05/25/2012 12:46 EDT | Updated 07/25/2012 05:12 EDT

Skip take-out calories and prepare homemade tuna burger with the fixings

This low-calorie tuna burger is just the ticket for those craving a treat that tastes like take-out without worrying about piling on the pounds.

It’s also a quick meal for those on the run.

Low-Cal Tuna Burger

Serve with crinkle-cut veggie sticks for a healthy side dish.

2 cans (each 85 g) tomato and onion flaked light tuna

2 egg whites

125 ml (1/2 cup) panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)

2 lettuce leaves

2 whole-grain kaiser rolls (sliced horizontally)

30 ml (2 tbsp) non-fat cottage cheese

2 cloves roasted garlic

2 tomato slices

2 onion slices

2 strips turkey bacon, cooked

2 dill pickles, for garnish

In a large bowl, combine tuna, egg whites and panko. Form into 2 burger patties.

In a small bowl, mix together cottage cheese and roasted garlic. Set aside.

In a saute pan over medium-high heat, place tuna burger patties and saute for 3 minutes per side.

Place lettuce leaf on one half of each kaiser roll and top with seared tuna burger.

Place 15 ml (1 tbsp) of the cottage cheese mixture on top, followed by tomato, onion and turkey bacon. Place remaining half of kaiser roll on top and skewer with a dill pickle.

Makes 2 servings.

Source: Clover Leaf.