Bejeweled Breakfast Salad: Tuna + Cycle Seeds
One of the ways that I manage my morning appetite challenge is by having tuna salads or veggie + rice leftovers. This particular salad is both light and filling, and gets your body started with some solid, balanced nutrients. It’s also super simple to make and easy to clean up.
Basically I just prep either albacore or skipjack tuna [my preference is albacore but skipjack is usually a good 30-50% less expensive] by adding mayo, salt, and pepper. In the morning I just tear some field greens with my fingers and top it with tuna, cranberries, and ‘cycle seeds.’ The latter references the practice of supporting regular menstrual cycles by consuming pumpkin + flax, or sesame + sunflower seeds during certain weeks of your cycle. In all honesty, I usually forego the flax because some of the women in my family ~ myself included ~ get headaches from flax, but also because I just don’t care for it. I also avoid sesame seeds because why… ALTHOUGH, I do still have plans to make tahini chocolate chip cookies at some point and get some sesame in my life that way.
Loaded Veggie Nachos: Red Quinoa + Black Beans
A few weeks ago I made some good ol’ ground beef nachos, ate a serving or two, then froze the rest. After defrosting, I only ate another serving and ended up tossing the rest…mainly because I couldn’t stomach that much red meat, but had initially been craving it and idk, iron. I realized, though, that I wouldn’t have wasted the rest if it hadn’t had any meat in it. I decided that I’d use quinoa the next time because it has a similar-ish texture to ground beef but is a much better option for me. So I’m kind of super stoked because now I can have this meal however many days in a row and not waste it, but also not feel sick and have a belly full of rotting meat. Although, arise, kill and eat, am I right? haha. Bless.
Cooking is not one of my favorite things, but I find vegetable chopping incredibly cathartic. Plus I love eating all the colors of the rainbow because I am fascinated by the intentionality and intelligence of God’s creation. Today I used the following ingredients:
1 whole red onion [visually presents as violet], 1 whole tomato, 1 whole green bell pepper, 1 can of black beans [I usually check the ingredients and opt for the ones that only list beans and water. Other types will sometimes have extra sodium or preservatives. I hear soaking your own is best but I don’t have the energy for all that.] The red quinoa was prepped the night before so this meal was ready in about 15 minutes. After chopping the veggies, I just sautéd them on medium-high heat in a tablespoon of olive oil.
Because the quinoa was cold and I didn’t want to eat all of it, or heat a portion of it with all of the newly sautéd veggies, I decided to go the comfort food route and warmed the quinoa in the oven over yellow corn tortilla strips drizzled with Tapatío and shredded cheese. You could just as easily have an entirely ‘clean’ meal and just toss all this on some field greens or kale or something.
Iced Lemon Water + Honeybush Tea
The other thing I’ve been into lately is lemons. It’s kind of hit or miss, but sometimes an ice cold glass of lemon water satisfies my sweet tooth and gets me back on track after indulging in too much sugar for too long.
I’ve also been adding lemon to my iced honeybush tea. My go-to ratio is 2 honey bush teabags to 24oz of water to 1/2 lemon…Twenty-four ounces because that’s how much my amazing Bubba thermos holds. I got mine on clearance at Target for $9 and am offering an unsponsored shout-out because y’all that thing is legit. Plus mine is stainless steel + teal which perfectly suits my aesthetic. hollapraize.
But yah, last weekend I filled it with my honeybush + lemon brew + ice at like, 9am, traipsed down to San Jose on an 85 [San Jose] degree day and the ice lasted for a good 6 hours, at least. Come to think of it, I actually brewed my tea the night before and stuck the Bubba in the fridge overnight. The next morning, the tea was only room-temperature so the preservation is lit both ways. Enyhoo, I’ve really been enjoying being able to traipse to work with 24 ounces of hot tea. OH. It also comes with an optional straw which makes the cold beverages all the more delightful.