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I’m currently in the second trimester of my third pregnancy, and let’s just say the sushi cravings are REAL.
So I set to work in the kitchen, trying to recreate a sushi reminiscent dish that was simple to make, delicious to eat and deemed “pregnancy safe.”
And let’s just say I think I nailed it with this Baked Salmon Sushi Bowl. Flavor profile wise, it’s got everything you’d want in a sushi roll; sticky white rice, creamy avocado and a drizzle of sriracha mayo, a little vinegary cucumber crunch and of course delicious fish marinated in a slightly sweet, slightly umami sauce.
But honestly? I think I might even like it better than sushi, especially because bowl food is just so comforting, unpretentious and easy. Plus marinating the salmon and then quickly broiling it in the oven seals in all the flavor and adds a caramelized finish raw fish can’t.
And OF COURSE, it’s jam-packed with hormone balancing and gut healthy ingredients, to keep you feeling and looking good.
Snag the recipe and all of the details below.
Wild-caught salmon is an excellent source of omega-3’s, an anti-inflammatory fatty acid essential for several biological processes within the body, including sex hormone production. Several studies have also cited adequate omega-3 consumption to include hormone balancing benefits ranging from a reduction in menstrual cramping, pms, acne and PCOS-related symptoms to a boost in cognitive function, fertility and menstrual cycle health.
Not only are avocados rich in healthy monounsaturated fats and fiber, but they also contain plant sterols which have been shown to help optimize your estrogen to progesterone ratio, as well as a compound called beta-sitosterol, which can help balance stress hormone cortisol.
Cucumbers are considered a natural diuretic, meaning the help the body produce more urine to carry out toxins and waste, naturally reducing bloat and water retention that can occur before or during your period. They’re also a rich source of electrolytes and magnesium, a mineral critical for hormone synthesizing.
Rich in lignans attributed to improving estrogen to progesterone ration, as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids essential for hormone production and ovarian follicular function.
If you’re looking for a grain-free alternative, try substituting the rice for cauliflower rice or a mixture of chopped cabbage and leafy greens like romaine or bibb lettuce.
While I love both the taste and health benefits of salmon, black cod would be super delicious in this bowl, as would grilled or stir-fried shrimp.
If you’re not a cucumber fan, edamame or stir-fried green beans would be equally tasty in this bowl.
Not only does rinsing your rice improve the overall texture and “fluffiness” but it significantly reduces any potential arsenic contamination, which can occur when rice is grown in flooded paddy fields that naturally take up arsenic in the water and soil. I like triple rinse my rice with cold faucet water using a fine mesh strainer, making sure it’s completely drained before cooking.
Wild-caught salmon from alaskan waters is lower in potential contaminants and mercury than farm-raised fish, and also contains higher levels of hormone balancing omega-3 fatty acids, meaning you’ll get way more bang for your buck.
While you can purchase a store-bought marinade or sriracha mayo if you’re short on time, I encourage making the sauces in this recipe as they’re delicious and free of any added refined sugars, gluten or shelf-stabilizing chemicals.
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This healthy baked salmon sushi bowl is insanely delicious, easy to make + packed with hormone balancing ingredients.
Author: Lauren Chambers
Recipe Type: Entree, dinner, meal
Cuisine: Asian Inspired
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*If you’d rather cook salmon on the stove-top instead of baked it, I suggest purchasing a thick wild-caught salmon such as king, then removing the skin and cutting into cubes before marinating. Cook with sauce in a non-toxic stovetop pan or cast iron skillet for 5-6 minutes, flipping occasionally until internal temp reaches 145 F.
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