One thing I’m hoping to experience this year before my husband finds a new job and goes back to work is…HAWAII!! I want to go so freaking bad. I’ve wanted to go to Hawaii for years now but it just hasn’t happened. But now that I found a love for all things poke, my obsession with flying 7 hours to paradise has grown even more. Just this year I started eating at a place called Ohana here in Denver which has THE BEST poke I have ever experienced. People have told me that it’s as good as the poke in Hawaii, so whenever I’m feeling the urge to buy a one way ticket, I just go there for lunch instead. It’s life changing. So of course I tried to reinvent the flavors they have to offer at Ohana in this recipe for any of you that don’t live in Denver. Is it exactly like Ohana? Hell no, they’re the pros. And they use real white rice which is 40,000x better than cauliflower rice. But this is still really damn tasty. If you love it and feel like booking me a ticket to Hawaii as a thank you, that’s totally cool with me!
So how are you recovering after the 4th? My holiday weekend was filled with a lot of ups and downs. I recently got off birth control and MAN is it tough. Your hormones pretty much come out like a scene of the creature in the upside down world of Stranger Things. 15 or 16 years of having my body regulated by a drug and BAM, I’m off of it and expecting to be the same. I’m not currently the same. I get emotional about everything, I pick fights with my husband, and I hardly want to be around myself, let alone other people. It’s a bit of a roller coaster ride, for sure. But I’m pushing through with some supplementation and staying away from my husband sometimes so he doesn’t have to feel the wrath every day. Like I mentioned above, I would really like to make it to Hawaii soon…before he ends up leaving me because of my full on psychotic episodes every day. Being a woman is so fun!
Wait I totally got off topic, the whole reason I asked about your 4th was because I was losing my sh*t on mine so I stayed in and organized paperwork while my husband went out with some of our friends. Something I’m definitely not interested in doing is being around drunk people while my I’m bubbling up with anger for no apparent reason. So I stayed in. But the next night my husband asked if he could invite his buddies over after a golf day. And sometimes I’m totally interested in is having people over to my own house so I can go to bed anytime I please. But this small house party quickly turned into a frat house where full beer bottles were being thrown at the fence to watch them explode. Why do drunk guys like to throw things? I paid good money for that damn fence! The bastards.
Even I took part in some of the festivities. And the great thing about not drink very often is you get a buzz realllll quick. I had 4 sips of a drink and was feeling it in no time flat. Cheap date. But the other thing about no drinking very often is you get hungover wayyyyy easier. I had two drinks and paid for it the next day. I woke up feeling great, worked out, cooked a recipe for the blog, cleaned the house…then crashed hard. I slept all afternoon. FROM TWO DRINKS. Is this what your 30s look like? Low tolerance for alcohol and other human beings? And a hangover that tries to kill you? Everyone says that their 30s were their favorite but I’m finding 31 is my struggle bus year.
I need Hawaii. And more poké.
For the tuna
- 1 1/2 pounds sushi grade ahi tuna, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
For the sauce
For the bowls
- 2 tablespoons ghee (or other fat)
- 24 ounces cauliflower rice (2 12-ounce frozen bags, defrosted)
- 1-2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 large mango, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 avocado, scooped out of shell, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- handful of cilantro, for garnish
- 1/2 teaspoon black sesame seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon white sesame seeds
For the spicy sauce
- Place tuna in a shallow bowl and add coconut aminos, ginger, and sesame oil. Toss to coat, cover, then place in fridge to cool while you make the rest of the dish.
- In a small saucepan, add coconut aminos and sriracha and place over medium heat. Let reduce for 5-8 minutes until thickened and mixture coats the back of a spoon.
- While the sauce cooks, place ghee in a large non-stick sauté pan over medium heat. Add cauliflower rice and cook down for about 5 minutes, then add salt and garlic powder and cook for another 5 minutes.
- While the rice cooks, cut up mango, avocado, green onions, and cilantro then set aside.
- Whisk together mayo and sriracha.
- Once the sauce is done cooking, add a couple tablespoons to 4 bowls. Then add the cauliflower rice evenly throughout along with the chilled tuna, mango, avocado, green onions, cilantro, and sesame seeds. Lastly, add the spicy sauce on top - you can simply spoon in on top OR add it to a ziploc bag then cut off the end to create clean zigzag lines on top of your poké bowl!
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