The plate of food that we ordered (sadly to split because we got - an also oh so delicious - appetizer) was a cajun tuna steak over a bed of rice, a spicy yet sweet tomato salsa and black beans. Let me tell you, I was excited about the swings, but the meal was the real party! Sadly the meal was on special so it wasn't something I could go back to eat again and again. However it made a great addition to my new Tuesday posts... What I Tasted Tuesday! :)
I collected all the fixin's for a meal of this sort... Some jalapeno peppers, diced up tomatoes with chili peppers, black beans, tuna and then whatever seasonings I could find in the cabinet that seemed fitting. This time I went with crushed red peppers, garlic, and cajun seasoning of course.
Many times I have tried to recreate this meal. Only a few times have I successfully delivered all the original splendor that we tasted at the swinging restaurant. Since I am trying to cut back on rice and grains I decided to skip that part this time. Instead, I made my own mix of salsa, sat it on some beans, and cooked up the tuna to an amazing reproduction of the memorable swinging-restaurant's blackened cajun tuna. While the blend of tomatoes, hot jalapenos, and seasonings are heating up and doing their thing... I was blackening the tuna one burner over! It's super easy (and quick depending on how you like your tuna cooked) to make this meal. I served everything hot, meaning the temperature and the seasoning. (Don't forget the beans - toss them in the microwave for a few seconds to heat them up and put them underneath the tomatoes and tuna.) Pair it with a small side salad and you're good to go!
Okay, so the picture below doesn't do it justice at all. This combination is to die for! AND it's healthy. I have made it for my mom (who doesn't really like spicy things) and for my roommate, both of which raved over it! Next time I think I will mix it up a bit more with the tomato salsa medley.... maybe try adding other peppers and more onions.
Give it a shot and let me know what you think! Are you a fan of spicy foods or not so much?
*In terms of paleo friendly foods - most of the products I used were organic. The beans, however, are not on the preferred paleo list but I snuck them in their this time. I figured it was a bit better than a large bed of rice. :)