Low-calorie Tuna Spaghetti

When you’re blessed with a gorgeous sunny weather outside, on a Sunday, you can’t just help but feel so overjoyed. I think one of the best ways to express that is through pasta. 🙂

I am no awesome cook, but I can prepare spaghetti quite well. The problem is it’s got too much fat from meat, some butter, and canned tomatoes.

So I decided to give it a twist and make it “healthier.” I opted for tuna spaghetti. Today isn’t the first time I prepared a tuna pasta recipe, but the last one was a disaster–too creamy, too heavy, too salty.

Fortunately this low-calorie tuna spaghetti is lighter, tastier, and more budget friendly. It made the hubby super happy too.

If you want to try this out, here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

1 clove garlic
1 chopped spring onion
250 grams spaghetti pasta (if you want to make it even healthier, go for whole wheat)
1 can Century Tuna in water
1 Clara Ole Chunky Tomato Sauce with Basil
1 tablespoon olive oil
oregano (optional)
pepper (optional)
cheese (optional)

Procedures

1. Cook the pasta. The instructions are just found on the wrapper.
2. Heat the pan and pour the olive oil.
3. Saute garlic then onion.
4. Place the tuna and continue sauteeing.
5. Pour the tomato sauce and stir. Turn the fire low.
6. Season with oregano and pepper.
7. Let the sauce boil while stirring occasionally.
8. Serve the pasta and the sauce.

Meatless Monday: Vegetable Lumpia

I think one of the biggest challenges in doing Meatless Monday is when you’re out. You can’t just help it! You’ll end up ogling and salivating on Krispy Kremes, a bowl of dinuguan and a plate of lechon, lasagna–okay, I need to stop.

But the good news is I did it! I conquered the want to grab that deliciously cooked fried pork at home or that sizzling chicken steak the husband thoroughly enjoyed. Just look at his face!

Nom-nomin the sizzling chicken steak!

So what did I have? This.

Crispy, crispy.

Vegetable lumpia.

It’s crispy, it’s tasty, and it’s very cheap. It doesn’t have any meat substitute or extenders. It reminds me so much of the vegetable lumpia my aunt used to make at home. I think this is one of the very few vegetarian dishes I’ll never get tired of eating.

If you want this, just go to any Orange Brutus branch.

 

Non-toxic Plants for Chuck

I am currently confused right now. You see, Chuck’s been eating wild grasses for the past few days. For my husband and me, it means he’s having slight tummy troubles. So I thought about planting some plants that are going to be good for him, so even if he’s in the house, he can munch and take better care of himself.

But here’s the problem: most of the non-toxic plants are unknown to me. Maybe they exist in my country or they’re even in my local area, I’m not so sure. The online English-Filipino dictionary is not a huge help at this time. Worse, the plants that I’m familiar with are not ideal for cats!

I just bought an aloe vera and placed it at the back where the Cat usually hangs out. Boom! It turns out it’s toxic for them. I’m just glad he didn’t take a single bite.

Then I thought about ferns. They’re easy to find in here, yet after one search, I was disappointed. Another toxic plant.

I remembered about chrysanthemums and sago palms, and both are still labeled toxic.

See the dilemma? I badly need help right now. I’m hoping the vet can provide me with good tips. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this:

Yeah, I know, he’s handsome!

Travel Time

And just like that, I’ve booked two flights. In September I’ll be off to Singapore to visit my brother who’s going to have his class recess for a week. This is such a short notice, and I definitely wish the rest of the family can go with me (because it’s merrier to have plenty of company and I can have someone to share expenses with. haha!). But my father still needs to renew his passport, my mom has none, and my sister is stuck with work.

Come October, the husband and I will be attending a wedding in Butuan. Super excited! My husband couldn’t just stop talking about how charming the city is, and I’d love to experience it myself.

Indeed, big awesome plans are ahead.

Meatless Monday: It’s All about the Eggs

I admit I am no veggie fan, so it’s definitely a struggle for me to get the hang of Meatless Monday, but the great thing is I’m taking baby steps.

So for this week I decided to go for a comfort food (or ingredient): eggs.

Breakfast: 1 hard-boiled egg, 1 piece banana, 1/2 cup rice.

I had my breakfast at almost 10:00 a.m. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning just to catch Spice Girls!

Dinner: sunny side-up, 1/2 cup rice

Because I had woken and eaten so late, I opted to skip lunch and went for early dinner. Still eggs.

Sounds easy, right? Not really, as we have other food on the table:

Ensaymada!

Custard Cake!

Bam-i!

I’ll be honest. I took small bites (seriously, just small bites) of the custard cake–and that’s it. 🙂 Yup, so proud of myself.

Happy me.

It’s Wednesday, and save for a stick of Virginia hot dog, I hadn’t eaten pork or chicken yet (pat on the back). Bought some cream dory and milkfish to last us for the next 4 days. Wish me luck!
Now go check out what my Meatless Monday buddy did. 🙂

Two Weeks

I went on a blogging hiatus for around 2 or more weeks. I got sick, which was somewhat disappointing. It only meant I truly had a messy immune system.

Nevertheless, I’d rather look at the bright side right now and tell you about the good things:

1. My brother arrived for a very short vacation. As I shared before, he’s off to Singapore for a scholarship grant.

my brother, my mom, and my pops

the awe girls

moi and hubby

2. I took a short day trip with my immediate and extended family to Simala, Sibonga, and Boljo-on. And we even had Chuck with us! Awesome!

Chuck is going with us. Yehey!

Love this guy a lot.

The mega church in Simala, Sibonga, Cebu

It’s a nice day–peaceful, serene.

That’s how plants grow in our home province.

Here’s another thing I love about traveling: food!

3. I’m currently on my nth day with Metafit. Still a beginner but really learning a lot. Lost 9 pounds since the beginning of my weight loss plan. 🙂

I need to push myself HARDER next time (photo from Metafit’s FB page).

4. I just went back to Meatless Monday, and this time, I have a buddy with me.

5. I watched Happy Flight with Camille. It’s for free since it’s part of Japanese Film Festival, and it’s worth the time. In fact, I want to watch it over and over again. I also can’t wait to catch Water Boys, from the same director behind Happy Flight. It’s free in YouTube. 🙂

6. I received plenty of great news from friends and family too (just too personal to share, sorry!).

7. I attended a coffee class. Can’t wait to prepare my first espresso or coffee blend once I go back home.

8. I just wrote a couple of features for Cebu Bloggers Society. Go check out Blogger of the Week.

Currently, I’m waiting for Olympics 2012 closing. I sure don’t want to miss the iconic Spice Girls! Starting next week too I’ll have my regular dates with books. Nice. Very nice.