Monday, March 28, 2011

What to Cook When All You Really Want to Do Is Snuggle In Bed

Let's say (hypothetically) your allergies are acting up and you take some of this...

And let's say (hypothetically) you get really sleepy and crawl into this...

And let's say about 3 hours later (oh, say around 7 p.m.) your family starts squawking at you that they're hungry (yada, yada) and want dinner (yada, yada) and bedtime is in an hour (yada, yada) because they've got standardized testing in the morning (yada, yada, yada) ...

(all hypothetical, of course).

What do you do?

You get your arse out of bed, march yourself down to the kitchen, gather up a few supplies and whip up a Spinach, Bacon, Egg and Tuna Salad.

Ingredients: (serves 4)

  • 6 ounces of spinach (or other salad mix you like)
  • 12 ounces of tuna
  • 6 slice of bacon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar (we used Champagne Vinegar b/c it's what's on hand)
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2-3 tablespoons honey (choose a local variety. it might help with the allergies)

Off to the Races

1. If your tuna's frozen, fill kitchen sink with lukewarm water and submerge tuna (in a ziploc bag) in water to defrost.

2. Fill a sauce pan with water and and eggs and set on high.

Boil for 10 minutes, then drain hot water, add cold water, and let them cool.

3. Meanwhile, cook bacon.

Once the bacon's crispy, take it out of pan and cover with tin foil to keep warm.

4. Spoon out 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings, mix with vinegar, mustard and honey in a small bowl.

5. Cook tuna (4 minutes per side) in remainder of bacon drippings.

6. Take tuna out, slice it up and cover to keep warm.

7. Wipe remaining bacon drippings from skillet. Add dressing mixture and let boil for a minute or so to cook down.

8. De-shell eggs. Slice eggs, tuna and bacon. Lay them atop bed of greens and sprinkle warm dressing on top.

All, by...

Reviews: **

Chef Tanya -- This is one of the fastest, most flavorful dishes I know, and it's endlessly customizable. Don't like eggs? Leave them off and substitute some cheese instead. Bacon not your thing? How about adding some beans? Substitute salmon for the tuna. The combinations are numberless.

Jason -- As always, excellent! I forget about this recipe, but it's one of the meals I really like. The dressing is really good. I like to use a mix of arugula and spinach so I don't overdose on spinach.

Miranda -- I don't really like it. It's very dry. (Chef's Note: She refuses to try the dressing, so yes - hers is dry)

Olivia -- It's good. I don't like the yellow part of eggs, so I just pull those out and eat the white part.

Hannah -- It is really good! I like how it tastes when I put the fish and the yellow part of the egg together in my mouth.

** All reviews are real, not hypothetical. Just sayin'.


  1. Sounds yummy. Explain the fish - did I miss where u cooked it?

  2. Steps 5 and 6. See, such an easy recipe you can totally miss the main highlight! ;-)