Meep Meep!

I feel a little like this guy today.

road_runner

Yep, been running around like a crazy person all day, and I still have things to do!  Meep meep! 

I’ve been bopping around all day, starting with a busy day at work, followed by an after school meeting, grocery shopping, running, cleaning, dinner, returning phone calls, and various other tasks that are making me feel a tiny bit wiped out tonight!  I might need a cookie later as a reward! Open-mouthed smile

At any rate, I whipped up a quick and easy Party of One salad for a light dinner.  It was protein-packed and just what I wanted!  Love dinners like that!

White Bean Tuna Salad

Serves one—inspired by this recipe.

1 4.5 oz package Starkist Lemon Pepper Tuna (or any flavored or unflavored tuna you like)

1/2 cup white beans, drained and rinsed

2 artichoke hearts, quartered

1/2 T. capers

1/2 T. olive oil

1/4 T. lemon juice

1 scallion—green part only, sliced thinly

Sea salt & pepper

5 cherry tomatoes

2 cups baby spinach

The star of this salad is easily the tuna—Starkist Lemon Pepper Tuna Creations!  They have all kinds of flavors—I’ve also tried the Herb & Garlic and the Sweet & Spicy—and they are FANtastic! 

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Even though it’s “zesty,” it’s not overly peppery or lemony—those tuna chefs were on point with the flavor balance here!  I loved it on this salad, but I really want to try it in a taco, like they have on the packaging.  Looks tasty, no?

Putting this together couldn’t be easier.  Just throw everything from the tuna to the S&P in a bowl and toss it gently together.  If you have some extra time, let it sit for a little bit so the flavors can marry together.

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Then, just pile it on top a bed of spinach, throw some tomatoes on top, and you’re good to go!

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Yum, right?  And when I say packed with protein, I mean PACKED!!!  The tuna and beans are full of it, but the salad itself isn’t overly filling, just light and refreshing. 

I love all the different textures and flavors going on here, too!

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The white beans add a touch of creaminess while the artichokes and capers make it just slightly salty and tangy. 

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Plus, you get the great ‘pop’ in your mouth from the cherry tomatoes!  I love how they burst! 

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Quick, easy, (cheap!), and super satisfying, this may become a go-to summer dinner for me! 

Oooh, and at the store this afternoon I found these.

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Mulitgrain Ciabatta???  On SALE?????  Sold!  It’s true, I swoon over baked goods in general, but fill ‘em full of grains and mark them down to half price, and I’m helpless.  It’s actually kind of amazing that I didn’t buy every single bag they had! 

I toasted up half with a smear of Smart Balance Light and some garlic salt for the best garlic bread!

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Check out the grain-age!

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Just looking at that makes me want seconds . . . good thing there’s another half close by! Winking smile

Off to return some calls and do a little work before bed.  Can’t wait until my head hits the pillow tonight!

What’s your grocery store weakness???  Sales?  New nut butters?  Produce? 

I love a good sale, and I have a hard time resisting the nut butter aisle, especially at Trader Joes! 

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5 thoughts on “Meep Meep!

  1. I love your salad! Artichoke hearts are one of my favorite salad additions, something about the slight vinegar-y flavor mmm mm!

    I am a sucker for good produce, especially at the farmer’s market. I’m willing to a pay more to support the local farmer’s so we end up spending more when we go!

    I hope you have a restful evening after your busy day! 🙂

  2. I’m gonna put white beans on my grocery list. I’ve had them in vegetarian chili, but this is a great idea you have here, too. And just so you know, I scroll back up to that bread pic like 3 times… wait. 4 times.

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