Food for Thought – September 24, 2013

Since our daughter is now on a gluten-free diet and I should have fish twice a week, I thought I’d combine the two. The following recipes come from the cook book, Incredibly Easy Gluten-Free Recipes, copyright 2009.

Tuna Steaks with Tomatoes & Olives

2 tsp. olive oil

1 small onion, quartered and sliced

1 clove garlic, minced

1-1/3 cups chopped tomatoes

1/4 cup sliced, drained black olives

2 anchovy fillets, finely chopped (optional)

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil

1/4 tsp. salt, divided

1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes

4 tuna steaks (3/4-inch thick)

Black pepper

Nonstick cooking spray

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

1) Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 4 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in olives, anchovies, if desired, basil, 1/8 tsp. salt and red pepper flakes. Cook until most of liquid has been evaporated.

2) Meanwhile, sprinkle tuna with remaining 1/8 tsp. salt and black pepper. Spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Cook tuna 2 minutes on each side for medium-rare or until desired doneness. Serve with tomato mixture. Sprinkle with pine nuts.

Tip: To toast pine nuts, place them in small, dry skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3-5 minutes, or until nuts are fragrant and golden. Watch closely – pine nuts scorch easily.

Greek-style Salmon

1-1/2 tsp. olive oil

1-3/4 cup diced tomatoes, drained

6 black olives, coarsely chopped

4 green olives, coarsely chopped

3 Tbsp. lemon juice

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

1 Tbsp. capers, rinsed and drained

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1 lb. salmon fillets

1) Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes, olives, lemon juice, parsley, capers, garlic and pepper; bring to boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.

2) Cook tomato mix 5 minutes, or until reduced by about 1/3, stirring occasionally.

3) Rinse salmon. Pat dry with paper towels. Push sauce to one side of skillet. Add salmon; spoon sauce over. Cover and cook 15 minutes, or until salmon flakes when fork tested.

Serves: 4

This last thought from Psalms 111:3: “Majestic and glorious is Your work, Your wise design endures forever.

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