Italian Tuna and Rice Salad

 

To be honest, I love rice a lot. In the past, i used to ask the school’s canteen aunty to add more rice for me whenever i order caifan from her. I can’t imagine my meals without rice seriously. But now, I am avoiding it as much as possible. Not because I don’t like them anymore, but the fact that they are…carbohydrates. If you cut down on carbo, you can rly slim down a lot. Trust me on this. Now you know why I avoid rice. Hee. I can rly go on and on about diet n exercise. But I shan’t bore you any further with that. Haha. So i turned to other alternatives, salad. I spammed salad for the past two years and it isn’t that bad after all. It was tough at the start when I switched to a no rice diet. As time passed, I got more used to it and kinda like it eventually. But I still love rice. To enjoy rice with lesser guilt, consider rice salad. I got this idea from Laura Vitale. Made some minor changes to her recipe with whatever ingredients i have on hand. This is definitely a healthier choice compared to your ordinary weekday chicken rice or Seafood horfun pack home dinner. I used canned food as it’s more convenient. To make the dish healthier, you could use fresh ingredients  from the market. Although this looks as if it contains a lot of rice, it doesn’t. They can be stored for a couple of days in the fridge. You cld prepare these for tmr’s lunch at work or dinner for your kids if you are working OT!!

Ingredients: (Servings: 2-3, Serve cold. )

3/4 cup of rice- cooked*
1 can Corn Kernels ( Can/fresh)
1 can Tuna chunks in light Olive Oil ( You cld substitute with other alternatives like Shredded Steamed Salmon etc…)
1 cup Cherry tomatoes
Cranberries
3-4 tbsp of extra virgin Olive Oil. ( ensure rice stays moist)

Steps:

1. In a large bowl, Add corn and tuna to the rice. Mix well.
2. Toss in cherry tomatoes and cranberries.
3. Add olive oil.

Refreshing avocado & tomato salad

Those who love Avocado’ll adore this dish.I think this is too strong to be a main dish itself. But it is perfect as a side dish. You can serve it at room tempt or put it into the fridge for a while before serving. It tastes pretty refreshing because of the lime. I like to have it chilled!

Ingredients:
3 Tomatoes
2 Avocados
1 red onion
1-1.5 lime juice
1 bunch/handful of cilantro leaves
Salt n Pepper
Olive Oil

Procedure
1. Prepare the dresssing: Chop the cilantro and add them to lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Cut the Avocados into cubes.
3. Drizzle the dressing onto Avocado. ( The acid in the lime juice prevents Avocados from turning brown)
4. Chop tomatoes into chunks and Onions into strips.
5. Add both tomatoes and onions to Avocado.
6. Drizzle a little olive oil.
7. Serve it immediately or chilled.

* Do not add too much Olive oil as Avocado has high fat content.

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