Tuna, Avocado, and Pickled Onion Open Faced Sandwich

I went years without eating canned tuna. For the simple fact that I had eaten so much of it when I would diet that I could no longer stand it. Even now, I’m not so sure I could just pop open a can of tuna and eat it straight from the can as I have in the past.

However, when you put a spin on it with avocado, pickled onions, and green olives, I can totally enjoy some tuna. This recipe came from Cooking Light magazine and has quickly become a new favorite of mine.

Avocados are much higher in fat than most other fruits, but they are rich in vitamins and minerals, such as B-vitamins, vitamin K, potassium, copper, vitamin E and vitamin C and contain a lot of fiber. They have been associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and may be useful for weight loss. That’s a win-win in my book!

Tuna, Avocado, and Pickled Onion Open Faced Sandwich
 
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ c. red onion, sliced thin
  • ⅔ c. apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ c. water
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 4 slices wheat bread
  • 4 oz. chunk white albacore tuna in water, drained
  • 2 tbsp. fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 8 bottled green olives, sliced
  • 2 medium avocados, peeled and sliced
Instructions
  1. Bring onion, vinegar, water, and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove pan from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Drain.
  2. Divide the avocado slices evenly among bread slices; mash with a fork. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Top evenly with tuna, onions, and olives. Sprinkle top with salt and pepper. Garnish with parsley.
  3. Each serving = 8 WW Freestyle Points.

 

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Shrimp Verde Flatbread

Shrimp Verde Flatbread

Today’s recipe comes straight from Weight Watchers.  I was quite shocked when I first tried it. Who knew Weight Watchers had such awesome recipes?

I want to tell you a little story just as a testament to just how good this Shrimp Verde Flatbread is. Greg was out of town on business the night I made this for myself. Wes lives at the house, works during the day and works on his masters online at night. He is not the most daring person when it comes to his food. He is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, and he is perfectly happy that way. Many times when Greg is traveling, Wes and I do our own thing for dinner. He will grill up something for himself while I make my own meal. Wes was in the kitchen when I took this flatbread out of the oven, so I asked him to try it. About the only thing he gets excited about it football, hunting, and fishing, so he didn’t say too much other than it was “pretty good.” Pretty good in this house means just okay. However, he went about his business and came up to me a little later wanting to know if I had the ingredients to make another Shrimp Verde Flatbread. I don’t know if I have described him well enough for you to know just how huge this was, but that speaks volumes!

The fresh sauce is really what makes this flatbread so wonderful. When making your flatbread, I have one little tip for you. If you have lime juice that separates from the sauce as you spoon it on your flatbread just leave it in the food processor. I made the mistake of pouring the juice left in the bottom of the food processor bowl onto mine, and it made those areas of the flatbread soggy. I did not do that to Wesley’s and his stayed crispy and delicious!

Shrimp Verde Flatbread
 
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Flatout Light Original flatbread
  • 3 oz. cooked shrimp, peeled
  • ¼ c. part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • ¾ c. cilantro
  • 1 medium garlic clove
  • 1 small jalapeño, seeds and veins removed
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375℉. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place flat-out on parchment and bake for two minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor combine cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, and lime juice. Process until well blended and spreadable. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Spread the green sauce over the flatbread. Arrange cooked shrimp over the sauce and scatter with cheese.
  4. Bake at 375℉ for 4 minutes. Serve immediately.
  5. WW Freestyle Points = 4

 

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Feisty Feta and Shrimp Dip

 Feisty Feta and Shrimp Dip

Although Greg and I both enjoy cooking we love a good restaurant. Searching the internet for good reviews is one of the first things we do when we visit a new city.  We have our local favorites, and we even plan vacations around the restaurants we like the most.

I am thrilled when we I can duplicate some of our favorite restaurant dishes at home!  A few of my favorites are Hot Crab Dip, that we enjoyed several years ago at a restaurant with Greg’s brother. Pot Roast Stuffed Baked Potatoes are one of my favorites from a restaurant just down the road from our house.  I had Heirloom Tomato Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette at one of our favorite places in Savannah on my birthday a few years ago.  All of these recipes can be found on www.notjustsundaydinner.com.

Feisty Feta Dip with Shrimp is a new one to add to the list. We had this tasty appetizer at one of our favorite restaurants in Augusta, Georgia. It is super easy to make.   Crab meat can be used instead of shrimp, or you can leave out the seafood completely.  Serve warm with pita chips or warm pita bread.

 

Feisty Feta and Shrimp Dip
 
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Ingredients
  • 6-oz. crumbled Feta cheese
  • ⅓ c. chopped jarred roasted red peppers
  • ¼ c. chopped jarred artichoke hearts
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 to 2 tsp. hot sauce
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 to ½ c. cooked shrimp, cut into large bite-size pieces
  • Warm pita bread or pita chips, for serving
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the feta cheese, chopped peppers, artichoke hearts, onions, garlic, hot sauce, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. Pulse until ingredients are well combined, but still slightly chunky. While pulsing add 2 to 3 tbsp. olive oil until the dip reaches desired consistency.
  2. Stir in cooked shrimp and spoon into a microwave safe dish. Microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes or until warmed through. Serve with pita bread or pita chips.

 

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Mexican Seasoning Blend

Mexican Seasoning Blend 2

We recently moved Savannah home again. She will be doing an internship in January, and it was impossible to find a six-month lease near the college. So, for six-months, she will make the daily drive to college.

I questioned how living together would be after she has been on her own for so long. I’m trying really hard to remember she’s not a child any longer. It is coming with some benefits also. She has become very independent…she doesn’t want me doing her laundry, and she has become an excellent cook!

Fajitas is a specialty of hers, and I am using every excuse I can think of to have her cook them often. Her secret is this awesome seasoning blend that she makes. I even seasoned a roast with it, and it was delicious.

Savannah does not have an exact measurement for the meat and veggies. To feed two people, she typically uses one to two boneless, skinless chicken breast, two green bell peppers, one large onion, and two to three Roma tomatoes.

Savannah seasons her meat with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Then saute’s it in a little oil until done. She then removes the meat from the skillet to saute green bell peppers and onions. Once the veggies are tender, add chopped Roma tomatoes and a heaping tablespoon of the fabulous seasoning, plus the juice of half a lime. Add the meat back to the skillet, stirring to combine and serve.

Try this tasty Mexican seasoning blend on burgers or grilled meats for extra wonderful flavor!

 

Mexican Seasoning Blend
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Mexican oregano
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Store in a small jar.

 

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Hot Crab Dip and Reflecting on the Past Six Years

Hot Crab Dip and Reflecting on the Past Six Years

Shortly after moving to the country I decided to start a blog.  I had never visited many blogs at the time.  However, my friend, Jennifer, had a blog and I needed something to do.  My days of being a room mom and doing carpool were long gone.  It was either find a job outside the home or find something else to do at home other than cut 10-acres of grass, do laundry, and clean the house.  So in January of 2011, with the Super Bowl coming up, I decided it was the perfect time to start Not Just Sunday Dinner.  I had always enjoyed cooking and sharing recipes with my family and friends.  A food blog would be the perfect hobby!
The name came about because Sunday dinners growing up were always special.  By dinner, I mean the meal in the middle of the day, after church.  Daddy was a Baptist preacher, and many Sunday’s were spent having dinner with different families from the churches he pastored.  Other Sundays my grandmother Ma, would cook a big Sunday meal.  So you see, the name is rather special to me too.
On February 1, 2011, I posted my first online recipe.  One of my all-time favorite dip recipes, Hot Crab Dip.  I never imagined in 2011 that I would still be doing NJSD, and so much more, six years later.  NJSD has opened up many doors for me over the years.  Writing for a number of newspapers and doing a local cooking show has enabled me to grow my audience, and so far, this month alone, I have had over 56,000 page views.  I have done several product reviews for various companies, and earlier this year I was contacted by a large publishing company to do a cookbook review.
Today, as I reflect on the past six years, I want to share the very first recipe I shared.  Hot Crab Dip is an amazing dip served with toast points or toasted baguette slices. It is easy to prepare and has always been a hit anytime I have served it.
As always, thanks for taking the time to read NJSD!  You can not imagine how it makes my day to get comments on NJSD or emails from my readers.  Feel free to email at notjustsundaydinner@yahoo.com with any questions you may have or if you just want to share a recipe.

NOTE:  Please excuse the quality of my photo.  I am still working on getting a photo program up and running and this is a copy of my picture I used back in 2011.  I think my food photography has improved slightly since then!

Hot Crab Dip and Reflecting on the Past Six Years
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 8-oz. container sour cream
  • ¼ c. mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. hot sauce
  • 1 tsp. ground mustard
  • ¼ tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 lb. fresh crabmeat, drained and picked
  • 1½ c. shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 French bread baguette
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Slice baguette on a diagonal about ½-inch thick. Place on baking sheet and toast on top rack of oven, about 5 - 6 minutes or until golden brown. Depending on the size of your oven, you may need to do this in batches. Set aside to cool. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  3. With an electric mixer, combine cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, hot sauce, ground mustard, and garlic salt until combined (a few lumps are okay). Fold in crabmeat.
  4. Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon crab mixture into dish. Sprinkle evenly with Cheddar Cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Serve immediately with toasted baguette rounds.

 

 

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