A sponsored post for Woolworths
Woolworths have recently changed their fishing methods for Select tuna and it’s something they should be proud of! As Greenpeace reported last month “By the end of this year, all of Woolworths ‘Select’ tuna will be caught one-by-one with a pole and line, and by 2015 the rest of its ‘Home Brand’ tuna will be caught without using harmful and unsustainable Fish Attracting Devices (FADs) – floating fish magnets that make it easier to catch tuna, but which also draw in and scoop up turtles, dolphins, sharks – pretty much the entire cast of Finding Nemo.” Putting sustainability before profits is something I know that I feel strongly about and it’s good to be able to see a supermarket putting it forward.
I have long had a love/hate relationship with tinned tuna. For my brain, when I start to eat tinned tuna for lunch it signals that I am trying to lose weight and it starts off instant hunger pains. Inevitably with any health kick that I start, tuna stars on the lunchtime menu as it’s thrown in a wrap with some spinach leaves, on some crackers or tossed into a salad. Slowly I am starting to work out that a few weeks of starvation is not the best or most sustainable way to stay healthy or lose weight. I must be growing up or something because I now have a more sensible approach: not eating as much food, and exercising regularly and consistently. It’s been something I have been focusing on this year, and while it’s slower, it’s working.
I’m also trying to steer clear of my standard bland dieting meals. While the calories might not be as low, the food TASTES good. If you eat something tasty, I reckon that you feel better about eating less of it. And you know what? If you do go overboard, just up the exercise and move on. I have no time for guilt trips or bland food anymore…life is too short! Lunch is always time for me to fall back into bad habits – it’s too easy for me to eat like my 4 year old – a couple of vegemite sandwiches on white bread hits the spot for approximately 3.5 seconds and then I’m bloated and unsatisfied. One simple lunch that I like to eat that is healthy AND tasty and that you would be happy to eat a small amount of is a tuna, olive, tomato & basil pasta. In the time it takes to boil some pasta you have a delicious lunch packed with flavour.
Simple tuna pasta (for one)
Small handful of pasta (just enough for one about 100 grams)
6 cherry tomatoes
6 kalamata olives
½ red onion finely diced
1 clove garlic (crushed)
Handful basil leaves (torn)
1 teaspoon baby capers
1 small tin of tuna
1 tablespoon olive oil for frying
1. Boil up the pasta in salted water
2. Finely dice the red onion and crush the garlic clove. Half the cherry tomatoes, take the stones out of the kalamata olives and tear the basil leaves apart.
3. Fry up the onion and garlic until soft, take off the heat and add in the olives, tomatoes and capers. Throw in the boiled pasta into the hot frypan, toss in oil and then empty in the tin of tuna making sure that the chunks don’t break up too much. Sprinkle in the torn basil leaves, some salt & pepper to season and demolish!
This makes the perfect quick lunch or dinner for one: sustainable tuna and sustainable health kick meal!
Simple tuna pasta (for one)
|Prep time||5 minutes|
|Cook time||10 minutes|
|Total time||15 minutes|
|Meal type||Lunch, Main Dish|
- 6 Cherry tomatoes (quartered)
- 6 Kalamata olives (pitted)
- 1/2 Small Red onion (finely diced)
- 1 clove Garlic (crushed)
- handful Basil leaves (torn)
- 1 teaspoon baby capers
- 1 Small tin tuna
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil (for frying)
- 100g spaghetti
|Boil up the pasta in salted water|
|Finely dice the red onion and crush the garlic clove. Half the cherry tomatoes, take the stones out of the kalamata olives and tear the basil leaves apart.|
|Fry up the onion and garlic until soft, take off the heat and add in the olives, tomatoes and capers. Throw in the boiled pasta into the hot frypan, toss in oil and then empty in the tin of tuna making sure that the chunks don’t break up too much. Sprinkle in the torn basil leaves, some salt & pepper to season and demolish!|
Are tuna catching methods important to you?
Do you have a tasty, quick healthy lunch or dinner?