Cucumber and Tuna

This simple recipe is easy to pack in lunchboxes or for a quick late summer picnic, and it uses Safe Catch Tuna, which has the lowest mercury of any brand of tuna, with the strictest mercury limits of any brand.

Safe Catch Tuna Paleo Cucumber Cups

Ingredients

• 2 cans Safe Catch wild skipjack or albacore tuna, do not drain!
• 1 seedless English cucumber
• 2 tablespoons bell pepper, minced (optional)
• 1 stalk celery, minced
• ⅓ cup Whole 30 compliant mayo
• 2 tablespoons mustard
• 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
• salt and pepper, to taste

Preparation

1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the cucumber, leaving about ½ inch between peels so that the cucumber skin stays on in alternating stripes. Cut off both ends of the cucumber. Then, slice into ½-inch thick chunks. Scoop out the center of each slice so that there’s a little divot for the tuna salad. Put on a plate and set aside.

2. Using a spatula, empty tuna into a medium sized bowl and break up any large chunks. Add mustard and mayo and toss to thoroughly coat tuna. Add celery, bell pepper and paprika and mix well.

3. Spoon a heaping tablespoon on top of each cucumber slice. Refrigerate any leftover tuna salad and serve cucumber cups immediately. Cucumber cups can be made ahead and refrigerated overnight, but you may have to drain the plate in the morning, as the cucumber will release moisture overnight.

Makes 12 cups.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Safe Catch.*

Play Dough - Play 2If you are like me, you are always seeking easy and inexpensive ways to entertain the kiddos on long, rainy days! Homemade play dough always seems to be a big hit and a great one for the little ones to help you make, too! This 5 ingredient DIY play dough is made with all-natural, non-toxic ingredients, and you have the option of adding in food coloring for color and/or peppermint or vanilla extract for scent. What I love is that if your kids actually ingest it, it is made with edible, all-natural ingredients and won’t harm them!

Play Dough - Play 1Homemade play dough is softer than store-bought play-doh, and much easier for tiny hands to squish, mold and create. When stored properly, it can last quite a while!

Play Dough Ingredients“Mom’s” No Fail DIY All-Natural Homemade Play Dough

Ingredients

1 cup unbleached flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/3 cup salt
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 cup water
All-natural food coloring* (optional)
2 drops Vanilla or Peppermint extract** (optional)

Preparation

In medium saucepan, place 1 cup unbleached flour, 2 tsp. cream or tartar, and 1/3 cup salt. Stir to combine.

Add the wet ingredients (water and canola oil). Turn burner on low to medium/low heat. Start mixing ingredients together, making sure to scrape the sides of the saucepan as you stir.

Play Dough - Coloring

Continuing stirring, and once the dough becomes more solid, add the food coloring and essential oil (both optional). Continue to stir until the dough becomes thicker and starts to stick to the spoon, lifting away from the pan. When it starts to do so, the dough is ready.

Play Dough - Done

Place the dough on parchment paper or wax paper to cool. Once cool, it is ready for little hands to create and play!

Store in a glass container, such as a Mason jar or glass bowl with lid, or a plastic Ziploc bag, when not in use.

* “Mom” prefers India Tree’s all-natural food coloring for a non-toxic play dough.
** Want to add a light scent to your play dough? Both peppermint and vanilla extract lightly scent the play dough by simply adding two drops to the dough when cooking.

Please note: Recipe can be easily doubled or tripled depending on how much dough you want to make.