WIAW: Good, Better, Best

Hi Friends!

It’s time for another edition of WIAW. This one’s gonna be a little non-traditional…but hey, that’s what I do best!

So, let’s go ahead and skip breakfast shall we?

Only in spirit though, because really we all know that i NEVER skip breakfast. I just eat the same thing every single day and i’m sure you guys are getting pretty tired of it :)

Moving on to lunch:

I tried something new to me this week: Starkist Flavor Fresh Pouches! A few weeks ago I was contacted to see if I would be interested in trying some after they saw my Curried Tuna Melt Panani. I’m pretty picky about my tuna, so I opted to just try the low sodium versions, not any of the flavored kinds, but I must say I was impressed. The thing I hate most about tuna is having to drain it out of the can. These pouches save that step! I’m not sure I would buy them all the time, since they’re more expensive than cans…but I’m definitely going to start keeping one or two on hand in the pantry for times when I have to make lunch REALLY quickly. In a pinch, I could even throw one directly in my lunchbox! They’re single serving, not messy and packed with protein & omega-3’s!

The low-sodium Albacore Tuna pouch has even less sodium (only 70 mg) and more protein (21 g)! I really enjoyed that one.

I tried out the Chunk Light first and made myself this wrap in about 3 minutes:

Eat it cold, or throw it in the microwave for 30 seconds to melt the cheese!

This definitely kept me full all afternoon!

Now let’s talk about dinner. Last week I made a few dinners that didn’t make it on the blog. Not because they were bad, but because they just weren’t 100% great. They needed a few little tweaks but were still edible. Anyways, in true Lean Green Bean spirit, I wanted to share them with you anyways. You guys know I don’t hide my failures from you :)

First up…the good: Roasted Veggies w/ Peanut Curry Sauce

Lately I’ve been craving a peanut butter based sauce for some reason. After doing some research, I found a couple recipes for sauces that involved peanut butter AND red curry paste…which sounded phenomenal to me…so I set out to make my own, and served it over roasted vegetables, chickpeas & rice. I’m gonna keep working on this one, because it has great potential. But I didn’t like the way the curry paste and peanut butter kinda separated and made the sauce look kinda gross. Anybody have a good peanut sauce recipe that I could work with? This one used coconut milk, natural peanut butter, and curry paste…among other things.

Better: Baked Sweet Potatoes w/ Feta & Black Beans

You guys know how often I eat sweet potatoes…like all the time. Usually when I’m running short on time or feeling lazy and I just zap them in the microwave. But there’s something to be said for actually taking the time to bake a sweet potato in the oven. SO GOOD.

This time I wanted to change up our usual fillings Β a little bit, so I mixed together some black beans and red onion. Then I added some chopped almonds for texture, craisins for sweetness and some crumbled feta for a little salty flavor. When The sweet potatoes were done baking, I scooped out some of the middles and mixed them with a little butter that I had mixed orange zest into. That was the mistake. The orange flavor totally overwhelmed the dish. I mixed everything together and re-stuffed the potato shells before putting them back in the oven to heat through…then I served them over rice. Hubby & I both thought the rest of the flavors really worked well together….so I’d probably make these again, just without the orange zest :) Live and learn.

And now for the BEST part: Indian Stuffed Peppers a la The Hubby

One night last week, I came home from work to the hubby cooking up a storm. It smelled so wonderful when I walked in the door that I knew I was in for a treat! Since I didn’t do the cooking, I don’t have a recipe for you. But just LOOK at what he served me:


I literally cannot remember the last time I cleaned my plate that fast. I ate the ENTIRE thing in about 5 minutes. So delicious! I love my hubby :)

So there you have it…what I’ve been eating lately! A new lunch and a few experimental dinners, with a real winner thrown in!

Does your significant other cook for you?!


About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. Peanut butter curry sauce sounds awesome… maybe you could whisk in a bit or Guar Gum or cornstarch? It helps things not to separate.

    Lucky you with eh SO-cooked meal. I’m sure whenI one day find an significant other they will cook for me all the time. Until then I’ll have to stick to a few free dinners out with some insignificants. πŸ˜‰
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted..Raw-ish Vegan Jerky + WIAW

  2. I really like those tuna packets too! I store them in my locker at work just in case I forget my lunch! And of course my mister cooks for me :) He has gotten pretty good too. It’s nice whenever they take charge and make a nice meal. Even better if they clean up after πŸ˜‰
    CrazyCookingCouple recently posted..What I Ate Wednesday #13

  3. Happy WIAW!
    This is such a drool worthy post! All the food looks delicious!
    Shannon from Healthiful Balance recently posted..Blueberry Freak?

  4. Oh wow the sweet potatoes and peppers… they look fantastic, tasty and healthy too! That sauce… oh wow. I don’t have suggestions on the separating thing though, I am not that great of a cook! I can understand craving peanut butter based flavors, I crave PB constantly :)
    Tessa @ Amazing Asset recently posted..WIAW- The (Constant) Hunger Cues

  5. Haha I hate draining the liquid from the tuna can too – it always makes my hands smell fishy, even after I wash them! πŸ˜›

    Even though you say they need a bit of work, those dinners look awesome! I especially love the idea of stuffing sweet potatoes with some kind of black bean mixture. Yum!
    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin recently posted..WIAW #22: Fitting it all in

  6. That’s so sweet of the hubby!!!! :) And it looks tasty!

    I used to love those tuna pouches back in my non-vegetarian days, aka high school :) They have so much protein!
    Liz @ iheartvegetables recently posted..What I Ate [on a Budget] Wednesday

  7. Wow, I am impressed my your husband’s cooking skills! My boyfriend can make some mean fish tacos.
    Lindsay @ biking before bed recently posted..Everyday I’m Brusseling

  8. i love it when brad cooks for me! unfortunately, i’m almost always home before him since he see patients to late, so he doesn’t get the chance very often…. :( those peppers look great! i’m impressed.
    sarah @ sarah learns recently posted..birthday breakfast fit for a queen

  9. Aw, so sweet of the hubby!! I love me some peanut sauces…yours sounds fabulous! I sometimes buy those tuna pouches, but since the cans are cheaper, I usually stick to those haha.
    Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health recently posted..My Perfect White Tank Top

  10. My BY doesn’t cook..more like heats up :) He’s not the healthiest eater (I do try with him though) so I tend to cook for myself and then try to encourage him to eat the good stuff along side the frozen pizzas and Nutella sandwiches!
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  11. so sweet! as for the PB sauce, i would recommend corn starch too. also i assume you made the sauce on the stove… but if you did it in the microwave that might be why since it’s more rapid heat. sometimes sauces separate for me too when my PB hasn’t been stirred very well from the beginning. you could also thin it out with water and cook it down. just some random thoughts. :)
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef recently posted..Chicken Noodle Soup

  12. I love a man that can cook! My bf is a way better cook than me. I have to tell him to let me experiment in the kitchen, so I can get better because he always tries to take over!
    Mattie @ Comfy and Confident recently posted..WIAW and Moneyball

  13. We love tuna pouches! They are so quick and easy!
    Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food recently posted..WIAW: Food I Haven’t Shared Edition

  14. That dinner looks so pretty!! My husband is the creative one when it comes to food. He always makes everything so beauitful while mine looks like I just dumbed all the food from the pan onto my plate..which is probably what happened…and also why he always plates my food for me. πŸ˜‰
    Laura, RD, LDN recently posted..What I Ate Wednesday

  15. Holy crap everything looks amazing!!! drooool πŸ˜€

  16. I wish!
    Actually Manatee comes through when he needs to…and then reminds every five minutes how amazing he did.
    He’s super modest. :)
    Kimberly recently posted..WIAW: Shaking it up

  17. What a fabulous hubby you’ve got, definitely a keeper :)
    Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family recently posted..WIAW The New Addition

  18. For some reason I have been loving tuna lately!
    Matt @ The Athlete’s Plate recently posted..Just Suck It Up

  19. Tt in nyc says:

    Ive got a sweet potato trick for you- microwave until its 90percent cooked and then pop into the oven for 10-15 min to get the oven baked taste about, 90percent faster….
    And what if u use peanut flour instead of real pb? Or half peanut flour half pb… And agreed with above comment about microwave, try slow heat stovetop

  20. Wow, I’m jealous of your husband’s skills! The only thing my husband can cook is Life cereal! πŸ˜›
    Kristen @ notsodomesticated recently posted..Zucchini Bread and more on Atlanta.

  21. WOW babe everything looks so so so so tasty! I love it :) I have a peanut sauce recipe on my site :) I loved it! Simple too! I think the sauce looks good though! I was like “omg what is that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” looks so good :) yum! peanut and spicy curry YUM

  22. I would like one of those stuffed peppers, please.

    [And a good peanut sauce recipe! I tried to make an almond butter sauce once and I had the same issue. Plus my salt quotient was too high and I just couldn’t get it to work right….so, I feel your pain. Yours still looks yummy, though. :)]
    Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen recently posted..Sauer Stomach

  23. stuffed indian peppers?! wow, you are creative. i would have been licking the plate and my husbands plate!

  24. omg your food looks fabulous I cant decide which dish I want first!! But if I had a hubby that made me those kind of peppers id be blown away!!
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