My favorite food in the world is sushi. I love rice, I love seaweed, and I loooove seafood! Even for those of you who aren’t so fond of the raw stuff, I think we can agree on the deliciosity of one roll: the California Roll. Normally made with imitation crab meat, avocado, rice, and cucumber, it is the simplicity in this dish that makes it so great. In fact, many specialty rolls are based around the California Roll.
The California Roll is especially good for me because..drum roll please..I am allergic to crustaceans! 😦 Yes, the reaction hit me about 2 years ago. Apparently, it is very common to develop a reaction to seafood as an adult. Lucky for me, I am not allergic to fish or mollusks, just crustaceans. This includes lobster, shrimp, crab, crawfish, etc. All things that I once ate in abundance! So, if you’ve ever wondered why I rarely post seafood recipes, that’s why.
With that said, here it is Dukaners.. a low-carb sushi recipe that will hopefully hit your Japanese food craving.
3 large egg-whites, whisked
1/4 cup cucumber, julienned
1/2 cup imitation crab meat, finely chopped
1.5 tbs low-fat mayo
1.5 medium sheets of roasted seaweed
3 tbs low-sodium soy sauce
In a small pan, heat cooking spray on medium heat.
Pour in egg-whites and allow it to take the round shape of the pan.
Cook until both sides are browned. Remove and cut egg whites into squares (1/2 inch by 1.5 inch).
Combine mayo with imitation crab meat and mix.
Cut seaweed sheets into 1.5-2 inch wide strips.
Place 1-2 tbs of crab meat in one section of each seaweed strip, then cucumber, & 2-3 squares of egg-whites. (see picture)
Carefully roll the seaweed and use a toothpick to hold the roll together.
“It took more than a day to put it on. It will take more than a day to take it off. Don’t give up.”
The bad news for the day is that I gained .8 lbs. However, ironically enough, I lost 1/2 an inch off my waist. So, what gives, Dr. Dukan?
Dr. Dukan actually discussed the answer to this question on the official Dukan website. He mentioned that if you’re losing inches but gaining weight, it may be due to water retention. After all, you wouldn’t be losing inches if you weren’t slimming down so the scale may just be reflecting some extra water weight. This makes sense to me because although Bob ate the same foods as I did yesterday, he lost one lb today. His weight loss is also a lot more inconsistent than mine. Sometimes, he’ll gain one lb over a two-day period and then drop two lbs the very next day. Overall, he is losing weight so that is the important thing to keep in mind. I hope this comes as some encouraging news for those who are going through the same thing!
First, make a 1/2 portion of the savory Dukan Bread. The recipe can be found here. Make sure to toast the bread until it’s extra crispy.
Then, follow the recipe below for the tuna salad.
1 can 5 oz tuna in water
3 tbs low fat mayo (or light miracle whip)
1 tbs parmesan cheese
1 tbs minced cucumbers (or relish)
1 tbs minced red bell peppers
1/8 ts dried minced onions
1/4 ts parsley
1/4 ts dill weed
1 dab of mustard
1 pinch garlic powder
Strain as much water as you can out of the tuna and flake the tuna.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and serve with Dukan Toast.