I was having a conversation with a friend the other day about running. I was saying that I didn’t see the point in running because with the winter, I would only be able to run for 6 months a year. You can’t improve if you’re stopping and restarting every 6 months. Her answer: couldn’t I just run for exercise and the act of actually running?

I’ve become so goal-obsessed and result-oriented that the idea of doing something to just do it didn’t even cross my mind. Is that a bad thing? I’m not too sure yet. I love setting and achieving goals – my 37 goals for 2013 are an example of that. I’ve already started thinking of goals for 2014. But I’m thinking that maybe things shouldn’t always be about the end product, or crossing off the goal. I’m not sure how easy it is to train your mind to think differently, but maybe I’ll try to do something to just do it. Maybe I’ll go for a run. 

I didn’t have a goal for this White Bean  Tuna salad, well other than I’m-starving-and-need-to-eat-right-now kind of thought processThis is a pantry staple, clear out the fridge kind of salad. It’s perfect for a light dinner or lunch. I always have a can of tuna and a can of white beans in my cupboard; they are both great sources of protein, but I’ve never thought to put them together until now.

white bean tuna salad

White Bean and Tuna Salad (serves 4)
Recipe by Lou

Ingredients

For salad:

1 5 oz can of tuna packed in water, drained
1 15oz can white or navy beans
1/3 cup diced cucumber
1/4 cup diced tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp minced chives

For dressing:

4 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp dijon mustard

Directions

In a large bowl, toss salad ingredients.

In a small bowl, whisk together ingredients for dressing.

Pour dressing over salad and toss. Season with salt and pepper.

You will love this protein packed White Bean Tuna Salad, it makes the perfect light lunch. I like to eat mine plain or over a bed of arugula on a piece of whole wheat bread.

- Lou

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