The Energy Chef: Herb's Easy, Elegant Party Appetizer

Thanksgiving is around the corner and holiday parties will be in full swing before you know it. Whether you're hosting a Thanksgiving feast or a casual dinner party, these easy, elegant Parmesan crisps will be the star of your bash. They're sweet, spicy, salty and tart all at once, and each one has just 70 calories!

Seared Spicy Tuna on Basil Parmesan Crisps  With Apricot Jam

Yield: About 16 pieces
1-pound piece sushi grade tuna
2 tablespoons Cajun spice rub
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup apricot jam

Rub tuna with Cajun seasoning and set aside.  In small bowl mix cheese and basil. Place tablespoons of the cheese mixture on a baking sheet lined with a silicon baking mat or wax paper sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 6 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden. Set aside to cool. Heat oil in a medium pan and cook tuna 2 min per side for medium rare. Thinly slice tuna place it on top of the Parmesan crisps along with a dollop of apricot jam.

Nutrition Info Per Piece
Calories: 72
Total Fat:  2 grams
Saturated Fat: 1 gram
Total Carbohydrate: 6 grams
Protein: 8 grams
Sodium: 262 milligrams
Cholesterol: 14 milligrams
Fiber:  0 gram

Next Food Network Star season 6 finalist Herb Mesa is a restaurant-trained chef, a self-taught healthy cuisine chef and a certified personal trainer. Herb teaches "balance through food and fitness," and works as a personal chef and trainer in Atlanta.

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