This delicious and easy low carb dinner of a poke bowl with cauliflower rice is my go to dish when I want to eat healthy but don’t have a lot of time.

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Poke bowl with cauliflower rice

One of my favorite customers is a company called poke perfect here in the Netherlands. They were one of the first companies to embrace the poke bowl hype when it first started around 10 years or so ago. I’ve been working with them for ten years so they were the first ones that introduced me to the poke bowl. Not with cauliflower rice though. 

Traditionally the poke bowl comes from Hawaii and would normally be made with sushi rice and not cauliflower rice. But I love changing things around a bit and making it more low carb.

What do you need for the poke bowl

In order to make the poke bowl with cauliflower rice you need the following items

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  • Riced cauliflower
  • avocado
  • beetroot
  • cucumber
  • mango
  • eggs
  • Two sushi bowls

I like to vary things around according to my mood, so I sometimes make it into a salmon poke bowl or use another raw fish. Raw tuna works great here as well as sushi-grade salmon or cooked prawns. In addition to the toppings I also like to serve this with a spicy mayo. 

Vary with your toppings

The toppings can be jazzed up by adding things like sesame seeds, sesame oil, spring onion or green onions. For the dressing you can also go more traditional with a sauce based on soy sauce and olive oil. Rice vinegar is also an ingredient that can be delicious to add to the dressing.

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Making the poke bowl

Now to make the poke bowl is really super easy. I have to say that I tend to buy a package of cauliflower rice ready in the store. It is cheaper to get a whole cauliflower and rice it yoursefl but if you’re stressed for time, buying it ready is easier and quicker. I don’t like frozen cauliflower rice as I find that to be a bit mushier. Of course if you prefer you can use white rice or sushi rice as well. 

​If you bought a whole cauliflower there are several ways to make the cauliflower rice. The easiest one is to use a food processor with the grating attachment. Don’t use a too fine setting. It’s ok if the grated cauliflower is a bit coarse. 

People ask me if I cook the cauliflower. I actually don’t. I like to eat it raw, but if you’re not a fan of raw cauliflower you can cook it in a large skillet on medium heat. Make sure to not over cook though. Nothing worse then over cooked cauliflower rice. But I would suggest to try it raw first.

If you’re not cooking the cauliflower, it really doesn’t require much cooking. The only thing that you need to cook are the eggs. It’s really a very easy meal for quick days.

Healthy fats

​The poke bowl with cauliflower rice has lots of healthy fats that will keep you satisfied for a long time. In terms of protein you can stick to the eggs or as mentioned go for some raw salmon or raw tuna. In poke restaurants you can see all sorts of variations which might give you some other ideas. 

Using the mango does have some carbs in there, as well as the sweet chili sauce. You can make it even more low carb by changing a few of the ingredients. I’m not too worried about a bit of carbs in this dish so I love sticking to the mango as well as the beetroot. 

Dressing

Making the dressing could not be easier. I mix mayonnaise with sweet chili sauce and add pepper and salt to taste. Sauce done. Sweet chili sauce does contain sugar so if you want to avoid that you can add some coconut aminos or soy sauce to the mayonaise or use avocado oil instead of the mayonnaise. There are several low-carb option if you want to decrease the number of carbs. 

if you want to store the poke bowl with cauliflower rice I would suggest to keep the various ingredients in separate small bowls until you’re ready to serve. You can use airtight containers for this. But to be honest, this dish is so quick there is not much need to meal prep. I’d just use the fresh ingredients and make the bowl from scratch.

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Poké bowl with cauliflower rice

Super easy and quick week night meal that's ready in just about 10 minutes (and that's the time it takes to boil the eggs!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cauliflower chopped into rice like structure
  • 1 avocado sliced and formed into a rose
  • 2 eggs cooked
  • 1/2 cucumber cut in cubes
  • 1 mango cut in cubes
  • 1 beetroot cooked and in cubes

Dressing:

  • 3 tbsp mayonaise
  • 1 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • pepper
  • salt

Instructions

  • I like to chop my cauliflower with a food processor but you can do it by hand if you want to. I eat the cauliflower raw.
  • Take two big bowls and start with the base of the bowl; your cauliflower. Fill most of the bowl with that.
  • Top the cauliflower with your toppings and add a bit of the dressing on top.
  • Serve with the remaining dressing on the side

Notes

Due to the sugar content in sweet chili sauce it is best to make your own. You can substitute the sweet chili for sriracha sauce (which usually doesn’t contain sugar)
Course: Main
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: cauliflower, quick, summer
Diet: Gluten free, Low carb, Paleo
Author: Simone van den Berg

Nutrition Information

Calories: 545kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 36g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g, Monounsaturated Fat: 15g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 173mg, Sodium: 409mg, Potassium: 1821mg, Fiber: 16g, Sugar: 28g, Vitamin A: 1585IU, Vitamin C: 191mg, Calcium: 130mg, Iron: 3mg

Disclaimer

The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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