I feel a little like this guy today.
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!
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!
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.
Then, just pile it on top a bed of spinach, throw some tomatoes on top, and you’re good to go!
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!
The white beans add a touch of creaminess while the artichokes and capers make it just slightly salty and tangy.
Plus, you get the great ‘pop’ in your mouth from the cherry tomatoes! I love how they burst!
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.
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!
Check out the grain-age!
Just looking at that makes me want seconds . . . good thing there’s another half close by!
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!