If red meat is disqualified from your diet for its cholesterol issues then the dark colored hearty seafood such as Tuna or salmon is next best alternative,the benefits are commendable.
Ahi tuna or Yellow fin Tuna from Hawaiian sea waters is best for grilling,baking and also in salads.Tuna tastes best when cooked rare(with pretty pink center) but if eating raw fish concerns you,please do cook the fish thoroughly but beware overcooking tuna can make it tough to chew.
Grilled tuna over bed of filling bulgur pilaf and sauteed juicy mushrooms,a sure comfort food for a seafood lover.
Recipe : Sauteed Mushrooms and Bulgur Pilaf
For Sauteed Mushrooms
1/2 pound Cremini ,Shiitake,or Button mushrooms,cleaned and sliced
1 medium onion,sliced
1/4 pound bell peppers(red,green or yellow),seeded and sliced[I used the frozen mix]
1 teaspoon spice mix(chili powder,cumin,coriander and black pepper)
1/4 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
For Bulgur pilaf
2 cups Bulgur wheat or Broken wheat(cooking time varies)
1/2 a medium red onion,finely chopped
1 big clove garlic,finely chopped
2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Chili powder or cayenne(could also use paprika)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro and parsley
To saute mushrooms,heat about the oil on medium heat in a pan,add the onions ,saute until slightly brown 4-5 minutes,the add in the garlic,salt and spices,saute until aromatic.Then add the peppers and mushrooms,Cook on high for 5 minutes, stirring until liquid has evaporated and mushrooms are tender and beginning to brown.Mix in the herbs and serve with the pilaf and grilled fish.
To make the pilaf,wash and soak the wheat in cold water for 15-20 minutes.Drain.
Heat a big skillet over medium flame. Add oil and onions,Saute until translucent about 2-3 minutes,add garlic and saute until aromatic,add the chili powder,pour 3 cups of cold water ,stir in the wheat,season with salt.Lower heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes (will take 30-35 minutes of the broken wheat) until wheat is tender and all water is absorbed.Serve with mushrooms and grilled fish.
Recipe : Grilled Tuna Steaks
2 Ahi Tuna steaks (about 1/2 pound each and 2 inch thick)
1 clove garlic,minced
1/2 teaspoon ginger,minced
1/2 teaspoon chili powder or cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon each of ground cumin and coriander powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Rinse the steaks in cold water and pat dry.
Mix all the dry spices in a small bowl,add the minced ginger, garlic and oil.Rub the mixture over the steaks and let marinate for an hour.
Preheat the grill to 400 degrees F or grill pan to hot .
Place tuna on the hot grill and sear each side for 2 minutes for rare(slightly pink on the inside). If you like the fish well done, cook an additional 2 - 3 minutes on each side.Remove from the grill and let cool for 2-3 minutes before slicing.Using a sharp knife ,cut the tuna across into 1/2-inch thick slices. Arrange the slices over the Mushroom Bulgur wheat pilaf or other whole grain or bean salad,alongside the sauteed mushrooms.Drizzle the lemon juice over and serve.
I have never tasted sushi,but eating a rare cooked tuna is a good start,although Mr.Healthnut totally is against the idea of eating raw fish,I kind of like the tenderness in the rare.So,his steak was perfectly cooked for all good reasons.
This is my entry for WHB # 252 ,hosted this week by Winnie of Healthy Green Kitchen
Warning : It is not advisable for pregnant women or children to eat raw or seared fish cooked to rare.