Week 8: It’s HOT

My grand plan of soups and stews for this week have been sabotaged by the unusually hot weather. I’m just too lazy to come up with alternatives, so I’m making the family sweat…together at dinner.

For those who don’t eat fish that often, Whole Foods has Santa Barbara fresh caught Yellow Tail for half price (under $5 a lb.). We’ll stay away from tuna fish this week since we had sushi last Friday. Mercury and other heavy metals are more present in large fish like tuna. I try to do some mercury control, especially for the kids. This deal is so great I couldn’t let it pass. I made this “dealicious” Yellow Tail Sesame Ginger burgers and stuck them in the freezer until we meet again!

Sesame Ginger Tuna Burgers

2 lb tuna (finely chopped)

2 basil leaves chopped

2 scallions chopped

1 tbs sesame seeds (black or white or both)

3 tbs soy sauce (I used low sodium soy sauce)

3 tbs honey

1 tbsp grated fresh ginger

1 tsp sesame oil

Combine all ingredients and form 1 inch thick patties. Grill or pan fry with light oil, turning once, until medium-rare. It can be topped with this yummy Wasabi Mayo:

2 tbs wasabi paste

3 tbs low-fat mayo or Vegenaise

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Ralphs has the best deal on Avocados (under 40c each) and Organic California grapes (green or red) for $1.99 lb. Whole Foods has Organic Gala apples for $1.49 lb. Sprouts has broccoli and cauliflower for 77c lb. Vons has buy 1 get 1 free Foster Farms ground turkey and organic Heirloom tomatoes at $1.99 lb.

Wednesday: Veggie & Meat ensopado (Brazilian style stew) with Quinoa

Thursday: Gnocchi (from TJs by the pasta aisle) and Chicken albondigas (frozen last week) with ‘pink’ sauce and a side of steam broccoli and cauliflower

Friday: Gourmet Friday

Saturday: Take out/Eat out

Sunday: Israeli Couscous salad with pear and cranberry and Turkey Spinach rolls

Monday: Cream of zucchini and quesadillas (Meatless Monday)

Tuesday: Turkey Avocado sliders with garlic oven fries

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