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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Top Chef and Top Baker

Hi Readers!

Thank you so much for all the suggestions for what to do with my beautiful cucumbers! I will definitely try something new tomorrow night.

And for those that asked, I live near St. Paul, Minnesota and the weather is always crazy here – you never know what you’ll get. Lately it has just been HOT. I can’t wait for Autumn.

Dinner tonight was Chicken Fajitas.

On the stove:

Chicken breast, green pepper, red pepper, onion

Mashed avocado:

My plate — notice the nice globs of avocado on the side. Avocados were MADE for fajitas.

I love making a quick and easy dinner but I wasn’t done in the kitchen just yet.

The original recipe is taken from this book:

But I changed a few things which are noted below. Have you heard of this book? J and I followed our blood type diet for a few months when we first got married, and it wasn’t easy to eat dairy-free, wheat-free, soy-free and have restrictions on certain fruits/vegetables. I really do admire those of you who do follow such dietary restrictions. I know it cannot be easy.

Banana Blueberry Oat Muffins

Makes 12 muffins
Ingredients:
1 cup oat flour
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup canola oil
½ cup brown sugar
1 mashed banana
1 egg + 1 egg white
½-1 cup blueberries or ½ cup walnuts or both!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare pans with spray or muffin liners. Mix dry ingredients together in one bowl and all wet ingredients in another. Blend together. *Don’t overmix the batter like I did, the batter became very thin*Fill muffin cups half full and bake for 20-22 minutes.  

Check out the inside:

These are perfect treats for J because they are dairy-free and they taste delicious.

Tonight I felt like a Top Chef…and a Top Baker — dinner was great and the muffins were a success! I love how the whole house smells wonderful and warm. Yes, even when it is 90 degrees outside I like a warm house because of baking! (as long as the AC is working)

Are you going to watch Top Chef tonight?

Plans: Watch Top Chef (how many times can I mention this in one post?), say goodbye to M and T (moving to Texas tomorrow morning!) and get to bed early. J and I have a 5:30am running date!

Question of the day: Do you like to bake? What is your favorite cookie/bread/bar/pie/cake that you have made yourself?

Have a great night,

Holly

Date Night

Hi Readers!

I know my last post was just a few hours ago, but I wanted to post about our fabulous dinner date. J and I try to have a date night a few nights per month. We’ll usually go out to dinner, go to a movie, or just stay home and take a walk together. Either way it is quality time spent together.

Tonight we went to TGIFriday’s (not our usual choice) because we had a coupon. Yes, sometimes our budget speaks louder than our tastebuds! They have a new line of menu options that use Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum Sauce – so we knew we had to try it out.

(By the way my husband love love loves Captain Morgan). Look what we have hanging in our house:

Haha and yes that is hanging in the main stairway.

I ordered the Caribbean Chicken with double veggies instead of rice:

I ended up eating one of the chicken breasts and half of the veggies.

J ordered the Captain Morgan Caribbean Conga-Line Chicken Sandwich:

It looked so good. Check out all that avocado! And it came with sweet potato fries. Somehow I refrained from eating all of them. I had 2.

I try to not eat at restaurants too much because there are so many hidden calories (not to mention it gets expensive). When I do go out, I want to get something that makes me feel good (not bloated and stuffed to the gills). I thought I would share some of my Restaurant Eating Tips. There aren’t very many, but I think they are pretty helpful. Do you have additional tips to share?

  1. Do your research. Choose the restaurant BEFORE you go and check out their menu online. This way you can make a decision before getting to the restaurant and being influenced by smells, specials or your friends/family!
  2. Check out the “diet” menu. This should really be labeled “Normal Food for Normal People”, not “diet” food. I’ve heard Cheesecake Factory’s diet menu is actually labeled “Weight Management Menu”. Are they trying to shame people out of ordering from there? But really, check this part of the menu out. They usually have lower calorie options because they are closer to what REAL portions should be!
  3. Choose meat/veggies over a burger/sandwich. Unless the sandwich is served on super wheaty, grainy, crusty bread, to me those calories aren’t worth it. I’d rather get a nice piece of protein and some veggies, because eating those types of meals make me feel good and they make my body look good. I will also ask to sub extra veggies instead of foods I don’t really want: rice, baked potato, french fries, etc.
  4. Ask for sauce/dressing on the side when able – or sometimes I’ll ask for half the amount of sauce, etc. Make requests – but be nice about it. Smile, be polite and be kind.
  5. When you get your plate, decide how much you are going to eat, and eat only that much (or less). I don’t know about you, but I grew up in the Clean Plate Club and I have a hard time determining my satiety. I try to eat only half (or less) of my restaurant meal. Usually I will divide it up on my plate, eat my half and then ask for a to go box.
  6. TAKE YOUR TIME. This goes for eating at a friend’s house or at your own house! Along with the Clean Plate Club I belonged to the Scarf Your Food Down As Quickly As Possible Club (or SYFDAQAPC for short). Now I take a bite and actually chew it (what a concept, right?) before taking another bite. Sometimes I put my fork down between bites to use up time so that my brain can catch up with my stomach.

Question: Do you have any restaurant eating tips you like to use?

Next J and I are going to see Inception. I know, I feel like I keep writing about this, but I’m so excited to see it. Tomorrow I’ll post pics of our nice theater that we go to. The last movie I saw was Eclipse (which was kind of a disappointment to be honest…)

Question: What was the last movie you saw in the theater? Did you like it? Why or why not?

Have a great night everyone!

Holly