Dinner for One: Poke Avocado Bowl

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Say hello to the dinner I plan on having at least once a week for the entire summer. This is all I want to eat right now and it’s all thanks to summer quickly approaching, my love for tuna and my new obsession with fancy brown rice.

I’ve never been to Hawaii (sad!), but in my dreams I’m sitting by a roadside-hut in my bathing suit and flip flops, eating a big bowl of poke. And then after poke, I’ll go scuba diving with Amelia and she’ll befriend a gigantic tortoise, ride on his/her back and they’ll end up becoming besties. Of course, I’ll Instagram the whole thing and collectively we’ll want to throw our phones across the room because the cuteness will just be too much to take.

Until my dream becomes a reality…we’ll have to just make the poke bowls in our own homes…homes that are sadly VERY far from Hawaii.

But don’t worry, because dreams do come true and this will happen.

Poke Avocado Bowl|www.acozykitchen.com

This poke bowl is super healthy, but feel free to make it unhealthy but stuffing the poke into crispy taco shells. Hello! I think that’d be delicious.

For this bowl you’ll need sushi-grade ahi tuna. You can find it at most Asian markets, Whole Foods carries it and other specialty grocery stores should have it. To avoid oxidation (the tuna turning brown), cut it up right before you end up serving it. I mixed together the sauce, made my rice, got everything ready and then cut up the tuna. It was the very last step. Oxidation won’t change the flavor, it just won’t look very pleasant.

Poke Avocado Bowl|www.acozykitchen.com

If you’re going to follow suit, I recommend this fancy brown rice: Heirloom Kokuho Rose. It’s pretty special stuff. The texture is firm and slightly crunchy and the flavor is nutty and full.

I used to be a white rice only kinda person, but now I’ll take brown rice any day. Of course, you don’t need that fancy rice, any Japanese-style brown rice will do just fine.

Here’s to Tuesday…which this week is sorta like Monday…which means Saturday is super close, so go us!

Poke Avocado Bowl|www.acozykitchen.com

Dinner for One: Poke Avocado Bowl

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Makes 1 poke bowl

Serving Size: 1

Ingredients

  • Dinner for One: Poke Avocado Bowl
  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • Splash of rice wine vinegar (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons ponzu sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds or toasted sesame seeds (or a mix), plus more for garnish
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 1/2 round sushi-grade ahi tuna
  • 1/2 avocado, cubed
  • 1/2 serrano pepper, thinly sliced

Directions

  1. Cook the brown rice, according to your rice maker's instructions. If you don't have a rice cooker, you can make it over the stovetop using the ratio of 1:1. I like to add a splash of rice wine vinegar and a pinch of salt to my rice.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, ponzu sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds and green onion. Give it a taste and adjust the seasoning, if you like. For instance, since I was using low-sodium soy sauce, surprisingly my sauce needed a pinch of salt. If you like it tarter, don't be shy to add a splash more of ponzu sauce.
  3. Dice up the tuna into bite-sized pieces and add them to the medium bowl with the sauce. Toss until thoroughly coated. Allow to marinate for 5 minutes. To assemble, add the cubed avocado to the tuna and lightly toss. Add the warm rice to a bowl and top with the marinated tuna and avocado mixture. Garnish with the slivers of habanero and a few more pinches of sesame seeds. Serve immediately.
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Belinda@themoonblushbaker May 27, 2014 at 4:54 am

You have just described my weekly Wednesday night meal. At my place it is always raw fish on Wednesday (sushi night). However I think I am going to change it up a bit by trying your poke bowl because it is simple delicious and I need it to remind me of warmer times.

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Sade May 27, 2014 at 8:37 am

Looks delicious! Are those really habanero slices? I’ve never seen green ones before, are those milder than the red/orange kind? I would imagine the heat of the pepper would overpower the other flavors!

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Adrianna Adarme May 27, 2014 at 10:02 am

Whoops, I messed up—it’s a serrano pepper. Habanero would be crazy spicy. Thanks for catching that!

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Amy M. May 27, 2014 at 9:48 am

This looks delicious! I am in dire need of some healthy, simple, dinners for one and am going to try this this week! Thanks!

- Amy

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Christina @ but i'm hungry May 27, 2014 at 9:49 am

Um, YUM. This looks so good, and like it would be the perfect dinner on a long, hot day. Going on my “must make” list!

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Eileen May 27, 2014 at 10:37 am

Well, this just sounds amazing! I’ve never made anything raw at home before, but I think I’m going to have to give it a try soon–especially because this sounds like almost no work for an amazing payoff. :)

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Allyn May 27, 2014 at 11:37 am

We’re going to Hawaii in July/August to visit my husband’s family and I’m SO EXCITED. I’ve never been before, but have big plans to eat as much poke as possible.
Need to try to make my own, now!

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stephanie @ iamafoodblog May 27, 2014 at 12:04 pm

I’ve never been to Hawaii either! :(
I could eat this every day! :)

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How to Philosophize with Cake May 27, 2014 at 1:07 pm

That looks so delicious! Avocado makes everything better. For a single-serving dinner, this looks really gourmet. :)

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Francesca May 27, 2014 at 1:46 pm

This looks crazy good… kinda like a deconstructed sushi bowl of yum.

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Courtney May 27, 2014 at 11:18 pm

I’ve always wanted to try poke! looks super good

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Samina | The Cupcake Confession May 28, 2014 at 1:57 am

Poke bowl…. get into my belly! *-*

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Fawn @ Cowen Park Kitchen May 28, 2014 at 1:33 pm

The last time I returned to Hawaii (I lived there briefly in college) I ordered and downed probably half a pound of Poke in one sitting. Not recommended for optimal stomach happiness, but damn I could eat some of that now. Nice recipe here :)

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bev @ bevcooks May 30, 2014 at 11:16 am

Seriously seriously seriously. I’m ALL IN.

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Jennifire May 31, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Hi I’m from Hawaii and I love poke! So when I saw your post I had to check it out. Looks good. Here in Hawaii especially at our grocery store called Foodland sells poke bowls. They sell a variety of pokes you can choose from. My favorite is the spicey tuna poke bowl.

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ATasteOfMadness May 31, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Oh my goodness.. I’m getting hungry just looking at this!

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Millie l Add A Little May 31, 2014 at 10:47 pm

Yum! This is an absolute dream dish for me!!!
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Susan June 1, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Jessica!
I forgot to buy avocados at the store!! Can I borrow some from you?

Dish looks relish! I will be making this!

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Susan June 1, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Jessica!
I forgot to buy avocados at the store!! Can I borrow some from you?

Dish looks delish! I will be making this!

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Susan June 1, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Sorry about the typo! Hate auto correct!!

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Amanda June 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Absolutely delicious! When I bought the tuna, I didn’t consider that I wouldn’t be able to find a ripe avocado……which I didn’t….I was despondent! I finally found one late the next day and made it for my Sunday dinner. I had it with a glass of white wine which might negate some of the healthful aspects of this dish (okaaaaay, two glasses)….. Anyway, I could eat it every day.

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