This Asian-Inspired Rice Bowl pairs canned mackerel with ginger garlic bok choy and the most delicious peanut sauce for a tasty and nutritionally-balanced meal!
Every March, dietitians across North America celebrate Nutrition Month – a time to discuss and educate the public all about healthy eating! With so many mixed messages about nutrition in the media, dietitians love to take this opportunity to increase the public’s awareness of good nutrition, and to translate nutritional science into simple, everyday recommendations.
This Nutrition Month, I’ve teamed up with my friends at Gold Seal Canada to discuss a hot nutrition topic: omega-3s. Below, you’ll also find a recipe using Gold Seal’s Canned Mackerel, one of the best sources of omega-3s available, providing 3.5 grams per can!
What Are Omega-3s?
Omega-3s are types of unsaturated fatty acids that are essential to our diets, meaning that we must get them from the foods that we eat because we cannot produce them ourselves.
The three types of omega-3s include ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).
Omega-3s play a role in brain and mental health, they help to lower the risk of heart disease, and help to reduce inflammation throughout the body.
Current research is even looking into how omega-3s may play a role in lowering the risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and even in improving gut health.
What Foods Provide Omega-3s?
The best sources of ALA omega-3 are found in plant foods like walnuts, flax seeds, hemp seeds, and chia seeds. The best sources of EPA and DHA include fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and anchovies.
While ALA can convert to EPA and DHA in our bodies, that process is not the most efficient. This is why it’s recommended to eat at least 2 servings (75 grams of 2.5 oz each) of fatty fish per week to meet your EPA and DHA needs.
Mackerel Is Rich In Omega-3s
As a general healthy eating recommendation, I always try to emphasize eating a VARIETY of whole foods. When it comes to seafood, that recommendation is no different!
Many of us are familiar with fish like salmon (which is awesome), but how many of you have experimented with mackerel!? Below I’m sharing a recipe for a Canned Mackerel Rice Bowl With Bok Choy & Peanut Sauce.
I’ll be honest, this was the first recipe I’ve ever created with mackerel. I was pretty hesitant to try it, but SO pleasantly surprised at the flavour and I can’t wait to cook with it again! Have you guys tried mackerel before? I’d love to know how you use it!
More Easy Bowl Recipes
- Green Goddess Rice Bowl With Shrimp
- Vegan Noodle Bowl With Spicy Peanut Sauce
- Easy Kimchi Quinoa Bowl
- Cold Soba Noodle Salad Bowl
- High-Protein Chimichurri Grain Bowl
If you give this Canned Mackerel Rice Bowl With Bok Choy & Peanut Sauce recipe a try, let me know by leaving a comment and recipe rating below! Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Pinterest for more simple, healthy recipe ideas.
Canned Mackerel Rice Bowl With Bok Choy & Peanut Sauce
- 1/2 cup brown rice
- 1 cup water
- Approx. 10 pieces baby bok choy
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp ginger, minced (use a knob about size of tip of thumb to first knuckle)
- 1 can Gold Seal’s Canned Mackerel in Olive Oil
- 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
- 2 tsp tamari
- 2 tsp rice vinegar
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder (or freshly minced)
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger (or freshly minced)
- Approx. 2 tbsp water (or more to consistency)
- Cook brown rice according to package directions.
- Mince garlic and ginger for the bok choy. Set aside.
- Prepare bok choy by washing and slicing into halves. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, add all peanut sauce ingredients together. Mix well, adding 1 Tbsp at a time of water to get to the perfect sauce-like consistency. I used about 2 Tbsps! Set aside.
- Heat a pan to medium heat, and add cooking oil of choice (I like avocado oil spray). Sauté minced garlic and ginger for a couple minutes.
- Add sliced bok choy to the pan, and cook with ginger and garlic for approx. 5 minutes, mixing frequently. Once done, cover and remove from heat.
- Once rice is fully cooked, spoon 1/2-1/3 cup portions to serving bowl. Top with half the bok choy, 1/2 the can of mackerel, and drizzle with peanut sauce. Stir together and enjoy immediately!