My food artistry skills are limited, but I do think that making a meal look attractive actually makes it easier to accept the fact that it’s diet-conscious. Although oily fish like tuna and oily fruit like avocado are relatively high in calories, they contain lots of things that are good for you. My diet-conscious Tuna Timbale makes for a very pretty dinner plate that, and with accompanying green salad, comes to just 320 calories by my calculation.
For each person:
- 120g tuna
- 50g smoked salmon
- ½ medium avocado
- 1 spring onion
- (Optional) 1 dessertspoon capers
- Juice of ½ lime (or lemon)
For the marinade:
- 5ml (1 teaspoon) light soy sauce (or fish sauce)
- 1cm squeeze ginger puree (from a tube)
- 5ml (1 teaspoon) sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon hot paprika
- 3-4 drops Tabasco sauce
- Chop the tuna into small pieces (e.g. 5mm dice), then blitz in a food processor for 15-20 seconds
- Mix the marinade ingredients in a small bowl or cup. If you don’t want it spicy, just reduce or omit the paprika and/or tabasco.
- Chop the spring onion finely (1mm slices) and capers (if using)
- Mix the minced tuna, marinade and spring onion and form into a hamburger shape using a 10cm ring or pastry cutter
- Chop the avocado finely into 5mm dice. Mix with the lemon juice.
- Add the avocado as a second layer in the ring mould
- Chop the smoked salmon very finely. Add this as the third layer.
- Remove the ring mould and transfer the timbale carefully to the serving plate
- Voila! Your diet-conscious spicy Tuna, Avocado and Smoked Salmon timbale is ready to enjoy! To make it a meal, serve with a salad with one of my diet-conscious dressings.
Maybe you don’t have a food processor or even a ring mould… the same ingredients can be presented attractively in other ways. This photo shows the tuna, avocado and a tomato sliced sashimi-fashion. In this case the marinade (same recipe as above) is simply poured over the sliced tuna.