Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Labor Day – Tuna and White Bean Salad

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on September 4, 2009 ][ In Fish, Salads ]

Labor Day weekend is here but that shouldn’t mean laboring in the kitchen. It shouldn’t mean eating hot dogs, chips and dip and cheap store bought cookies all weekend either.
I tried a new recipe last weekend that gets high ratings in simplicity, speed of preparation and taste. Even my children gave it a 6 to 8 out of 10. Did I mention healthy? The leftovers were also good for lunch the next day. Give this a try this weekend.

Tuna and White Bean Salad
2 15 ounce cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
3 large Roma tomatoes, chopped
1/3 cup chopped red onion
1/3 cup chopped orange or yellow sweet pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
3 TBSP. white wine vinegar
2 TBSP. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 6 ounce fresh or frozen tuna steak
salad greens, your favorite

Combine beans, tomatoes, onion, sweet pepper in a large bowl. Set aside.
Combine oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a screw top jar. Shake well. Pour over bean mixture and toss to coat. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Thaw frozen tuna. Rinse and pat tuna dry. Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook 8 to 12 minutes or until fish flakes, turning once. Do not over cook. Tuna tastes best when still pink in the middle. Break into pieces and add to bean mixture. Toss gently to combine. Serve over salad greens. Add some hearty bread and your meal is complete.

My family is hiking this weekend. A little time spent outdoors in the fresh air will revive everyone. Have a great weekend.

Upadated on September 4, 2009

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