Ahi Tuna and Watercress Poke Bowl is a flavorful and super colorful Asian-inspired meal prep that's better than sushi takeout!
Enjoy all the fresh flavors of sushi with this antioxidant-rich poke bowl full of nutrient-rich watercress, vibrant raw vegetables, ahi tuna, and nutty sesame seeds.
We often crave light, fresh, and colorful meals, especially when the weather is warm and we want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time outside. And because eating a heavy meal when it's hot doesn't always feel right, amiright? Insert this nutrient-dense, beautiful, 10-minute recipe!
This Ahi Tuna Watercress Poke Bowl packs in a ton of nutrients, thanks to our friends, watercress, carrots, cabbage, cucumber, and edamame. However, it's also got a great balance of protein from the ahi tuna and carbs from the rice. Let's not forget some healthy fats from sesame oil and sesame seeds in the marinade.
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Ahi Tuna and Watercress Poke Bowl Ingredients
- 1 lb. sushi grade ahi or yellowtail tuna, sliced into 1-inch cubes
- 2 cups watercress
- 2 cups cooked white rice, chilled
- 1 cup shelled edamame, thawed
- 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup sliced cucumber
- ½ cup pickled ginger
- 2 tablespoon coconut aminos
- 2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 2 teaspoon sesame seeds
What is Watercress, Anyway?
We have been sharing a lot about watercress lately because, well, we love it! We love how affordable it is, how easy it is to incorporate into a variety of different recipes, and how it has so many health benefits! Hello, slow skin aging!
Usually, when you think "greens," you automatically gravitate toward something like a salad. But, as we showed you with the pesto recipe, you aren't just limited to salads. We mean, take a look at this gorgeous Ahi Tuna and Watercress Poke Bowl.
Having fresh ingredients like watercress on hand helps make meal prepping much easier, more delicious, much more beautiful, and, of course, healthy all at the same time!
How to Make Ahi Tuna and Watercress Poke Bowl
This is simple assembly and not any real "cooking," necessarily. You combine the amazing and gorgeous tuna in a bowl with the sesame seeds, coconut aminos, and rice vinegar. The vinegar basically "cooks" the tuna, as if you were eating ceviche or something similar. It's perfectly safe! The rest of the ingredients just get prepped and added raw to the meal prep containers. It's like that!
How to Store and Serve Ahi Tuna and Watercress Poke Bowl
Keep this in the fridge, tightly covered, once you've meal prepped it. It's good for 3 to 4 days. Serve it just as it is, tossed in a bowl. It's literally a complete meal so you don't need to add any other veggies or starches with it. We love this kind of prep. It's so easy for lunch and dinner! You might just end up eating it twice in one day. We won't judge, ever!
Substitutions and How to Customize this Poke Bowl
You can certainly leave off some of the ingredients, but we really love the edamame, the crunch of the cabbage, carrots, and sliced cucumbers. If you can't find watercress or you discover you don't like it, you can use baby arugula or baby spinach instead. Just make sure you use something with smaller leaves that are about the same size as the rest of the ingredients. It will make it a lot easier to toss everything together and eat it.
You can use any kind of rice you like here, whether it's white, brown, or even cauliflower rice, or quinoa if you want to up the protein.