Skinny Trick/Brown Rice, Tuna & Peas

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I haven't done one of these in a while and after I got a comment from beloved follower Aggie (hi Aggie!) about these cookies, I figured it was time for another one.

Brown Rice & Peas please:
This is one of my all-time favorite lunches. Healthy, easy, filling.

Sorry about the romantic lighting (tuna and peas... très romantique!) but it was late in the day and I hate using flash.

Speaking of photography, I had the most amazing dream last night. I was in Europe taking a photography class and using one of those antique cameras with real film.


Of course I was dressed to perfection and it felt just like a Woody Allen film as a tall, dark and handsome stranger smiled at me from across the room (who coincidentally looked a lot like that tall, dark and handsome guy trying to win a million dollars on "Minute to Win it" last night)...

Anyway, getting off subject here! Tuna! Peas! Yes.

First of all, make real brown rice. Not the instant stuff. I found a method online (sorry, I don't remember where or I'd give them props) on the easiest way to get perfect brown rice:
  1. Put brown rice and water together in a pot with a lid. Use the ratio of 1.5 cups water to 1 cup rice.
  2. Set the heat to maximum, and bring the rice/water to a boil uncovered. Then put the lid on the pot, and reduce the heat to low/simmer. Let the rice simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat, and let the rice sit in the covered pot for another 10 minutes.
  4. While the rice is still warm, throw in about 1 cup of frozen peas (use frozen or fresh, never canned! It will be mushy and no good.)
  5. Dump in a can of albacore tuna.
  6. About 1 tsp of garlic or onion powder (sprinkle to taste) salt, pepper and done! You can also use fresh chopped onion but I prefer it this way.
So simple, so healthy, and very yummy!

I promise to try and update more often with my skinny tricks, but in the meantime, visit my girl Poppy's blog, Diet Schmiet for some great advice & recipes.

Now about that dream...
Pix 2&3 - Film stills from Vicky Christina Barcelona


  1. I'm not a fan of tuna but some other substitutes could work in this dish. I had the best "zen curry" the other night and I got brown rice with it - it was so yummy and healthy and made me feel great. I just ate a bowl of plain yoghurt mixed with pumpkin/flax seed granola/blanched almonds and a few blackberries. I gotta say it was pretty tasty for being so damn healthy!

  2. Looks delicious! I mus try sometime. About your dream.. Heavenly. Dreams can sometimes be surprising.

  3. I'm not into the tuna, but I love brown rice! Good skinny trick!

  4. To all you mamas not into tuna - I've also made this with lean ground turkey meat. It's so delicious and a little more hearty. xx

  5. And oops - Vegan Snorkeler, you won't like turkey either but if you find a vegan substitute, I'd love to know! :)

  6. Mmm this sounds delicious!! And lucky for me I could live off tuna/seafood!
    Also thanks so much for the mention and link, it means so much (still being a baby to blogging and all) :)

  7. Lady, I cant even tell you how badly I want that right now.

  8. Thanks for the recipe! Love Woody.

  9. Oooh thanks for the recipe.

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  10. Mmmh, looks yummy. Thanks for sharing, I definitely will try this weekend!

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  11. That looks absolutely delicious, can't wait to try it!!

  12. Thanks, I'm going to give this a try!

  13. Thanks, I have been on a brown rice kick lately! I am trying to eat healthier carbs and will have this tonight. Gosh I love great ideas!


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