4 yummy ways to use tuna

Generally under a couple of dollars a can, tuna is a great budget-friendly staple. High in protein and vitamins and minerals (Vitamin B & D, Magnesium, Iron and Calcium) it’s worth spending a few moments coming up with some fresh meal ideas with this canned jewel as your main. For extra health benefits, pick low sodium tuna packed in water, not oil.

The tuna sandwich

Ordinary you say? Not necessarily. Combine a drained can of tuna with two tbsps. of mayo. Throw in some chopped celery, onion and a tsp of dill. Finish with a squirt of lemon.  Place on multigrain bread with a slice of Swiss cheese and torn green leaf lettuce, and you’ve got all your food groups covered.

Tuna croquettes

Combine a drained, shredded can of tuna with chopped green onion, salt and pepper to taste, 1 tsp of chili powder, ¼ cup of flour, ½ cup panko bread crumbs and ½ cup of milk. Form into patties and fry in a tbsp. of oil until crispy, turning often.

Tuna pasta salad

This is a great grab-and-go lunch. Cook 3 cups of rotini, penne or fusilli. Drain and rinse under cool water. Add 2 cups of your favourite chopped veggies. Add a can of drained, chopped tuna. Mix with about ¼ cup of Italian salad dressing. Lunch is ready to go to work!

Tuna casserole

Combine a can of cream of mushroom soup, a cup of frozen peas, ½ cup of milk, two cans of drained tuna and two cups of cooked egg noodles.  Mix well and place in casserole dish. Bake in a 425 oven for about 20 minutes, or until bubbly. Combine crushed crackers (about 6-8) with a tsp of melted butter. Top casserole with cracker mixture and shredded cheese.  Continue to bake until cracker mixture is golden and cheese is melted.