You know those dinners that just make you melt on the inside with ever single bite you eat? Then it becomes a that you remember forever and ever? Mmmm I love those dinners.
Many years ago I went out with a friend for fun dinner at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront before we went to a concert. I don’t remember the name of the place, but I do remember two things: the tables/chairs were all swings (which was REALLY cool) and my dinner. I enjoyed a cajun, pan seared tuna over spicy tomatoes, black beans and rice – and it was amazing. So of course I went home and tried to recreate it. Turns out – it was a pretty easy meal to recreate.
Now that I’ve gone strict paleo and I’m working my way through a Whole60 – I’ve had to recreate my recreation. And let me tell you, it’s still one of the most delicious dinners you can make in just a few minutes!
A note from the blogger: Here’s the thing – I’m a cheapskate. The app I use in for my blog recipes will only allow me to post one recipe per post… unless I want to pay $25. Which I don’t. Because these recipes don’t make me bank. So in this post I am explaining the cajun tuna AND the cauli rice because they go together like PB&J. Okay? Okay! Let’s do this:
- 2 Tuna Steaks
- ½ tsp Garlic Powder
- ½ tsp Cajun Seasoning
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Coconut Oil
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 2 Limes
- ½ TBSP Cilantro
- Olive Oil
- Cauliflower Rice:
- Prep the Cauliflower by cutting into small pieces. (I've heard you could also use a cheese grater.) Place in skillet, drizzle with olive oil. Add cilantro, lime juice and a bit of salt, then blend. Turn on medium-high heat for a couple of minutes.
- Cauli-Rice is done when soft and begins to brown a bit.
- Now on to the tuna:
- Put two table spoons of coconut oil in a separate skillet on medium high.
- Pat the tuna steak dry on both sides. Sprinkle Cajun Seasoning, Garlic Powder and Red Pepper Flakes (optional) on both sides of the tuna steak. Place steaks on skillet. Flip after a couple minutes. Depending on how you like your tuna done - they may be done in a couple minutes.
Shall I further explain? I love cauliflower rice. I have seen it made many different ways, including a method with a blender or a cheese grater. Because cauliflower is naturally “crumbly” I think it is just as easy to use a knife and just trim it down. For this recipe, I used cilantro and lime – but for dinners like this baked chicken and mushroom, I make cauli-rice with dried Italian herbs and ghee. SO GOOD Y’ALL!
As for the tuna – you definitely need to keep an eye on your tuna. I looked away and within a minute or so it was well beyond my tried and true “medium.”
So here’s how I serve this dinner… put your cilantro lime cauliflower rice on your plate first. Then I put a few spoonfuls of these spicy tomatoes (after heating them up in the microwave) on top of the rice. Place your cajun tuna on top and enjoy!
So close your laptop and go make this dinner right now. Or at least put it onto your meal plan for the week. This is a perfect dinner for your busy weeks because it is so quick and easy. Oh, and as usual – this dinner is gluten free, sugar free, paleo and whole30 approved! Enjoy!