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Tuna Salad w/ Buckwheat & Raisins

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  I feel like Christmas went by way too fast and while some, maybe most, are relieved, I am a little sad.  I was really into it this year...I'm still listening to my holiday playlist :3

After cleaning out the house of all those holiday guilty pleasures, it's nice to get back into a healthful groove, starting with this light, refreshing, but oh so delicious tuna salad, inspired by Livin' Lean with Trader Joe's by Jamie Davidson, M.S.

Trader Joe's has become one of the best go-to places for people who want to find healthy and reasonably priced food..  I especially love their coffee.  It's been a pleasure to review their cookbook today.  These easy to prepare and wholesome recipes are perfect for getting back on track after the holidays.

**I was given these products for review.  I was not financially compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Tuna Salad w/ Buckwheat & Raisins


10 oz. solid white tuna in water
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
1/8 cup raisins, chipped
1/2 cup instant buckwheat barley
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated


Juice of 1/2  lemon
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon teriyaki sauce
Juice of 1/4  orange
1 teaspoon vinegar

Toast (optional)

In a large bowl combine all the ingredients for the tuna salad.

In a small cup mix the ingredients for a dressing.  Pour dressing over tuna salad and toss. Serve over toast or with your favorite crackers.

Recently my Mom was nominated for the Sunshine Award and my friend Mary Frances was sweet enough to nominate me this time around.

Now, I’m going to deviate a bit since LTG already chose 10 wonderful foodie bloggers to receive this award, but I will answer the questions because I always find it fun to get to know the face behind the recipes :)

What is your #1 indulgence?
A Caramel Frap…unless it’s Autumn, then I’m all about the Pumpkin Spice Latte :D

What makes you happiest?
When things go better than planned.

What is the most important thing in a person?
Honesty and Kindness.

Are you a morning or night person?
I look forward to morning coffee, but honestly I like the night.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Busybodies who don’t know when to take a hint…or just don’t want to.

What are your childhood memories associated with Christmas baking?
Baking cookies with my mom and brother listening to holiday music.

Describe your fashion sense in one word.
Whatever is on sale...haha!! That was more than one word.

What would be your perfect afternoon?
Wandering through a bookstore for hours with a cup of coffee (never without my caffeine xD)

What is a habit you want to get rid of?
Overthinking everything…Does that count?…I just feel like I have a habit of worrying way too much which makes things worse.

What is a hobby you’d like to try?
Surfing. Cowabunga baby! (I know that was cheesy)

What is a trend you would start?
Bring back the vinyl and put down the digital books.



  1. Looks like we did the very same thing. Our house is void of all Christmas goodies. It's time to eat more healthy meals. This sounds very good too. Tuna is a favorite of mine.

    Have a fabulous day Tammy, my best to your wonderful mom. ☺

  2. Well I am not a real good fish eater - it is a mental thing - you aren't surprised are you? Happy New Year. sandie

  3. Buckwheat and raisins? I love it. We're out of sweets at our house. I'd given away most everything anyway so I'm ready to start 2014 right. Maybe :)

  4. Tammy, Looks truly healthy! My wife would really like this meal...but first we have to finish some Christmas cookies and pie. Also leftover turkey and rib roast... Back to the gym though! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  5. this looks great and super healthy all the best for 2014

  6. I love Trader Joes and couldn't agree more that there are fabulous things to simplify your cooking as well as lose weight. Thanks so much for sharing this great salad. I pinned it. Happy New Year from Foodie Friday.

  7. I frequently top my tuna salad with dried cranberries. I imagine that raisins add a similar twist. I'm intrigued about the barley, though!

  8. Hi Tammy , what a light an delicious meal for after the Christmas , thanks for sharing :)

  9. Yes - Happy to be back to the healthy meals again, and I love tuna! Happy New Year!

  10. I too, am so sad Christmas is over. I hate saying goodbye to family! Oh well, that is what makes the holiday special. I made tuna salad for the first time in years last week and am now hooked! Wil definitely be trying this version! All those add ins not only make it healthier, but tastier!. Thumbs up! Loved all your answers, especially the book store (with a caramel frap - all the way!) xx Mary Frances

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    1. Una realizaciòn perfecta y deliciosa,Felicitaciones Tammy abrazos

  12. Hi Tammy , two words yummy and delicious thanks for sharing :)

  13. look delicious Catherine!! Happy new year to you and Tammy!!

  14. It’s always a bit bitter sweet when the holidays end…All that preparation and then in a few hours it’s over! I do love Christmas and all the prep but the clean up…not so much! Love your very tasty looking tuna salad…It sounds amazing with the addition of buckwheat and raisins! A must try! A Blessed and Happy New Year to both you and your wonderful mom!!

  15. Que estos 365 días que están por llegar, esten llenos de SALUD, ARMONÍA Y BIENESTAR.
    Este es mi deseo para ti y tu família junto a un fuerte abrazo :)

  16. G'day! Looks very healthy indeed!
    Thanks for sharing at the Foodie Friends Friday Best of 2013 Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

  17. Just wanted you to know that your recipe is being featured on foodie friday. I will be pinning and tweeting it this week too. Thanks so much for joining us.

  18. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe at last weeks Saturday Spotlight on Angels Homestead. I really appreciate each person who takes the time to come by and link up. I'm making a special announcement at tomorrows party, it's all about new beginnings for the new year. :)

    Hope to see you again soon!



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