Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ash Wednesday - Creamy Tuna A La King - 4 points

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, which means that my family will be attending church services to get ashes placed on our foreheads as preparation for the forty days of Lent. When I decided to join a liturgical church, I knew nothing about Lent. Now, it is my favorite season.

Ash Wednesday is a meatless day, as are all of the Fridays in the Lenten season. I have been watching the blogosphere for some delicious meatless recipes. Here is a list of the ones that particularly caught my eye and tempted my taste buds.


Here is one of my own making, a version from a Betty Crocker cookbook. I am a fan of fresh tuna. If you have never had a fresh, tuna steak, you must treat yourself to one. You cannot beat the meaty, thick, bite that you get from a tuna fillet.

Creamy Tuna A La King
1 medium green bell pepper, diced
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup seasoned flour
1 1/2 cups light, seasoned soy milk
1 cube vegetable bouillon
1 1/4 cups water
12 oz tuna steak
16 oz fresh mushrooms, stemmed and quartered

1. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Spray with non-stick cooking spray or kitchen spritzer. Add tuna steaks to skillet; cook 3-5 minutes per side, until cooked through. Remove from heat; cube.
2. Wipe skillet, reheat, and spray with non-stick cooking spray or kitchen spritzer. Add pepper and onion, stir frying until peppers are tender crisp.
3. Stir in flour. Cook until flour has fully coated the vegetables and the mushrooms begin to shrink.
4. Stir in milk, vegetable bouillon, and water. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir one minute. Stir in tuna and reheat.
5. Yields 4, 4 point servings

I think that it is interesting that fish is considered a vegetarian dish. Do fish not live? But, for the purposes of the church and the world in general, fish is apparently a vegetable. Interestingly, according to the Catholic church, beavers and puffins are also considered fish and are okay to eat on Fridays. Alas, I am a Methodist, so I guess I won't be making beaver stew anytime soon.


  1. Mmmmm, I bet this is delicious! I haven't made any vegetarian main dishes in a long time... you've inspired me!

  2. super presentation...this is just brilliant Angela..
    Tasty appetite

  3. That sounds like a great tuna recipe; I am on holidays...thank you for reminding me it is meatless Wednesday.

  4. Oooo...I'm going to have to try a couple of those recipes! They sound really good!

  5. This looks great! I had a tuna sandwich for lunch because of Ash Wednesday. I would've preferred this!

  6. Thank you, everyone. I am being on my blog reading since I have been with my family a lot this week. I am looking forward to sitting down this weekend and seeing all of the great posts you have created!

  7. You know, I've been wanting to try tuna steak for a while now, and this recipe makes me even more interested in it.

    Thanks for the recipe shout out, too! I'll definitely link back to this post on my Veggie Spaghetti post so people can check it out.

  8. Angela,

    This creamy tuna looks delicious. Thanks for including my recipe in the list.

  9. I am excited about being in the recipe list

  10. Wow, Angela! Thanks for putting my recipe on the list! This great round-up of vegetarian recipes. I'll sure check those out.

  11. Thanks for the mention. You are so sweet. Thanks for making my day. This sounds like another great recipe. You are amazing!!

  12. I've never had tuna a la king..but I love chicken a la king. Sounds so good. Thanks so much for using one of my recipes/posts for inspiration for your upcoming meatless meals during lent! =)

  13. filling delicious looking meal
    looks colourful

  14. thanks for the mention :-) and your right fish is a funny one

  15. This looks like a perfectly comforting meal and one right up my alley! Thanks for visiting my blog and I look forward to reading more on yours. Take care!

  16. I just opened the computer, first time this week, and just had to check which recipe you chose. Thank you for linking to my blog! Your King tuna soup looks delicious, YUM!!! Bookmarked, thank you for sharing and have a great Saturady evening :)


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