Spicy Tuna Veggie Salad

You might have read it on my FB page, but Jess and I are doing our own round of The Game On! Diet.  We’ve only got 174 days until we get married!  And that means we’ve only got 174 days to shed some more weight to look even more dazzling in our outfits.  Plus, we made the deal extra sweet.  The total number of points we could get combined is 6800.  If we score at least 6650 points combined, we’re getting an iPad!  AND if we get 6775 points combined, we’re getting a speaker system for it.  We’re totally gonna win this thing!

It’s only day two, but I already feel the benefits of eating smaller meals five times a day.  I have more control.  Weight Watchers always keeps me on track with points, but I’d been finding myself eating all of much lunch food and most of my snacks in one sitting rather than stretching it out throughout the work day.  With this plan, I am drinking 3 liters of water each day, exercising at least 20 minutes every day, not snacking at ALL every day, and even working on some new and old habits.  Like last time, I decided that my old habit to break would be playing games on my phone once I lay down to go to sleep.  No more of that!  And my new habit this time is to straighten up the apartment or pack boxes (since we’re moving to a new place next month) for at least 20 minutes a day.  I’m even starting to prepare more of my meals in the evenings to save on time in the mornings.

Last night, I cooked a fancy schmancy dinner in less than 20 minutes: Grilled Balsamic Marinated Tri-Tip Steak (balsamic dressing and steak in a bag in the fridge for 2 days which I grilled on a cast iron grill pan), Roasted Asparagus (sprayed with canola spray and sprinkled with salt and pepper), and Baked Red Potatoes (which I cooked in the microwave on the baked potato setting).  It was perfect and within the constraints of the plan!  After relaxing for a bit, Jess mentioned that she still had one more meal left to eat for the day and she was in the mood for my Chinese Noodle Soup with Chicken.  So we made that together!  Instead of rice noodles, we used soba noodles which are made with buckwheat, salt and water.  They are actually really good!  We also put in chicken, carrots, scallions and rabini.  I didn’t get any last night since I had already eaten all my meals, but I have some today for one of my meals and I’m looking forward to it!

I also hardboiled a dozen eggs for meals and made us each some Spicy Tuna Veggie Salad.  And that is the recipe I’ll be sharing with you today.  It’s inspired by a recipe that I saw in the Game On! Diet book, but I changed so many things in it that I feel comfortable calling it my own recipe.  It’s a new twist on tuna salad without the pickle relish and mayo.  Instead, this is chocked full of veggies and the dressing is made from two different mustards and some olive oil.  It’s full of flavor and it fills me up!  I like to eat it over a bed of romaine lettuce, but you can also eat it without anything else or with some wheat crackers.  And if you want to change up the veggies that are in it, you can do that too.  That’s how I came up with my combination!  Jess’ was a little different than mine (I left the onions out of hers and put more dijon and less spicy mustard).

Spicy Tuna Veggie Salad (inspired by Bill’s Spicy Tuna Salad from The Game On! Diet book)
Servings: 1
PointsPlus Per Serving: 7 (since all the veggies are fresh, I don’t count the extra 2 PP that the WW Recipe Builder would add on for them)


  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 small tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, diced
  • 1 can water-packed tuna, regular or white, 5 PP
  • 1/4 cup kidney beans, 1 PP (or a different bean of your choice)
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp spicy mustard
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp olive oil, 1 PP

1. Put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir with a spoon. Serve it whenever you’re hungry! It should keep in the fridge for up to one week.

Hitting a Milestone

People, I have some stats to give you. These are numbers that I am proud of, numbers that have changed my life and numbers that keep me moving forward.

– I have been writing this blog for 1 year now!
– I’ve written 147 posts since I started.
– My posts have been viewed 28,740 times so far.
– In those posts, I’ve included 90 recipes.
– I’m almost 1/3 of the way towards my ultimate goal weight
– As of today I’ve lost a total of 42 lbs!
– After only 18 days on the Game On! Diet, I’ve lost 8.5 lbs!
– I’m down 2 whole sizes in pants and almost 2 sizes in shirts.

Since I finally hit my 40 lbs lost milestone, I have another reward to give myself! This time, it’s a weekend trip to Chicago with my baybsie! We’re going to stay in a hotel, walk all over town and look at the beautiful Christmas decorations, go out to eat and do a little shopping. It’s the perfect time of year to have a little getaway!

This Game On! Diet has really jump-started my weight loss again. It’s re-invigorated me towards eating healthy and exercising daily. It’s brought Bella and I closer together as we’ve worked together to change our eating habits, prepare our food for the day, encourage more exercise and comforted each other as we struggled through the hard days.

I’m looking forward to my next Milestone and Reward, the 50 lb marker! Then I get to buy $150 of new clothes! I’ve already had to ask for gift certificates to clothing stores as Christmas presents because I need to replace a whole bunch of my shirts! They’re just too big to wear and I need more than just comfy pants and a loose t-shirt to work out in nowadays.

Well, that’s all you’re getting for today, but I plan on posting my recipe for a DELICIOUS microwave meal that’s been keeping me sane throughout the past few weeks. Easy, delicious and super healthy for you. So stayed tuned!

Game Update and a Sweet Treat

It’s Day Three of our game and the fiancee and I are doing quite well!  At first the food was starting to taste quite repetitive (a BIG no-no for us), so we had to get creative.  The basics are pretty much the same, but the flavors are definitely starting to change!

Last night Bella grilled up a beautiful eye of round steak roast with just a little spicy adobo rubbed all over it.  Seven minutes on each side and it was perfection.  We didn’t eat it then, though, since our meal off was that evening’s dinner and we spent it at El Toro (that’s a whole separate paragraph)!  We put it in the fridge, along with the red, orange and yellow peppers that I sliced and sauteed (with just a spray of Pam and some adobo seasoning!).  So, this morning, I made myself an egg white, RF cheddar cheese and tri-color pepper omelet with just about a tbsp and a half of brown rice in the egg.  I also spiced the eggs with adobo seasoning and some of my absolute favorite hot sauce, El Picante Green Habanero Sauce.  Aaaaahhhhmazing.  And a kiwi on the side to add a little sweet!

So, with this meat, I’ve discovered a fabulous microwave meal – 1 cup cooked brown rice, 1 oz shredded RF cheddar cheese, green sauce on one side, and then sliced peppers, slice raw zucchini with salt and pepper, and about 2.5-3 oz of the beef on the other side.  I nuked it for about 2.5 minutes and I was in heaven.  The green sauce really makes it!  It was a perfectly filling, perfectly tasty lunch.  And since zucchini is so delicate, the small bit of nuking (and the peppers resting on top of it) cooked the zucchini just right.

With meals like that, going out for Mexican food really doesn’t seem like a necessary expense.  I’ll admit, it was nice to get out and have someone else prepare our food, but the flavors weren’t perfect and the portions were HUGE.  I ordered a fajita taco salad with shrimp.  It was pretty good, but I’ve had better.  Too much bean and not enough veggies!  Bella ordered the burrito loco; the chicken was a bit overcooked and the sour cream tasted more like a sweetened cream!  Not good.  And since it was our meal off, neither of us took the leftovers back.  I do believe that’s the first time in the history of my life that I haven’t taken leftovers home.

Needless to say, I exercised hard this morning!  About 40 minutes of different routines on the “Challenging” difficulty.  It felt good to sweat again.  I’ve had so much more energy these past few days that I’m getting more done in the mornings and at night!  Most of it goes towards exercising and getting breakfast + 3 small meals to eat at work all ready before I walk in.  That’s when I discovered my newest sweet treat!

The perfect treat to curb that sweet tooth!

Dark Chocolate Pecan Ricotta Dream
Servings: 1
PointsPlus Per Serving: 6 PP


  • 1/2 cup low-fat ricotta cheese, 4 PP
  • 1-2 packets truvia
  • 1 drop vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp roughly chopped pecan halves, 1 PP
  • 1 tbsp special dark chocolate chips, 1 PP

1. Mix ricotta, truvia and vanilla together. Then mix in pecans and chocolate chips. Sit back and enjoy!

Not only is this treat sweet, but it’s also filling.  It’s not fully of empty carbs.  It will actually fill you up since low-fat ricotta is basically protein!  The nuts are also filling as they are healthy fats and the special dark chocolate chips give you some antioxidants.  Truvia is a natural sweetener made from stevia, so even THAT is healthy!  Paired with a winesap apple from the local orchard, this has become a staple for my game days.  I’ve enjoyed it so much that I’ve eaten it like 3 days in a row… but now I’m out of ricotta.  Time to go to the store!  And if I start to get tired of this combination, I can change it up… maybe walnuts and banana slices?  Or just a tbsp of pure maple syrup and some other fruit?  You can really do whatever you want since ricotta lends itself to a huge variety of flavors.

One more thing, ricotta has a bit of a grainy texture, so if you don’t like that kind of texture when you are eating sweet things, you probably won’t enjoy this.  But if that doesn’t bother you at all, you will absolutely love this!


Kicking your friend's butt while shrinking your own! (that's their tag line)

Today starts a new adventure worth $200. Seriously. If Bella and I win this game against our friends Jenna and Mike, we’ll win $200. So, we’re gonna win it! GAME ON!

The Game On! Diet book is the most hilariously written, honest diet book I’ve read so far. It’s written by Krista Vernoff, the executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy. Um, LOVE THAT SHOW. I can see why the show is a success. This book is just further proof.

So basically, we get points each day for doing things like eating 5 balanced meals a day (fist-sized carb, palm-sized protein, thumb-sized fat, no unnatural sugar, no bleached grain foods, etc.), exercising at least 20 minutes a day, getting 7 hours of sleep, breaking an old habit, starting a new good habit, well, you get the picture. You count up all your points and if you lose 1% of your starting body weight each week, you get to add 20% of your total points to your overall score. That could make or break a win!

Why is this worth $200? The four of us decided to go all in and up the stakes. $50 per person going in, and only one couple will get the pot. Double or nothing! And I really don’t feel like LOSING $50 right before the holiday season. It’s only three weeks long, so I think we’ll be able to do it. No, I KNOW we will! I’m using that money for Christmas presents!

As far as the food goes, I really don’t feel like it’s too restrictive. You get 100 calories a day of whatever you want without incurring a penalty (as long as it’s not a “snack”), you get 5 filling meals (or three meals and two hearty snacks), one free meal per week AND one entire day of the entire plan each week. Gotta trick our bodies into continual hard work, otherwise they get used to only getting like 1600 calories a day!

So this morning, Jess and I played some Kinect Volleyball for 20 minutes and kicked BUTT. Then I made breakfast – 2 egg whites, 2 handfuls of spinach, 2 tsp of cheese and some Pam spray. Flavored it with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Wrapped that up with a tasty 100% whole grain whole wheat Mission wrap. It was still kinda bland, but filling! Jess chose two kiwis instead of the wrap for her carb. Second meal will be cashews, 2 cheese sticks, a carrot and a small apple. See? That’s quite a lot of food for a “snack”! I’m thinking maybe a mexican wrap for third meal? We’ll see, though. This will really require some meal planning. I plan on doing a bunch of that tonight. And cooking up a ton of brown rice to use throughout the week.

We might just take some before and after pictures throughout this game too, so look forward to some of those in three weeks! And if you’d like to check out some of the stuff the other team is doing, go to Jenna’s blog.  She’s one crafty mo fo!  I already taunted her this morning with CUPCAKES CUPCAKES CUPCAKES.  Oh man, I’m horrible, lol.