Monday, April 9, 2012

Linguine in Tuna & Eggplant Sauce, Topped with Grilled Salmon & Eggplant Slices

Hello Everybody and Happy Monday, 


Today's recipe is something between healthy and comfort. even though I don't like to use canned food sometimes and only sometimes is acceptable in my book. I combined tuna fish from can with eggplant and made unique sauce to compliment my linguine pasta. Along with that I used Grilled Eggplant slices and salmon to kick the flavor and make this dish as a complete meal. 
Taste was great! Combination of Tuna fish and Eggplant gave me wonderful taste..bit unique but tasty (eatable). Now let me show you what I did and you can judge it for yourself.




Serves 3-4
Prep time: 5 min.
Cooking time: 25 min.
Ingredients:
For sauce:

  • 1 Tuna (canned) in water
  • 1/2 Eggplant, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbs. Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Half-Half (or whipping cream)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 pk Linguine pasta
  • Eggplant slices, 2 slices per serving
  • Salmon, 3- 6 oz Per Serving
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Cheese of you choice



Directions:

  1. While pasta is cooking in a boiled and salted water you will start making sauce.
  2. In a sauce pan put olive oil, and on a hot oil drop minced onion and garlic; saute for few minutes.
  3. Than Add Chopped Eggplant, stir and drop drained tuna; stir. 
  4. Season with little bit of salt and pepper
  5. Cook it for few minutes so the flavors can combine well, than pour half-half; stir!
  6. When the pasta is tender drain and drop the pasta in the sauce pan; Stir until you have an even coding on the linguine.
  7. Since the Salmon nor Eggplant do not need to much time grilling you can grill them few minutes before the serving, or while the pasta and sauce are cooking.
  8. Garnish it with little bit of mint. The reason I garnished with a mint is that the aroma from the fish would be gone, because mint has more powerful smell than a fish, at least for me!

Suggestion: you can also use mushrooms in the sauce!
Note: I know some of you will start about portion size:)) sooo in case you were wondering this was my husband's serving size..mine is much smaller (1/2 cup of pasta with 3 oz Salmon and I used for me just a little bit of Parmigiana cheese)


Eggplants has been used as a cholesterolowering agent, and there are some studies to support that claim.The skin of an eggplant serves as a good source of nasunin, an antioxidant that cleans up free radicals and helps prevent cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

Salmon: Proteins or amino acids are essential components of our cells, tissues, enzymes, hormones and every other body part. The proteins from salmon are easy digestible and easily absorbed into the body. They do neither have any adverse side effects nor contain carcinogenic compounds, like other meats do. Salmons are also source of good fat (omega-3 fatty acids) which also plays a vital role in keeping you healthy. Salmon is also rich in some of the very essential minerals like iron, calcium, selenium and phosphorus and vitamins like A, B and D. Selenium, which is very necessary for building up of tissues, hair, nails etc.








I hope everybody had wonderful weekend! 
Enjoy new week!!!


Your friend,

Sandra 




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38 comments :

  1. Whoa!! This is making me so hungry!!

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  2. Looks delicious, Sandra! I wouldn't have thought to pair the tuna sauce with the salmon but I can tell it would be perfect together. Plus, I love eggplant.

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  3. @Steph, Thanks! I am glad it makes you hungry:)

    @Cheryl, It is defiantly different..the reason I used tuna is that gives you almost nutty and fishy flavor..you know:) Thank you for stopping by!

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  4. What a fresh, healthy dish. I don't cook eggplant often and this looks like a great way to prepare it!

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  5. Sandra,this looks great and I love anything with eggplant in it!

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  6. The delicious way to pair up fish and pasta. Wonderful idea!

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  7. @Karen, Thank you! i am really happy that you like it!

    @Gourmantine, I love eggplants too in almost anything LOL! Thanks sweetie!

    @Red_Shallot, Thank you very much!!!

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  8. yumm-o! this is the way to go with fish pasta - nice and simple!

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  9. What a delicious and wholesome meal here. Love the blend of tuna as well as salmon-yum! Also the layering with the eggplant was a great way to go with the dish and the linguine just ties it all together. I envy who eats at your place Sandra!

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  10. What a beautiful dinner! I wish it was in front of me right now.

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  11. Sandra, I think this is a great way to dress up canned tuna. It looks absolutely delicious--love how you've used the eggplant!

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  12. Oh wow - this looks stunning and sounds to die for. I love tuna, and I adore eggplant, but never combined them. Perfect!

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  13. What an outstanding meal, Sandra! As beautiful as it is delicious (I just know it :))!

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  14. Wow! This is impressive... what a gorgeous combination of flavors! I never though of pairing fish with eggplant, but I would love to try your recipe sometime! Thanks :)

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  15. Wonderful meal Sandra! Looks delicious, would love this for dinner;-)

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  16. Gorgeous meal Sandra. You sure know how to cook beautiful and tasty food.

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  17. You always cook so wonderfully Sandra, I love this dish! Great photos too!

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  18. Love that you put eggplant in the pasta! Never thought of eggplant for pasta dish! Beautiful dish Sandra!

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  19. o wow I would LOVE this for dinner! That whole ingredient list sounds delicious! I might even sneak in some oil packed tuna :) I've been buying this amazinggg canned tun in oil (a bit of a splurge!) but I can't get enough it, gorgeous meal!

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  20. So healthy and fresh! Yet style busting out lots of flavours - fantastic :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  21. Eggplant and salmon are two favorites of mine, so I love this dinner - great job!

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  22. What a great simple and fresh meal. I love the flavours you have going on here.

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  23. svaki put kad gledam tvoj ajela razmišljam kako bih se ja kod tebe jako dobro najela :) krasno!

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  24. Linguine in tuna and eggplant sauce sounds good enough! Topped with salmon and some more eggplant - that's heaven!

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  25. YUM-O! I especially love the eggplant! HUGS my friend! :D

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  26. This looks amazing, and I love grilled eggplant & salmon!

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  27. The eggplant looks so juicy, it look really good Sandra :)

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  28. Tuna and eggplant actually sounds like quite a good combination, the flavors would compliment each other quite well. The salmon looks wonderful, too, the whole dish a satisfying meal!We're not sure, though, that healthy and comfort need necessarily be mutually exclusive...

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  29. That certainly does look like healthy comfort food! I love the salmon on top, it looks perfectly cooked

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  30. What a lovely dish. You're letting us know that healthy can be pretty and delicious.

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  31. What a fantastic and flavorful meal, Sandra! It looks so delicious and relatively simple, too. Totally going to try this some night soon. Thanks for sharing!

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  32. looks great! and yummy too! thanks for sharing!

    Amanda
    softandstiffpeaks.blogspot.com

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  33. This looks so delicious and so healthy. Love the way you served it with fish.

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  34. What an amazing dish...so much fresh and delightful flavor!

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  35. What a fabulous meal! Your pictures here are just stunning! I love tuna and love eggplant. This looks just fantastic.

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