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Today I’m sharing another recipe-but-not-really recipe for this Avocado Tofu Poke Bowl. It’s a vegan take on the Hawaiian Poke Bowl, typically made with raw fish, and makes for a fresh, vibrant and light meal. After I shared this photo on Instagram, there were so many requests for a “recipe” so that’s exactly what I have for you!
With this recipe, I highly recommend you play around and modify as you see fit. The ingredients don’t matter too much, except for a few key flavour makers which I’ll call out. If a specific ingredient I used doesn’t appeal to you, or perhaps isn’t accessible to you, feel free to swap it out for another similar ingredient. The beauty of poke bowls is that you can really make them with whatever you have on hand. In fact, my original Instagram post was inspired by my winter trip to Thailand, during which my family ate many poke bowls. The little spot we went to was a customizable poke bowl spot, so each day we had different ingredients in our bowls and it never got old.
The primary 2 ingredients I’d recommend not swapping out are seaweed salad and nori sheets. Seaweed salad is typically seasoned with sesame oil and other ingredients that really add a Japanese flavour to the bowl. Nori, of course, does the same, and also adds a “fishy” flavour to the bowl without the use of fish. The rest are really up to you, but I’d recommend sticking with veggies like shiitake mushrooms, okra, and other Asian veggies. For the base, you can play around with adding brown rice, using different kinds of salad greens or even swapping for quinoa/other grains. Like I said, you can really tweak this to suit your taste!
Poke bowls are just as easy as buddha bowls or nourish bowls, because the idea is just to chop things up and toss them in a bowl. If you’re in a rush, or just want to get rid of random ingredients in your fridge, this is a great “recipe” to opt for.
Avocado Tofu Poke Bowl [vegan, gluten free, oil free]
- 1 avocado
- 6-8 oz tofu cubed roughly 1/3 of a package of tofu prepared your favourite way or simply toasted with sesame oil + tamari
- 1 cup seaweed salad
- 1 cup shelled edamame
- 1 sheet or plain nori
- 2 teaspoons white & black sesame seeds
- 2 mini cucumbers
- 2-3 cups of mixed salad greens
- additional tamari soy sauce or gluten-free alternative
- red chili flakes
- 1 cup brown rice
- japanese 7 spice shichimi togarashi
- Begin by preparing your tofu by cubing it into 1-2 inch cubes. Pan fry or bake with 3 tbsp tamari or soy sauce equivalent, 1 tbsp water, 2 tsp toasted sesame oil, and 1 tsp rice vinegar or your favourite marinade. Sometimes, i'll just add plain baked tofu cubed when I'm short on time.
- Divide ingredients between two bowls, starting with salad greens, diced mini cucumbers, edamame, seaweed salad, avocado cubed and finally tofu.
- Top with toasted black and white sesame seeds and shredded nori to top.
- If you want something a little heartier, toss in brown rice. For more flavour, use additional tamari or soy sauce, chili flakes or shichimi togarashi to top.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
Love & light,