want some sabi? tuna salad

So the last minute Christmas shopping didn’t go as planned. I have this little wallet thing that holds my credit cards and license. I left that in the coat I wore yesterday…luckily I had cash in my wallet, but I had to run home before I went anywhere else. Thus resulting in 45 minutes wasted. However, two good things happened: I finally got my new glasses after 3 attempts since October & I managed to make it to the gym.

While at the gym I managed to log 20 minutes on the treadmill. This might not seem like much to some, but to me it is monumental. I have tried the couch to 5k program more times than I can count. So 20 minutes…wow. Then I hit up this machine that is a cross between an elliptical and a treadclimber. I don’t know what it is called, but man is it a great work out. As I huffed and puffed (and watched FRIENDS) I starting dreaming about wasabi. Nom. Love it. Knowing I wasn’t going to hit up a sushi joint all sweaty, I decided to whip up a batch of want some sabi? tuna salad. I haven’t had this in ages, and it really hit the spot.

Wasabi + canned tuna? Yes, it works.

(Nutritionals for full recipe: Cal-403, Fat-17, Carb-25, Pro-41)

Here is what you’ll need for two servings:

1 thick slice sweet onion (Walla Walla if you live in an area that sells them), diced

1 roma tomato, diced

1 stalk celery, diced

1/4 bell pepper, diced

1/4 avocado, diced

2 laughing cow light wedges, original flavor

1 can tuna (I prefer the non-good-for-you kind…but the hubs buys albacore*, so that is what I used)

1 TBS wasabi paste (you can sub horseradish if you don’t have wasabi paste on hand)

Dice all your veggies and fruits (except the avocado) and throw them into a mixing bowl.

You will have about a cup of diced veggies.

Reserve your avocado for later.

Then throw the drained can of tuna in with the veggies, along with the two laughing cow wedges. Mix well.

(*I had to toss 3 cans of expired tuna before I found one that was within the acceptable date range. The cans expired in 2007, which means we bought them in Spokane, moved them to San Diego, moved them back to Spokane and let them sit in a storage unit, moved them into an apartment and finally into our house in 2010. Gross).

I searched my fridge high and low and could only find one laughing cow wedge. Sigh. So I subbed the second one for some low fat cream cheese. Not as good, but it will do in a pinch.

However, I did find these delicious pickles hiding in the back. Perfect side to my salad.

After all ingredients are mashed-up, add a dollop of wasabi paste.


Blend until you can’t see neon green anymore. This makes two servings…so I reserved half for tomorrow and topped today’s half with the avocado. Served with 4 Milton’s Multigrain Crackers and two sliced pickles.

And of course a mid-afternoon mocktail consisting of seltzer and key lime juice.

If you haven’t tried Nellie & Joe’s Key West Lime Juice you really should. So tasty.

flipping my flapjacks

While winter break has been lovely, I find myself getting increasingly anxious for Christmas. This will be my first year hosting, and I’m finding it nearly impossible to focus long enough on one task to complete. Rilo has been sniffing and pawing at the gifts under the tree and Rikka has been wondering around whining incessantly. I think they know somethings up.

Nothing a little coffee can’t fix.


*sidenote: The Today Show is on in the background and I just heard the sentence, “Everyone loves something bedazzled.” And she was serious. Sigh.

While coffee gets my mind in the zone, I still have a lot of errands to run today, including last minute Christmas shopping, grabbing some forgotten ingredients and hitting the gym to work off last nights cookies….or to prep for today’s consumption?

Enter Kodiak Cakes

Pancakes don’t get much easier than this. 1:1 ratio of mix to water. I’ve been reading about Kodiak Cakes and their amazingness for quite a while over on katheats.com so when I saw them at Safeway this week I decided I needed to give them a try.

I pulled out my trusty OXO measuring cup…

Sadly, you can no longer tell which cup is what size.

But, if you have a brother that lives in your basement he can surprise you by etching the size into the bottom of the cup.

Good to go.

So I mixed her up and dropped her in the pan according to package directions. They were a tad runny though…I attempted to remedy the runny pancake mess, but it didn’t work out as well as I planned.

And I don’t have mad flipping skills.

But I do have tasty toppings.

I topped my pancakes with creamy peanut butter, some chia seeds and this tasty fig galaxy fruit spread that I found at TJ Maxx a few weeks back.


It is a much heartier dish than I would normally eat for brekkie, but it is 10:44 a.m. and I need staying power!

And here I am.

Hi. I’m Leila (Lee-Eye-Lah, not Lay-lah). No, I am not Hawaiian. Nor am I Arabic, although my name is (it means night/dark/sleeping beauty. And my next-door neighbor’s name is Norah, which is Arabic for light/day, so that is cool).

Birthday in Paris.

I’ve been living vicariously through others, gathering recipes from bloggers for a few years. It all started with Kath {http://www.katheats.com/}, which led to Caitlin {http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/ and http://operationbeautiful.com/}. I also followed Megan, a long lost Internet friend {http://megansmunchies.com/}, whose blog has blossomed so much since she started. Then I stumbled upon Sarah, a.k.a. Mama Pea {http://peasandthankyou.com/}, and another Sarah {http://thesmartkitchen.blogspot.com/}.


{source: http://blog.ning.com/2008/04/augmenting_your_blog_or_websit.html}

I constantly rush home to check “my” blogs. Some people use the Internet to shop, others to catch up on the news (although you really should also subscribe to your local newspaper…and if you don’t, subscribe to my dad’s paper just to make me happy), but I get my thrill from food. I don’t really enjoy baking (I’ll leave that to the hubs), because I can’t experiment as easily. Instead, I love to cook. I like to use a recipe as a suggestion and then tweak it to fit my own foodality (a.k.a. food-personality). I mean, who’s ever heard of a soup that didn’t include garlic?

Christmas cookies 08Spider Dip

So after taking and taking and taking from the blog world, I decided it wasn’t really fair to not invest myself in a give-take relationship. But don’t get me wrong; I have ulterior motives too. I am in the middle of a life-changing year. I’m the girl who is constantly on a diet, or rather, off the wagon when it comes to dieting. I’ve been married two years and almost 4 months.

Exiting St. Al's

In that time I’ve quit my job, started and completed a Master’s program, gone to Europe, bought a house, started a new career and gained 21 pounds. Yes, you read that right, twenty.one.pounds.


So here I am, changing my life. I can’t do the “diet” again. Because once I see progress, I get excited and dive into the skittles, thinking I deserve it. I have this addiction to sugar, you see, and it is really counter-productive to my goals.

get back here

As a result I’ve decided that I need to live my life, rather than letting my life live me. These past few years have been rather stressful and I’m neglecting some basic needs (sleep being the main one). I’ve decided to let my New Year’s Resolution for 2011 to let myself live my life, nurturing myself when I need it.


{source: http://smallbiztrends.com/2010/12/smbs-make-hopeful-2011-new-year-resolutions.html}

I’ve been wanting to start a blog for a few years, and it is the first step into the new life that I live, rather than watch it go by me without taking time to pause and think about it.

Welcome to my little corner of the blog world. I hope you enjoy it 🙂