Topic: So...whats for dinner?

Forum: Life After Breast Cancer — Managing life after a breast cancer diagnosis, including rediscovering intimacy, coping with fear of recurrence, reconnecting relationships, sharing hobbies and interests, and finding inspiration in daily life.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2011 05:28PM

Posted on: Feb 1, 2011 05:28PM

Laurie08 wrote:

I thought it might be fun to start a thread on what we are having, making or had for dinner.  Sometimes it is the best tuna steak you ever had, sometimes it's a can of soup.  But we all do it every night in some form or another.  Maybe we can give each other ideas on what to make, or bitch about what we had, or the fact that we did enjoy that grilled cheese with tomato soup. 

Every night my husband comes home and says "whats for dinner?"  no matter what I say he always says "sounds good!"  even if I say it's a 'fend for yourself night'. :)

Bilateral Mastectomy on 6/30/10 Exchange surgery 1/10/11 Dx 4/22/2010, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Jun 21, 2022 07:59AM carolehalston wrote:

Meatloaf Monday at Clancy's last night. DH chose the meatloaf and I had nachos. We both had iced tea and were impressed with how not ordering alcoholic drinks lowers the bill. We enjoyed our martinis prior to driving the mile to Clancy's.

We're thankful this morning that our thunderstorms last night weren't the violent variety. No hail to pummel our pickup parked out in the open.

Nipple-Sparing BMX w/Alloderm & Silicone Implants 7/24/09, Oncotype Dx 9, No Chemo, No Rads, Arimidex Dx 6/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 21, 2022 09:07AM goldie0827 wrote:

Ha ha Wallycat, good question regarding "tuna fish", you make a valid point, however, I don't an answer!

Eric, thanks for tuna lesson!

"Native to Mexico, the nopal cactus is sometimes called prickly pear cactus, but the plant's Latin name is Opuntia. In Spanish, cactus fruit are called tunas. The fruit grows on the rounded edges of cactus paddles and has a thick skin covered in small spines."

Illimae, thanks a heap for the recipe. I'm going to share it with my brother and daughter. We LOVE brussells!

Sandy, enjoy that mater!

Aussie, and everyone else, thank you for the kind words re my surgery. I'm recovering very well! Aussie, I'm sorry about your bowel cancer and hope your prognosis is good.

Carole, many years ago, that happened to my DH's truck, dimpled the whole thing. He was so upset by it, couldn't look at it, so he sold it!

More tuna yesterday, as I make 2 cans. I like to mix regular with white, I don't like either by themself.

AKA - Sugar Lusty Heat! Hair pictures on my profile. DON'T LOOK DOWN ON ANYBODY, UNLESS YOU'RE PICKING THEM UP! Dx 3/27/2008, DCIS, Right, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/2014, ILC, Right, Stage IV, 2/2 nodes, ER+, HER2- Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 21, 2022 01:34PM - edited Jun 21, 2022 01:35PM by chisandy

I like to make my tuna salad with olive-oil-packed (Cento, Pastene or the line-caught stuff sold at WF), and use the oil itself plus a little lemon juice instead of mayo. I add chopped celery, celery seed, parsley, and fresh dill. We don't even keep water-packed or "vegetable-oil-packed" tuna in the house any more--it just doesn't taste as good, especially on its own atop a green or Niçoise salad. The water-or-veg.oil-packed stuff is loaded with additives & chemicals (soy protein isolate, MSG, salt), and is usually not sustainably-caught.

Brunch today was an olive-oil-fried egg, small piece of buttered low carb/hi-fiber toast, 2 turkey sausage links, and half a tomato broiled with Parm-Regg. and herbes de Provence over a Little Gem lettuce leaf.

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right) Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Jun 21, 2022 05:15PM wallycat wrote:

Sandy, that's a great idea on no mayo. DH prefers mayo, which I can take or leave. Hate draining the tuna since any omega-3s are bound in there. My favorite "tuna product" is tuna belly. For canned tuna, if I get albacore, Ortiz is amazing (sadly, the price lets you know that) and I use that in tuna salad. Otherwise, Ventresca (tuna belly) is my favorite (again Ortiz brand) for eating as is, no mashing it up. For "every day" tuna, I buy Genova yellowfin stuff. All of it, in olive oil.

Frozen burger with slaw and the last of the rice. I'm just reading cooked rice shouldn't be kept more than a day because it can grow some nasty toxin/bacteria. I'm on day 3.

Dx 4/07 1 month before turning 50; ILC 1.8cm, ER+/PR+, HER2 neg., Stage 1, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes. Onco score 20, Bilateral Mast., tamoxifen 3-1/2 years, arimidex-completed 4/20/2012
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Jun 21, 2022 07:57PM chisandy wrote:

I forgot about Genova. Definitely delicious. The other line-caught stuff from WF is Pole & Line (be careful because the company also makes a tuna cat food)!. They also have Wild Planet canned without water or oil.

Just too hot out to walk anywhere, sit on a patio, stand over a grill or heat up the kitchen. Tired of driving--it was 100F to & from PT & the Evanston Hosp. lab for my CBC draw; and I'm also trying to conserve gas. Bob agreed. We had some roe (salmon, golden whitefish, American sturgeon) and sour cream in the fridge--so I toasted a couple blini for Bob & 0-net-carb white bread rounds for me, and supplemented with Finn-Crisp for him and Atkins crispbread for me. Will likely put together a Caesar with tomatoes, olives & sardines if we're still hungry. No Niçoise, because I have neither spuds nor green beans. Or maybe a tapas plate with smoked mussels, jamon, cheeses and pate (lettuce on the side). It's still in the 90s, and neither of us is very hungry right now. Dessert will be berries & maybe brie.

But what I really want is pasta or pizza--and that's not happening, especially considering tomorrow is the dreaded weigh-in. I want what I'm not allowed to have (and it comforts me late at night to distract from the physical pain in my L foot & right leg/hip because I can't take the kinds of meds that work). And I am bored silly with what I'm allowed to eat, especially veggies, that may fill me up but don't satisfy me. Will discuss tomorrow whether Noom or WW might be a better fit for me at this stage of the game. (My diet would have to be restaurant-friendly).

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right) Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Jun 22, 2022 08:38AM aussie12 wrote:

Goldie unfortunately my bowel cancer is stage 4, I've had it since 2015, chemo for life, 65 so far. I had breast cancer in 2012, 10 years ago.

I did some shopping today and didn't really buy anything interesting to eat. I will need to go back tomorrow and buy some proper food. Just watching Jamie Oliver now making a yummy roast dinner.


Dx 2/2/2012, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/15/2012 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left): Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left) Hormonal Therapy 5/12/2012 Surgery 3/6/2013 Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander
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Jun 22, 2022 11:48AM divinemrsm wrote:

aussie, I'm sorry to hear of the bowel cancer diagnosis. You've been living with it for awhile now. It can't be easy, but as one living with mbc, I admire your perseverance.

I'm happy to hear that many of you like tuna. I've always made and loved tuna and egg salad. In early 2021 (before the vaccine came out), I was very sick and in bed two weeks with Covid which included severe nausea. I was so hungry, but could barely look at food! One saving grace was tuna and egg salad on a slice of bread rolled over. One a day. It sustained me!

Tuna has fallen out of favor with the younger generation. Finding a tuna melt on the menu in restaurants is more difficult these days. It's been awhile since I made them at home. I might try again this summer.


found lump 12-22-10—ilc—er+/pr+/her2—stage iv bone mets—chemo~lumpectomy~radiation~arimidex—March 2019-ibrance/aromasin* —Sept 2019-verzenio* —March 2020-xeloda*
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Jun 22, 2022 11:54AM eric95us wrote:

A tuna (fish) melt sounds good. We ate having some friends stop by today, so today's meals are set....so, tomorrow...

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Jun 22, 2022 01:59PM minustwo wrote:

Goldie - thanks for the update & glad to hear you are TRYING to take it easy. I thought Jazzy has pulled up to the table at the dinner thread a couple of times, but I could be wrong. I'll pop over to the other thread & ask her.

Another attempt to install an ice maker today - which I purchased w/the new fridge in early March and was back ordered (four times). Second try earlier this month was the incorrect model & wouldn't plug in. This time, the model/stock number on the box they shipped directly to me was correct & was what they ordered from the National Parts Warehouse (because now Best Buy doesn't sell this anymore). The instruction guide inside the box was for a different model number. Oh oh. And the actual icemaker itself? Yet a third model number!!! It's getting so ridiculous I can't help laughing. Luckily I still had the blue Rubbermaid ice trays in the attic.

Dinner will be something to do with spinach, which needs to be used.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Jun 22, 2022 07:48PM - edited Jun 22, 2022 07:49PM by wallycat

Socca bbq chicken "pizza"

The ugly warm-up will hit us here next week. I remember our 3 days of 99-100 but don't think it will get that bad on our little boot. Ugh. Hate climate change.

Dx 4/07 1 month before turning 50; ILC 1.8cm, ER+/PR+, HER2 neg., Stage 1, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes. Onco score 20, Bilateral Mast., tamoxifen 3-1/2 years, arimidex-completed 4/20/2012

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