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Gluten-free and keto-friendly (without the crispy onions), this Tuna Poke bowl ticks all the right boxes on your healthy eating checklist. If it’s true, you eat first with your eyes; this recipe is a feast! With the vibrant pinkish color of the tuna, pops of green from cilantro, and buttery yellow zucchini noodles, this is a beautiful dish.
Poke bowls have been around for centuries but only recently hit the US food scene. They first became popular with Hawaiian fishermen in the 1970s as hearty and portable snacks. Meaning “to slice or cut” in Hawaiian, poke refers to the chunks of raw, marinated fish – usually tuna – the main protein in the dish.
Poke is an easy-to-make, customizable dish. The main parts of a poke bowl are rice or noodles (such as the zoodles in my recipe), sushi-grade fish, and vegetables. Dressing, seasonings, and spicy hot sauce or wasabi complete the dish. You control how healthy or decadent the dish is by the ingredients you choose. Poke bowls are close cousins to sushi. Take all the ingredients you love in your favorite sushi, and create your own poke bowl. But try this tuna poke version first to get the hang of it!
Tuna poke is great as a main dish or a snack. Full of flavor and packed with protein this quick and easy dish makes a healthy no-fuss meal.
Zoodles are a great change from grains. If you are looking for a zoodler see my Tuna Poke Essentials below.
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Sesame oil is a popular cooking oil in Chinese, Japanese, and Middle Eastern recipes. There is a range of flavor and color in sesame oil, depending on the processing. Sesame oil made from raw seeds is very light in color and has a delicate, almost neutral flavor. Darker sesame oil made from toasted seeds has a distinctive, rich, nutty flavor.
Check your recipe for an indication of whether you should use light or dark sesame oil. Both are used for cooking meats and vegetables or being the main ingredients in marinades and dressings. It has a high smoke point and is less likely to turn rancid when kept open due to natural antioxidants, such as sesamol.
As a polyunsaturated oil, sesame oil is considered to have many health benefits, including fighting disease, protecting skin from sun damage, and combating inflammation. Studies have shown the omega-3, and omega-6 fatty acids in sesame oil prevent heart disease and cancer by lowering LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. It may also help improve your immune system.
If you haven’t used sesame oil in a while, try it in this Tuna Poke Bowl. It just may ignite a passion for this flavorful and heart-healthy oil.
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