Mediterranean Tuna Salad Collard Wraps for a New Year, New You

 Mediterranean Tuna Salad Collard Wraps for a New Year, New You

When I was a kid my favorite sandwich was a tuna fish sandwich. And it continued to be my favorite up until college when I was ordering them every Thursday at Subway. I kid you not, I was on a schedule with that joint. It creeps me out to think about how much mayo I used to it, but I digress. And thankfully, I’ve learned a thing or two, like don’t ever eat Subway and spend a heck of a lot less making your own sandwiches.

Bumble Bee Tuna is one of the only kind of canned tuna I’ll buy, which is why I agreed to do a campaign with these lovely folks. They’ve got a focus on health and wellness, and offer tips and recipe swaps on their site. With all the resolutions we’ve made this January, you’re sure to find a recipe that fits your “new year, new you” lifestyle.

Now most people think of canned tuna and think ew, no. I mean what else can one do besides throw a bunch of mayo into it and plop it on some bread? Ohhhh a lot. For example, you can make tuna tartines, tuna pasta bakes, stuffed tomatoes, tuna burgers, or tuna cakes. Yep, you can get fancy with your canned tuna.

For my recipe, I used the Prime Fillet Solid White, as it is the only Whole30 compliant option. The others I found contained soy. The prime is a firmer, higher quality option.

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Mediterranean Tuna Salad Collard Wraps

  • 4-6 collard greens, stems removed
  • 1 (5 oz.) can of tuna
  • 1/4 cup olives, chopped
  • 2 artichoke hearts, chopped
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. In a medium bowl, mash tuna with the back of a fork. Add olives, artichoke hearts, lemon juice, and seasonings and lightly mix.
  2. Spoon tunamixture onto center of leaf and spread lightly, leaving room around the edges. Fold sides of leaf in and roll from stem end to top. Repeat with remaining leaves.

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What are your favorite tuna salad recipes?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

The Friday Five 1.30.15

1. Reading:

2. Listening: Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” from the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack. Someone in EDM needs to remix this ASAP. Side note: I don’t think this girl has a single song that isn’t amazing.

3. Eating: Well, I’m on Day 6 of Whole30 so nothing too exciting. Apples and homemade almond butter have been my favorite “treat.”

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4. Bookmarking: This Curried Cauliflower Soup will be perfect for the next cold blast we’re getting. And it’s Whole30 friendly!

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5. GIFs!

when blizzard juno started on monday

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checking to make sure my hair hasn’t frozen

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trying to carry my library books while walking home…over ice

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reassuring myself when i completely wiped out (first time falling on ice wednesday, CHECK)

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when i read we were getting two more storms in the next week

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how i’m sure i’ll feel after the second

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have a great weekend! go pats!

Cinnamon Spiced Crispy Carrots

Inspiration for today’s recipe came from an awesome vegetarian cookbook I found at the library last weekend. The Forest Feast features 100 vegetable-based recipes, all requiring four ingredients or less. They’re all very simple and require very few steps. I like this approach a lot, as the protein portion of a meal often requires much more time and effort. By the time I get to side dishes, I want something a bit easier.

In addition to recipes, the cookbook is full of gorgeous food photography, making it a great coffee table item. I also love that the author, Erin Gleeson, grew up on an apple orchard in California but moved to New York to fulfill her dreams of becoming a photographer. She later started her blog, The Forest Feast, which led to this book. Have a look at it — visually speaking it reminds me of an Anthro store. icon smile Cinnamon Spiced Crispy Carrots

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Cinnamon Spiced Crispy Carrots, adapted from The Forest Feast

  • 4 large carrots
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

Use a peeler to make large ribbons from carrots. Add carrots to a bowl, and mix with coconut oil, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and nutmeg. Bake for 30 minutes at 325* or until edges are crispy.

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I ended up topping mine with some toasted almonds for extra crunch. Just FYI, the original recipe calls for olive oil and curry powder, where I used coconut oil and the other spices. I think both ways would be great. Other spice combos you could do:

  • cumin, garlic powder, cayenne
  • brown sugar, cinnamon
  • thyme, lemon
  • mustard, cumin, coriander

Which flavor combo would you like best? What spices do you usually roast carrots with?

Gotta love a random survey!

Thanking my Charleston girl Carly for this survey. Check out her blog! She’s a gem and one of my inspirations for doing Whole30.

(1) What is your current health-related goal?
Successfully complete Whole30. I love a good health challenge, and have found that I enjoy food/diet-related challenges more difficult than fitness-related ones. That said, my diet needed a bit of a reboot, so I hope this gets me in check! I’ve completed 3 days so far, and while that’s only 10%, it’s a start!

(2) What is your biggest irrational fear?
Ugh, I hate admitting this but I’m so scared of someone breaking into my house. When my roommate isn’t home, I barely sleep. And when I have someone sleeping over with me I sleep like a baby! I’m also slightly petrified of falling/being pushed onto the subway tracks. Ew.

(3) Do you enjoy wrapping presents?
Nope! I like putting things in bags though. Ha. My grandmother is one of the best present wrappers I’ve ever known and I’m sad that I did not acquire that gene from her. I did get her gin-loving gene though!

(4) What is your favorite cross-training activity?
Kickboxing. Pow!

(5) If I came to visit you, what would we do?
That would really depend on the season, but one thing is for sure, we would EAT. Even in the winter, I try to walk around/explore a lot. There are some great museums here too.

(6) 2 weeks off and plane tickets anywhere… Where to?
Greece! Or Italy.

(7) What’s the most embarrassing thing to happen to you during a run or a race?
Nothing embarrassing, actually. I’ve almost been hit by a car several times but I wouldn’t call that embarrassing.

(8) 3 best days of your life?
Graduating college, my first day in Italy, the day I moved to MA.

(9) You MUST eat a fast food meal… Which restaurant do you choose and what is your order?
B.Good!! My favorite menu item is the Southwestern Chicken Salad.

(10) Have you ever met a celebrity?
Yes. Josh Hartnett, Mekhi Phifer, Julia Stiles, Martin Sheen — all when we were extras in the movie O. And last summer I met a bunch of the Patriots players, including the ultra hunk, Julian Edelman.

(11) Share a photo of yourself not wearing workout clothes: This made me laugh, because these days, it’s rare that I’m not in workout clothes. Regardless if I’m working out or not. icon wink Gotta love a random survey!

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(12) If you could choose a “do-over” career, what would it be?
I would *love* to be a talk show host. Or have a cooking show.

(13) If you won an Olympic Gold Medal, how do you think you’d react?
Hahah, I’d be like “How on earth?” And then pop champagne.

(14) What did you want for Christmas?
Honestly I was just so excited to be with my MA family this past year.

(15) What skill do you lack?
Balance!! I walk into stuff a lot. And my lunges are pretty sad. How was I ever a gymnast?