Tuesday, 6 May 2014

AIP Paleo Tuna Cucumber and Basil Bites

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Snacks can be tough on AIP. It's OK for you Paleo peeps, if you get hungry, you can just boil an egg. But we're not allowed eggs, so we have to be creative with our snack time, seeing as the good old pre-Paleo nibble of toast and peanut butter isn't allowed either (and yes, I do miss that). 

This is a quick snack that is surprisingly filling. I think it must be the protein in the tuna and the fat in the avocado, but I didn't need a top up for quite a few hours after eating these. 


aip paleo tuna basil cucumber bites

It's a fairly unlikely combination, but the basil works beautifully with the avocado and tuna, giving it a fragrant, almost sweet, peppery flavour. A perfect little snack, packed lunch or a party nibble. 

A quick note: black pepper's not recommended on the autoimmune protocol, although while eating these I craved some ground over the top. If you've reintroduced black pepper successfully, then you might want to add a pinch. But if not, the peppery basil helps it along anyway. 


AIP Paleo Tuna Cucumber and Basil Bites
From my ebook AIP and Paleo Snacks and Quick Lunches
Makes 8
Ingredients
90g tinned tuna, drained
1 ripe avocado
small handful basil leaves, sliced thinly
1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges
about one quarter of a cucumber (or 8 fairly chunky slices)

Method
Get out a bowl and mash the tuna and the avocado together. Add the sliced basil leaves, reserving a tablespoon of the shredded leaves for the topping later. Squeeze in the juice from one of the lemon wedges and give everything a good stir. Have a taste, adding a little salt if you think it needs it, or more basil or lemon. 

When you're ready to eat, wash the cucumber and dry it and then slice it into eight rounds. Pile a teaspoon of the tuna mixture on top of each cucumber slice and finish with a small scattering of the remaining basil leaves on top. Serve, with the lemon wedges alongside. 

aip paleo tuna basil cucumber bites on board

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This recipe is featured in my ebook AIP and Paleo Snacks and Quick Lunches, available on Amazon Kindle. Packed with quick snacks and lunches that are all AIP-compliant, it will help you if you find time is tight to prepare good, healing food. 
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