Recipe: Homemade Poke Bowls

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Homemade Poke Bowls | Freckled Italian

I'm a big fan of poke bowls--when we first moved to California I think I ate at least one a week for a couple months. There's a place down the street from our house that makes great ones, but they can get expensive, especially if you make them a habit. I decided to make a few at home the other day because I hadn't had one in a while. Raw fish isn't exactly pregnancy-friendly, so I made mine with cooked crab (most of the ones I used to order had a mix of poke and crab, so it's not too much of a variation from what I normally would have ordered).

Recently Village Harvest was kind enough to send me a box of three of their Organic Benefit Blends to try, so I decided to take the Organic Antioxidant Blend for a spin instead of regular white rice. They also have an Organic Ancient Grains Blend and an Organic Protein Blend, but the antioxidant blend is made with black rice, black lentils, and black quinoa; so not only does it have a ton of nutrients, but it also looks really cool in your bowl. 

Homemade Poke Bowls | Freckled Italian

Ingredients (makes 2 bowls):

  • 1 cup of rice--for this recipe I used the Antioxidant Blend from Village Harvest Organic Benefit Blends
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 pound of ahi tuna, diced
  • 1/4 pound of snow crab leg meat, chopped
  • 1/2 of a large cucumber, diced
  • 1 large carrot, julienned or peeled into ribbons
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic chili sauce
  • 1/2 of an avocado
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Sliced green onion, for garnish
  • A few tablespoons of pickled ginger on the side


  1. Prepare the rice according to package instructions. Allow to cool slightly.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cucumber and carrots with diced tuna and chopped crab. Add the soy sauce, sesame oil, and garlic chili sauce. Gently toss to combine.
  3. Assemble bowls by spooning rice, then topping with veggies and seafood. Top with sesame seeds and sliced green onions and serve with pickled ginger.
Homemade Poke Bowls | Freckled Italian

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Homemade Poke Bowls | Freckled Italian

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Life Lately According to Instagram

Life Lately According to Instagram | Freckled Italian

Hello! It's been a minute since I've posted, and even longer since I shared a Life Lately According to Instagram post (hey there, 2015). For so long this blog was my main priority and my content calendar was super full, but lately I've been teaching more Pure Barre (I teach 8 classes a week! But next month I'll be cutting back to just 4) and working on more writing projects (there may or may not be another cookbook coming out this year), and I've found myself not only stepping back from Freckled Italian a little bit, but missing the way it used to be when it was just my hobby.

I still love working with brands and I hope to continue to share recipes with you, but I'd also like to get back to posting more little bits and pieces of life--the things I used to share when I wasn't so focused on a 5-day-a-week schedule of content.

So without further ado, here are some things I've been up to lately, according to the photos on y phone:

  1. Hanging out with Ender most afternoons. He doesn't help much but he's certainly cute.
  2. Went out for a weekend breakfast date with Rob the other day. We usually hole up at home over the weekends so it was kind of fun to go to Blue Bottle for cappuccinos and avocado toast.
  3. Rob's birthday was about a week ago--how cute is he?
  4. Snagged this bouquet of lavender from Trader Joe's and made simple syrup with it. Lavender iced coffees are kind of the best.
  5. Went to San Francisco to see Hamilton last Wednesday afternoon. It was incredible.
  6. I don't want to brag, but I've been eating more ice cream (and milkshakes) than anyone ought to lately.

Rob's parents are flying in today to spend the weekend with us, so we'll be showing them around and shooting up to Sonoma for the day on Sunday. It'll be so nice for them to see our house and Rob's office and all the things we've been up to on this side of the country!

What are you up to this weekend? What have you been up to lately? As always, I can't thank you enough for hanging out here and reading the things I share.

Some Things You May Not Know About Me v.11

Some Things You May Not Know About Me | Freckled Italian

I went to McDonald's for hash browns so much during my first trimester that I had to find a new one because the same lady was always working and I started getting self-conscious.

I spent a few months thinking way too much about my Instagram feed. Do we all do that or is it just me? I used to post 2-3 times a day and now sometimes I'll go days without sharing a photo. I think a lot of it is that I've been working more and spend a lot less time out and about. Also is it weird to think about social media this much? Sometimes I don't know.

If I go on a walk without my smart watch or do something productive that wasn't on my to-do list it almost feels like it didn't count.

I think I have poor short term memory. Also I'm terrible with names. But I can remember almost every little detail from most experiences I had years ago.

I have a bit of an obsession with Adam Driver. I feel like he's just this really cool, super talented person who doesn't care too much what people think and has managed to stay kind of weird and I like all of that. I also think it's crazy that he was both in the Marines and went to Juilliard. I want to be his friend but would also probably not even know what to say to him.

I want to dip my fries in mayo, not ketchup.

What are some things people may not know about you?