Spicy Tuna Veggie Stir Fry

Spicy Tuna Veggie Stir Fry

With back-to-school time in full swing, I have partnered with BumbleBee to share an easy and light dish using plenty of veggies, whole grains and light protein to make an easy and healthy weeknight dinner.

Spicy Tuna Veggie Bowls

Spicy tuna rolls is one of my husband’s favorite sushi orders, so I decided to use inspiration from that dish to create a family friendly meal that can be made in a flash.

Spicy Tuna Veggie Bowls

The prep work of cleaning and slicing the veggies is actually the longest part of making the dish and can easily be done ahead of time, such as during the weekend, to save time on a busy week night.

Spicy Tuna Veggie Bowls

Also, tuna, veggies and brown rice may be a tall order for getting all kids and picky family members to eat, but I left this recipe pretty open for interpretation to create a meal that fits your family best.  Feel free to substitute or eliminate certain veggies as your family sees fit, serve the dish with white rice instead, or even sub out the tuna with chicken or eliminate meat altogether for a vegetarian dish.  Also, be sure to adjust the spice level of the dish to fit those who will be eating.

Spicy Tuna Veggie Stir-Fry

Spicy Tuna Veggie Stir FryIngredients

Sauce

¼ cup water

2 tablespoons sesame oil

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ cup soy sauce

½ cup hoisin sauce

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

¼ teaspoon – 2 teaspoons red pepper flake (depending on desired spice level)

2 tablespoons orange juice

2 tablespoons cornstarch

Stir-Fry

½ medium onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups broccoli florets

1 cup carrots, chopped

15 oz. can cut baby corn, drained

15 oz. can bean sprouts, drained

8 oz. sliced mushrooms

2 cups frozen edamame, shelled

6 oz. snow peas

Two 7 oz. can solid white albacore tuna in water, drained

Brown Rice – Cooked

picy Tuna Veggie Stir Fry -Happy Wife Healthy Life

Directions

Whisk together all sauce ingredients and set aside.

In a large wok or saucepan over medium-high heat, pour in sesame oil and add onions, cooking one minute and add the rest of the veggies as follows, stirring regularly:

  • Garlic – one minute
  • Broccoli – two minutes
  • Carrots – one minute
  • Baby corn and bean sprouts – two minutes
  • Mushrooms, edamame and snow peas – two minutes

Whisk together sauce ingredients one more time, making sure all cornstarch is thoroughly combined, and pour into the wok.  Add tuna and stir into vegetables, bringing sauce to a boil.  Turn heat to low and simmer 10 minutes until thickened.  Serve over brown rice.

Spicy Tuna Veggie Stir Fry

Conversation Time.

  • What is your favorite quick and easy back-to-school recipe?
  • What are your favorite veggies to incorporate into stir-fry dishes?
Merchant 31 $100 Giveaway Winner!

Merchant 31 $100 Giveaway Winner!

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Merchant 31 $100 GiveawayCongratulations Sarah!  Please email me at newlywifehealthylife@gmail.com to receive your gift card!  Thank you to everyone for participating in the giveaway and for supporting this blog and Merchant 31!

Question for you:

  • Where are you back-to-school or fall shopping this year?
  • What fall fashion trend or staple are you looking forward to wearing the most?

 

Back-to-School Merchant 31 $100 Giveaway

Back-to-School Merchant 31 $100 Giveaway

You may remember that back in December I partnered with a local clothing shop that of course sells cute clothes, but that also has a heart behind the company as well.  Some of my very favorite outfits have come from Merchant 31!

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Like this plaid tunic and leggings!

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Like this Jean Jacket!

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And like this Cozy Sweater!

I worked directly with owner Kyle then, and I couldn’t be happier to be working with her again! As a business owner, of course she wants her customers to like the clothes and I am sure a it wouldn’t hurt her feelings to make a profit with the business, but that is just a small part of Merchant 31.  Not only does the shop sell beautiful clothes, but more importantly, Kyle wants her customers to feel beautiful while wearing the clothes as well.

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The satisfaction and happiness of its customers is so important to Merchant 31, and I think that’s where the difference lies and what helps to set it apart from other boutiques.  It’s not just about the bottom line, but it’s also about the confidence and encouragement for customers who shop at the store.

Merchant 31

I can’t think of a better time to partner with Merchant 31 again.  Whether you’re back-to-school shopping for yourself or your daughter, or if you simply want to add a couple pieces to your own fall wardrobe, I know you will love today’s post!

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I am giving away a $100 Merchant 31 gift card to one lucky reader, which can be used either in stores or online!!

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You have five chances to win!! To Enter the Giveaway:

The giveaway will be open until Sunday August 24th at midnight, and the winner will be announced Friday morning August 25th on my blog!  Good luck to all who enter!!

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An Omelette Brunch

An Omelette Brunch

How is it possibly Wednesday already? I can’t believe it’s been over a week since I last posted, but honestly, the break felt pretty darn good.  I think the days of five posts per-week is gone, and in its place is a much more lenient and go-with-the-flow blogging schedule.  I honestly just don’t have the time or the energy to post every day.  With a full-time job and its busy season gearing up, weddings galore, and the usual housekeeping to take care of, all I want to do when I get free time is relax or work on a few goals I have in the works, and unfortunately blogging is getting pushed to the side.

However, I love blogging and plan on continuing to share whenever I find the time in my schedule.  I actually have a couple really fun back-to-school posts coming up this week and next, including an awesome giveaway I will be hosting tomorrow!  If you are looking to dress your teen daughter for school, or if you’re a teacher looking to add to your wardrobe, or if you’re simply looking for that perfect new piece for fall, you won’t want to miss this giveaway!  If you loved it back in December, then I know you will love it tomorrow as well!

Getting back on track, today I am sharing my eats from Sunday.  I arrived home early Sunday morning after spending the previous day with some of my girlfriends in Columbus.  Saturday night we ate at Cooper’s Hawk.  I hadpassed the restaurant multiple times before while shopping at Easton, but this was my first time I stopped there to eat.  The dinner begins with pretzel bread, which is never a bad thing in my opinion, and I ordered the flatbread and salad combination.  The Italian Sausage & Ricotta Dolce Flatbread with the Caesar Pesto Salad was seriously delicious.  I would love to make a similar meal at home sometime!  That meal along with my girlfriends and a glass of Sangria made for such a great Saturday night!

Before I left Columbus early Sunday, I of course had to make a traditional Starbucks stop so I would have a latte for the road.  I think coffee is a must-have for any road trip, agreed?

Starbucks nonfat Latte

I got home around 10:00, threw in a load of laundry and easily talked my husband into taking me to breakfast.  We went to Scrambler Marie’s and I ordered the Lean & Green Omelette, which had egg whites, spinach, diced tomatoes, turkey sausage and salsa.  I also had fresh fruit on the side along with Honey Cracked Wheat Toast.

Egg White Omelette with Toast and Fruit - Scrambler Marie's

This healthy breakfast hit the spot after a much more decadent dinner the night before, but I think I am realizing that I just don’t like spinach in my eggs.  I am actually really picky when it comes to spinach, which is actually surprising.  I am not really a fan of raw spinach salads or sautéed spinach either.  Honestly, the only way I like to have my spinach is in green smoothies or in cheesy spinach-artichoke dip…go figure!

Since we didn’t eat brunch until later, I skipped lunch and we had an early dinner around 5.  We made burgers topped with smoked gouda alongside corn-on-the-cob and grilled Brussels sprouts, which we enjoyed eating outside on our back patio.

Grilled Burger with Smoke Gouda, Brussels Sprouts, Corn on the Cob

Eating outside is definitely something I am going to miss when the weather gets cooler later in the fall.  Dining outdoors really does make any meal more special whether you are having a bowl of cereal, sipping your afternoon coffee, or dining on filet straight from the grill.

Key Lime Pie

Dessert was a slice of Blender Key Lime Pie!  When I did my Living Dayton segment a couple weeks ago, I actually froze one of the pies I made and simply unthawed it for a quick pre-made dessert.  So yummy and one of my favorite light summer desserts!

Thanks Jenn for hostessing WIAW as always!

Just a reminder, if you’re looking to get a jumpstart on your fall wardrobe, make sure to stop by tomorrow for an awesome giveaway!! 

Conversation Time.

  • When was the last time you had a girl’s day with your friends?  Is there a restaurant you love to visit with girlfriends?
  • What are your favorite omelette ingredients?
  • Are you a fan of spinach?  What popular healthy food do a many people like that you just aren’t a fan of eating?
A Little Me-Time

A Little Me-Time

Do you ever wake up in a ‘blah’ kind of mood for no obvious reason?  I believe I’m a pretty driven person, but every so often I will start the day feeling less than motivated with the only real accomplishment I want to make being to crawl back into bed and keep on sleeping and dreaming.

It is during these times when I remind myself that what I’m feeling is quite normal.  We all have those days that are tough for no reason at all except that we are only human and life can sometimes be, well, tough!

Tebow

This past Saturday I woke up feeling a little blue.  Tim was in Nashville from Friday until Sunday and I had no true set plans for the weekend.  As you can imagine, finding ways to entertain myself without spending a bunch of money was at the top of my to-do list.  This can be challenging because two of my favorite things includes shopping and spa days, both of which can be equally costly.

I find that I typically feel rejuvenated after a little me-time at home that costs next to nothing, but too much sitting around can leave me feeling lonely and frankly a bit bored!  I am a goal setter by nature and I love feeling productive, so although days in which I stay in my pajamas until noon or watch Netflix for hours on end may sound like perfection, those decisions can actually backfire when I feel as if I waste an entire day without accomplishing a single goal.

Do I need to be easier on myself at times?  Absolutely!  I think there is a great deal of women, including myself, who are prone to think that if they haven’t saved the world by midnight then the day can’t be deemed a success.  This is not okay thinking and I am working on cutting myself some slack!  Although we may think the day is essentially non-productive, free time can actually help to mentally prepare us for those days when we don’t have a single free minute at all.  Some days could be out of control crazy and some are slow as molasses, while others may fall somewhere in the middle.  True happiness really is all about balance in every area of life, whether that is with exercise, in the kitchen, at your job, taking care of your kids and family, and even taking care of yourself both mentally and physically.

So what did I do during a budget-friendly ‘non-productive’ weekend to myself?

  • Exercise. An hour and a half cycling class at Cycle-Logik with friends complete with a light show, a packed class, and a Madonna concert!  (If there is a Luke Bryan concert session in Cycle-Logik’s future then it will literally be the greatest combination of entertainment and exercise ever!  Talk about motivation to work out!)  Yes, this activity did cost money, but it was only $16 for an hour and a half workout so the ‘splurge’ was worth it.  Bonus, it got me out of the house for a bit of social time.

Cycle-Logik

  • Paint my nails.  This may not be as fun as a manicure at my favorite spa, but painting nails at home is a surprisingly easy and cheap mood lifter and self-esteem booster!
  • Get outside. I went on an hour long walking and running combination with Tebow once Saturday and once Sunday.  This activity is free and gets me out of the house while providing exercise and companionship with my sweet pup!

Tebow on a Walk at the Park

  • Easy recipes.  When it’s just me, I like to keep meals simple, which means no-hassle recipes like salads and egg white omelets.

Salad with mixed greens, feta, kalamata olives, avocado, tomatoes, cucumbers and balsamic

Egg White Omelet with avocado, tomatoes and onion

  • Read.  I read three books while on vacation and during the past week, and have just started reading a fourth.  I am contemplating sharing a book review on the novels I’ve read so far, would that be of interest to anyone?  I know I am always looking for new reads!

Summer Reading

  • Sleep!  I went to bed at 9 both Friday and Saturday night and it was wonderful!
  • Cuddled with my pup! I never realized how much companionship and company a dog provides until I am home with just Tebow.  He literally never leaves my side the entire time that Tim is away and I love not ever truly feeling alone because of it, especially during my runs outside and at night.

Tebow and his 'friends'!

As you can see, I stayed quite busy even though I had no plans.  The best part of leisurely weekends is the ability to wake up Monday morning and actually look forward to a fresh new week!  Although this weekend was filled with more down time than most, I would say it truly was just as important as those ones filled with nonstop action.

Conversation Time.

  • Do you like weekends alone?  When was the last time you had a true day just to yourself?
  • Do you thrive on being busy?  How do you convince yourself to slow down without beating yourself up?
  • If you had a whole day to yourself, what would you do while sticking to a budget?
  • Are you a goal setter and planner?