March 16, 2015

Asian Tuna Cakes

I am always looking for quick, easy and delicious meals to cook for my husband and me. We have a sit down dinner together every night, so finding new recipes to thrown in with old favorites is key! I made this dinner last week, and wanted to share it with you all! The best part is, its relatively low carb, and took about 30 minutes to cook from start to finish. I assembled the tuna cakes first and got them on the skillet. While they are cooking, I made the slaw, and then cooked the bok choy in the pan with the droppings from the tuna cakes for extra flavor. Enjoy!

Asian Tuna Cakes
2 cans of tuna packed in water
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
3 green onions, minced
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp teriyaki sauce (or Asian salad dressing)
1 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup cornmeal
  1. In a large bowl, mix the tuna, egg, bread crumbs, onions and garlic together. 
  2. Blend in soy sauce, teriyaki (or asian dressing), ketchup, sesame oil and black pepper together into the mixture.  
  3. Form the mixture into about 6 patties, about an inch thick. 
  4. Dust the patties on all sides with cornmeal. 
  5. Heat a skillet with olive oil over medium heat. 
  6. Cook the patties for about five minutes on each side, or until a golden brown. 

Asian Slaw
(Makes about 4 servings, adjust as necessary)
1 bag of broccoli slaw
1 avocado, chopped
1/2 cup wasabi peas
1/2 cup shelled edamame
Asian salad dressing
  1. While the tuna cakes are cooking, add all ingredients into a serving bowl
  2. Top with Asian salad dressing and toss throughout
  3. Try not to pick at it before it's served :)
Sauteed Bok Choy
1 container of baby bok choy
sesame oil
salt and pepper
non stick cooking spray
  1. Prepare the bok choy by slicing off the ends 
  2. Sprinkle the sesame oil across the bok choy
  3. Season with salt and pepper
  4. After you take off the tuna cakes, spray the pan with non stick cooking spray
  5. Add the bok choy and saute in the pan (make sure the extra seasonings from the tuna cakes are still in the pan) for about 3 minutes until it starts to get slightly soft
  6. Serve and enjoy!
Let me know if you tried any of this and what you think! 

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March 15, 2015

5 Ways to Use Broccoli Slaw!

I was sitting around, having some vino (shocking), Friday night and got to talking about this magical little bag of goodness you can get in the grocery store...broccoli slaw. If you are fortunate enough to live by my favorite MECCA of all things delicious and price conscious, Trader Joe's, you have surely seen or maybe even bought a bag of this stuff in the produce case. So what do you do with it? I am sharing with you 5 different ways to use broccoli slaw everyday! 
1. Asian Slaw: Probably my favorite way to use this yummy veggie. I mix the slaw with asian dressing, chopped avocado, sliced steak or shrimp (any protein really), edamame and wasabi peas. It is a VERY filling and fresh alternative to the traditional salad. 
2. Italian "Pasta": VERY revolutionary in my house...I use broccoli slaw as a "pasta" substitution with my favorite sauce. First, sauté the slaw on a skillet for about 5 minutes until the slaw begins to get a little limp. Then, add any extra fixings to your pasta dish. These could be turkey meatballs, leftover pork, red peppers--whatever your little heart desires. The last step is to add your favorite sauce to the mix. Let it simmer for another 5-8 minutes until everything warms through. Bon Appetit! 
3. Broccoli Slaw "Rice": A very quick way to make "rice" is to throw this bad boy in the food processor. Add some garlic, salt, pepper and a splash of olive oil, and you have a tasty side dish!
4. Broccoli Slaw Stir Fry: Add a bag of slaw on the skillet with your favorite sliced up protein for about 10 minutes until everything warms through. You can even add water chestnuts, bok choy or brown rice to add extra punch. 
5. Mexican Slaw Tacos: Use broccoli slaw as your taco filling! You can mix it with salsa first to help keep everything together in your taco. 
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March 14, 2015

"Body Shaming" Part 2

I was so overwhelmed by all of the amazing responses from my post the other day about my personal experience with body shaming. THANK YOU so much for taking the time to read my perspective. My hope is that it starts a conversation, or makes you think twice next time before talking about someone. Like my mom says, If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all, right? It further solidifies that I was NOT ALONE during some painful periods in my life, and WOW, I wish I knew that there were other people out there going through the same thing. The purpose of this blog post is to share a bit of what I learned along the way to help anyone who struggles with issues that fall under; being hard on yourself, trying to be "perfect," or just feeling you are not good enough.

As a side note
, which further solidifies my point...I noticed on my newsfeed Friday morning, that Kathy Griffin just quit E!'s "Fashion Police" after Kelly Osbourne quit the show not to long ago. My favorite line in her tweet was, "I do not want to use my comedy to attribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and tolerance towards difference." I really, truly hope that E! realizes that they are just feeding the monster that breaks down women. If they do decide to continue the show, I would rather see educated fashion people talking with an informed perspective on trends and craftmanship, instead of making fun of celebrities on their choices. If they wore something on the red carpet, they obviously liked the garment for one reason or another--why should we rain on their parade? 

So to expand my message from yesterday I am very lucky to have a fantastic support network. I know that I put my inner circle through hell dealing with my frantic phone calls, rambling text messages or negative attitude circulating around something I ate, or that my pants were tight. Despite having so many people around me, and everything else in my life stable and positive (gainfully employed, planning my dream wedding, a beautiful home, etc.), inside I felt so incredibly empty and alone. I wish I could have found someone along the way that felt the same way I did, and experienced the same issues I was experiencing. If you resonate with anything I have shared, and you just need someone to talk to you, I BEG YOU to get in touch with me. I am always attached to  my phone, so an email, facebook message or text will never be ignored.