I have a confession to make: anytime I hear anyone talk about a Cooking Light recipe, my eyes glaze over and I sort of just stop listening all together. Just not interested. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those “Paula-Dean-butter-and-fat-lovin” kind of cooks that hates all things healthy – I just tend to think cooking light = no flavor. I don’t really know why…I know, I know – it doesn’t really make sense. So, with that thought in mind, I decided to give Cooking Light a try. I found one of those magazine/cookbooks at my grocery store, flipped through it, and found a few recipes that actually didn’t sound half bad – so I bought it. So far, everything I’ve made out of it has been pretty tasty – including these tuna steaks with green goddess aioli.

This was a delicious meal! Of course, I love anything with avocados! The green goddess aioli would be great on just about anything, I think! Super easy to make and not to mention quick! I made my tuna extra spicy, which was really nicely balanced by the coolness of the aioli. I served it with some oven roasted potato wedges, grilled veggies and grilled sourdough bread.

Tuna Steaks with Green Goddess Aioli
-Adapted from Cooking Light

For the Aioli:
1/4 Cup fat-free sour cream (I used reduced fat)
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil (I used more like 2 or 3 tablespoons because I love basil!)
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
2 Tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon lemon juice (I used 2 or 3)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 garlic clove, chopped

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

For the Tuna:
Season 2 to 4 tuna steaks on both sides with salt, pepper, ground cumin and cayenne pepper (I used a lot), and cook on a grill pan (over medium-high heat) for two minutes on each side until desired doneness.

Spoon green goddess aioli over tuna steaks and serve.

So, I guess this proves that Cooking Light really isn’t so bad – they’ve got some pretty yummy recipes, actually! From now on, anytime someone tells me about a Cooking Light recipe – I’ll actually listen! Maybe even get the recipe from them to try for myself! See, I’m growing…..



  1. Ooooh… yummy!! I’m DEFINITELY going to try the aioli!! :)


    Comment by hornedfroggy — May 28, 2008 @ 5:26 PM

  2. I do the exact same thing with Cooking Light. And I don’t need tons of butter to enjoy food either. But I’d rather choose recipes that are naturally light than make something that’s been altered to be light. However, this looks great.


    Comment by Bridget — May 28, 2008 @ 6:13 PM

  3. This looks really flavorful and, well…light! Good recipe choice!


    Comment by Kelsey — May 29, 2008 @ 1:57 PM

  4. Sounds good! I might use this with my diabetes classes.


    Comment by Aunt Josie — June 4, 2008 @ 9:10 AM

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