Cilantro Tuna Burgers: Diabetes Recipes
Serve these as patties or as a sandwich (I recommend a nice crispy French roll with Dijon mustard).
If you are eating this as a patty, my testers all agree that tomato salsa is a perfect accompaniment (you can use the salsa on page 25 if you want to make it homemade).
- 1 pound fresh tuna, cubed
- ½ cup 1-inch scallion pieces (light and dark parts)
- ½ cup lightly packed cilantro leaves (fresh coriander)
- ¼ cup lightly packed fresh parsley leaves
- ¼ cup plain dry bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 egg whites
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¹⁄8 teaspoon ground red pepper
- Salt to taste
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
1 Place the tuna, scallion, cilantro, parsley, bread crumbs, lime juice, egg whites, garlic, pepper, and salt in a food processor. Cover and process until everything is minced.
2 Form into four 4-inch patties.
3 In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook 3 minutes on one side, then turn and cook 2 to 3 minutes longer or until cooked through.
Diabetic Exchanges: ¼ bread; 4 very lean meat; ¼ vegetable; 1 fat
REDUCED PROTEIN: Prepare a quarter of the tuna burger recipe (¼ pound tuna, 2 tablespoons scallion, 2 tablespoons cilantro, 1 tablespoon parsley, 1 tablespoon lime juice, ½ egg white, ½ clove garlic, pinch pepper). After step 1 do the following: in a large nonstick skillet heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add 2 cups of sliced zucchini and cook, stirring, until slightly softened, about 3 minutes; remove from skillet. Add the tuna mixture and cook, stirring and breaking up the mixture into coarse crumbles, until no longer pink, about 2 minutes. Return the zucchini to the skillet and add 3 cups cooked farfalle (bowties) or other similar-size pasta, 2 tablespoons water, and ¹⁄8 teaspoon ground black pepper. Cook, stirring, until mixture is heated through.
Diabetic Exchanges: 2¼ bread; 1¼ very lean meat; ½ vegetable; ½ fat
MENU SUGGESTIONS: Black Bean Dip (page 22) and Crudités; Radish Salad (page 293); Fresh Melon Wedges