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Kitchen Tip Friday: A new spin on tuna!

Happy Friday the 13th! I hope everyone is having a super day :).
Today is Kitchen Tip Friday! I want to share a simple recipe that I actually just made myself for lunch. I am not sure where I got it from but I have been using it for a while. And It is the only way I eat tuna now. ( I know this picture does not look appetizing at all. However, I am not a professional photographer by any means. Plus, it’s tuna. How great can you make it look? Trust me though on the taste!)

You will need the following ingredients for this recipe:
1 can of chunk light tuna in water
dijon mustard
vinegar ( I use either white or white wine vinegar. It is your preference.)
After you open the tuna and put it in a bowl, use a fork to break it up. I then put in about a tablespoon of dijon mustard and mix it together. You can add more or less depending on what you like. Then I put in the vinegar. I would suggest starting with a little bit, mixing it up, and then tasting it to see if it needs more. I love a lot of vinegar so I use about 2 tablespoons.
I then like to chop up olives and put them in. If I have capers on hand I will put that in too. Cheese is good chopped up in this. You can really add anything you feel would go with it. I then put the tuna in a whole wheat wrap and there is lunch!
This is very easy and it eliminates the use of mayonnaise. I tend to stay away from mayo because of the ingredients and how bad it is for you all around. I hope your next lunch is yummy!
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Kitchen Tip Friday: Capers

Happy Friday!! You know what that means!! It’s Kitchen Tip Friday :).

Today’s post is not really a tip as it is an explanation. So here is my first question: Who likes capers? They are one of my favorite things to snack on. I can have pickles, olives, capers, and cheese as a snack. I love the saltiness and anything with vinegar is delicious in my book.


Now, on to my next question: Has anyone ever thought about what a caper is? I eat them all the time and just recently I was looking at them. I realized I don’t even know what it is. Well, this article explains it all. In short, capers are pickled flower buds. Crazy huh?

You can read the article for more information on capers. They even give you some great ideas on how to use capers in your recipes. If you have never tried a caper, please do so. You don’t know what you are missing :).

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Mrs. Z’s Kitchen Tip Friday: Rice and Beans

Mrs. Z’s Kitchen Tip Friday is here again!

This recipe that I want to share with you today I found a week after my husband and I came home from our honeymoon. As a newlywed, I wanted to make something that I know my husband would love! It has since become an almost weekly meal in our home. My son even loves it! I have added to the recipe over the years and I am sure you can find other things to add to it as well. Without further ado, here is my favorite recipe to make.

Rice and Beans (Don’t laugh at it. It really has such wonderful flavors and is so tasty!)

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2- 15 oz. Can red kidney beans
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 cup white rice
**it’s not in the original recipe but I add a pound of steak strips or ground beef  to make it a heartier meal.

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1. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large saucepan. Saute garlic, onion, celery, and bell pepper until tender. Stir in kidney beans, onion powder, salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Reduce heat to low and let mixture simmer slowly while you cook the rice. Stir every so often.

2. Cook rice according to directions.

3. Fold rice and beans gently together and transfer to a serving dish.

See! It is so simple to make. I have thrown in a bag of frozen stir fry vegetable mix to add more vegetables. The ingredients also call for white rice, but I usually use brown rice. It is all a matter of preference.  When it comes to the meat, if you decide to add it, I usually cook it before everything and put it into a plate to keep warm while I follow the recipe. I then add it in at the end. And, I totally forgot to take a picture of the finished product. Oops! I promise you it looks amazing!

I am not sure where I got this recipe from since my original is handwritten. I would love to give the person or site credit. However, all I have is the handwritten paper.

Enjoy this tasty kitchen tip! And have an amazing three day weekend!!

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