It’s been a while. It is really nice to be back on the blog. I hope you are all enjoying Spring wherever you are. I just returned from 2 amazing weeks at the beach and feel so refreshed and ready to go. Early morning walks on the beach are one of my favorite ways to start the day. I am going to miss that fine white sand on my toes.
Spring at 9,000 feet is always interesting. It was nice to see almost of all the snow melted from our driveway when we got home and a warmish sunny day to greet us. The kids were a little disappointed that their sledding hill disappeared while we were away but they got over it pretty quick as we played soccer outside and played at the park.
So some of you might be surprised to see a recipe for tuna and wonder if you are on the right blog. Well, you are. Aside from being busy this winter in my ceramic studio and with the kids, I also starting eating meat again. I have been eating wild salmon for a while but expanded to other fish and meat. I can’t really explain all the reasons except that I was listening to my body and well, apparently it was craving chicken. I was cooking chicken for Eric and the kids one night using salt, pepper and coconut oil on the stove and as I was cutting it up for the kids, I popped a piece in my mouth. It was good, Before I knew it, I ate a whole piece! And then slowly I starting eating it here and there. We were driving to Denver one day and stopped for lunch and I was craving a tuna fish sandwich. I hadn’t had one in several years but the craving was really intense. So I decided to listen to my body and go for it. That’s really how it came about. Some of you may be surprised it wasn’t bacon that turned me. Well, I have enjoyed some of that too.
This blog will still be a mainly vegetarian food blog as that is what I mostly eat and cook but who knows where life and food will take me…
I am very conscious of where my meat comes from, just as I am about where my eggs come from and my vegetables and other food. I look for non-GMO labels on food packages and I usually stick with vegetarian food when I eat out in order to avoid factory farmed meats. I order a lot of our vegetables and meat from a nearby farmer so I know the source of my food and how the animals were raised. I am still adamantly opposed to factory farming and think it is truly important to be aware of where our food comes from.
So there you have it. And now for the recipe.
This is quick and easy with lots of healthy ingredients. I made some version of this several days while we were on the beach. It’s great for a picnic lunch! Parsley is not just a garnish in this recipe. Parsley is packed with Vitamins C and B, it is great for inflammation, cleansing, and it packed with folates and anti-oxidants. I have started to throw a handful of parsley in my morning smoothies. The Kalamata Olives and Capers add a nice bite to this salad while the Currants and a touch of sweetness.
Tuna and Kalamata Olive Salad (serves 2)
5 oz. Can Wild Tuna in water
1/4 Cup Kalamata Olives (pitted and roughly chopped)
2 tsp Capers
1-2 TBSP Dried Currants ( or Raisins)
1/4 Cup Parsley (chopped)
1 Celery Stick (finely chopped)
1 TBSP Organic Mayonnaise
1/2 tsp Mustard
pinch of salt and pepper
Lettuce or crackers
To make: Add tuna and celery to a bowl and mix together. Add mayo and mustard, salt and pepper and mix. Add olives, capers, currants and parsley and mix well.
Enjoy over lettuce, in a sandwich or with crackers.
I love it that you are back blogging Luisa and I especially love it that you are listening to your body and letting it guide your food choices!
Thanks Dina! I appreciate it and it is nice to be back.
This sounds positively delicious!!! And of course, I love reading about your kids. Re: parsley. My father, who I doubt very much you would remember, suffered from diverticulosis in his very late years. He couldn’t digest easily – the food would get caught in pockets of the intestine and eventually cause infection which was extremely painful, and so his diet got to be primarily liquid (lots and lots of heavy nutritious beers) but my mom always had a pot of parsley water brewing (like tea) and he loved it – he liked the taste and as you know, it is so, so good for you! But who knew that umpteen years ago! I think my mom was ahead of her times when it came to cooking only the freshest and most nutritious food. So maybe you inherited a little Sclafani gene! Love to all. Tina
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Tina! Of course I remember your father. Wasn’t he a swimmer? Aunt El was ahead of her time. I love that she knew intuitively that parsley would help him. Thanks for sharing that with me! Hope to see you soon. xoxo