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Olive Oil Poached Tuna – You Can Tuna Fish

You’re perfectly happy eating regular canned tuna, until the day you taste the imported, olive oil-packed tuna, and realize exactly what you’ve been missing. You tell people that there’s nothing better, but that’s not entirely true. There’s this.

By gently poaching fresh ahi tuna in olive oil, you can create a “tuna fish” of exceptional quality. The taste and texture are amazing, and you can adapt this in many ways. Besides switching up herbs and seasonings, you can cook the fish to a wide range of doneness.

Traditionally, the tuna is cooked all the way through, and preserved in the oil. This is a perfectly fine way to do it, and you will be blown away by the results. If you want to cook it through, simply keep it in the oil on low heat, until it’s just barely pink in the center (it’s okay to peek). Then proceed as shown, and by the time it cools it will be perfect.

Or if you prefer, you can follow my lead, and give it a briefer basting in the hot oil, so that after cooling in the oil, you’ll still have some gorgeous pink running through. There are so many variables, so the 5-7 minutes I did mine should only be a guideline for you. If you stop when the tuna is rare to medium-rare, by the time it cools in the hot oil, you should get something close to what I have here.

You can also do just one steak in a smaller pan, and it should work about the same. By the way, do not throw away the olive oil! You can use it for salads and pastas, or strain and freeze for another batch. It may take you a few experiments, but once you dial it in to how you like, you will be enjoying one of life’s great pleasure. I hope you give it a try soon. Enjoy!

2 thick cut ahi tuna steaks (about 10-12 ounce each)
enough olive oil to come to surface of tuna steaks
handful of thyme sprigs
2 whole garlic cloves, bruised
red pepper flakes to taste
sea salt to taste

Loaded Philly Cheesesteak Baked Potato

Quick skillet steak with onions, peppers and mushrooms are loaded on top of a baked potato and topped with melted cheese – this is awesome and perfect for the meat and potato lover in your life!

I’ve had this idea for a while, and finally made it for dinner to test it out – start to finish this took 20 minutes and it was so good! I used a full fat provolone cheese, because I wanted the cheese to melt nice, after all this is a cheese steak and at 8 points plus for the whole meal I was able to splurge. If you want to use reduced fat, that’s totally up to you, you’ll save 1 point.

Can you do this with sweet potato? Of coarse you can! But I thought russet would pair perfect with the steak and just to clear up
the confusion, white potatoes aren’t all that bad for you. Potatoes are
have gotten a bad rap as a white starchy food, but when they’re not
drowning in butter or deep fried as french fries, they are actually a
healthy, low calorie, high fiber food and a good source of vitamin B6,
vitamin C, copper, potassium and manganese. They also contain a variety
of phytonutrients that have antioxidant activity so if you want to stick
with a traditional baked potato, it’s OK!

Skinny Tip: If you buy bag of russet potatoes, the potatoes are much smaller
than the ones they sell individually, they average about 5 to 6 oz each.

Loaded Philly Cheesesteak Baked Potato
Servings: 4 • Size: 1 potato • Old Points: 8 pts • Points+: 8 pts
Calories: 390 • Fat: 13 g • Protein: 26 g • Carb: 44 g • Fiber: 4 g • Sugar: 3 g
Sodium: 293 mg (without the salt) • Cholesterol: 56 mg


  • 4 (5 1/2 oz) russet potato, washed and dried
  • 1/2 lb thin sliced beef round sandwich steaks
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • garlic powder, to taste
  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced into long 1/4″ thick strips
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced into 1/4″ thick strips
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, thinly sliced into 1/4″ thick strips
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • cooking spray, sprayed about 4 seconds
  • 4 slices provolone cheese


Poke holes in the potato with a fork, then cook in the microwave using the baked potato setting until potatoes are soft and cooked through (about 8-10 minutes on high for 4 potatoes). If you don’t have a microwave, bake about 45 minutes at 400°F.

Meanwhile, slice beef into thin strips. Season with salt, garlic powder and fresh pepper to taste. Heat a large skillet over high heat. When the skillet is very hot, spray with cooking spray and add half of the beef. Cook one minute, then turn steak and cook an additional 30 seconds. Set aside in a large dish.

Spray the skillet again and when it gets hot add the remaining steak, cooking one minute, then turning and cooking 30 seconds more. Add remaining steak to the dish.

Return skillet to heat and spray once again with cooking spray; add onions and peppers and season with salt and pepper. Cook one minute, then turn and cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes or until onions are golden. Set aside with steak.

Lower heat to medium and add 1/2 tsp olive oil to the skillet, add mushrooms, salt and pepper and lightly spray the top of the mushrooms with cooking spray. Cook 1 1/2 minutes, then turn mushrooms and cook another minute and a half. Add to dish with steak and onions and stir to combine.

Split the potato in half lengthwise down the middle as I did in the photo then divide the steak and vegetables evenly over each potato and top each with a slice of provolone. Place under the broiler to melt the cheese, careful not to burn.

Duck Fat Steak Fries – There’s a New Fat in Town

You know a potato side dish is going to be good when 75% of the name refers to fat or meat. These super-crusty, oven-fried potato wedges, or “steak fries” as they call them where I’m from, are done with rendered duck fat, and while I’m a big fan of ones done with olive oil and/or butter, these really are better.

Not only does this fat help create a great texture, but it also adds a layer of richness and meatiness to the potatoes that’s nothing short of magical. Back in the day, you had to work or eat in a restaurant that served duck to enjoy this special treat, but happily, those days are over.

Thanks to evangelizing celebrity chefs and apparently smarter marketing people in the duck industry, this rendered fat is now pretty easy to find. My neighborhood Whole Foods stocks it, and I’ve seen it at many of the higher-end grocery stores.

By the way, if you’re concerned about that next cholesterol test, relax; duck fat is surprisingly healthy, and a quick Google search should explain why without me having to type any more. I hope you give these a try soon. Enjoy!

Ingredients for 4 portions:
2 large russet potatoes
2-3 tablespoons duck fat
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of cayenne
1 tbsp minced fresh thyme leaves
– 325 F. for 40 minutes
– 450 F. for about 20 minutes or until done