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Tuna Patties with Dill Sauce

 Tuna Patties with Dill Sauce
These tender golden tuna patties, draped with a creamy dill sauce, have a wonderful blend of flavors. Parsnips are the "secret ingredient". They replace part of the traditional bread crumbs...and add moisture, fiber and extra nutrition.
4 ServingsPrep: 45 min. Cook: 10 min.


  • 2 large parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs (about 1 slice)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) light water-packed tuna, drained and flaked
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed


  • Place parsnips in a saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until tender.
  • Drain well.
  • Place parsnips in a food processor or blender; cover and process
  • until smooth. In a bowl, combine 1 cup pureed parsnips, egg whites,
  • bread crumbs, onions, parsley, lemon juice and peel, dill and

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Tuna Patties with Dill Sauce (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • pepper. Add tuna and mix well. Shape into eight 1/2-in.-thick
  • patties (patties will be soft).
  • In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook patties
  • for 5-6 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Combine the
  • sauce ingredients in a small bowl; serve with tuna patties. Yield: 4
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: One serving (2 patties with 2 tablespoons sauce) equals 211 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 55 mg cholesterol, 635 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 26 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1/2 fat.
Wine: Light-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.