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!

PaleOMG Tuna Poké Bowls

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!

PaleOMG Tuna Poké Bowls

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.

PaleOMG Tuna Poké Bowls

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.

PaleOMG Tuna Poké Bowls

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Tuna Poké Bowls

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  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x



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

  • 1/3 cup coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha

For the bowls

  • 2 tablespoons ghee (or other fat)
  • 24 ounces cauliflower rice (2 12-ounce frozen bags, defrosted)
  • 12 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

  • 1/3 cup avocado oil mayo
  • 2 tablespoon sriracha


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. While the rice cooks, cut up mango, avocado, green onions, and cilantro then set aside.
  5. Whisk together mayo and sriracha.
  6. 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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  1. GeekyGrandma says:

    Hopefully not too off topic, but Dr. Jolene Brighten has some excellent info on what’s going on with our bods when we go off birth control pills. It’s a real eye-opener. Wish I had known all this years ago—
    Meanwhile, poké on! BTW, love your site and your recipes.

    1. juli says:

      so many people have recommended her! i’ve loved what i’ve read so far!

  2. Amanda says:

    I live in Hawaii and have traveled all over the Asian Pacific rim…not much beats Hawaiian poke! The crazy thing is my favorite is from a local grocery chain called Foodland. It’s not only amazing but also one of the best deals in town. skip the fancy restaurants, grab a bowl at Foodland and head to Diamond Head lookout or, better yet Spitting Cave in Hawaii Kai, for an epic meal with all the views.
    I lived in Denver for years, the nonstop flight United offers makes it so easy to get out here! 🙂

    1. juli says:

      that’s so funny because i’ve heard that before!! and i’ve heard that poke is one of the cheapest things you can get there so most people eat it for every meal! definitely hoping to make it there this year or next and truly experience all that Hawaii has to offer!

  3. Jenny says:

    I’ll be 33 next month and yes, the 2 drink hangover is for real! Where will I be turning 33? Yes, Hawaii! My hubby and I try to get there yearly. Get your butt to Hawaii, it will not disappoint.

    1. juli says:

      right?? hangovers are just the absolute worst.

  4. Michelle Grosvenor says:

    Dying laughing!!!
    “Is this what your 30s look like? Low tolerance for alcohol and other human beings? And a hangover that tries to kill you? ”

  5. Elizabeth Koehler says:

    I’ve been DYING to go to Hawaii. It’s been two birthdays of my boyfriend ‘promising’ to take me there and it hasn’t happened…tsk tsk. Question – I also live in Denver, where do you get your ahi grade tuna?!

    1. juli says:

      whole foods! if you want sushi grade, it’s in a small freezer near the produce. for this recipe, i used just a regular tuna steak because they didn’t have the size tuna i wanted (large chunks) and i’m not worried about it personally, but that’s up to you!!

  6. Nicole says:

    My husband was born and raised in Hawaii and the one thing he misses is poke. And he says pok-ee not pok-ay, lol (don’t I remember someone calling you out on that…people suck).

    1. juli says:

      definitely hope to make it there someday!

  7. Danielle Linder says:

    This came at just the right time — I literally got my IUD removed yesterday and have also been on BC for 15+ years… basically half my life. I highly recommend reading Period Repair Manual by Lara Briden, ND — reading it now and it’s awesome. Beyond the Pill by Dr. Brighten is on my list next! Super small world, I was asking the ND that took my IUD out yesterday if she’s heard of Period Repair Manual and Beyond the Pill… she said that Dr. Brighten was actually one of her students, and she couldn’t recommend it enough! Anyway, good luck to you, Juli! Also… my family and I had a timeshare in HI (my parents sold it, sadly) and used to travel to Kauai when I was younger. By far my favorite island — a great mix of activity and leisure. Still one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been and cannot wait to get back there!! Have so much fun in the Bahamas — need to get there too! 🙂

    1. juli says:

      i’ve heard that’s an amazing book!

  8. Ashley says:

    Juli-where do you get sushi grade tuna/salmon from? Whole Foods by me doesn’t have it.

    1. juli says:

      whole foods! if you want sushi grade, it’s in a small freezer near the produce. for this recipe, i used just a regular tuna steak because they didn’t have the size tuna i wanted (large chunks) and i’m not worried about it personally, but that’s up to you!!

  9. John says:

    Yes, you need to go to Hawaii! Once there you will not want to leave, and when you have to, you’ll be making plans to return (I’m planning my 5th trip). I’m convinced there’s Valium in the air there! I agree with the comment on Foodland’s Poke. It was a thrifty and delicious way to stretch our food budget while there, which allowed us to dine out once a day (and the islands have some fabulous restaurants). Most other grocery stores carry it as well – so find your favorite! Maui remains my favorite island, with Kauai being a close second. Oahu has a little more big city energy…and interstates, and traffic (and that’s what I like to escape from), but you can get away from all that with a little effort. Aloha!

    1. juli says:

      i definitely want to visit both Maui and Kauai. hoping to make it out there this October and then go straight to Foodland!