Ahi tuna salad with tahini dressing - your daily dose of selenium!
This is another quick lunch idea that is not only very nutritious but also quite delicious! Ahi tuna is considered a fatty fish due to high omega-3 fatty acid content needed to deter inflammation in the body. Ahi tuna also contains vitamin D, vitamin B 12, B6, niacin, potassium and phosphorus. It is loaded with protein. 6 ounce serving contains 41.5 grams of protein which is 90% of daily recommended needs for women and 74% for men. Ahi tuna contains a very good amount of selenium. This antioxidant mineral is important for cognitive function, healthy heart and immune system, fertility for both men and women and is also needed for pancreatic function and tissue elasticity. Although more research is probably needed, it has been shown to be able to bind together with mercury and lower the risk of mercury-related problems.
So, here is the recipe.
Ingredients for the ahi tuna
raw tuna fish (amount depends on your needs)
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Prepare your seasoning by grinding coriander seeds, fennel seeds, salt and pepper. You can only use salt and pepper if you prefer or any other seasoning of your choice. Cut the tuna fish into slices about a little less than 1 inch thick (2 cm). If it is too thin it will cook very quickly. Season the tuna slices on both sides with the seasoning you prepared. Drizzle both sides with olive oil and gently pad it into the fish. Heat your non-stick frying pan but do not use any oil. The pan has to be dry and very hot. Then place your tuna slices in the pan and fry it on high heat for about 1 1/2 minutes (2 minutes maximum) on both sides. Don't cook it all the way through as it would become too dry. Once it is done, take it out and drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice to keep it moist. It's ready to serve with your salad of choice. You can cut it into slices or leave it like that, up to you.
Ingredients for the tahini dressing
This will make about 2 cups of dressing.
1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped
1/2 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup tahini
2 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
lemon juice from 1 lemon
1/8 to 1/4 cup water
Put all your ingredients in a food processor except for the water. Process until smooth. Gradually add water until desired consistency is reached.