Mock Tuna Salad Sandwich and Hearty Slaw Salad

I have really REALLY missed blogging. My husband and I have been out of town only an hour and a half from where we live but we get so busy that we do not really get a lot of computer time! I did, though, enjoy some nice time in the cold weather. I am getting used to understanding how the snow difference is beside a lake as opposed to a city further away from the lake.

We stayed at a friend's house that is by the lake and I could not help but just stare at the cold icy and somewhat frozen lake that empties into Lake Michigan. I took a mile long walk in the 13 degree weather, all bundled up. Did I mention I LOVE walking in the cold? It is a complete different workout. Not only does it work my legs but my waist, hips and arms! Even though I have been stretching every morning, I still manage to wake up sore. I love it though because I know I have worked hard. What do I do on my walks? I feel tempted using the IPod but I don't. My walks have been SO peaceful and calm. I thank God for his beautiful creation and for the beauty of winter. I know I have been told I have been crazy for enjoying this cold weather, but I guess since I have not seen snow while living in Texas, I am eating it all up.

Question for you northerners: Can I get pneumonia from walking out in chilly weather despite being bundled up?

Enjoy some of the pictures I took.

From An Opera Singer in the Kitchen

From An Opera Singer in the Kitchen

From An Opera Singer in the Kitchen

I made a delicious healthy sandwich and a very big salad that was so filling. I have been craving legumes, so the mock tuna salad was something I created on my own because I used to eat a tuna salad before becoming vegan. My new creation was a very delicious substitute that I would make again!

The salad was something that came out of a whim that proved to be fantastic. Enjoy the colors.

From An Opera Singer in the Kitchen

Mock Tuna Salad Sandwich

serves 1

1 cup chickpeas
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 Tbsp Veganaise
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 tsp Gomashio (prepared black sesame seeds with sea salt)
2 romaine leaf lettuce

Mash chickpeas in a small bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

Add to your favorite sliced bread and add lettuce.

From An Opera Singer in the Kitchen

Hearty Slaw Salad

serves 1

1 1/2 cup slaw (pre-packaged broccoli, cauliflower, carrots mix)
6 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1/2 cup garlicky
1/2 avocado, diced
a handful raw almonds
salt and pepper
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar

Mix all ingredients together and enjoy.


Kim said...

Walking in the cold (bundled up, of course!) is good for you. Pneumonia is caused by bacteria or a virus. You can catch it in an elevator!...signed, one who remembers being a northerner

Ryan Kelly said...

Kidshealth.org says one cannot catch pneumonia from "being out in the rain," that bacteria causes flu/pneumonia.

ABC has a web site (http://abcnews.go.com/Health/ColdandFluNews/story?id=2785074&page=2) debunking the myth that "going out in the cold without your coat on" causes sickness or the flu, etc.

Ryan Kelly said...

WikiAnswers also debunks the myth that going outside with wet hair causes illness, as well as going around with wet feet. My late-web investigation.

Viviane, Taste-Buds said...

Gorgeous pictures! I think this is my limit for enjoying cold and snow. Give me sun and heat anytime and I am as happy as a fish in the water. Seeing all this snow all over the world makes me feel lucky because of the warm winter we are having on Lebanon. I love the look of your salad it is so colorful and looks like a happy food. I love happy foods!

Shirley said...

Beautiful pictures!

wasabi prime said...

Beautiful winter wonderland photos -- thanks for sharing those. And yes, I agree, walking in the cold is like nothing else. I love how quiet everything is when it's covered in snow -- walks in the forest gain a new sense of peace! And the refreshing, healthy meal is a great thing to come in from the cold for!

Jessie said...

very pretty winter photos!

Vegetable Matter said...

I love your winter pics. It (almost) makes me miss living on the East Coast. Stay Warm!!! Robin

Miriam said...

I must admit... I love tuna, it's one of my favourite foods... and the lighthouses photo is sooooo beautiful!!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

I love tuna salad, but I think I might like your mock salad even better! Looks so delicious! And your photos are awesome - I love the geese.

My Man's Belly said...

I'll visit the cold weather vicariously through your pictures. But they do look beautiful.

Carol Egbert said...

Your mock tuna salad is a great idea. I like veggie sandwiches on crusty bread. Thanks

Fashion Meets Food said...

I can't wait to come back to Michigan to visit! Your salad looks divine!!!

Anna said...

OMG!Those pictures are beautiful but I feel really lucky that I moved to Sunny LA. Can you imagine the could I would be getting in NY? Your salad looks yummy.

Conor @ HoldtheBeef said...

Yes, those colours are to be enjoyed! Love the big dollop of hummus on the salad too :)

I know what you mean about walking in the cold. Add trudging through snow-covered footpaths to that and you've got a killer workout just leaving the house.

Cheah said...

Wow, look at the snow, so beautiful. I can imagine you walking in the snow all bundled up, wouldn't it be slippery? Had experienced that in Mt Cook, New Zealand many years ago, it was very slippery.

kirsten said...

What a great idea!
Definitely going to make this for lunch this week!

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