Tag Archives: tomato

Tuna salad sandwich salad

12 Aug

How to make a tuna salad sandwich without the bread


  • One can of tuna
  • 1/4 to 1/2 onion, chopped
  • Several chopped dill-pickle sandwich slices
  • A bowl of torn lettuce
  • Chopped tomatoes to taste (not shown)
  • Dressing: A smattering of olive oil, drizzled balsamic vinegar and the juice from half a lemon
The alternative tuna salad sandwich

Forkfuls of gluten-free goodness

Same sandwich, just served in a bowl instead of a plate. Oh, and without bread. Details.

My own private Guacamole

9 Aug

I love avocados. I love cutting them open and eating them straight from the shell. What a well-designed food – it comes with its own serving bowl!

I’ll get TJ’s mesh bag of avocados and go through them quickly, trying to make them last through the week. The other day, I was ready to dig into my last avocado of the bag when I thought, “I’ve got part of an old onion, some withering grape tomatoes … hmm.” Add a sprinkle of salt, and, voila, a makeshift fiesta for one!

The meeting of healthy foods: avocados, tomatos and onions

The meeting of healthy foods: avocado, tomatoes, onion

If I’d been planning to make guac, I’d have had some cilantro on hand, I might have used more spices and even, (why not?), glance at a recipe. But this was tasty to me!

Then I started thinking, what else can I do with this tasty mixture? My thoughts about optimizing guacamole are in the the next post. : )

Best. Pizza. Ever. #1

5 Jul

This is the first in an occasional series. Creating pizza with unlikely ingredients. Unlikely ingredients, that is, if you’re not me.

For me, these are standard, go-to flavors: dill pickle slices and Vidalia onion on a thick flour tortilla painted with a dense film of tomato-basil sauce., topped with shredded Quattro Formaggio.

Top a tortilla with tomato sauce, onion, pickles and cheese, and you've got a pizza

Mexipickletalian: Pizza #1

Some may say it’s weird. Some may run screaming to find comfort only in their sacred pepperoni and black olive. But folks, as the title alludes, this is only the first of many more creations ahead that I call, “Pizza.”

Wait with wonder and anticipation. Or fear. : )

A good thing to do with Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup

12 Nov

Ah, soup season! I love it! I savor my summer gazpacho, but when cold weather hits, a warm bowl of soup is the food equivalent of snuggling in bed under a fluffy down comforter.

Trader Joe’s offers several soups, which can be eaten warmed, as is. I prefer to use the boxed soups as starters.

Today, I recommend starting with TJ’s Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup. It’s a great soup alone. Need proof? It has its own Facebook Fan Page. Seriously. It’s also been noted as one of the healthiest boxed foods by Prevention.com.

Trader Joe's Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup

A good soup: The start of a good stew

Add a few ingredients. I chose an onion, a zucchini and a block of tofu.

Tofu, onion and zucchini join TJ's box of soup

Tofu, onion and zucchini join the party in a pot.

Heat until the onion is softened and enjoy!

Soup bowl from Trader Joe's

Bon appetite!

Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

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Soup shortcuts from Shockingly Delicious




Trader Giotto’s: How to make frozen vegetable lasagne good

3 Aug

With lasagne, it’s all about the cheese and the sauce. Additional fillings are a bonus, but if the cheese is too bulky or thin and the sauce is too spicy or bland, you’re sunk. In Goldie Lock’s terms, TJ’s Garden Vegetable Lasagne is just right.

Trader Joe’s Garden Vegetable Lasagne

This is another in my line up of hot-meal/cool-kitchen food. In 100-degree Midwestern heat, microwaving has reached mantra levels this summer. It’s a little heavy to make a staple right now, but I’ll definitely be considering this lasagne one of my cold weather go-to dinners. Bonus points for all the organic ingredients, too.

Gracie, Trader Giotto’s!

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