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Recipe Challenge: Gabe’s 5 Minute Dinner

Kathy Pariani, RD | Nutrition Specialist
/ April 1, 2021

When my lovely friend Gabe told me this was on the menu, I thought it was the oddest combination of ingredients I had ever heard of. But, seasoned just right, and ready in 5 minutes, it is now one of my favorites. Feel free to substitute another protein if you aren’t an ahi tuna lover. You may notice this dish has a higher fat and lower carb content than most of our VLCD meals, although it still comes in around the 300 calorie mark. It’s a great opportunity to practice awareness of satiety signals after eating a higher fat meal.

Makes 1 serving


  • ¾ cup chopped beets – purchase pre-steamed for a super quick meal
  • ½ cup cubed avocado
  • 1 oz shaved parmesan 
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 3 oz ahi tuna, sashimi grade
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • Coarse salt to taste

Directions: Sear the ahi or leave raw and slice if you prefer. Mix all ingredients together.

Nutrition Facts: 320 calories, 18g carbohydrates (7g fiber, 9g sugar, 0g added sugar), 28g protein, 16g fat

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