Good morning! It’s Wednesday, so I’m linking up to share my meals from Monday- my day off.
Besides sharing my meals (that were all rather tasty), I’m sharing a recipe. It’s not totally my recipe, but a spin-off of an absolute favorite dish my Mom would make for us- Tuna & Macaroni Salad.
Breakfast: Baked oatmeal (1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/4 cup applesauce, 1/4 cup almond milk, cinnamon, 1/4 tsp baking powder) with cinnamon raisin peanut butter and half a banana. Served with HOT coffee and finished with a piece of 85% dark chocolate.
Tuna is one of those foods that I have loved as a long as I can remember. You know those little tuna salad kits that come with the little relish and mayo packets and little wooden spoon to stir everything together? I probably brought one of those to pre-school 90% of them time. And I probably wished it was 100%.
Pre-gym snack: peanut butter filled pretzels. SO DANG ADDICTIVE. These are like kryptonite.
Is there a dish that your mom or dad would make that just screams “comfort food!”? I think of my Mom’s country fried steak that she would make on Sundays after church. Or her vegetable beef soup that she would make at least once a week during the winter. She would put canned whole tomatoes and big lima beans in her soup and that’s what made it my favorite. Those plus the tuna & macaroni salad were my all time favs. The soup is next on my list to make.
Lunch: 2 rice cakes with neufchatel cheese and sliced almonds, sweet potato broccoli soup (which I made with almond milk instead of coconut and it worked great), and an orange. Soon after lunch I enjoyed an almond milk latte at group project meeting for class.
The tuna & macaroni salad was a quick summertime or school night meal. It made everybody happy. Not to mention, as an adult and grad student I can appreciate the fact that it is super budget friendly.
Snack: Popcorn with raisins and a few dark chocolate chips. I tried the brown paper bag method and probably only 1/5th of my kernels popped. Try again next time… I suppose. Though to be real, air popped popcorn kind of sucks. Like it can’t even hang on to a little salt!?
As we know, comfort food isn’t always pretty. Neither is my favorite comfort sweater I like to wear around the house but Terry absolutely hates. (See below). Comfort food, however, is a great reminder of how food usually means more than just nutrients. Sometimes it can remind of us our childhood or our first date or freshman year when those microwave lasagnas were the best thing ever.
So while this tuna & macaroni salad isn’t the hippest- it’s definitely delicious. And thanks to the Greek yogurt, peas, and whole grain noodles, it’s nutritious too.
Dinner: Tuna & macaroni salad with carrot fries dipped in ketchup
Tuna & Macaroni Salad
2 cups dry macaroni noodles
1 cup frozen or fresh peas
2 5 oz cans tuna, drained
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup mayo (I used olive oil mayo)
2-4 tbsp yellow mustard
Salt, pepper, and dried dill to taste
Optional: 1/4 cup relish (wish I had this on hand!)
1. Cook noodles according to package, add frozen peas in with boiling noodles during last few minutes. Once noodles are tender, drain.
2. In large bowl, mix well together the Greek yogurt, mayo, mustard, seasonings, and relish. Add tuna and stir into mixture.
3. Add the noodles and peas with the mixture and still until well combined.
4. Refrigerate until cooled or serve immediately.
[In reference to the whole grain noodles and my attempt to lower my fiber intake… old habits are hard to break.]
More coffee at book club. Some people are social drinkers… I’m just a social coffee drinker
Speaking of comfort foods, night time snacks are probably the epitome of that for me. Maybe I’m not hungry for it, but it just feels right. I’m going on 6 or more years of consistently having a snack before bed time and I’m pretty comfortable with it.
Snack: S’more bar (recipe coming soon!!) and almond milk
Now, you tell me-
Favorite childhood meal?
Are you a tuna fan?