5 Non-Boring, Easy and Healthy Canned Tuna Recipes

Enjoy these five recipes, designed to elevate simple canned tuna into exciting and tasty meals.

Easy Tuna Cakes

Makes about 2 portions 4 cakes

Prep time: 10 minutes    |    Cook time: 10-20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. canned tuna in water
  • ¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise or low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh dill or herb of choice (optional)
  • ½ cup bread crumbs, panko flakes or finely crushed cracker

Directions:

  1. Drain tuna.
  2. Mix the tuna to break it apart; leave slightly chunky if desired.
  3. Add all ingredients except the crumbs and mix until evenly combined.
  4. Divide the mix into four balls.
  5. Make into patties and lightly coat with crumbs.
  6. Cook: If on stove top, heat a sauté pan over medium heat and brown on each side for a few minutes in a small amount of oil or pan spray until hot. If in the oven, spray a baking pan, place the cakes on the pan and bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Serve with choice of vegetable and sauce.

Easy Greek-Style Tuna Salad Sandwich

Makes 2 portions

Prep Time: 10 minutes    |    Cook time: 20-30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. canned tuna in water
  • ¼ cup low-fat Italian or Greek dressing
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 1/3 cup chopped black olives
  • 2-4 whole grain tortillas, bread or wrap of your choice
  • Optional sandwich condiments: tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, etc

Directions:

  1. Drain the tuna.
  2. Add all ingredients except the bread and mix until combined.
  3. Put on bread or in a wrap.

Easy Tuna Stuffed Portobello

Makes 2 portions

Prep time: 20 minutes    |    Cook time: 8-12 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 large or 4 small portobello mushrooms
  • Tuna cake or tuna salad mix from above
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil (or pan spray)
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • Salt & pepper

Directions:

  1. Clean mushrooms by removing the stems and scraping off the dark fins.
  2. Season both sides with oil or spray, salt and pepper.
  3. Cook mushrooms over medium heat, covered, for about 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from pan.
  5. Add marinara sauce to warm pan and heat on low.
  6. Top mushrooms with tuna mix.
  7. Add the stuffed mushrooms to the pan with sauce, cover, and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes until mushroom is tender and tuna is warm.
  8. (Optional) Top with cheese and melt under the broiler for about 30 seconds.

Easy Tuna Lasagna Roll

Makes 2 portions

Prep time: 15 minutes    |    Cook time: 10-15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Tuna cake or salad recipe mix from above
  • 4 lasagna noodles (preferably whole grain), slightly undercooked
  • 1 1/2 cup marinara sauce

Directions:

  1. Lay the lasagna noodles flat.
  2. Divide the tuna mix into four equal portions.
  3. Add a portion of the mix to each noodle.
  4. Roll the noodle with the tuna inside.
  5. Place rolls into a stove top pan. Cover. Add sauce.
  6. Cook over low to medium heat.
  7. Simmer for 10-15 minutes
  8. Serve with a salad or whole grain bread.

Easy Tuna & Sweet Potato Casserole

Makes 2 portions

Prep Time: 20 minutes    |    Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. canned tuna, drained
  • 2 1/2 cups sweet potatoes peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onion
  • 1 cup fresh or thawed frozen corn kernels (substitute soy beans/shelled edamame for extra protein)
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh dill
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar, Monterey jack or cheddar jack cheese
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Place grated sweet potatoes on a sprayed baking sheet, season with salt and pepper and bake for 10-15 minutes until tender.
  3. Remove from oven, add to mixing bowl with remaining ingredients and mix until combined.
  4. Spray the baking pan or muffin tin.
  5. Add the mix  and pat it down.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes; finish under the broiler for some crispiness.
  7. Serve with a kale protein salad or garden salad.


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Topics: WATER | SANDWICH | CHEESE | SALAD | SERVE | JUICE | BREAD | RECIPES | MARINARA SAUCE | MUSHROOMS | LEMON JUICE | MARINARA