March is Nutrition Month, and I'm sharing these nutritious, delicious, Smoked Salmon Sushi Bowls to celebrate. And, I'm doing it in collaboration with one of my favourite organizations, the Marine Stewardship Council.
This post is sponsored by the Marine Stewardship Council. As always, all opinions are my own.
What are Sushi Bowls?
Sushi bowls are everything you would find in a roll, only in a bowl. (rhyme intended). I love them for when I want sushi, but don't want to go out. I just throw everything in a bowl and get my sushi fix without the fuss.
These delicious bowls are made with MSC certified sustainable smoked wild sockeye salmon.
What is the Marine Stewardship Council?
The Marine Stewardship Council or MSC is a global non-profit organization whose mission is to keep our oceans healthy and to keep wild seafood available to all of us forever.
The MSC encourages fisheries around the world to meet their globally recognized standard for seafood sustainability and educate consumers about the benefits of choosing wild, certified sustainable seafood for the health of our oceans, and their own health, too.
Visit the MSC website to learn more about what they do, and what you can do to help.
Because March is Nutrition Month, it's a good reminder to us all that seafood is a healthy and delicious addition to the weekly meal rotation. It's also an excellent protein choice for anyone who is trying to reduce their carbon footprint by eating less meat.
We're trying to incorporate seafood into our menu at least twice per week, and I love the ease of cooking with seafood. Fish and shellfish are always quick to cook, which makes it perfect for weeknight meals, like this Spanish Fish Stew, or Lemon Garlic Grilled Shrimp. Seafood is always a natural choice for delicious date night dinners, too. Check out Mussels Thai Style for inspiration.
And by choosing MSC certified sustainable seafood, you are making a choice that's good for you, and the ocean, too.
Seafood Nutrition Benefits
There are many benefits to adding more seafood to our diets. First, seafood is a complete source of protein, providing 30-40% of our daily requirements in a 3 oz serving. Secondly, that 3 oz serving only has about 100 calories for the leanest of fish species, and 200 calories for even the fattiest of fish. Third, seafood is low in saturated fat, and in total fat. Most of the fat from seafood is heart-healthy polyunsaturated, and omega 3 fatty acids, (the good fats). Fourth, seafood is very low in cholesterol, making it even more heart-healthy. Finally, (because I'll stop at five) Seafood is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, in particular B vitamins, vitamin D, and vitamin A.
How Do You Know it's Sustainable?
Look for the MSC blue fish label. This label means that it's certified sustainable, wild, and traceable to its source. Purchasing certified sustainable seafood is an easy way to make a big impact on the health of our oceans.
And it's so easy to do. Because there is a wide variety of MSC certified sustainable seafood choices available at every price point. Look for the MSC bluefish label on canned & pouched, frozen, and fresh seafood products. The wild smoked sockeye salmon that I'm using in these sushi bowls are just one example. As are the shrimp and scallops that I used for these delicious Seafood Enchiladas.
Want More Goodness in a Bowl?
Smoked Salmon Sushi Bowls
- 2 tbsp real mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp wasabi paste
- 1 tsp rice vinegar
- 1 cup sushi rice cooked and cooled
- 2 sheets of nori (toasted seaweed) dampened
- 4 oz MSC certified smoked salmon
- 1 cup cucumber cut into matchsticks
- 1 avocado sliced
- 2 scallions sliced
- 1 tsp black sesame seeds
- soy sauce
- In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, wasabi paste, and rice vinegar. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- Divide rice between two bowls
- With your fingers, dampen nori with water, and cut into strips. Divide the nori between the two bowls.
- Roll smoked salmon slices into cigar shapes and divide between the bowls
- Top the bowls with avocado, cucumber slices and scallions.
- Sprinkle each bowl with sesame seeds, and drizzle with wasabi mayonnaise
- Serve with soy sauce on the side.