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Spicy Tuna Wrap

March/April 2011

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These tuna wraps were inspired by spicy tuna sushi rolls. We love how they taste with peppery watercress, but other greens, such as arugula, romaine, escarole or even radish sprouts, would taste great in the filling. If you want to play on the sushi inspiration, stir some wasabi into the soy sauce for dipping and serve with pickled ginger. Serve with sliced cucumbers and slivered red onions tossed with rice vinegar, a little oil and a pinch of salt.


Spicy Tuna Wrap Recipe

Makes: 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 2 5- to 6-ounce cans chunk light tuna (see Notes), drained
  • 1/3 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce, such as Sriracha (see Notes)
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice (see Tip), cooled
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 4 10-inch whole-grain wraps
  • 3 cups watercress leaves
  • 1 ripe avocado, cut into 16 slices
  • 1 small carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • Reduced-sodium soy sauce for dipping (optional)

Preparation

  1. Combine tuna, mayonnaise, hot sauce and scallion in a medium bowl. Combine rice and vinegar in a small bowl.
  2. Spread one-fourth of the tuna mixture over a wrap. Top with 1/2 cup rice, 3/4 cup watercress, 4 avocado slices and one-fourth of the carrot matchsticks. Roll up and cut the wrap in quarters or in half. Repeat with the remaining filling and wraps. Serve with soy sauce for dipping, if desired.

Tips & Notes

  • Notes: Chunk light tuna, like all fish and shellfish, contains some mercury. According to the FDA and EPA, women who are or might become pregnant, nursing mothers and young children should limit their consumption to 12 ounces a week of fish with lower mercury, including canned “light” tuna. Consumption of albacore tuna (which is labeled “white”) should be limited to no more than 6 ounces a week. And, if you’re looking for an environmentally sustainable canned tuna option, check the label—tuna that was caught by troll or pole-and-line is considered the best choice, according to Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program. Or look for the blue Certified Sustainable Seafood label from the Marine Stewardship Council.
  • Sriracha, a Thai chile sauce, can be found in the Asian section of many large supermarkets and at Asian markets.
  • Tip: To cook brown rice, bring 2 cups water and 1 cup brown rice to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer at the lowest bubble until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 40 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Makes about 2 cups. Or, to save time, prepare 2 cups instant brown rice according to package directions.

Nutrition

Per serving: 515 calories; 17 g fat (4 g sat, 6 g mono); 17 mg cholesterol; 71 g carbohydrates; 2 g added sugars; 21 g protein; 9 g fiber; 869 mg sodium; 502 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (57% daily value), Vitamin C (28% dv), Magnesium (19% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 4

Exchanges: 4 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 1/2 lean meat


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Recipe Categories

Main Ingredient
Fish
Ethnic/Regional
American
Preparation/ Technique
No-cook
Meal/Course
Lunch
Dinner

Ease of Preparation
Easy
Total Time
30 minutes or less
Servings
4
Publication
March/April 2011
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