Thursday, September 19, 2013

Ocean Naturals - Inspiring Healthy Tuna Recipes Like This Lebanese Tuna Salad

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Lunch has become my weakest link. I am so good at getting my family up and fed in the morning, then I have made some winning dinners, but what do I make for lunch? It has to be simple, and it has to be able to sustain my husband for a long afternoon of farming.

Lately that has meant I keep the pantry stocked with tuna. I can always throw tuna into pasta, or mixed rice for a really easy and filling lunch. Of course, not all tuna is created equal. I am a rather picky tuna eater. I have never been a fan of the pouches, I prefer big flaky chunks of fish. Must be an Oregon-thing.

Seeing my pantry getting a little bare, I headed to Walmart to grab tuna as well as some household staples. This was the first time I noticed Ocean Naturals tuna in my store.

It might have been there all along, but it was lower on the shelves and wasn't a brand I knew since childhood. Once I picked it up and read the packaging, well, it sounded better than my usual brand. This brand is all about transparency and quality in good food.

There is a QR code on every package so you can track where your tuna came from. You can also visit the Ocean Naturals site and enter the code on the can for more information about your specific tuna. I love being knowledgeable about my food.

This wild premium tuna comes in big flaky pieces, just as I like. I keep hearing that tuna is good for me, and Ocean Naturals lists why right on the package. A great way to get your Omega 3 Fatty Acids as well as protein to help with long days.

The flavor is great! Being on the West Coast and having lived in Japan, I have had the luxury of having very fresh tuna. If your tuna smells too fishy, then it isn't fresh. This tuna didn't overpower my home with a fishy odor. It was just good solid tuna. It was the perfect inspiration for a fast and naturally delicious lunch.

My can of Ocean Naturals SkipJack Tuna was turned into a Lebanese Tuna Salad. I am always looking for healthy tuna recipes for my family and this one is always a hit. To make it lighter,  I served it in tomato cups. The tomatoes on our farm right now are amazingly sweet and juicy.

This isn't your Mom's tuna salad! Oh, no. You won't find any mayonnaise, pickles or bread here. Instead there is a nice flavor from tahini paste, Greek yogurt and seasoning. Have you tried tahini paste before? It is ground sesame seeds and has a full, nutty flavor.

I also added in some finely chopped red onion for punch, capers for a little salt and green peppers for crunch.

Coring a tomato created the perfect little cup for my tuna salad. My husband is very proud of the farm's tomatoes this year. They are at their peak right now.

I filled my tomato cup to the brim and served it on a nice little bed of kale. The kale isn't just a pretty garnish, it actually helps to keep the tomato from falling to one side.

Ready for this simple little recipe?

Lebanese Tuna Salad

You will need:
Tahini Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Tahini paste
  • 1 6oz plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 Tbsp.dried parsley flakes
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • salt & pepper to taste
Tuna Salad
  • 2 cans of Ocean Naturals tuna
  • 1 c. red onion, diced
  • 1 c. green bell pepper, diced
  • 4 Tbsp. capers
  • 1 recipe of Tahini sauce 
Make the Tahini sauce first. The sauce can be made ahead of time and chilled till needed. Whisk all ingredients to combine.

Drain the tuna and flake into a medium bowl. Combine the tuna salad ingredients and mix to combine. 

Serve in a tomato cup, with lettuce leaves for a lettuce wrap or on whole grain bread or crackers.


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