Yummy Tuna Tartare with Pomegranates – No Cooking Necessary
After a long day teaching and training kids and managing their activities as well my own, I sometimes feel like an easy light meal where there are no hard to clean pots and pans. I know most of you feel the same after some days coming home from work or tending to your little ones. Your family needs nourishment, but you feel like you need a shot of vitamin B6 just to move much less cook for your family.
One of my friends, Cheryl Lange, Bonnie Plants Executive Assistant to the Vice President, works very hard. Although she LOVES her job, she needs to eat. She is so great at everything, but let me know that she did not know how to cook. She spends her time working twelve-hour days with a commute of two hours leaving her very little time to learn to cook. She has the best idea of blogging about food that requires no cooking (with heat anyway).
I was honored that Cheryl asked if she and I could “cook” a recipe that a California chef had given her for an upcoming blog that she is working on. Of course my response was a resounding “Yes!” and I surprised her with a recipe of my own that I wanted to teach her to make.
Our pomegranate trees are doing fantastically right now and I have been incorporating them into just about everything. I have made them in muffins, had them on pancakes, ground them for vinaigrettes and sauces, and put them in salads. As I was thinking about this “no heat” method of cooking, tartare came to mind. What would tartare taste like with pomegranates? Well…GREAT!
The tuna in this dish is marinated in a citrus-based mixture of limes and lemons. I added an orange for a more balanced flavor. The citrus causes the proteins in the seafood to become denatured appearing to cook it. You need to use very fresh tuna for this recipe. Adding the pomegranates to the fish gives an extra burst of flavor and texture to the dish. I usually serve this with avocados on the side.
Not only is this dish easy to prepare (takes about 5 to 10 minutes), it is filled with healthy Omega 3 Fatty Acids and the anti-oxidants of pomegranate seeds. If you serve it alongside of a few avocado slices, you will be full of power foods. This dish is sure to energize!