I know…I’ve been completely errant with posts for #Waunstrong Wednesday and for lots of reasons; primarily my living situation that makes blog posts more difficult to complete. Still, the need for Lauren to eat nutritious foods remains and I’ve received some great recipes from the folks at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and one that I saw recently coincided with an offer from Wild Planet to try their tuna and it seemed prophetic; how could I not??
I recall many years of eating plain tuna with a bit of mayonnaise, celery and onion and not much else. Not that I minded but it’s not something that is particularly inspiring; it’s one of those things you eat but never think to actually blog about; doesn’t EVERYONE know how to make a basic tuna sandwich? So…seeing this recipe with a combination of ingredients I had never before considered with tuna was interesting and sounded great. But nothing really prepared me for how fantastic the tuna was that I would be using…NOTHING!
Wild Planet workers take delivery of the fish right off the boats, and many of the boat owners are shareholders in their company. Wild Planet is committed to providing the finest tasting sustainably caught seafood while supporting the conservation of wild marine ecosystems and I found these facts to be most interesting as I learn more and more about sustainability and ethical fishing practices to help make determinations for the food I put on the table:
- Wild Planet sources tuna ONLY from pole and troll catch fisheries.
- Pole and troll tuna fishing is rated as the best catch method for tuna by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program, Blue Ocean Institute, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Greenpeace and other industry experts.
- They do not source ANY fish from long-line or purse seine fisheries.
- Wild Planet is currently providing 100% sustainably caught products compared to other major brands claims that they will be sustainable compliant by 2014 or 2015. Some companies’ efforts to reach compliance for sustainability include using FAD-free purse seining, which is not considered a best catch method by a consensus of eco-organizations.
All of this means that they have the advantage of being one of the very few packaged seafood companies that oversees selecting only the highest quality fish from the catch, directing quality control in the packing of the product and offering the product to their customers. With this hook-to-shelf oversight, they are able to assure that their products are the best tasting possible and in compliance with their corporate mission. Are they more expensive? Yes…but let’s put that into perspective. You can feed two people from a can of tuna that will cost you about as much as a fast food burger; I don’t consider that to be expensive!
All of this data can start to sound like just another highfalutin marketing message so the real test was in the tasting. Before that even, I was pleasantly surprised at the product inside the open can and wish I had thought to take a photo for you. It was an obvious tuna steak, not just a can filled with lumps or shards of tunas. Of course the taste test was important and the results indicated quality so evident that I knew I had something special to work with.
This recipe for tuna burgers could not have showcased it better. Low in fat and filled with flavor, they are in line with every recipe I’ve received from CTCA…you wonder how anything that tastes SO good could in fact also be labeled as healthy…but it’s true!
Health benefits of deep-sea fish such as tuna are:
- Rich source of potassium – excellent for brain function, blood glucose regulation, healthy muscle contraction, helps to regulate metabolism by assisting the processing of fats, carbohydrates and proteins.
- Excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids – helps to preserve brain function, protects the heart, regulates insulin, and assists in weight management by promoting early and prolonged satiety.
- Rich in selenium – promotes strong immune function and breast health, protects the heart by helping to increase HDL and to lower LDL cholesterols.
I left a huge tarragon plant at the house that I recently sold; I am missing it right now; it was wonderful how it complimented the tuna. I ate dinner with friends when I served the patties with some fresh vegetable pasta and I heard over and over how good it was. Like I said…the perfect marriage of ingredients. By the way, I found the Wild Planet Tuna at Sprouts but I’ve heard with good evidence that it can also be found at Costco; I will most certainly be on the hunt next time I’m there!
For those of you that would love to be updated on Lauren’s treatment, we’re all so pleased to see that this first round has been so successful. No longer able to feel or see her lump gives everyone great hope. She will still need to continue with the proscribed lumpectomy and rounds of radiation but with only 4 weeks of chemo to go; it’s a blessing to know it has worked and she and I both thank you for your steadfast support and continued prayers.
For the Tuna Patties
- 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 large egg white
- 1/4 cup flax meal (I found this at Sprouts in the bins)
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- 2 – 6.5 oz. cans of tuna in water, drained and flaked
- 1/4 cup chopped green onions
- 1 tsp tarragon
To Make the Patties
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- Non stick cooking spray
- Combine the first three ingredients in a medium bowl and add remaining ingredients;stir well.
- Divide mixture into four equal portions, shaping into patties.
- Press remaining 1/4 cup of bread crumbs onto both sides of patties. Brown patties on both sides in a non-stick skillet coated with non-stick spray.
- Serve as a plain patty or as a sandwich with lettuce, tomato and a whole wheat bun.
– This recipe courtesy of Cancer Treatment Centers of America • www.cancercenter.com –
Wild Planet provided me with samples of their product however all commentary is my own.