seared yellowfin tuna w/ wild blueberry compote & brown basmati

In culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, gluten-free, lunch, vegetarian on 01.05.12 at 11:29 pm

what do you do when you’re on a cleanse and you dream of red meat? ok, so perhaps i’m being a little dramatic. ;)

it’s not a crazy strict cleanse — just trying to avoid meat and cheese during a post-holiday cleanse and get back into a healthy routine. it’s been less than a week into it, and i’ve been trying to find creative ways to cook veggies and seafood. as a happy alternative to red meat, i thought i’d try seared tuna tonight… it’s kinda like red meat. kinda, sorta, not really. :)

the brown basmati will take approx 35-40min for prep/cooking time, so best to start the basmati before starting the tuna.

the basmati:
– add 1 cup uncooked, organic brown rice basmati (gluten-free) & 2 cups water to small pot. bring to boil.
– stir a few times and reduce to medium heat. simmer for 30-35min with cover, until water is absorbed into grains.
– allow to cool for a few min. fluff with fork. set aside.

the yellowfin:
– heat up 2 tsp of extra-virgin olive oil in large saucepan on medium heat
– brown 1 large shallot (peeled, rough chop) in pan
– add 1/2 tsp fennel seed and brown w/ shallots until fennel is toasted
– add 1 fillet of fresh yellowfin tuna to pan
– season fillet w/ ground black peppercorns
– lightly drizzle a splash of white wine over the fillet (optional — i used some sauvignon blanc here.)
– sear tuna fillet to your preference
– remove from heat & allow to cool. cut seared tuna fillet into long slices

the blueberry compote:
– 1/4 cup frozen wild blueberries (thawed)
– gently squish blueberries w/ mortar & pestle until a gooey consistency

food styling:
– plate a bed of organic mixed greens
– add a small portion of brown basmati on greens
– fan out seared tuna slices on basmati
– garnish w/ sauteed shallots & season w/ ground black peppercorns
– drizzle wild blueberry compote over seared tuna slices
– pairs nicely w/ your fave sauvignon blanc (or a tall glass of water, if you’re on a strict cleanse! ;)

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