Tuna Casserole, aka tuna pasta bake
This dish combines two of Lentil’s favourite foods – fish and pasta. So I was expecting it to pass the Lentil taste test with flying colours – surely?? Well actually, it only got the star sticker of approval second time round. I made the first dish using Penne pasta. Fine for adults, but the pasta was just a bit too big for a toddler-sized mouth. The eating of it made more difficult as said toddler hasn’t quite mastered cutting his food with a knife, yet insists on trying everything himself without any help!! Suffice to say it was a very long mealtime and require infinite patience!
Lesson learnt I decided to use macaroni on the second attempt. The result was the same delicious taste, but a toddler-friendly eating experience. Big sigh of relief all round!
I’m a big fan of mouth-wateringly, succulent seared tuna! It’s quick to cook so ideal for midweek dinner and great with this summery veg salad. It just peachy when something so healthy and simple tastes so great! Luckily Lentil loves fish too – I just cook the tuna a little longer for him.
Makes 2 adult & 1-2 little portions
3 sustainably caught tuna steaks
1 courgette, peeled and finely sliced with a mandolin or potato peeler
2 large carrots, peeled and finely sliced with mandolin or potato peeler
60 – 70g sesame seeds
3 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tbsp mirin
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp pure sesame oil
To make the sauce mix together the mirin, soy sauce and honey in a large bowl. Once combined, add the sesame oil and stir well.
Pour about 1/2 into a separate bowl / sauce-boat and set aside to drizzle over the tuna and salad once cooked.
Heat some olive oil in a griddle pan and grill the courgette slices in batches. About 30 seconds on each side. Then set aside on some kitchen paper.
Pour the sesame seeds onto a plate / flat surface. Dip each side of the tuna in the large bowl of sauce and then coat in sesame seeds. Sear in the griddle pan for about 1 – 2 minutes each side.
Serve with the courgette and carrots, drizzle with a little sauce and enjoy!