Neay Fischer makes food look beautiful and she knows not everyone has the same tastes, which is why she suggests putting out a big spread so everyone can make their own personalized sushi bowls.
“I love being able to put it in a bowl and eat sushi like a salad,” said Fischer.
Sushi actually means “with rice,” but Fischer, who’s known as “The Flexible Chef,” says you can have a variety of choices beyond the traditional.
Think cauliflower rice, finely chopped kale, salad greens or brown rice to start your bowl. Then it’s time for protein. While that usually means raw fish, there are lots of other options.
“I have four kids and there’s no way they’re going to eat raw fish in a salad. We have a cooked salmon, we have eggplant, we have raw sushi-grade tuna and a poke,” said Fischer.
The eggplant is diced, mixed with miso and spices then baked, but Fischer says mushrooms or tofu work if you are a veggie lover. Or add edamame, nuts and seeds to up your protein quotient.
Finally it’s time for toppings — and the more the better. “Crispy seaweed, micro greens, sweet Maui onions, seaweed, macadamia nuts, spiced chick peas,” suggested Fischer.
Don’t forget seeds and nuts plus spices like sea salt, crushed red pepper, dried crispy onions and seaweed.
“I think the secret to a salad bowl, a sushi salad bowl, is an amazing dressing,” said Fischer.
Her favorite is a creamy and spicy Sriracha sauce blended with mayo and avocado.
The beauty of all this? No arguing. You’ve got plenty of vegetables, plenty of gluten free options and plenty of protein so everyone at home can fix what they want.
It’s also a great time to introduce new items that will build a bowl with beautiful flavors without forcing it on your kids.
Ideas for your sushi set up:
In a lettuce wrap (romaine, butter or radiccio)
In the hole of an avocado
In a bowl
Ideas for individual bowls:
Spicy Salmon Poke bowl (RAW)
Base: Rice and mixed greens
Poke: salmon+sriracha mayo+green onions+macadamia nuts+avocado
Veggies: avocado, cucumber
Topping: gomasio + seaweed
Miso cod poke bowl (COOKED)
Base: Cauliflower rice
Poke: miso glazed cod (show with cooked salmon too)
Veggies: picked red onion, seaweed salad
Topping: black sesame and pink salt and wasabi
Dressing: Onion tamari dressing
Crispy tofu bowl marinated onion soy dressing (VEG)
Base: Julienne Kale
Poke: crispy tofu marinated in the onion soy based dressing
Veggies: mango+radish etc
Topping: pomegranate+ground almonds+fried shallots
Dressing: Carrot Ginger dressing
Nealy Fischer – Founder of The Flexible Chef
Celebrated wellness expert and healthy living innovator, Nealy Fischer, has helped countless people eat well, move more, and ultimately to crave a healthier lifestyle.
Nealy strives to make it possible for everyone to master their own kitchen — and life — while forging their own path, not following a carbon copy rulebook. Admittedly a reformed perfectionist, she learned her craft as a child in her mother’s kitchen, spending years applying all the rules before deciding it was far more exciting to break them. Pleasing a husband, four children, and evolving groups of guests, she writes and tests her own recipes until they pass muster with people’s diverse palates and dietary needs.
Nealy Fischer splits her time between Hong Kong, Israel, and the United States. Her global lifestyle yields many rewards. Living on three continents provides the impetus to go-with-the-flow living and reimagine recipes, making flexibility the main ingredient in preparing the food her family, friends, and guests crave.
An intense study of yoga taught Nealy one must first be skilled and strong in the basics in order to bend, a mantra she passionately applies to all she does. Her blog, newsletter, YouTube cooking channel, and lifestyle videos — some featuring her children as they forge their own paths in the kitchen — inspire others to lead creative and healthy lives, and to take the reins in the process.
Her mission to help others live a more craveable life has resulted in the design and execution of immersive cooking events, luxury yoga retreats, and women’s wellness empowerment programs with renowned health professionals.
For more information, please visit: www.theflexiblechef.com