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Star’s Tuna Salad Recipe

On Sunday I posted a similar recipe instead of the actual recipe for Tuna Salad. I pleaded with my friend Star to give me her recipe (even though she doesn’t use recipes). So this is what she came up with. Enjoy!


Keep in mind that there are no exact measurements – have fun and make this one your own. Here’s what happens … approximately:

1 large can white albacore tuna (drained … please leave the juice outside for stray kitties)

2 hard boiled eggs – chopped up

1 super sweet onion finely chopped

1 grated carrot

Couple of stalks of celery – finely sliced

A handful of dried cranberries or anything else appealing that happens to be in the cupboard

A yellow or red pepper chopped

A mixture of nayonaise or mayonnaise (low fat)

Sprinkles of pepper

Lavish sprinkles of curry (mild curry is best)

Taste test and add what it needs. Sometimes an addition of sweet relish is good, but keep in mind no everyone likes it. Also – a chopped tart apple is good too if you feel like it.



Curried Tuna Salad Lunch

Sunday morning’s swim was relaxing as opposed to being a strenuous workout; mostly because I woke up sore from Saturday’s weight lifting. I didn’t push myself and just let my body tell me how fast I could go. After 45 minutes in the pool, I relaxed in the hot tub, steam room and sauna for a bit.

I went to a friend’s house for lunch. She needed help unpacking after her move so she bribed me with yummy curry tuna salad. 🙂 Instead of a sandwich, we put the tuna salad on top of lettuce and a scoop of cottage cheese and called that lunch. It was delicious!

For dessert she got an “Extra Sweet Tuscan cantaloupe”. It’s really good and much sweeter than regular cantaloupe!

This isn’t the exact recipe that my friend used because she never cooks from a recipe and it changes every time!

Curried Tuna Salad

Canned albacore tuna (drained)

chopped green onion

chopped red pepper

chopped apple

chopped onion

chopped celery

mayo (or plain yogurt)

curry powder



I’ve recreated something similar on my own and I add shredded carrots and pickle to it too. I love the idea of just putting it on top of a salad instead of eating it as a sandwich. Saves a lot of calories! And it was so filling I really didn’t need the cantaloupe with it.

Is Tuna good for you?


  1. Tuna, like other fish, is full of omega-3 fatty acids. These help to eliminate erratic heart beats, and that lowers the risk of blood clots and heart attacks.
  2. Triglycerides

  3. Triglycerides are a type of fat that–when present in great amounts–contributes to high cholesterol. Eating tuna lowers the triglyceride content in a person to normal, healthy amounts.
  4. Stroke

  5. Since eating tuna helps prevent blood clots and also improves blood flow, it can help prevent strokes. Eating only 1 to 3 servings a month is enough to lower the risk of stroke in a person.
  6. Skin

  7. The omega-3 count in tuna is greatly beneficial to skin care. It helps to reduce inflammation, which helps reduce the risk of sunburn and skin cancer.
  8. Liver

  9. Tuna is a good source of selenium as well as omega-3. This is important in liver health, which helps to promote detoxification of the body.

QUESTION: Do you have a really good tuna salad recipe? Share it!

Best Carrot Cake You’ll Ever Have

Carrot Cake

I didn’t get a great picture of the carrot cake my Grandma made, but if you look to the left of this picture you can see it. And trust me when I say it’s the best carrot cake I’ve ever had.

Carrot Cake Recipe

2 c flour

1 ½ c oil

2 c sugar

3 c shredded carrots

4 eggs, beaten

2 heaping teaspoons cinnamon

2 tsp soda

1 dash salt

carrots, grated

Mix above ingredients well, then add carrots and mix again. Place in greased dish 9 x 13, not floured.

Bake 350 oven 30 -35 min.


¾ cube margarine

8 oz cream cheese

½ tsp vanilla, add after blending margarine and cream cheese

Mix above ingredients until smooth. Add powdered sugar, enough so frosting is thick and easy to spread. Add ½ tsp vanilla.

Top with chopped nuts, if desired.

Carrot Cake

I must say, the frosting is what makes it so so good! I mentioned to my Grandma that it tasted more like a spice cake than a carrot cake, but I still loved it!

A few tips for great carrot cake:

  • Shred your own carrot (store bought is too dry)
  • Get fresh spices
  • Try using a little orange zest in the batter


QUESTION: Do you have a family recipe that always turns out great?

Pasta Salad

Last week I mentioned that I would post a pasta salad recipe that I was taking to the potluck. Here’s the original Martha Stewart Recipe:

Rigatoni with Goat Cheese

Serves: 6

1 lb rigatoni

1 1/2 cups crumbled goat cheese (about 4 ounces)

1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

Topping Suggestions:

1/4 cup sliced pitted black olives

1/4 cup chopped or torn herbs

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

1/4 cup slivered sun-dried tomatoes

1. Cook the pasta in salted water, drain.

2. Return the pasta to the pot, toss with goat cheese and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Sprinkle the pasta with any or all of the suggested toppings as desired, serve immediately.

So since we were going to a family reunion with a potluck dinner AND it was supposed to be insanely hot out, we wanted to make something cold.

I cooked the pasta and then put it in the fridge to cool it down a bit.

I sprinkled olive oil on the cold pasta, mixed it together, then sprinkled goat cheese on it.

Then sliced olives and grated Parmesan cheese.

According to the Recipe Analyzer, a serving is about 350 calories.

I took this pasta salad to the potluck this weekend. It tasted pretty good but it wasn’t as popular with the crowd as my No Bake Cookies. I think part of the reason is because there were tons of pasta salads already. Also, it was pretty dry. I probably should have added more olive oil to it before serving it. Oh well! Live and learn. I’d try the recipe again and see if I could get it just right.

Leaving Washington

Sunday was a really nice day and we drove home from Poulsbo, managing to avoid all traffic. We lucked out. On the way down, we stopped at Burgerville to eat lunch. I was cranky because of my tooth and had decided I would just never eat again. Real mature, I know. Michael convinced me to eat. He said that if I was already in pain WITHOUT eating, why not eat food and still be in pain?

I got the Halibut fish and chips but instead of the chips, I got a side salad.

Fish Minus the Chips

I was actually really impressed with the meal. For fast food it was incredibly tasty — especially the salad.

The salad was impressively fresh and the dressing was good too. Here is our receipt with my calories:

Not bad for 550 calories!

No Bake Cookies

No Bake Cookie RECIPE:

Mix and Boil for 1 minute:

2 cups sugar

1 stick of butter

1/2 cup milk

3 heaping tablespoons of Cocoa powder

Remove from heat and add:

1/2 cup peanut butter (I prefer creamy)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups Oatmeal (uncooked)

Mix it all together.

Don’t add too much extra peanut butter because it won’t set correctly.

Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper and let it set.

Depending on the size of the cookies, it makes between 30-40 cookies.

I discovered a new website that analyzes recipes and tells you what the calories are! It’s so cool! Check it out here: Recipe Analysis. According to both the Recipe Analysis and a general google search, the No Bake Cookies are about 115 calories each cookie.

I have a family reunion this weekend and decided to make my favorites: the No Bake Cookies. They are the perfect crowdpleaser as well as super easy. There are very few ingredients and they are things I always have on hand. I used to bake A LOT. It was one of my hobbies in fact, and I loved doing it. When I started getting healthy, the baking hobby went bye-bye; mostly because I did not trust myself to have treats in the house, and also because I am a TASTER when I bake.


I got all the ingredients out beforehand. Which was a good idea because our kitchen and pantry is in shambles! It took me awhile to find the wax paper, for example.

I made a slight variation this time I made it. I used 2 cups of the regular oats I usually use, and 1 cup of the Scottish Oats. I think it will add a different texture to the cookies.

Dry Oats

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Follow the first part of the recipe and melt the butter.

Be sure to let the sugar dissolve completely or the cookies will be grainy.

Cocoa Powder

After the first stage, you must quickly add the peanut butter, oats and vanilla quickly and mix well before it sets.

Peanut Butter

Drop it on the wax paper:


I let the cookies set for a few hours. Enjoy!

QUESTION: Have you ever made No Bake Cookies before? Any variations out there?