Cilantro Tuna Burgers: Diabetes Recipes – Diabetes Recipes

Cilantro Tuna Burgers: Diabetes Recipes – Diabetes Recipes.

Cilantro Tuna Burgers: Diabetes Recipes
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.
SERVES: 4
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

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