Desperate times, desperate measures

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A couple of nights ago, I was thumbing through one of my Cooking Light cookbooks and came across some tips for getting more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Naturally, I read it – because, you know, I find these things to be endlessly fascinating. One of the tips was to cut up an apple into your tuna salad. Yeah. Like I’m EVER going to do that. Ick.

I didn’t give it any more thought until yesterday morning when I was making a tuna sandwich for my lunch and plopped in way too much Miracle Whip. Shoot. Now what? I was trying to decide whether I should dump it (no way, tuna costs too much) or add more tuna (no way, tuna costs too much) when I remembered the apple tip. Suddenly, it didn’t sound quite so disgusting. And I had an apple (Red Delicious). And I was desperate. So I peeled it and diced it and threw it in there. Then I prayed.

Guess what? It was the best freakin’ tuna salad I have ever had! I don’t think I’ll ever eat tuna salad again unless there’s an apple in there. So this taught me a valuable lesson: I should never prejudge a food-related idea without trying it first.

Nah, not really. I will still prejudge; I just felt I should say that.

But it DID make me wonder what everyone else does to dress up tuna. The only thing I’ve ever put in it, prior to this big apple discovery, was relish. What do you put in yours?

(Oh, and PS: The Sensa is here. Finally. I'll update this weekend.)

21 comments:

Cyndi said...

I've only ever put celery in it, but now I am intrigued. I will have to give this a try.

Oh, and when I was doing WW my favorite fast food dinner was a Taco bell taco and an order of refried beans...7 points.

Kas said...

We use celery as well. Sometimes onions or carrots or tomatoes. Never an apple though.

Oh and once in awhile hard boiled eggs and cheese.

You can literally do anything with a tuna salad sandwich.

Lisa said...

This sounds really really good! I'm thinking that dinner tonight might just be a tuna sandwich. Thanks for the tip and thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

Camevil said...

I could never really eat tuna salad. Something in mayonnaise gives me a reaction (lips & tongue swell). But I betcha it would taste good in a salad made with cider vinegar. Mmmm.

Other unrelated food combos that taste good together:

1. Lemon wedges dipped in hot fudge
2. Cheese puffs in sloppy joe sammies
3. Pumpkin & hazelnut
4. Cherries & almonds

Brandy said...

Ugh I hate tuna. But it's a good tip for people that like it...

Midlife mommy said...

Ack to the tuna, but yum to the mayo and apple!

capperson said...

I was fixxing to tell you that apple and tuna salad is yummy..lol.but I guess you found out for yourself. Thanks for the comment :) Stay in touch.

Ryan Ashley Scott@Optimistic Cynicism said...

I love it with relish, but celery works, too. Sometimes hot sauce or a red bell pepper, too. I'll try the apple trick - although I would have prejudged as gross without your rave reviews.

On a side note: the apple peel is the most nutritious part of an apple, and the red delicious peel is especially loaded with antioxidants.

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

Cheese puffs in a sloppy joe? Count me in!!!

And yeah, I know I shouldn't have peeled that apple, but, can I be frank? The apple I had was just a little past its prime. It was bruisy. LOL

capperson said...

Oh yes it is.. it makes me so hungry just looking at it. I love chocolate covered strawberries. They are delicious.

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

Celery, sweet pickles, hard boiled egg chopped up. Mmmmm..... I'm getting hungry. I'm going to have to try the apple. That sounds good too!

Meg said...

My husband likes chopped egg whites and sweet relish in his!

resplendentlife said...

typically I can't have tuna without lots of relish and hard boiled egg whites. Yum! Oh and to the commenter who has a reaction to mayo...try vegenaise.
Here's something for you to try..curry chicken salad made with vegenaise, finely shredded carrots ans raisins. Delish!
Had to come by and show you some love, because I see you are def. making the rounds as a Welcomista!

Audrey said...

Love your blog -- I am always trying to eat healthier (and make my family eat healthier, too). Tonight I got some comments for serving salad, steamed snap peas, and sauteed spinach all in the same meal (filet of sole and manicotti were on the menu, too). I said, "You can never have too many veggies," and they all ate them. I've become a follower of your blog so I can see your tips. Thanks for stopping by my brand-new blog, too. I appreciate the support! Audrey

Kathy B! said...

I like mine with hard boiled egg, celery, DILL relish, mustard (light) and mayo, and a bit of onion. Yummm!

And thank YOU for welcoming me to SITS! You guys rock :)

bettyl said...

I prefer grated onion, grated boiled eggs and a bit of relish with a dash of italian seasoning. Maybe some cheese occasionally.

I have discovered sweet chili sauce and am considering that next time.

If you feel adventurous, try peanut butter and pickles (preferably dill, but sweet will do).

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

Wow, you guys have some great ideas. Egg whites? Never tried that before. An egg salad, tuna salad combo? Hmmm...interesting!

And, believe it or not, I actually HAVE eaten a peanut butter and pickle sandwich before. I just don't usually admit it. LOL

Bonnie said...

My mother in law makes the best tuna sandwiches. She uses an apple so finely chopped I wonder how long it takes. She also quarters grapes. There's a little mayo and a touch of mustard and pepper. It's really delicious.

I grew up eating it with much more mayo, boiled eggs, and salt and pepper. Love it that way too, but really the one with the apple is better!

Julie said...

Grapes are good in there too. I'm like you, I can stand too much mayo in my tuna...blech :P

Quiskaeya said...

I put shaved carrots in mine sometimes. And it's good! (well at least to me, not to the Hubster so much lol) I'll have to try apples.

Popping in to say hi! from SITS.

Lisa M said...

I put in very tiny chopped onions.. like the size of winter salt lol.
Miracle Whip, and the pièce de résistance is Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Chips. On the INSIDE.