I love making my own spin-off's of favorite pre-made dishes. I think the hardest part of making things at home is always comparing your food to a pre-made alternative. However, the best part of making things at home is that you are in control of the ingredients and preparation. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing exactly what you are putting into your body to fuel your athletic and daily lifestyle.
My preceptor passed along a recipe to me from an organic produce email and I was super excited to make the recipe. A few days went by and I forgot about the recipe but thankfully, my preceptor made the un-tuna and brought it to Hospice while I was interning. I love our lunches together because we always talk 'recipes' and she happened to have the un-tuna with her. It was delicious!!!
I decided to make my own version at home because I didn't have all of the ingredients. However, I managed to make a tuna version for Karel at the same time I was making my un-tuna. I hope you enjoy both of the recipes!!
Un-Tuna salad 1 can chickpeas (rinsed and drained) 1/2 medium green pepper (sliced) 1 large clove garlic 1/2 cup onions (chopped) 1 tbsp water 1 large celery stick (chopped) Pepper 1 tsp spicy mustard 1 tbsp mayo (I used Olive oil Mayo) Optional: 1 tbsp caraway seeds or celery seeds
1. Place all ingredients in blended (except seeds) and pulse for a minute or two until chickpeas are crushed and all ingredients are smooth. *you may need to use a spoon/knife and work the ingredients to the bottom if using a blender. However, do this while you aren't pulsing. 2. Spoon Un-tuna into bowl/container and stir in seeds.
2 cans tuna (packed in water) 1/2 cup onions (chopped) 1 clove garlic (chopped) 1/2 cup pepper (chopped) 2 tbsp mayo (I used Olive Oil Mayo) pepper 2 tsp spicy mustard
1. Mix all ingredients together. Add pepper to taste.
Tuna and Un-Tuna salad sandwiches Swiss cheese Hardboiled Egg Tuna salad of your choice Your favorite mini baguette of choice (or fresh small bread loaf) - I suggest pumpernickel or rye bread