This recipe is great for any level of any program!
- ½ - 1 cup cooked white or brown rice (see explanation below)
- 3-4 slices smoked salmon
- ¼ cucumber, sliced
- ¼ carrot, sliced
- ½ avocado, sliced
- Tamari (gluten free soy sauce), to taste
- Optional: seaweed salad, kimchi, sprouts, or ripped up nori sheets
- Use a 2:1 ratio of water to rice in a rice cooker and turn on until ready OR defrost a Trader Joe's frozen white or brown rice packet for instant cooked rice.
- Add rice to a bowl and top with salmon, vegetables, and tamari.
This recipe is SUCH a staple in our house. Here’s why:
- It’s delicious
- We always have Trader Joe’s frozen rice around because it makes life so easy. If on the trail you can use parboiled rice so that it cooks faster.
- Cucumber and carrots hold up well in a cooler or fridge drawer so if we get busy and forget about them for a few days, all is not lost. If they are looking a little sad we feed them to our dog. And if we feed them to our dog we don’t get bummed that we didn’t get to eat them because they’re super cheap.
- We also usually have avocados around and buy them at varying levels of ripeness depending on how busy our week is or how long we’re camping. Except for the winter because I’m not paying that much for an avo. In the winter I’ll add some sesame oil to get the fat I need in there.
- Tamari and kimchi keep forever in the fridge and nori sheets (the seaweed in sushi) also lasts forever in the pantry so they’re just always around to toss in and boost my quick meal. All of these are shelf stable outside too.
- I can turn on my favorite pump up anthem (currently – I Took a Pill in Ibiza) and be done with my meal by the time the song is done. Although sometimes I hit repeat just to get in any dance moves I missed during the vegetable chopping process – been bringing running man back lately.
To customize the Smoked Salmon Bowl for your level and activity type:
If you’re in the cardio program, up your rice amount a little bit to 60-70% depending on if you’re in the performance or training level. For the strength training program, up the smoked salmon a little bit and get more protein and fat to repair your muscle tissue.
If your smoked salmon bowl is on a rest day or light intensity, enjoy with brown rice. If you are about to exercise in two hours or less or are in the 45-minute window post exercise, enjoy with white rice to get that extra kick of power out of your session or recover quickly.
SIDE NOTE: I usually try to keep personal stuff out of posts because scrolling through a blogger’s life story to get to the recipe is one of my biggest pet peeves. But I found this the other day and can’t help myself, here’s a puppy pic of Rosie eating a carrot: