Spicy Tunacakes - A High Protein Snack
After following the 21 Day Fix program for 3 weeks, I became somewhat of a pro at food prep and packing lunches. The one thing I struggled with at first was finding a convenient protein snack to eat at the office - until I discovered a recipe for spicy tunacakes on Pinterest.
This recipe gets my stamp of approval for a number of reasons:
They are extremely easy to make and you get enough tunacakes to have as a snack for the whole work week. Put a couple in a ziplock bag or small container and go.
Each of these tunacakes are packed with 14g of protein and only 100 calories (when made as I've noted below).
They taste great - not super fishy and they have a little spicy kick to them.
Here's the recipe (makes 8-9 patties):
Ingredients 2 (7oz) cans tuna 1 chili pepper (I used a jalapeno) 3 cloves garlic 1/4 tsp grated fresh ginger 2 green onions 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro 1 tbsp fish sauce Dash of red pepper flakes 2 eggs 2 tbsp oil for frying
Drain 2 cans of solid white tuna and add it to a mixing bowl.
Finely dice a chili pepper (de-seed it for less heat) and add to the tuna.
Mince the garlic cloves and add that to the tuna as well.
Peel and grate about 1/4 tsp of fresh ginger directly into the bowl.
Finely slice the green onion, chop the cilantro and them to the mix.
Add the fish sauce to the bowl and mix everything together with a fork. Sprinkle in red pepper flakes.
Whisk the two eggs well, add it to the tuna and mix it all well.
Using your hands take handful of the tuna mixture and make a ball about 2 inches big and flatten them out gently making patties. (Don’t pack the mix too hard. Instead with a loose hand, simply shape the patties till they barely stick together. You want them light and airy not dense.)
Heat some oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat and carefully fry the fishcakes for about 4-5 minutes on each side, until they turn golden. You want to be very careful while flipping them over as they are quite delicate.
Pack and enjoy!