Kid-friendly May | COOLinary Cooking Club: Hawaiian Rainbow Watermelon Poke Bowls + Steamed Rice + Wondrous Watermelon Soda Recipe - Sticky Fingers Cooking
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Hawaiian Rainbow Watermelon Poke Bowls + Steamed Rice + Wondrous Watermelon Soda​​​​​​​

Aloha! At Sticky Fingers Cooking, we love to convert the latest, hottest food trends into family-and-kid-friendly recipes. In this recipe, we wanted to take on the ubiquitous Hawaiian Poke.

Poke (pronounced POH-keh) is a dish of beautifully marinated cubes of raw fish served over rice. Poke means "cut-up" in Hawaiian, and the end result is only as good as the freshness and quality of the ingredients themselves. Traditional poke toppings almost always include raw fish, but vegetarian options have been created using tofu, beets, beans, and kimchi. So we said, why not watermelon?

We call this a "rainbow" poke bowl because the colors of the super fresh fruits and vegetables are just too beautiful, just like the Hawaiian islands: coral-colored watermelon, pale green avocado and cucumber, dark green onions, bright orange carrot, and flecks of blackish nori sheets on a bed of steamed rice. The dressing is a lovely combination of sweet, salty, and tangy zing with lots of umami flavors. Although this dish is traditionally Hawaiian, the ingredients are astonishingly similar to Japanese sushi and Vietnamese rice paper spring rolls. Flavors that our Sticky Fingers Cooking kids just adore and gobble up.

Watermelon is more than just delicious it's also a super healthy addition to your family's diet. Watermelons contain high levels of vitamin B6 (which increases brain power), vitamin A (good for eyesight), potassium (which helps in keeping our hearts healthy). Watermelons also contain Vitamin B1, C, and manganese (all of which will protect you against getting sick). Watermelons also contain more lycopene than raw tomatoes; Lycopene is a powerful carotenoid antioxidant to keep your body healthy and strong. The high water and electrolyte content of watermelons make them ideal as a refreshing thirst quencher. They keep us hydrated, our skin fresh, and can clean our kidneys of toxins. There you have it.

Picking a great watermelon can be easy as 1, 2, 3...

1. Look it over: You are looking for a firm, symmetrical watermelon that is free from bruises, cuts, or dents.
2. Lift it up: The watermelon should be very heavy for its size. Watermelon is 92% water; most of the weight is water.
3. Turn it over: The melon should have a yellow spot on it, where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun

This recipe is stunning in every sense: visually beautiful, delightfully textural, and a taste explosion. It is a fantastic choice for a packed lunch or an outdoor family picnic. Or let's be real. A super quick dinner for those maniac weeknights - real. Like making dinners with your kids that honestly take 30 minutes - real, using fun flavors in an unexpected way to eat new vegetables and fruits - real. Parenting can be noisy, messy, crazy, adventurous, imperfect, and fun, and we see food and cooking the same way. Mahalo, for real.

'This Poke is 'Onolicious!' = Hawaiian for Delicious = 'Ono' [oh-no] combined with the word 'delicious'.

Have Fun + Happy & Healthy Cooking – Chef Erin, Food Geek-in-Chief

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