Do you ever have those nights when you are running around and your whole family is at different activities and eating at different times? I know this happens all the time to people. That is why it is important to always have fresh healthy ingredients on hand so you can whip something up quick! This was the case for us last night. I didn’t get home until late and I was starving. Instead of grabbing something processed and quick, I knew I could make something good for me with ingredients that I had on hand. I have never been a huge fan of tuna but it is easy, fast, low in calories, a natural source of omega 3, and full of protein. Tuna salad is usually full of mayo but I used an avocado to bind the ingredients and the results were fabulous! This tomato dish recipe was adapted from a recipe in Gourmet Nutrition. I always have to change a few things when I read recipes or at least adapt them to what I have on hand. I will for sure be making this one again. I already have a few ideas in mind for it and how to turn it into a main dish.
Sweet Balsamic Grape Tomatoes (adapted from Gourmet Nutrition)
1 Tbsp olive oil (I used tuscan and herb olive oil)
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp pure honey (I used organic)
Cherry tomatoes (I used grape tomatoes)
1/4 cup pine nuts (I used a little less than that)
Salt (I used Himalayan pink salt)
Optional~I also sprinkled it with parsley when I was done. I would have preferred basil but I did not have any.
Heat your pan to medium heat. Add oil, vinegar, honey, tomatoes, pine nuts,and salt and pepper. Saute until hot until tomatoes are hot to the touch. Remove tomatoes and set aside, leaving the pine nuts and sauce to thicken. Pour thickened sauce over tomatoes and serve.
sprinkle with fresh basil or parsley
Veggie Tuna Salad
1 2.6 oz bag of tuna in water (you could use 2)
1 cup of broccoli slaw
a few broocoli small florets
1/4 of a red pepper chopped
1/4 of a cucumber chopped
1 Tbsp finely chopped onion
1 fresh avocado
1 Tbsp of fresh squeezed lemon jiuce
salt to taste
pepper to taste
paprika to taste
romaine lettuce leaves
Mix the tuna and the veggies all together in a bowl. Add the avocado and mash with a fork. Squeeze the lemon juice in and add seasonings to taste. Toss it all together and serve in a lettuce leaf. You could also serve on whole grain toast, pita, or whole grain wrap.
Cooking quick and healthy meals does not require a lot of cooking skills or time. Just start practicing throwing different ingredients together and see what you come up with. Prep and shop on weekends if that helps.