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Abrelata Series: Cooking Tuna In 10 Healthy Ways

Abrelata Series: Cooking Tuna In 10 Healthy Ways

Cooking Canned Tuna

I heard a loud call from my father-in-law, telling me the officials are now handing over the food packs for each family. As I opened the plastic with uncooked rice, I don’t know why I always feel that odd excitement when I know we received not just instant noodles, but also canned goods. I looked at the cans and read that word – Tuna.

My excitement instantly dropped, looking at my food cabinet, seeing the same cans I bought from the grocery as food stock while we are still in quarantine. “Oh, we have a lot,” my son said. Now I have to know what to do with these.

I opened my phone and almost instantly made a search. How will I make canned tuna healthy for my family to eat? Thank God for technology! 

Here are some of the canned tuna recipes that you might want to give a try.

1.       Tuna Garlic Pasta

If you are a pasta lover, this quick and healthy recipe is a must try. With olive oil, tuna and garlic, this dish can be a simple feast for your family to enjoy. Add Parmesan cheese, lemon juice and freshly chopped parsley to upgrade its taste to another level.

Tuna Garlic Pasta
Photo Credit: Salt and Lavender

2.       Bow-Tie Salad

With its cute looks, this salad will capture your kid’s hearts and attention. You can even have them help you out in preparing this very simple bowl. A little toss of the ingredients and this can be another kitchen wonder to add on your endless menu.

Mommy Tip: If your kids are not chickpeas fans, try using lentils, beans or green peas.

Bow-Tie Salad
Photo Credit: Womans Day

3.       Sheet Pan Sourdough Tuna Melts

Who doesn’t love cheese? Even my husband who is lactose-intolerant can’t control himself when he sees that ooey gooey melted cheese. Though cheddar and provolone cheese are best for this dish, you can use any cheese depending on your taste.

Sourdough Tuna Melts
Photo Credit: Aberdeen’s Kitchen

4.       Tuna Pie

This is a fast food staple in one of the biggest chains in our country most especially during the Lenten season. With the quarantine still in place, making a home-made version of this will help you satisfy your cravings.

Mommy Tip: If you want your kids to eat more vegetables than they can, add finely chopped carrots or moringa for a more nutritious version of this dish. Add cheese too for that extra creamy taste.

Tuna Pie
Photo Credit: Pinoy Cooking Recipes

5.       Creamy Tuna Pasta Bake

If you are tired from your usual pasta favorites like your home-made spaghetti, baked macaroni and lasagna, this lovely pasta bake is sure for the win. This milky, creamy delicious meal will make your kids excited for eating time and will come back for more.

Creamy Tuna Bake
Photo Credit: Kitchen Sanctuary

6.       Crispy Fish Cakes with Chipotle Aioli

Love spicy and crispy treats? Love fish cakes? Why not make one from canned tuna then. Yes, the blend is something your palate will enjoy. Have it for appetizer or anytime you want. Dip it in that chipotle mayo and voila! Enjoy every bite!

Mommy Tip: No risotto? No problem! Check the fridge for any left-over rice for a great substitute.

Crispy Fish Cakes
Photo Credit: Girl and the Kitchen

7.       Low-Carb Tuna Pizza

I am a huge pizza fan, but with my tongue’s exposure to a lot of common toppings, I usually feel my palate is somehow tired of the usual. Add to the equation that pizza itself is not entirely healthy.

So why not make one that is fit especially for those on a low-carb diet? This dairy-free and low-carb recipe will surely make you enjoy eating without worrying about calories.

Low-Carb Tuna Pizza
Photo Credit: My Copenhagen Kitchen

8.       Tuna Patties

Another perfect way to hide veggies to picky-eater kiddos. This may look like the usual burger patties and it also tastes so good. You can experiment by changing the herbs you have at home, or those your kids already love. The ingredients are very easy to find, and most might already be in your pantry.

Mommy Tip: Make big batches and store leftovers on the fridge for quick and easy cooking.

Tuna patties
Photo Credit: Simply Recipes

9.       Thai Tuna Power Bowl

We usually relate Thai food as a health choice because of the abundant presence of highly nutritious ingredients. This dish is packed with a combination of crunch from the vegetables and that kick of spicy flavor, a common thing for Thai cuisines. Add that Thai peanut dressing for a sure palate win.

Thai Tuna Bowl
Photo Credit: Cookie Named Desire

10.   Tuna Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are definitely classics. Upgrading it with the infusion of tuna is a great variety to your custom recipe. Add celery, bacon, and mushroom for extra crunch. You can also use chicken, crab or even caramelized onions. Have them for lunch or snack for a very nutritious treat.

Mommy Tip: Peeling hard boiled fresh egg may be difficult. Try buying the eggs a week in advance if possible so they can have ample time to “age” before cooking time.

Deviled Eggs
Photo Credit: Olga’s Flavor Factory

These are mouthwatering treats and definitely a must-try for me and my family. I have tried some of them, and have added the recipes on my daily budget-friendly menu.

Now, I never have to worry about using canned tuna again. Just play with your ingredients that satisfy your taste. As Shonda Rhimes said, “The only limit to success is your imagination.” Happy cooking!

Source: Country Living


A mom of two adorable kids, and a fierce wife, you will see her hustling to keep her home in order. After being strayed away, she finally has made her path cross with her first love, which is writing.

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  1. Jen

    9 May

    Wow! This recipe list is awe-inspiring! Love the pasta! Thank you for sharing!!! God bless you!

    • Tina

      21 May

      You’re welcome. I hope the recipes were able to help you reinvent your menu. Stay safe and God Bless. 🙂

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