My mother’s the best at marinading meats. Even this past weekend, there was a flurry of texts sent after a dinner at my parents’ house praising her chicken. I don’t know if she just knows a magical ratio of sauces and spices or if its her timing, but she’s a great marinader. Marinader, yup.
Personally, I’m not a great marinader. I think it’s spending many of my formative cooking years as a vegan, I never experimented much with marinades. Tofu doesn’t need much work!
Now, in my old age as a food blogger, I’m experimenting more than ever. Today, I’ll teach you a shortcut marinade that only requires one ingredient (courtesy of Bragg) that even my mother would approve of. Right, ma?
Crusting tuna in sesame seeds adds a beautiful aesthetic and crunchy texture to the fish. To get the seeds to stick, I usually use olive oil or honey, which can add up to 100 extra calories to an otherwise lean protein! The solution? A low-cal marinade!
I’ve been meaning to make a mango-flavored avocado sauce over zucchini noodles. While I started in that direction, I ended up using Bragg‘s Organic Hawaiian Dressing & Marinade to add luscious flavor to the tuna before I crusted it in sesame seeds.
What a success! This sesame-crusted tuna has never tasted this yummy. The sweetness of the mango and pineapple flavors combined with the crunch of the sesame seeds, the creaminess of the avocado and the spicy sesame flavors of the zucchini noodles are just…. well, you can imagine: incredible!
The zucchini noodles are lightly tossed in sesame oil and red pepper flakes to combat the sweetness of the marinade and add more of a zing to every bite. Honestly, without Bragg’s dressing, this dish would not have been the same. I let the tuna sit in the marinade for just 10 minutes and it makes each bite so flavorful!
Bragg is one of my favorite brands – all of their products, like my recipes, come from a healthy standpoint, like their company motto:
You are what you eat, drink, breathe, think, say and do.
This marinade contains the following ingredients:
I can’t rave about this recipe any longer, it’s time for you to make it. You won’t know what to dig into first: the tuna, the avocado or the zucchini noodles!
Oh, and in case you’re new to spiralizing, here’s a video on how to spiralize zucchinis:
Note: While Bragg provided these products complimentarily to review for this post, all opinions are my own.