10 Ways to Turn a Can of Tuna into a Meal
Filling out two slices of sandwich bread is just the start of what a can of tuna has the ability to do. Keep a few cans tucked away in your pantry and know that you have a budget-friendly lunch or dinner on your hands at all times. Combined with veggies, pasta, whole grains, or a combination, canned tuna fish becomes much greater than the sum of its parts. Here are 10 of our favorite recipes that show off the star-power of tuna.
You can’t talk about canned tuna without talking about tuna salad. This one is as classic as they come — with crunchy celery, bright lemon juice, and just enough mayo to hold it together.
Go for a sturdy dry pasta like rigatoni or wide yolk-free noodles like Manischewitz brand in this recipe — otherwise the pasta will overcook and fall apart when cooked in the slow cooker for three hours.
This pasta salad is just the thing to make on Sunday and enjoy for lunch throughout the week. It actually gets better after a few days, as the pasta absorbs more of the dressing and the flavors meld together.
Here’s a new way to enjoy a can of tuna: Toss it with a tangy orange-ginger dressing and pile it on brown rice with avocado and cherry tomatoes for a filling lunch or light dinner.
This lighter take on tuna salad gets most of its creaminess from plain Greek yogurt (instead of mayonnaise) and has a big dose of crunch, thanks to lots of chopped cabbage in the mix.
What makes this tuna noodle casserole so grown up? The more traditional cream of mushroom soup and green peas are replaced by a quick, homemade cream sauce and lots of sautéed mushrooms, chopped kale, and a few handfuls of briny capers.
What makes this recipe special is the homemade mayonnaise, which actually comes together quite easily using a hand mixer. Any extra mayo can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week and used for the rest of your week’s sandwiches.
This is barely a recipe, which is exactly why we love it. Drain a can of tuna, add it to instant macaroni and cheese, and you’ve got a satisfying, protein-filled meal in a matter of minutes.
Definitely don’t be afraid to play around with this classic French salad depending on what you have in your fridge. Swap out the green beans and potatoes for leftover roasted vegetables, or toss in a lingering cucumber — just don’t forget the tuna!
This bright-tasting casserole comes together all in one pot, in 30 minutes, right on the stove, which makes it a perfect contender for weeknight dinner, when you need a wholesome meal fast and don’t want to bother with lots of dishes to clean up after. The orzo and crunchy broccoli will make it a favorite.