Tuna Marmitako is a basquiat traditional dish that hits all the right notes: delicious, easy and super healthy. It’s a light soup paired with fresh fish (in this case tuna) which can be made in under 40 minutes and will always turn out great – plus you can make it in just one pot. For the best flavor profile try to find dried pepper paste (pasta de pimiento choricero), but if this is not a possibility, depending on your location, you can replace it with tomato paste and smoked paprika.
Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan from Spain Including Tuna Soup
The Spanish diet is often thought to be one of the healthiest in the Mediterranean. Spanish cuisine is known for a wide array of simple recipes using fresh ingredients. They are best known for tapas, small plates of food eaten at bars and restaurants. Here is a 1 day Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan from Spain.
Breakfast: Pan Con Tomate
As with much of the Mediterranean, breakfast in Spain is usually simple and sometimes not eaten at all. Many areas of Spain have some version of Pan Con Tomate, which is a slice of toasted baguette with tomato. Our recipe comes from Guadalajara Spain and uses a tomato-garlic-olive oil puree. It is a fast breakfast that can be made in 5 minutes. A protein can be added such as egg, but the preferred protein is usually an aged ham such as Jamon Serrano or Jamon Iberico. If you can’t find that, you can try prosciutto.
Lunch: Tortilla de Patata (Spanish Potato Omelette)
Also known as Tortilla Espanola, this dish is as popular in Spain as the hamburger is in the U.S. It is eaten at lunchtime throughout Spain and is often served cold with a slice of bread. You might also enjoy this with a salad or a bowl of soup. Finish off your hearty lunch with a fruit salad or just a piece of fruit.
Dinner: Tuna Soup plus Vegetables, Vegetables, Vegetables.
Dinner is the main meal and most people in Spain wouldn’t just eat tuna soup. They often will have some type of greens such as Sautéed Swiss Chard with Garlic plus a salad. Tuna soup can either the main meal or can be a side for a larger Sunday dinner. Personally, I love a nice simple salad when I eat tuna soup.
How to Cook Tuna
You will notice that the tuna filet is not added until the very end of making the soup. This is so you don’t overcook the fish. Tuna should only cook for about 5 minutes. Some people in Spain don’t even leave the heat on when they add the tuna so that it will only cook minimally. Cooking for a few minutes is the perfect way to make sure you have cooked the tuna enough.
Health Benefits of Tuna in the Mediterranean Diet
Fresh tuna (as well as canned) has been shown to have many health benefits in large part because of it’s high levels of omega-3 fats. Omega-3’s, found in most fatty fishes, has been found to decrease heart disease risk as well as potentially reducing risk of depression, mental decline, and even ADHD. Tuna is an anti-inflammatory food and can also improve your immune health. Tuna is also a great protein source if you are trying to lose weight.