Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Champion Nutrition Recipe of the Week... Seared Ahi Sandwiches

There used to be a restaurant, halfway between my office and home, that made the most incredible Seared Ahi Sandwich. If I was watching carbs, I'd simply toss the bun - it was absolutely incredible with or without it. One day, the BFF and I agreed to meet there for lunch... and it was closed. Permanently. Oh the wailing and gnashing of teeth! Lol! I missed that sandwich like crazy! Then... I came across this recipe in Devin Alexander's book, I Can't Believe It's Not Fattening. I cleaned it up a bit, and voila! My beloved Seared Ahi Sandwich had returned! ;-) If there's no room in your diet for the wasabi-mayo, sub in a bit of hot chinese mustard. That kick will burn extra calories for sure! ;-)

Seared Ahi Sandwich 
original recipe by Devin Alexander, adjusted by Chelle Stafford
serves 2

2   4-ounce Sushi or Sashimi Grade Ahi Tuna steak (should be beautifully pink and not smell fishy)
1/4 tsp prepared Wasabi
2 Tbsp clean mayonnaise (watch the labels for zero preservatives)
1 Tbsp olive oil
Fresh pepper & sea-salt to taste
2 Sandwich thins or other clean "bun"
Green leaf lettuce
1/2 avocado sliced (optional)
4 slices tomato

1. Have all ingredients ready, because the tuna cooks fast and you don't want it sitting around while you're putting your sandwich together :-)
2. Prepare the wasabi, (mine is a powder you mix with hot water and requires a 5 min. rest, so check the directions on yours).
3. Combine with the mayo and set aside.
4. Slice tomato, and avocado (if using).
5. Prep the lettuce leaves.
6. Heat a small non-stick skillet on high heat until hot, but not smoking.
7. Oil the tuna on both sides and sprinkle with fresh pepper & sea salt.
8. Add tuna steak to the pan and sear - about 30 seconds to a minute on each side. Ahi should be RARE in the middle... if look at my photo, you'll see that I actually overcooked mine (still tasty, though).
9. Spread 1/2 the wasabi-mayo on each bun top.
10. Place lettuce and tomato on bottom bun.
11. Top with Ahi, then avocado (if using), and top bun.
12. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information: 
Each sandwich (without avocado) has about 298 calories, 32 g protein, 27 g carbs, 7 g fat , 0 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber, 395 mg sodium .
These numbers will change depending on the bun you use, your choice of mayonnaise, and whether or not you add the avocado.

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