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Feb 11, 2012 03:16 PM

canned tuna--what do you like to do with it (healthy)?

So it's a cheap source of protein--what is your favorite thing to do with it? Preferably HEALTHY ideas :)

for me:
1. mixed into pasta with steamed veggies and 1/2 cup marinara sauce

2. mixed with black beans and topped with mozzarella cheese

3. dumped into low sodium soup

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  1. I make tuna mac-n-cheese. With the seasoned tuna (I like the thai flavour) I'll use it to flavour a drained can of white kidney beans or a quinoa salad.

    1. I like to chunk it into a mixture of white kidney beans, shredded fresh sweet basil, capers, diced red onion, and sliced black olives. Mix with a bit of red wine vinegar and olive oil, and serve with sliced crusty bread...yum.

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      1. re: critter101

        This is a favorite of mine, too. I don't always add olives and parsley often replaces the basil. Capers are a must! It makes a nice summer meal placed on top of a whole tomato sliced almost through from the top to form a "flower."

      2. I make tuna salad--the old fashioned kind--from time to time. I make tuna melts. And I like to chunk it atop a dressed green salad. On occasion, I just eat 1/2 a can for lunch.

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        1. re: sueatmo

          A tuna melt can be a lovely thing. There was a little place when I was in college that did what still is my favorite. Incredible bread with tuna salad heavy on the black pepper, tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts, and melted havarti, open faced. Sniff..... :))

        2. I place the can in the fridge to chill---in the mean time I finely dice bell pepper, green onion (scallions), and parsley. Drain the can, then break up the tuna, add the diced veggies, enough mayo to make everything hold together but not soupy.

          Slice fresh plum tomatoes, some lettuce leaves, a shmear of mayo on 2 slices of multi grain bread and i have a delicious sandwich.

          I also use the same mixture ontop of a summer salad for a cool, light lunch or dinner

          1. I toss it into pretty much everything to get some more protein in the meal. The solid white tuna though, the chunk stuff is like tuna soup.

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            1. re: redfish62

              I've read that the mercury content is higher in the solid white and you SHOULD eat the chunk LIGHT tuna if you're having it often.

              1. re: chrissy1988

                I don't care about mercury content, I can ingest enough mercury to kill 78 ordinary men and still laugh ... mercury is scared of me.