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Guilt Free Meal Ideas: Ahi Tuna Quinoa Poke Bowls with SOTO Sake

Ahi Tuna Poke Quinoa Bowl

Shoyu like Tuna, you say?

Our crew here at SoSasha.com is always looking for guilt-free indulges when it comes to our food. Just because we want to eat clean and healthy doesn’t mean we should have to feel like we’re sacrificing anything, know what I mean? Enter my Ahi Tuna Poke Shoyu Bowl served with SOTO Sake. Shoyu (pronounced SHOW-YOU) is just another name for soy sauce and let’s be honest, a good use of word for a pun! Last year my boyfriend and I were lucky enough to travel to Hawaii.  If you’ve never been before, it should definitely be on your destination bucket list. The country is beautiful, the people are warm in nature and the food does not disappoint.  It wasn’t until our trip that I discovered that Hawaii has a huge Japanese influence, which largely impacts its cuisine.  This is likely where and when my obsession for Poke bowls started. By the way, “Poke” is pronounced POH-KAY and all it really means is to cut or chunks of raw fish…sorry for the pronunciation lesson guys!
Ahi Tuna Poke Quinoa Bowl
adapted from IAmFoodBlog
 
I decided after digging through millions of Tuna Poke recipes on pinterest, that I would just doctor my own.  One that would be manageable, keeping in mind the ingredients I have access to. Side note: I get that using raw fish at home can be completely intimidating. For the longest time I thought it was sketchy and you needed some special kind of fish.  This is not entirely the case.  All you need to find is a fish monger with great reviews and no funky smells.  Reviews and blogs can be really helpful when sourcing out these types of shops.  When you go to buy your tuna, just make sure you ask for sushi grade.  This means that by wholesale standards you are getting the highest quality of fish available. Check out this link for more info and guides on how to shop for sushi grade. My Tuna Poke bowl is a little off the traditional path, but none the less delicious and healthy.
What you’ll need…
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated garlic
  • 1 lb. fresh ahi (sashimi grade) tuna, cut into bite-size cubes
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • smoked sea salt, to taste
  • toasted sesame seeds, to taste
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • radishes
  • cabbage (next time I will be adding Kimchi instead)
  • cucumbers
  • sprouts
  • crispy shallots
Directions
  • In a small bowl combine soy sauces, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic. 
  • In a separate small bowl, gently toss together the tuna, green onions, and diced onion. Add the soy sauce mixture to the ahi and toss until evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Remove Poke from fridge and taste to see if you need too adjust any seasoning (soy sauce, sesame oil, and smoked sea salt). 4. Scoop quinoa into bowls and add your toppings of choice.  Add a generous amount of poke to the bowls and sprinkle on sesame seeds. 

Ahi Tuna Poke Quinoa Bowl

Ok, so what are we doing to wash down this bowl of deliciousness? SOTO Sake. We are kinda crushing hard these days on SOTO for various reasons. I am passionate about quality ingredients, so I love it for it’s dry finish and mild taste. It’s a super premium sake, using only the very best ingredients – finely polished rice and fresh mountain water. If you were to ask Sasha why she loves it, I have no doubt that besides the taste, she would mention the fact that it’s gluten free and has no preservatives or additives.  The best part, each bottle comes with this chic, decorative square piece of denim over the cork, as a nod to the Japanese craftsmanship of their beloved denim. SOTO Sake is currently available in both New York and Miami but will be made available in additional markets soon. For a full list of establishments and retailers carrying the brand click here.
Ahi Tuna Poke Quinoa Bowl
Photography by Nathalia Allen www.amillionminds.ca
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Fuel+ | Healthy, Gluten-Free & Affordable Fuel For Your Body

Fuel+

I’ve fallen off the wagon recently and with an extremely hectic schedule coupled with late night events where cocktails and passed canapes flow freely, my diet is in desperate need of a makeover. As a woman on the go, it’s been a constant challenge to find healthy food choices in the city that I can grab  quickly without compromising the clean lifestyle I desperately want to maintain. For month’s I’ve passed Fuel+’s store front and remained curious as to what it was all about until last week when I finally stopped in and sampled the delish items on their fall/winter menu.

Fuel+ Spicy Ginger Chai

Fuel+ Spicy Ginger Chai

Anyone who takes eating clean seriously is well aware that doing so comes at a price – and a high one at that. Like hello…have you ever bought groceries for two at Whole Foods? I have…and was worried I would have to re-mortgage my condo to continue doing so. Finally there’s a spot in the city that is committed to providing healthy food options at an affordable price point. A year ago partners Chester Wong and Gary Taylor opened up this multifaceted space that acts as a cafe, health food store and take-out counter and have gained throngs of devoted customers, who like myself, are amazed at how tasty the vegan and vegetarian eats are while also being gluten and guilt free. I sat down with the owners over some homemade gingerale and noshed on just about every item on the menu when I discovered that neither of the gents had a past in the health and wellness industry but rather Wong opened and operated Apple stores in Canada, the U.S. and China, while Taylor was the store director at Sephora’s Toronto flagship at the Eaton Centre. After pondering about potential business ventures, they decided to use their passion for healthy food to birth this boutique wellness store that serves plant based protein shakes, smoothies, a variety of hot meal options, hot bevvies and treats including my favourite – the “I can’t believe its gluten-free brownie”!

Fuel+ Mike's Kitchen

If you feel inclined to lick your screen above…don’t worry, I am sure you won’t be the only one. Fuel+ now features Mike’s Kitchen meals and all ingredients are not only gluten free but sourced locally from Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market. The Marinated Veggie Salad, Gluten Free Pasta & Peanut Salad and Organic Gluten Free Pasta Al Forno can be purchased for only $5.99, if you can believe it!

As if the concept of Fuel+ wasn’t cool enough already, the store also plays host to running groups 3-4 nights a week and even offers community lockers in the back of the store for runners personal items while they pond the pavement for 5-10 kms.

My “Must-Have” items from the menu:

– Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Protein Shake
– Gluten-Free Brownie
– Kiwi Kale Detox
– Cranberry Fuel Balls
– Spiced Ginger Chai Latte

Where to find Fuel+: 471 Church Street. Toronto, ON M4Y 2C5. 647.352.8807. For more information head to www.fuelplus.ca

Jelly Modern Doughnuts | Gourmet Doughnuts Are The New Black

Jelly Modern Doughnut

Alright, alright…I keep complaining about wanting to drop 5 lbs by the end of the summer in preparation for Fashion Week this fall (please don’t judge me) but clearly Jelly Modern Doughnuts has literally put a monkey wrench in the “Sasha Slim-Down” plan. The Calgary cult fave gourmet doughnut shop opened it’s second location here in Toronto steps away from Kensington Market earlier this month and as you can imagine already has a ton of loyal customers, such as myself. JMD’s treats are made fresh on-site throughout the day in so many flavours, you literally won’t know what to do with yourself – think Peanut Butter Cup, Red Velvet, Coconut, S’mores and Maple Bacon, just to name a few…with of course classic options like Jelly, Vanilla and Chocolate. I feel it must be noted, these circular pieces of heaven are quite sizeable, but they also offer mini’s for those who either want to sample multiple flavours or are intelligently watching their caloric intake.

Jelly Modern Doughnuts

I’m quite embarrassed to admit but I opted to purchase roughly 12 mini’s, which was in the sake of research and split between myself and two cousins, and also so I knew exactly what to purchase during my next visit. The clear winner for me was the Peanut Butter and Chocolate. Dipped in peanut ganache and filled with frothy, whipped peanut butter. It is so fresh, fluffy and light, it’s like sinking your teeth into a heavenly cloud.

Jelly Modern Doughnuts

Gourmet is not a term I like to throw around loosely, but with the flavour offerings, gluten free options and ingredients that are locally sourced and organic where possible, I’m quite comfortable using this word to describe Jelly Modern’s delectable masterpieces.

Jelly Modern Doughnuts

Although the doughnuts are sublime, which can be ordered in holiday event trays, packages and gift boxes for almost any occasion, there really isn’t any seating for people to “eat-in” (which is annoying for people like me who can’t wait to get home to consume their purchase), with the exception of a small bench inside and four chairs/2 tables outside. The latter will be completely useless once Toronto’s Fall and Winter weather roll’s around.

My mouth is literally salivating as I type this post and seriously thinking of making today yet another “cheat” day! Have you tried Jelly Modern Doughnuts yet? If so, which flavour is your fave>

Where:  376 College Street Toronto, ON M5T 1S6 416.962.2053 www.jellymoderndoughnuts.com

When: Monday 7 am – 3 pm

                 Tues-Thurs 7 am – 7 pm

                 Friday 7 am – 8 pm

                  Sat-Sun 10 am – 7 pm

XO,

S

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