Mock Tuna Salad Sandwich and Hearty Slaw Salad

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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 hummus
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.

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  • Kim

    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 says one cannot catch pneumonia from “being out in the rain,” that bacteria causes flu/pneumonia.

    ABC has a web site ( debunking the myth that “going out in the cold without your coat on” causes sickness or the flu, etc.

  • Ryan Kelly

    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

    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

    Beautiful pictures!

  • wasabi prime

    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

    very pretty winter photos!

  • Vegetable Matter

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

  • Miriam

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

  • Tasty Eats At Home

    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

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

  • Carol Egbert

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

  • Fashion Meets Food

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

  • Anna

    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

    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

    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

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