Tuna Avocado Cakes

Hi Friends!

I decided to take yesterday off of blogging – the weekend was crazy busy and I needed to just relax. I did finally get caught up on my blog reading though. My Google Reader fills up pretty quickly, it is crazy!

If you don’t use Google Reader, do you use some other way to keep track of your blogs to read? I used to subscribe through email for the blogs I like – but then my email box was blowing up. I recently switched to GR and I love it

I spent most of Saturday with my sister-in-law and my niece – I stayed over at their house and we had so much fun! We made sloppy joes, brownies and watched The Fighter – which I absolutely loved!

We also may or may not have watched an entire Jersey Shore marathon that was on Saturday and Sunday.

On Sunday I met up with a friend who I have not seen in over a year – which is crazy since she lives ½ hour away. We’ve known each other since 4th grade and I’m so glad we have stayed in touch. We met for coffee tea and I told Jason to not expect me home for at least 3 hours. Well, I should have said 6 hours. Yes, SIX hours we sat in that coffee shop and talked. And I’m pretty sure if the coffee shop wasn’t closing we would have stayed longer!

For dinner last night, I finally got around to making a recipe that was been creeping around in my head. I saw a recipe on Matt’s blog a few weeks ago for a Hummus and Avocado Crab Salad and it sounded amazing.

I decided to use his recipe and make crab cakes – except I had tuna on hand so I made Tuna Avocado Cakes!

Tuna Avocado Cakes

Combine 2 cans drained tuna (5 oz cans) with 1 mashed avocado (use 1 medium or 2 small) — add salt, pepper, splash of lemon or lime juice. Mix together with 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs and form into 4 patties. Cook over medium high heat in a saucepan (coat with cooking spray or use a small amount of oil) — about 3 minutes each side.

I thought these tasted delicious — there isn’t a strong avocado flavor, but it gives the cakes nice texture.

These went perfect with dinner – thanks for the inspiration Matt!

I originally wanted to use these avocados for this idea, but I had to wait until they were ripe.

I won these avocados from Lisa’s giveaway last week – they were sent all the way from California. Check out this adorable card:

They have an Avocado of the Month Club that Jason and I are thinking of joining — 20 Avocados delivered per month for $30 — these babies are HUGE and I think are definitely worth that price.

 Thanks SoCal Avocados! (and Lisa for hosting the giveaway!)

*The winners of the book giveaway are:

#1 — Michelle @ Chasing Ambulances

#2 — Christine @ Food.Fun.Fabulous

#3 — Isaacsgirl110

Please email me at couchpotatoathlete (at) gmail.com — and let me know some of your favorite food items, magazines, etc. I’ll choose a few things and throw them in with your book. Thanks to all who entered!

~Holly

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Reindeer Beans

Hi Friends!

*Don’t forget to enter my book giveaway* Not my book, but you know what I mean.

The weekend is finally here! I feel like this week has gone by very slowly. Maybe it is the MN Spring weather (finally here!) that made the week drag on?

Look! Grass:

I’ve got 12 miles planned for today and I honestly can’t wait to get out there! The trails near our house are really nice and it will be such a change from being cooped up at the gym!

Last night for dinner I made a recipe that my Dad gave me! He made it for us last weekend and it was so delicious – and super easy to make too. It makes a ton of food as well which is great, since now we don’t have to do much cooking over the weekend.

Reindeer Beans

(yes the original recipe calls for reindeer meat! I used ground beef, you could omit if you prefer)

1 lb ground reindeer or venison or beef
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1/2  cup chopped onion
1/2 cup BBQ sauce (I used ¼ cup)
1/4 cup brown sugar (didn’t use)
1/2 tsp vinegar
1 can (15 oz ) tomatoes
1 can pork and beans (2 lbs) (I used baked beans instead)
(the original recipe also calls for 6 strips of fried bacon, cut into pieces)

Directions:

Saute chopped bell pepper and onion until tender. Add beef and cook until browned. Meanwhile, in a crockpot, add the tomatoes, baked beans, BBQ sauce and vinegar. Once meat/veggies are done, add to crockpot and cook on high for about an hour, until well heated.  You could also just add the tomatoes/beans to the pan with the beef – but my pan is not big enough for that.

This recipe was really simple to throw together, and you could easily add more chopped veggies (carrots and celery would be good) or you could skip the meat altogether and add more beans). It would taste delicious with some chopped avocado on top, or some shredded cheese. We had neither and it was still good!

Ok I’m off for my run – have a nice weekend!

*What is your favorite crockpot dish? Feel free to leave a link!

*What are your plans for the weekend?

~Holly

No Green Beer

Hi Friends!
 
Please check out my Giveaway!
 
Did you have a nice St. Patrick’s Day?


 
March 17th, 2007 was actually Jason’s and my first date! We had met a few weeks prior at the police station – I had just joined the police reserves where Jason had been volunteering for years. We all went out for dinner, Jason and I hit it off (we actually both went to the same small high school and he was in my older sister’s class) and starting talking off and on for a few weeks. We finally went out on St. Patrick’s Day and as they say, the rest is history!
 
We decided to stay home and have a low-key evening.
 
I made some TJ’s chicken sausage, baked sweet potatoes and green beans:
 

 
I love sweet potatoes. Seriously they may be my favorite food. I could eat one with every meal.
 
Jason always suggests that we watch The Boondock Saints on St. Patrick’s Day but I always say no.
 

 
Have you seen this movie? I actually watched it for the first time over our honeymoon and thought it was ok and kind of lame. Is it just a guy thing? No clue.
 
Since it was St. Patrick’s Day, we did have some beer. We had Corona, since that is what we had in the fridge. I figure it is beer, so it works, right? And the lime is green so it works out great for St. Patrick’s Day!

 

 
Workout: Run 3 miles – completed in about 28 minutes! I’m getting pretty excited about my 12 miler on Saturday!
 
*Did you do anything fun yesterday? Did you have green beer?
 
*Please tell me I’m not the only one who doesn’t like Boondock Saints.

*Anything fun going on this weekend?

Beans, Beans the Magical Fruit

Hi Friends!

It is finally the weekend!!! Woohoo! In a few hours I will be introduced to Peter Sam:

I have only seen pictures but I finally get to see him in real life! My sister Myra and her husband Tyler are both teachers and are on spring break – they drove all the way from Houston last night!

Last night I made some of The Non-Dairy Queen’s Red Quinoa Burgers:

Sarena once again your recipe didn’t let me down! The only change I made was using all red beans, no mung beans and I left them a little chunky! We had them with some mixed veggies – a lovely dinner! Jason LOVED these — he had quite a few!

Afterward we headed to the mall and to Target. I wanted to pick up a few gifts for some friends – I am blessed to know some very special people and I wanted to show my thanks! They read the blog so I don’t want to share what I got – they know who they are!

I could spend hours in the Yankee Candle store (and I actually worked there for a few months in high school when it was still Wicks N Sticks!). I love smelling all of the jars. Jason and I picked up two for ourselves too. The Macintosh flavor is by far my favorite Yankee candle, but who could resist Vanilla Cupcake?

The boxes are all packed up and ready to ship tomorrow (it feels good to get stuff ready, all I have to do tomorrow is take them to the UPS store and pay an arm and leg ship them!)

 A few weeks ago I showed you the Kombucha I was brewing (thanks to Averie for sending me the starter scoby!) The homemade Kombucha tastes a million times better than the store bought stuff. Here is our stocked up fridge:

Really, there is no comparison in my mind – the taste is unbelievable!

Kombucha is a detoxifying, probiotic drink that is rich in antioxidants. Too bad the bottles in the store cost $3-5 a piece. Homemade tastes better and is way cheap. You can purchase supplies at Happyherbalist.com!

*What is going on this weekend that has you excited? I seriously cannot wait to meet Peter Sam! Oh and I have 11 miles to run today. Should be fun!

Reunited with the Gym

Hi Friends!

Last night I finally went to the gym! I had not gone since last Wednesday. I skipped Thursday since we were out of town and on Saturday I was just too pooped to even think about going. And then we had Jason’s birthday on Tuesday and I skipped that day too.

But I went and it felt really good. Not at first of course – I hated every second of the first few miles. Instead of focusing on anything positive, I chose to FOCUS ON THE TIMER ON THE TREADMILL.

I do not recommend that if you want to enjoy your workout! After I was able to quit staring at the timer, I realized how GOOD I felt while I ran. The treadmills stop at 60 minutes and although I could have pushed it and ran 6 in 60 minutes, I decided to just keep it steady in case my knee decided to hurt again (it didn’t!)

Sometimes when I read other runner blogs and see that they run 7-8 min miles I start to feel bad. Like maybe I’m a slow runner? To be honest I don’t really care, but I think about it from time to time. Hell I should be PROUD that I even finished my run!  🙂

Afterward I set my timer for 10 minutes and stretched and foam-rolled. This thing is worth its weight in gold!!! It definitely helps my legs feel looser. And following up with a Hugh Jass Taco Salad was a good idea too, no?

spinach, romaine, bell pepper, onion, refried beans, browned ground beef, salsa, black olives, mashed avocado

I took the night off of reading since I’ve been reading the Hunger Games series nonstop for the past week – plus Top Chef was on!

*Did you give up something for Lent?

The End of the Hunger Games

Last night for Jason’s birthday we ate at one of my favorite places!

KHAN’S!

(the first photo is recycled from a July post — I wish there was green grass in MN right now!)

My Dad was kind enough to take us out (woohoo for free meals!) and my sister Kim joined us as well. Poor Mom stayed home sick  😦  I swear we go to Khan’s for almost every birthday/celebration dinner — the food is just that good!

Tuesday was a fun day – I worked a ½ day, picked up a gigantic smiley face balloon (forgot to take a picture!!!) and met Jason at his work – gave him the humiliating balloon and then we went to lunch. Afterward, I went home, took a little snooze and then read!

I am finally done reading the Hunger Games series – I loved reading them but I’m happy to be done. I stayed up way too late way too often – and that is not something I can keep doing. I need my rest.

So what can I say? I loved the series. I loved the main character throughout the first 2 books, and although she seems to change a bit in Mockingjay — I still liked her. And I cheered for her to do the right thing. I thought the author did a nice job of picking up the pieces at the end and giving you some closure with the series — although I’d love to read more about the characters I don’t feel like there is more to the story at this time. I don’t want to give too much away so that is why this is vague. Feel free to email me (couchpotatoathlete (at) gmail (dot) com) if you want to talk more specifics.

Pick up those books. Read them. The end.

*Do you like to go to the same restaurants/bars time after time or do you prefer to try out new places?

I honestly like to go to the same place over and over again. I like feeling comfortable in my surroundings, and a new place can seem intimidating if I’ve never been there before.

The Hunger Games

Hi Friends!

I’m still working on my March goals, I should have them all ready by tomorrow morning. I thought about switching to weekly goals instead, but monthly ones have worked well for me so far, so why fix what isn’t broken?

Thanks for being patient with the blog changes – I feel like I should have kept my mouth shut in the first place but I was too excited to make the changes. I know your lives don’t revolve around my blog, but I wanted to let you know what was going on in any case.

I believe it was Cathy who suggested to me to read The Hunger Games – on Friday night I decided to download it onto my Nook and give it a go. I had already read my 2 books (plus 1 more) for February, so I was in no rush to get through another book.

February books:

Love and Respect

In Defense of Food

The Great Fitness Experiment

Little did I know that The Hunger Games would hook me in right away!!! I read almost half of the book on Friday and I stayed up late on Saturday night (2am!) finishing it up. I was thisclose to downloading the second book in the series Catching Fire but I restrained myself.

That is what I love about my Nook though – no waiting until a store opens, no waiting for a UPS package, no driving to the library, etc. And the books are cheap, so why not?

So about the book – here is a quick summary (but with NO SPOILERS, so don’t worry). The book takes place in the future – North America is divided into districts and the Capitol. Every year, the Hunger Games takes place – one boy and one girl (between the ages of 12-18) are chosen to represent their district in a televised survival-of-the-fittest contest. The children fight to the death and the last one standing is named the victor.

To be honest, when I read the summary I thought it would be a pretty lame book but I was so wrong. I love the characters and the entire book is fast paced.

As I write this post, I am halfway through the second book. The last time I read books this quickly was when I read the Twilight series. No I’m not kidding!

In between chapters of Catching Fire, I made the same Vegan Alfredo I made two weeks ago. I mixed in some cooked broccoli for some added nutrients. It was delicious!

Enjoy your Tuesday!

Holly