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Amazin’ Asian Ahi Tuna Burgers

I’ve got to start this post off with a little ‘woo-is’ me/feel sorry for me story! Let me first state that the first line of this recipe says “You MUST have fresh ahi for these burgers. DON’T cut corners and attempt to make these with the frozen stuff.” I might have taken this a little too literally! Being new to Southern California, I still don’t know where to get certain items, or where any specialty stores are. Sometimes I don’t even know what to search for in my GPS to find said items/stores. This was no exception! I searched google for fresh fish markets near me. First place that came up was less than a mile away and called something like “Fish Market”. SCORE! Or so I thought, it was non-existent! This used to happen to me all the time with my old GPS, but the new one has never been wrong! This place was just not there! After 2 hours of driving around, following directions and 4 stores later I came up with absolutely SQUAT!  Seriously, I was so annoyed and ready to give up! This is not how I wanted to spend my morning! I finally just said to h.e.double.hockey.sticks with it and was gonna buy the frozen stuff. I just didn’t care anymore! So I went to Ralph’s. I’m looking at the frozen fish right next to the fish/meat counter and saw frozen ahi. A little spendy but why the heck not? Just for shits and giggles I look at the fish counter. What did I find you ask? Oh, fresh ahi tuna! (Well it was from Indonesia but at least it wasn’t currently frozen) Son of a B! I finally calmed down, grabbed what I needed and headed out of dodge to my apartment (1/2 mile away btw. ha) What happens next? Some jack-ass son of a bitch mo-fo rams the back of my car with his! You have got to be kidding me! Luckily nothing and no one was hurt, and we went on our merry ways. This got my blood pumping though and I was aggravated beyond believe. Now that you feel sorry for me and feel the need to cheer me up with gifts, let me digress into the actual recipe:

THE RECIPE:

Amazin’ Asian Ahi Tuna Burgers

PER SERVING (1 burger) 246 calories, 2.5g fat, 734mg sodium, 26.5g carbs, 3g fiber, 3.5g sugar, 33g protein

(Side note: Who else is excited about the new Weight Watchers? I am I am! This recipe used to be 5 points now its 6, seems like a bad thing but really, it’s not! It’s such a good thing it’s ridiculous!)

INGREDIENTS:

1/3 cup fat-free mayonnaise (hate this stuff but decided to buy it and try it anyways, I’m such a good sport)

2 tsps. wasabi, or less for a milder taste (hell with that, give me spicy spicy!)

1 pound fresh raw ahi/yellowfin tuna, finely chopped

1 extra-large egg white or 3 tbls. liquid egg whites (I cut this entire recipe in half because it makes 4 and it’s just me and the boyfriend. For this item though I should have used 1 1/2 tbls. of egg whites, I used about 1/2 tbls. If you remember the Tremendous Top Shelf Turkey Burger, you’ll  know why I did that!)

3 scallions, chopped

1 1/2 tbls. reduced-sodium/lite soy sauce

2 tsp. ground ginger (ginger really isn’t my favorite spice. It’s just so over-powering, I used a few dashes, didn’t want to go overboard! I love fresh ginger btw, just not so much the dried/ground variety!)

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

Dash black pepper

4 small light hamburger buns, about 80 calories or less each.  (I couldn’t find these little buggers, so I went with some sandwich thins. Good enough at 100 calories each, at this point in my grocery shopping trip I just didn’t give a hoot!)

1 small cucumber, thinly sliced

DIRECTIONS:

In a small bowl, combine mayo and wasabi. Mix well and set aside.

In a medium bowl combine tuna, egg white, scallions, soy sauce, ginger, mustard and pepper. Mix well. Using your hands, shape mixture into 4 patties, each approximately 4 inches wide. (Seriously, I can’t measure that way! I use the “hope they are all even method” and cross my fingers!)

 

The tuna before I took out my frustrations on it with my favorite knife! (No the two pieces weren't really that different in color, I think the flash hit one more than the other one! Couldn't even correct that in Photoshop.)

Ah, I feel so much calmer now! Chopped up the tuna into small "ground" up pieces.

 

Spray a large skillet with nonstick spray and bring to a medium-high heat. Place patties n the pan and cook until golden on the outside and medium-rare on the inside, about 2 minutes per side. Be sure to flip them gently! (Not a problem for me, I didn’t overload them with egg “binders” LOL!)

 

Looks like it could be a turkey burger huh? Nice!

Place each patty on the bottom half of a bun. Top each evenly with mayo-wasabi mixture. Finish each one with cucumber slices and top bun half!

 

An open-faced view!!

Would you like fries with that? (Oh, I so did!) Served them with some roasted sweet potato wedges (aka fries!)

 

Makes 4 servings.

THE REVIEW:

My first bite reaction: Sushi, on a bun! Nice!

Mike’s first bite reaction: (I wasn’t paying attention when I finally noticed he had taken a few bites and then moved over to the “fries”. I asked what he thought) “I like the sweet potato fries,” then I grilled him about the burger. He didn’t like it at all! Had too much wasabi, too many cucumbers and reminded him of sushi! I’m such a bad girlfriend! I forgot that he doesn’t really like sushi! MY BAD! He’s more of a california roll type of sushi person (crab and avocado) where I’m more of a sashimi person (raw slabs of fish). I’m such a ditz, felt bad and gave him my fries. Ugh lol!

(Now I want some Sweet Potato fries!)

Taste: If you love sushi, you will love this recipe! If you only sorta kind of like sushi you might want to make sure someone who loves sushi is around to eat it incase you don’t like it (and so it doesn’t go to waste) if you don’t like sushi at all (or only prefer the american variety of sushi aka california rolls) do not even attempt to look at this! 🙂 It has all the right components, fish, wasabi, soy sauce, ginger. I thought it was great! I’d make it again (if it wasn’t such a pain to find the right fish) and gobble up the leftovers too!

Texture: By not adding very much egg whites it was perfect. Held together well and had a nice bite to it! If adding the right amount of egg whites be prepared for a soggy/sloppy mess! Or at least that’s what I think! I don’t understand adding eggs to burgers.

Creativity: Absolutely bloody brilliant! When I looked at the ingredients I really didn’t put two and two together. It sounded like it was going to be a simple tuna burger with wasabi. It wasn’t until I was putting it all together did I think “Duh, Sushi!” I was impressed!

Satisfaction: I wish I would have eaten my sweet potato fries. I was still a little hungry afterwards. Instead I drank a big glass of water and pouted a little. But I guess I didn’t have to give him my fries! Regardless, it was worth the points and calories for sure!

How do you like your sushi?

Where in Southern California can I find a fresh fish market?

Who else is thrilled about the new Weight Watchers?

(I know too many questions!)

Quick tidbit: As stated in my last post I think I’m gonna have to hold off doing all these recipes so quickly. Some of the Weight Watcher points are just a bit high! Plus having to buy more fruits and veggies is getting more and more expensive! I will try to do at least 2-3 a week, but no longer 7 days a week. (Sorry) The reason I wanted to even start doing this blog/cookbook was to try new foods and eat new things! I tend to get myself stuck in ruts and eat the same thing everyday (In result, not lose weight) and so far, that’s what I’ve accomplished! However, my pocket-book has gotten a bit too small trying to keep up at this pace! Until next time!

 

 

 

 

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Totally Terrific Tuna Melt

Turning the page in my Hungry-Girl cookbook and what do I see? “Totally Terrific Tuna Melt”. Ugh! I groan! (I am not excited about this………….) I’ve never actually had a tuna melt before, and well I never really wanted to try one, ever! I imagine tuna melts to be a sandwich version of tuna noodle casserole, and I hate tuna noodle casserole! Hate! There’s something about hot/warm mayo mixed with baked tuna (which in my opinion should only be served cold, super cold to be exact) and creamy “nastiness”! My sisters love this putrid baked tuna dish, so my mom used to make it for them all the time when we were kids! I was out-numbered, and was forced to eat this on more occasions than I’d like to ever remember! I am not excited about this, however I will try it, no need to stop now just because I’m selfish!

Mike on the other hand, loves tuna noodle casserole and I’ve even seen him order a tuna melt from time to time! He was excited…….ugh! I do like tuna btw, I just don’t care to eat the canned stuff hot/warm/room temperature/any way but super cold! Regardless, I digress……

THE RECIPE

PER SERVING: (entire recipe) 298 calories, 3g fat, 1379mg sodium, 31.5g carbs, 6.25g fiber, 4g sugar, 39g protein

5 of my precious weight watcher points for something I don’t really want to eat? This better be freaking good!

INGREDIENTS:

1 light English muffin, split into halves

3 ounces (about 1/3 cup) albacore tuna packed in water, drained and flaked

1 tbls. Dijonnaise (bonus, I did find Dijonnaise at the Super Target by my house, I wasn’t even looking for it! Remember how I said they only sell it on the east coast, apparently Target is just that awesome!)

1 tbls. fat-free plain Greek yogurt (the recipe says as an alternative you could also use fat-free mayo. *small tangent—->* I don’t like fat-free mayo (gross!) and because I wasn’t excited about this recipe and dreaded even making it let alone making it with something I can’t stand, Mike suggested I just use the mayo we already have in the fridge (Best Foods Mayo with Olive Oil) that I would like it better with the real mayo anyhow. And it only added one extra Weight Watcher point so, that’s what I used)

1/2 tbls. chopped dill pickle

1 tsp. dried minced onion

Squirt of lemon juice (Doing my grocery shopping at the Target, sometimes I can’t always find a large selection of produce. But because I knew the Dijonnaise was there (and I was out of VitaTops too) I still chose to shop there instead of the actual grocery store. Couldn’t find any lemons, so I went with the lemon-pepper variety of pouched tuna (same stats but with lemon flavor, works for me!))

Dash garlic powder

Dash black pepper

2 slices plum tomato

2 slices fat-free cheddar cheese

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat broiler.

Lightly toast muffin halves. Set aside on a baking sheet lightly sprayed with nonstick spray.

In a small bow, combine tuna, Dijonnaise, yogurt (or mayo), pickle, onion, lemon juice, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix well.

 

I think my lack of interest in this recipe shows in the lack of interesting photos. This is really ugly!

 

Evenly distribute tuna mixture between the muffin halves. Top each with a slice of tomato, followed by a slice of cheese.

 

Tuna mixture on muffin halves

Starting to look a little better. I like tomatoes!

 

Broil for 1 to 2 minutes, until cheese melts.

 

Ok, melted cheese makes everything look tasty! (Even baked tuna!)

 

Plate your open-faced tuna melt and eat up!

THE REVIEW:

(I have to keep telling myself that this might be good, that I might be wrong about baked tuna/mayo!)

My first bite reaction: Eh, not too bad. I like the tomato!

Mike’s first bite reaction: I like it! (ok, seriously I really need to get him a dictionary or thesaurus!)

Texture: If it wasn’t for the tomato I probably would have spit this out! The tomato really helped me to choke down this weird smooshy texture! It was just a little too tuna noodle casseroley to me!

Difficulty: Easy as making and baking a sandwich! (Amy, that means you too can make this, haha j/k!)

Satisfaction: I would have prefered this more for lunch than for dinner (dinner was the only time Mike and I could eat it together) but served with a heaping serving of broccoli and spinach I was full afterwards. Would I make it again, more than likely not! Would I eat it again though if someone else made it, maybe!

Creativity: I had to consult Mike on this one, having never eaten a tuna melt before I wasn’t sure how creative it was! He said for being lower in calories than most melts it gets a thumbs up. But a tuna melt is a tuna melt, nothing overly creative about it.

Taste: I didn’t hate it! I didn’t love it! The tomato really was its saving grace though! If the recipe had called to broil it longer than a few minutes I might have actually not even tried it. I just can’t get past the hot tuna thing! It’s just not for me I suppose! Mike said he didn’t care for the lemony flavor that the pouched tuna had, and he would defiantly request that I make it again with regular tuna sans lemon. Overall, if you like tuna melts or tuna casserole you will probably really like this lower calorie version. Good job Hungry-Girl on pleasing the Hungry Guy too!

Do you like tuna noodle casserole? And do you have low-calorie swap that I can make for my Hungry-Guy? 🙂

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