Because of the insane heat we are having, I am on the lookout for fast and easy recipes that don't require a lot of cooking time in the kitchen so I don't warm the house too much. I saw a photo of cooked tomatoes and tuna on Pinterest a few days ago that was a user upload but had no recipe and looked like it could be a good dinner/lunch option. I decided to take the photo as inspiration and then go from there, the results were super yummy and this dish is def. a new favorite in our house.
3 big or 4 small/med servings
15 ounces of all white tuna ( 3 cans )
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
The juice of 1 whole lemon
2 small cucumbers quartered and chopped
3 - 4 Roma tomatoes with the insides taken out and chopped
Green beans or another veggie to serve it with (this would also be fab over rice or on a mixed green salad)
Spices to taste:
Salt, Pepper, Garlic or Garlic Powder, Onion Powder or some fresh diced onions, Chili Powder
Cook the tuna in a pan with EVOO and the seasonings to taste over medium heat. I just slowly added the seasonings and tasted it every once in awhile to make sure I got the flavor the way I wanted. You want to just add enough EVOO to keep the tuna moist so it does not dry out so start with 2TBS and add more as needed. Once the tuna is warm and you are happy with the flavor of the seasoning add in the lemon juice, cucumbers and tomatoes. Now we are a lemon loving family so you might want to start out with 1/2 or 3/4 of the lemon juice in case you are not lemon obsessed like us. ;) Cook for another min or so until the produce you added is warmed and you are happy with the flavor. Serve over rice or with a green veggie for added healthiness. This would also be great cold the next day over a salad or eaten as is with some fruit on the side.
If you make this and try any adjustments or variations I would love to hear them! I think this is one of those dishes that can be modified many ways to make new delicious and healthy meals. :)