Tuna balls? Yep, tuna balls.

These little balls of protein and carbs are the ultimate in fanciful post-training food. Bring them to feed an active crowd and they are sure to disappear quickly. Research suggests that curcumin, the phytochemical that gives curry powder its yellow hue, may help reduce inflammation and muscle soreness in response to strenuous exercise. These are great straight from the fridge or cooler, but you can also warm them in the microwave.

Enjoy this free recipe from Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports & Adventure by award-winning sports nutritionist Matt Kadey. Rocket Fuel offers 120 delicious, creative, and convenient recipes to power your everday exercise and weekend adventures. Take a look at Rocket Fuel!

Rocket Fuel Recipe Tuna Balls by Matt Kadey

Dairy-free, Freezer-friendly, Gluten-free, Paleo-friendly
Servings: 8
Active time: 20 min.

2/3 pound potato (about 1 medium-sized), peeled and cubed
2 (5-ounce) cans water-packed albacore or skipjack tuna, drained and flaked
1 large egg, lightly beaten
¼ cup golden raisins
2 tablespoons tahini
¼ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 scallion (green onion), chopped
Juice of ½ lemon
1½ teaspoons yellow curry powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Steam or boil potato until tender.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place potato in a large bowl and mash. Stir in remaining ingredients. Form into balls slightly smaller than golf ball–sized. You should have about 16 balls. Arrange on a lightly greased or parchment paper–lined baking sheet and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until darkened and crispy on the outside. Let cool and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Game Changers: Try canned salmon in place of tuna + Add chopped dried apricots in lieu of golden raisins + Mix in chopped basil instead of parsley

Rocket Fuel by Matt KadeyIn Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports & Adventure, award-winning dietitian Matt Kadey offers up 120 delicious, creative, and convenient real-food recipes to power your everyday exercise and weekend adventures.

 

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