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story.lead_photo.caption Sweet and spicy tuna. (Linda Gassenheimer/TNS)

Fresh tuna is coated with a sweet and spicy sauce for this quick summer supper. Vinegar sweetened with a little sugar, raisins, capers and sweet red onions is the base of the sauce. Hot pepper flakes add a zesty punch.

Frozen peas are used in the brown rice side dish. They can be quickly defrosted in the microwave for one minute or in a bowl of warm water for a minute.

Helpful hints

You can use any type of onion.

You can use several drops of hot pepper sauce instead of hot pepper flakes.

You can use red wine vinegar instead of balsamic vinegar.


Defrost peas and set aside.

Prepare the remaining ingredients.

Make tuna dish.

Make rice.

Shopping list

To buy: 3/4 fresh tuna steak, one red onion, one box raisins, one bottle red pepper flakes, one bottle balsamic vinegar, one jar capers, one bunch fresh mint, one package microwaveable brown rice and one container frozen peas.

Staples: canola oil, sugar, salt and black peppercorns.

Linda Gassenheimer is the author of over 30 cookbooks, including her newest, "The 12-Week Diabetes Cookbook." Listen to Linda on and all major podcast sites. Email her at [email protected]



Makes: 2 servings

3/4 pound fresh tuna steak, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 cup sliced red onion

3 tablespoons raisins

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 teaspoons sugar

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons capers

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons fresh mint torn into small pieces

Cut tuna into 1-inch pieces. Heat canola oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tuna and saute 2 minutes, stirring the pieces. Turn tuna over and saute another minute. Remove tuna to a plate and set aside. Add the onion to the skillet and saute 3 minutes. Stir in the raisins, pepper flakes and sugar. Add the vinegar and water. Simmer stirring often until syrupy, about 1 minute. Return tuna to the skillet and add the capers. Toss the ingredients together. Add salt and pepper to taste. Divide between two dinner plates and sprinkle mint on top.

Per serving: 338 calories (23 percent from fat), 8.7 g fat (1 g saturated, 4.6 g monounsaturated), 78 mg cholesterol, 41.3 g protein, 21.8 g carbohydrates, 2.3 g fiber, 270 mg sodium.


1 package microwave brown rice (1 1/2 cups cooked)

1 cup frozen peas, defrosted

2 teaspoons canola oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Microwave rice according to package instructions. Measure 1 1/2 cups rice into a mixing bowl and reserve remaining rice for another time. Add the peas, oil and salt and pepper to taste. Toss well.

Per serving: 256 calories (22 percent from fat), 6.2 g fat (0.8 g saturated, 3.4 g monounsaturated), no cholesterol, 6.2 g protein, 43.9 g carbohydrates, 4.7 g fiber, 9 mg sodium.

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