I received free samples from Bumble Bee Seafoods that are mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Bumble Bee Seafoods and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Asian Inspired Tuna Lettuce Wraps via JennySheaRawn.comAsian Inspired Tuna Wraps. Crisp, crunchy, refreshing and packed with protein. Perfect for a satisfying summer time lunch served with crusty rolls and ice cold lemonade.

Lately, we’ve been loving anything wrapped in lettuce. Lettuce wraps makes salads and sandwiches so much more fun to eat. And this lettuce is extra special because it was plucked straight from our garden beds. We’ve had great success with lettuce this year. In fact, I don’t think we’ve bought any lettuce since early-June. And may not have to until September!

Asian Inspired Tuna Lettuce Wraps via JennySheaRawn.comBumble Bee challenged us ReDuxers to create a delicious and nutritious recipe that incorporates tuna. I knew we’d be doing something Asian-inspired (love ginger/garlic/soy/sesame with tuna!) using our garden lettuce. No mayo required (neither Adrian or myself are mayo or traditional tuna salad lovers… ick!). Enter these Asian Inspired Tuna Lettuce Wraps. Fresh, light, crisp and flavorful.

We are tuna lovers. Canned tuna, tuna sashimi or seared tuna are all favorites in our house. I have so missed eating sashimi and seared tuna over the past 9+ months. In fact, I think a sushi date will be my first date night request after this little babe arrives in early August. As for canned tuna, it’s a staple. One of those canned items that we never, ever without. We love canned tuna because of the taste and nutrition primarily, but it’s also shelf-stable (perfect for quick meals!), versatile, convenient and affordable. And there’s no cooking required, which is great for quick summertime meals, like salads and sandwiches.

Asian Inspired Tuna Lettuce Wraps via JennySheaRawn.com
We regularly eat a variety of seafood, which is more important for me than ever, as a mom-to-be. Fish rich in omega-3 fats, like tuna, mackerel and salmon, are important for me to include in my diet on a regular basis for the brain health of our baby. In fact, everyone should be eating more seafood. The June 2014 draft seafood advice from the FDA and EPA encourages everyone to eat at least 8 to 12 ounces (2 to 3 servings) of seafood per week.* And pregnant women can safely eat up to 6 oz of albacore white tuna per week.** Albacore tuna is higher in mercury than canned light tuna, so if you prefer canned light, you can enjoy more of that (as part of your 12 ounces per week).

A few more of the benefits of white albacore tuna in water:
– Provides an excellent source of hunger satisfying protein
– Is rich in selenium and niacin
– Provides a good source of Vitamins B6 and B10
– Free from saturated fat

Here’s how to make these Asian Inspired Tuna Lettuce Wraps:

Asian Inspired Tuna Lettuce Wraps
Serves: 4
Time: 40 minutes (includes refrigeration time)
Ingredients
For the Salad:
• 1 14 oz package cole slaw (mix only)
• ½ bunch cilantro, chopped
• ½ bunch scallions, thinly sliced
• 1 5 oz can Bumble Bee Prime Fillet Solid White Albacore in Water, drained
• ½ cup lightly salted peanuts, chopped
• 8 romaine or bibb lettuce leaves
• 1 lime, cut into wedges
For the Dressing (or use a store-bought ginger style dressing if you prefer):
• 2 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
• 2 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
• ½ tsp sesame oil
• ½ tsp honey
• Juice of 1 lime
• 1 tsp ginger, crushed
• 1 clove garlic, chopped
• ½ tsp sriracha
Directions:
Shake ingredients for dressing together in a small mason jar until combined. Toss with cole slaw mix, cilantro and scallions. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Remove salad from fridge and toss in the can of drained tuna. Place lettuce leaves on a platter. Top each leaf with a small scoop of salad. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Serve with lime wedges.

*http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/ucm393070.htm
** http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/ucm393070.htm

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