Prawn Poké Bowls made with a healthier version of the classic creamy, garlic prawns. Just place everything in the centre of the table and let everyone build their own!
Prawn Poké Bowls – make your own style
My kid’s have always preferred their dinner as separate elements on a plate, rather than combined into a meal. I guess I just never really moved on from their early stages of finger foods. A quick midweek dinner at our place will be a selection of ingredients grabbed from the fridge, usually with a protein, vegetables and a starch, rice or roast sweet potato.
As my kids are getting older, it’s nice to sit around the dining table together, rather than them at their kid’s table and me doing the dishes. I had the challenge of finding meals we all enjoyed eating. So have started doing this style and allowing the kids to build their own bowls. Gets them excited about food again. Also inspired by my great friend Greer, who had a heap of success with this style of dinner in her house. Don’t be surprised if you see a lot more posts with ‘Build Your Own Bowls’ ideas from now on.
Poké Bowls, pronounced poh-keh are based on an Hawaiian dish traditionally made by fishermen. They would throw together the trimmings from their catch of the day, usually tuna or octopus, and combine with seaweed and sweet onions. The inclusion of rice references the Japanese migrants who worked on the Hawaiian pineapple and sugar cane plantations in the late 1800’s.
My rough interpretation, is a bowl made essentially with rice, fish or seafood and Japanese cuisine influenced vegetables, with both hot and cold elements and a sauce or dressing.
Anyway, whatever you want to call these, they tasted great and my kids ate the lot! Will be making salmon bowls tonight.
Prawn Poké Bowl - make your own style
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 20g butter
- 500g cauliflower
- 300g milk
- pinch of salt
- pinch of white pepper
- 250g cream cheese
- 4 handfuls raw prawns, peeled
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled & finely chopped
- 1 tbsp butter
- splash olive oil
- handful parsley
- pinch of salt
- 2 cups Basmati rice
- 1 cucumber, diced
- 2 avocadoes, diced
CAULIFLOWER SAUCE THERMOMIX
Place garlic into mixing bowl and chop 3 sec / speed 7. Scrape down sides, add butter and saute 2 min / varoma / speed 1.
Add cauliflower and chop 10 sec / speed 7. Add milk and cook 20 min / 100°C / speed 1.
Add cream cheese, salt and pepper, insert butterfly and mash 20 sec / speed 3 or until smooth and creamy.
CAULIFLOWER SAUCE NON THERMOMIX
Chop garlic finely and saute in a little butter in a large fry pan over low heat until translucent. Remove and set aside.
Place cauliflower into a saucepan with the milk and simmer gently for 7-10 minutes until tender.
Using a slotted spoon place cauliflower into a blender along with 1-2 cups of the liquid, the garlic, cream cheese, salt and pepper. Blend until the sauce is very smooth, adding more cooking liquid if needed. You may need to do this in batches if your blender is not large enough.
Heat a frypan over medium heat. Add the garlic, butter and oil, cook for 1 minute. Reduce the heat to low. Add the prawns, parsley and salt, cook 1–2 minutes each side or until the prawns are cooked through.
Cook rice as per packet instructions or in your preferred way. Place in a serving bowl.
Place all ingredients into serving bowls and into centre of the table. Allow everyone to build their own Prawn Poké Bowls
You could also add thinly sliced carrots and pickled vegetables.