Ahi tuna steaks were on sale, so we found ways to make them the basis for this week’s meals.  I served the grilled tuna on the first night and then the other two meals became my “fast food” later in the week.  If you want to go really fast, make the dressing for the salad in advance as well.

Shop: – tuna steaks (double what you need for one meal), versatile vegetable like broccolini (more than you need for one meal), green beans, rice noodles, eggs, tomatoes, cilantro, limes, shallots, green onion.

Stock: – soy sauce, orange juice, sesame seeds, sesame oil, agave or honey, lemon, lettuce. kalamata olives, Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar.

Prep:

  1. Marinade tuna steaks in citrus juice for 30 minutes, start with orange juice, add in some lemon and lime juice, and at least a teaspoon of olive oil.
  2. Wash and clean vegetables and cilantro.
  3. Steam beans (slightly under cooked)
  4. Caramelize shallots – slice thinly, saute slowly with 1 t. butter until natural sugars emerge.
  5. Make rice noodle sauce:  1/4 c. soy sauce, 1 T agave, juice from 1 lime, 1 t. sesame oil
  6. Hard boil eggs


Grilled Tuna Steaks (three recipes)
Spray grill with canola oil (canola oil can take the heat).  Grill steaks for 8 minutes then flip and grill for another 5 minutes for medium cooked steaks.

Steam broccolini.   Serve with caramelized shallots.

Salad Nicoise

Lettuce
Sliced tuna steak
Green Beans
Tomatoes
Hard boiled eggs
Kalamata olives

Dijon Dressing (makes one cup):

In food processor:  2 shallots, 1/4 c. white wine vinegar, 1 T Dijon mustard, 3/4 c. olive oil, 1/2 t agave, salt and pepper to taste.  Note;  if you want a dressing that stays emulsified, process ingredients without the oil first and then, with the motor running, add the oil in a steady thin stream until it is incorporated.

Assemble salad, drizzle dressing over. Add salt and freshly ground pepper.

Thai Noodles with Ahi Tuna

Rice noodles:  Add into boiling water and turn off heat.  Let cook for 10 minutes covered.  Drain. Place hot noodles in a bowl and, while hot, toss with 2/3 of your noodle sauce.  Note: Adding sauce to hot noodles helps them absorb the flavor.

Add in chopped cilantro, chopped green onion and sesame seeds.

Serve noodles with sliced tuna on top.  Drizzle remaining sauce over tuna.  Serve with sliced cucumbers.


1 Comment

  1. Doctor Mom says Jun 18th 2010 6:16 am

    Great example of using small portion sizes of a "luxurious" product to punch up a meal! Just as you have shown, the optimal size for a meat portion is 4oz~the size of a deck of cards. Keeping the meat portion small encourages using a variety of veggies and grains to pack lots of nutrition into one meal.

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