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Makeshift Meals: Mexican Tuna Salad

First things first: #soulwork in the kitchen...

Song I'm Singing:

Words I'm Thinking:

Peace: It does not mean be in the place where there is no trouble, noise, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

This meal provides:

Protein: Egg and tuna

Fat: Egg, mayonnaise, and tuna (Tuna provides omega-3, heart healthy, fat!)

Carbohydrates with fiber: Lentils, celery, tomatoes, chiles

We are getting a wide range of vitamins and minerals because of the different food groups added, and the multiple colors (brown, red, green, yellow!).

No evening activities on my calendar, trying to utilize what I have, and thinking about all the people who are stuck inside right now with little interaction, lead to this...

I scanned my pantry and fridge for items that I refer to as "staples" and made a balanced meal from it. Not the best camera work; I'll prepare more next time and will work on my verbiage. ;) Welcome to my kitchen!


Mexican Tuna Salad

Makes 8 servings

What you need:

-4 eggs

-4 ribs of celery

-1, 15 oz. can of lentils, or any bean (black bean would be good!)

-4 oz. diced chiles

-4 spoonfuls of diced tomatoes with green chiles

-1, 12 oz. can tuna (white albacore in water, wild caught)

-1/4 C mayonnaise

-1 to 2 Tbsp. pickle juice

(If you have a bunch of cilantro and 1/4 red onion... Chop that up and add it! Yum.)

-1/2 tsp. chili powder

-1/2 tsp. garlic powder

-1/4 tsp. oregano

-1/4 tsp. black pepper

-a few shakes (~1/8 tsp.) of cumin

-1 tsp. sea or table salt (2 tsp. kosher salt)

What you do:

1. Bring water to boil, add eggs (gently!!! I didn't do it so gently...) and set timer for 7 minutes

2. Wash! & chop celery, add to a medium bowl

3. Open up cans, drain. Add whole can of lentils, tuna, and diced chiles. Add four spoonfuls of the diced tomatoes with chiles.

4. Add mayonnaise

5. Add 1-2 Tbsp. pickle juice

6. Add spices

7. When eggs are boiled and cooled (rinse with cold water), peel and cut into bite-sized pieces

8. Stir it all up. Add extra seasonings if desired! Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Serve by itself, on fresh tomato, with wholegrain crackers or bread, on lettuce...

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