What is poke you may ask? Poke means cooked, raw, hot and cold-all at the same time. Created in Hawaii, the Poke bowl resembles other types of bowls. The blend of raw and cooked food makes it unique. Although spicy, the cold elements cool the heat and strengthen all the flavors.
Despite the quick and easy preparation, the tofu and pickled cucumbers need to be made beforehand. Although you only need an hour, I recommend overnight if you plan ahead.
The pickled cucumbers are simple to make, and then they just brew in the refrigerator. The marinated tofu also will absorb more flavors if it brews overnight.
In order to have the true Poke Bowl, it is necessary to choose half raw and half cooked food. I sautéed onions, mushrooms and tofu. The raw food I used were the pickled cucumber, raw carrots, and avocado. I also arranged the bowl alternating hot and cold foods to get a little of each in every bite.
Although I used brown rice, you may choose whatever rice you wish. I make my rice beforehand in a rice maker, but it can be made on demand as well. I always have brown rice on hand.
Despite the marinade on the cucumbers and tofu, you may also want to add some teriyaki sauce or some Sriracha. I also added cilantro and a lime squeeze to the top. I love Sriracha, so I added an additional drizzle. You can choose the type of sauce you like. My husband used soy sauce. You can serve a variety of sauces and have your guests choose their own flavors.
This dish literally took 15 minutes to cook and another 10 minutes to prepare the vegetables. With a little planning, weeknight meals can be easy and delicious without a lot of work after a long day. Think about prepping your veggies on the weekend, or marinating tofu. An hour of planning can save you literally hours of cooking and stressing about what to make for dinner.