how to find the best of everything 

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Tuna with Sauerkraut

The other day, I received an email from Safe Catch, a canned tuna company that uses higher-than-industry-standards for mercury testing (they test every single fish!) and buys only from sea captains using sustainable fishing methods.  In the email, a recipe mentioned using sauerkraut in tuna salad.  Hmmm.  It got me thinking.  I like sauerkraut, and I had some in my fridge, and some canned tuna in the pantry (not Safe Catch, as this email was the first I’d heard of them, but after reading up on their company, I decided to grab a couple cans last time I was at Wegmans).  And I try to eat something fermented every day (probiotics, man!), so why not?


Here’s my spin on the tuna-sauerkraut recipe:

1 can tuna (approx 6 oz)

1/3 C sauerkraut

1 small apple, chopped

1 tsp caraway seeds

dressing: 2 T homemade mayo, 1 T dijion mustard, a dash of apple cider vinegar

1 T toasted pistachios

Mix mayo, djion and vinegar; add a pinch of salt. Drain tuna and mix all ingredients together, stir with dressing. Serve over greens and top with pistachios, or with really good rye bread.



best tea EVER

I would not call myself a “tea person.”  Nine times out of ten, I’d much prefer a steaming cup of coffee with just a little too much flavored creamer stirred in.  I love the slightly creamy, sweetness of such flavors as French Vanilla, English Butter Toffee, Caramel Macchiato and Creme Brulee, just to name a few.

I read a magazine article once that rated just how bad for your health some things were, like binge-eating on the weekends, skipping breakfast and skipping a workout.  Flavored non-dairy creamer was one of them.  And it was bad.  Surprisingly bad.  Basically, the article said if it’s possible to kick your creamer habit, do it.  Like, yesterday.  (They, of course, recommend replacing it with a ‘splash of skim milk and a teaspoon of sugar.  Or, better yet, skip the sugar and add some cinnamon.’  Seriously?  Creamer makes coffee worth drinking!)

While I’m all for implementing the various health-related tidbits of wisdom I pick up here and there, this is one I will not.  WILL NOT.  I LOVE flavored creamer.  LOVE.  I have got to run enough to deserve at least one vice.  (Or five.)  So, I will not be giving up my creamer any time soon.  In fact, I just might add another flavor to my arsenal today.  (Yes, I’ve been known to keep 3-4 different flavors in the fridge door at any given time, especially during Christmas.)

ANYWAY…all this to say, I’m not a huge tea-drinker.  I do, however, like to keep a stash of “before bedtime” and energizing teas around just for those times I’d like a warm drink but not coffee.  (I can’t do caffeine past about 4 p.m. or I turn into a gremlin and toss and turn until 3 a.m.)

However, in the midst of my current weight-loss campaign, I’ve begun to drink more and more tea as it’s only an expense of 15 or so calories for a teaspoon of honey.  A nice pick-me-up in the afternoon that won’t break the caloric bank.  I currently have peach, peppermint (leftover from Christmas), a green and white combo tea and a nighttime relaxing blend (which I just pitched the last couple bags of as I’ve figured out I’m not a huge fan of chamomile).

Then I found this:

I LOVE it.  I am completely obsessed with ginger right now, so when I saw it at Kroger, I just had to get it.  Bonus that it aids in digestion!  Seriously, if I could only have one tea for the rest of my life, this would be it.  It’s just slightly sweet with a hint of warmth from the ginger.  I must have gotten it a couple weeks ago; I just finished my last bag today!  I’ve already purchased a new box for myself, and one for a special friend who just happens to have a birthday coming up…

If you like tea and ginger, go get this.  Now.