into two serving bowls, and top with the pickled veggies, cucumber, a handful of spinach, half of the tuna mixture each, and some hemp hearts or sesame seeds.
  5. Enjoy!

Hope you’re all having a great week! See you Friday;))

Yours Truly,

Olivia

Thai Ribbon Salad

Hey there! Today I have a quick and easy recipe for you guys that you can just throw together and top with whichever protein you’d like! This Thai Ribbon Salad looks super fancy, but all you need is a veggie peeler and some veggies and you can whip it up in a snap!

In this salad I used zucchini, which is one of my favourite summer vegetables, along with cucumber, carrots, and bell peppers. Top it all of with some spinach, crispy quinoa, sunflower seeds and a protein of your choice (salmon goes amazing in this salad), and you’ve got a perfect summer salad!

Did I not mention the dressing yet? Because it’s AWESOME. I used the peanut dressing from my Asian Kale and Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing. I had to put the dressing in the name because THAT’S HOW GOOD IT IS. I’ll link to the recipe in the ingredients down below. In the meantime, lets get to the salad!

Thai Ribbon Salad

Serves: 2

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 a cucumber
  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp quinoa (optional)
  • 1 batch of Peanut Dressing
  • Protein of your choice (optional)

Directions:

  1. Using a veggie peeler or mandolin, slice the zucchini, cucumber, and carrots into thin strips. Start by dragging the peeler down the outside of one side of the veggies so that you don’t get a piece of all skin in your salad. Then continue to drag the peeler down lengthwise to create thin pieces. Once you’ve reached the middle of the vegetable, you can turn it around and repeat on the other side. It might be hard to get all the way through the middle of the veggies, so you can save that part for a lil snack later;)
  2. Toss the veg with the peppers, spinach, sunflower seeds, quinoa, and dressing. Top with a protein of your choice (or leave as is) and enjoy!

Hope you like this simple summer salad!

Yours Truly,

Olivia

Peanut Stir Fry

Hey there! Stir frys are actually awesome, in case you didn’t know. They’re loaded with veg (one of my favourite things), have a delicious sauce (another one of my faves), and this one has peanut butter (my ALL TIME favourite thing). This stir fry is also pretty much fool-proof and can be served with any type of grain you’d like; rice, brown rice, quinoa, noodles, we’re making it work.

If you really need to, you can also switch out some of the veggies I used as well. Snap peas, red onion, and even cauliflower would work in here. And if you want to add in some cooked chicken or beans for protein then go ahead! What I’m saying is, this stir fry is really versatile and works with pretty much anything.

This sauce is OFF THE HOOK though. You’ve got creamy peanut butter, spicy sriracha, and a little salt from the soy sauce. So good. Enough talk. Let’s get to the stir fry.

Peanut Stir Fry

Serves: 1-2

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Stir Fry:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 a white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4 small mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 a head of broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • Green onion for topping (optional)

For the Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp sriracha
  • Sprinkle of red chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp water (or more if you want a thinner sauce)

Directions:

  1. Mix together all of the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add in all of the sliced veggies and cook until they’re tender, about 8-10 minutes. Add water to the pan if it starts to dry out, and stir often to prevent burning.
  3. Once the veggies are soft, add the sauce and cook for another minute. Make sure that all of the vegetables are evenly coated.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and serve the stir fry with noodles, quinoa, or by itself. Top with sliced green onion.

Enjoy this healthy and delicious meal idea! See you Wednesday;))

Yours Truly,

Olivia

Rainbow Stir-Fry

Hi guys! Stir-Fry is a quick and easy meal that tastes delicious. You can pack tons of veggies into it, and that’s what I did with this Rainbow Stir-Fry. The combo of veggies and amazing sauce makes this one of my favourite recipes! Hope you enjoy;)

Rainbow Stir-Fry

Serves: 2

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 an onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 small mushrooms, sliced
  • Handful of snap peas
  • Handful of purple cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar (or white vinegar)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs water

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add in all of the veggies and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Mix the soy sauce, maple syrup, vinegar, sesame oil, garlic and water in a small bowl. Add to the pan and stir to coat the veggies in the sauce.
  3. Cook for an additional 5 minutes, then remove from the heat and serve over rice, quinoa or noodles.
  4. Enjoy!

Let me know what you think of this Stir-Fry! Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))

Almond and Mushroom Salad Rolls

Hey there! I always love salad rolls when I visit Vietnamese restaurants, and so I thought that I’d make some of my own. These Salad rolls include lots of veggies, plus almonds and mushrooms cooked in a soy honey glaze. Rolling the rice paper is surprisingly not that hard, once you get the hang of it. I used square sheets of rice paper that were given to me, but round sheets also work. You can find sheets of rice paper in most grocery stores. These rolls make great snacks, appetizers, or light lunches. Enjoy!

Almond and Mushroom Salad Rolls

Serves: Makes 5 rolls

Total Time: 30-40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 5 small mushrooms, diced
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 an avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 a cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 a red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 5 rice paper sheets, square or round

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add in the mushrooms and almonds, and cook for two minutes. Then add the soy sauce and honey, cooking for another minute until most of the liquid has cooked off. Set the mixture aside.
  2. Take a large plate and fill it with a shallow layer of water. Place a sheet of rice paper in the water and press down on it to submerge it. Let it soak for about one minute, then flip it over, making sure the whole sheet is still submerged, and soak for another thirty seconds, massaging the water into the paper a bit until it’s translucent and pliable.
  3. Grab the sheet of rice paper and transfer it to a dry plate or cutting board. Place a pinch of lettuce in the middle of the sheet in a log shape, with the ends about an inch away from the side edges. Spread a tablespoon of the almond and mushroom mixture on top of the lettuce, followed by some shredded carrots, cucumber, pepper and avocado.
  4. Fold the inside edges of the rice paper sheet in towards the middle of the roll. Fold the edge closest to you over top of the ingredients in the centre, and continue to roll up the paper until a salad roll forms.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 until 5 salad rolls are complete, then enjoy!

Hope you like these unique salad rolls! See you Wednesday!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))