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September 2nd 2009
archived under: Grain Free, Recipes, Seafood

I can’t eat tuna from a can. I’ve never been able to. It smells like cat food to me. Sorry if you like it and I offended you, but… open a can of cat food and you’ll know where I’m coming from. Maybe you smell the cat food and think, “Mmm! Canned tuna!” But that would be a little sad.

So when I hear the words “tuna salad” I tend to gag a little… especially since “tuna salad” is so close to “tuna casserole” with its bread crumbs and elbow noodles trying to hide the cat food er, tuna.

Maybe some day I’ll change my mind, like I did about bananas… the thought of bananas used to make me want to throw up a little (it’s that over-ripe smell I can’t get over) but now I can happily enjoy bananas, as long as they’re not over-ripe. I’m not sure what changed.

But for now, this is the only tuna salad I want to see on my plate. Tuna. And salad. Or tuna on salad.

salad with tuna

I just drizzled the tuna fillets with a little olive oil and sprinkled on lemon pepper, then broiled it until it was cooked. It just takes a few minutes, so this was perfect for lunch. Not too much prep, but totally delicious.

The salad was butterhead, cucumbers from our garden (before the plants died), carrot slices, and green olives, all tossed with EVOO and balsamic vinegar. I prepped the salad as the tuna cooked, so all in all this meal only took about 10 minutes to prepare.

salad with tuna

People may think Rachael Ray has the corner on the fast-home-cooked-food market with 3o Minute Meals, but she’s not the only one who can make good food that doesn’t take all day to prep. What’s your favorite meal to make in 15 minutes or less?





JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

That sounds like a good Asian tuna salad! Yum! I bet the grapes are a great complement to the gingeryness.




JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

Isn't it crazy? Everyone seems to think that cooking “real food” has to take a long time, and that 30 minutes is a “quick meal” (thanks to Rachael Ray, not that there's anything wrong with her show).

Try it out sometime… just throw together a nice 10-15 minute lunch and see how it goes!




JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

That sounds like a good Asian tuna salad! Yum! I bet the grapes are a great complement to the gingeryness.




JoyfulAbode (108 comments)

That sounds like a good Asian tuna salad! Yum! I bet the grapes are a great complement to the gingeryness.




JoyfulAbode (108 comments)

Isn't it crazy? Everyone seems to think that cooking “real food” has to take a long time, and that 30 minutes is a “quick meal” (thanks to Rachael Ray, not that there's anything wrong with her show).

Try it out sometime… just throw together a nice 10-15 minute lunch and see how it goes!




Jessica aka redpanda (1 comments)

Wow, I can't believe that only took 10 minutes! I always say I don't have enough time to cook, but ten minutes… sure it's not as quick as a bowl of cereal, but dang. That's not much time at all. And probably tastes a lot better than my Cocoa Pebbles.




JoyfulAbode (108 comments)

Aww, I didn't know you visit my website, Gramma! I don't think it's odd at all that you loooooove reading recipes. I do too. :)
It's fun to have an awesome grandmother like you!
xoxoxox back at ya.




gramma hecky (2 comments)

every now and then I get to read your recipes. I don't really cook very much, but I loooove reading recipes (is that odd ?) And I do enjoy keeping up with all your wonderful crafts. It's fun to have a granddaughter who is so gifted !!
xoxoxo….gramma hecky




Laura (1 comments)

my favorite lunch is very similar to this: i slice a tuna steak in half (to increase the amount of surface to sear), get a pan hot with sesame oil, put a tbsp or so of minced ginger (i just used bottled) on each side of the tuna steaks and sear them. i serve it with mixed greens and little soy sauce and sesame oil and a few grapes. really fast and really delicious!

(i found your blog on the mda forum – i love all the primal recipes!)






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