How about an easy fast ahi tuna and shrimp recipe you can prepare in no time for a special dinner at home. On your way home simply hit your favorite grocer and pick up some sushi grade ahi tuna, steamed shrimp, and avocado to supplement some other ingredients you likely have around the house.
Recipe serves 4.
One and 1/4 lb Ahi Tuna
One and 1/2 cups Botan Calrose Rice (or other fine sticky rice)
2 C water and dash of canola oil
8 steamed shrimp
1 avocado – sliced
1 roasted red pepper (from jar)
Montreal Steak Seasoning
Rinse rice and then add it to a pot with 2 cups of water and dash of canola oil. Bring to boil on high heat, cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for 16 minutes. Turn off heat and let the rice sit for a few minutes covered.
Remove avocado skin and slice avocado into wedges
Slice roasted bell pepper
Wash, dry and place spinach leaves on each plate as a base for rice.
Spray the interior of a 1 cup measure with canola oil. Fill the cup with rice and gently pack. Invert cup over the spinach and tap the cup onto the plate the formed rice onto the spinach.
Rinse ahi, and then dab dry with paper towel.
Coat the ahi on both sides with canola oil and then liberally coat both sides with Montreal Steak Seasoning .
Heat large fry pan and 1 tsp canola oil on medium high heat, when hot add the ahi. Cook ahi 2 minutes on each side (the ahi in the above photo was cooked longer because She Who Must Be Obeyed is not receptive to rare fish). Remove to cutting board. Slice into 1/3 inch thick servings.
Rinse the steamed shrimp.
Place pepper slice on top of rice mold.
Add 2 shrimp and avocado.
Garnish with sprouts.
Arrange 3 or 4 slices of ahi against the rice.
You can buy ready made wasabi or buy a can of powdered wasabi which is easy to prepare and will last forever.
Have wasabi and soy sauce on the side for individual application and that’s it, time for a great dinner.
I’m standing in line minding my own business buying groceries for my ahi post. My 1 1/4 pound ahi tuna shows on the register as costing about $30.00. The guy behind me says “Whoa your living large tonight”. All of a sudden I’m all self conscious and worried people will start chanting “1 Percenter 1 Percenter!” I grab my my bags and scurry back to my remote castle overlooking the ocean.
Safely sequestered behind the moat, I can just barely hear the angry villagers, so I figure I’m safe to reflect on food cost break points.
My glorious ahi and shrimp dinner for 4 cost around $38.00. The meal is low in fat, calories, and all kinds of chemicals found in some fast foods. And my meal makes for an elegant dinner. The cost for 4 is about $9.50 each. True, its not the cost per plate one would want every night. But how would it compare with other similarly priced treat nights?
I know a big mac meal deal with a shake is around $8.00 a piece, so for 4 tht’s $32.00. Some might question the fat and caloric counts. I know enough delivered pizza for 4 is in the neighborhood of $38.00 plus tip; so that’s a clear wash (without even addressing fat and calories). And, should you go to a restaurant for similar ahi meal I would imagine the price would be around $27.00 per plate plus tip.
Bottom line. A good easy recipe, a little skill, along with a minimal amount of money will produce a wonderful high end treat meal. And fact is, this easy recipe can be made faster than a pizza can be delivered.
Don’t feel bad buying high end ahi or steaks for the occassional treat dinner, you’re about even with the cost of fast food and the nutrition you get is out of the ball park!
Good Eating and Table Talk,
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