The important bit first – it was my first weigh in on Friday and the results were… duh duh duh exactly 4lbs off – that’ll do me thank you very much! I have a couple of weekends away with friends coming up over the next couple of months and having a few less lbs to try and squash in to my skinny jeans can only be a good thing!
Right, it’s Saturday night and in this house that traditionally means take away. Well a Chinese is off the menu for now (have you ever looked at the fat/calorie content of a Chow Mein? Wowsers) but I’m not going to miss out. Nooo way. So there was my dilemma, I wanted something tasty, something filling and something of Asian flavour, but something low fat and fresh.
A quick trip in to the kitchen and a rummage through the fridge and I was pretty sure I had the makings of the perfect fakeaway (see what I did there? Fake takeaway, fakeaway, good aren’t I?). And here’s the result!
(serves 1 – home alone on a Saturday night, how very Bridget Jones! Just double ingredients for 2 people)
1 tuna steak
2 tbls brown sugar
50ml soy sauce
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tsp sesame oil
150g fresh rice noodles
2 spring onions, sliced
juice of 1/2 lime
tender stem broccoli
2 tsp sesame seeds, toasted
Place sugar and soy sauce in a small pan and melt together over a low heat. Add garlic and 1 tsp of sesame oil.
Take off the heat and leave to cool.
Place tuna steak in a dish and pour sugar/soy mix over the top. Leave to marinate for at least an hour, preferably a couple.
Pour sesame seeds in to a hot, dry frying pan and keep on the heat for a few minutes until slightly browning and fragrant – keep an eye on them at all times as this really doesn’t take too long. Once done put to one side until needed.
Put broccoli on to steam. I’m not a fan of over steamed veg and like to keep some of the crunch so steam for around 8 mins but this is all down to preference.
Whilst your broccoli is steaming, heat 1 tsp sesame oil in a frying pan then add the rice noodles. Throw in the sliced spring onion and stir to disperse throughout noodles.
Whilst noodles are frying put a griddle pan (frying pan would work ok too) on a high heat and once hot add the tuna steak. I like mine just seared so cook for about 1 min on each side, but for medium go for 2 mins on each side and if you really do need to cook it right the way through then go for 3 mins each side. Whilst cooking, spoon over the marinade which will bubble and stick to the tuna. Remove from the heat.
Add a squeeze of lime and half of the sesame seeds to the rice noodles then remove from the heat.
Add a squeeze of lime and the remaining sesame seeds to the now steamed broccoli, and remove from heat.
It does sound like there is a lot going on at once but that really isn’t the case as the broccoli looks after itself and the tuna only needs turning once. I promise this is an incredibly quick and simple recipe that tastes amazing and leaves you wondering why you ever craved an icky takeaway at all!
Have a go – I’d love to hear what you think!