Friday, January 9, 2015

3 Tuna Flakes Recipe You Can Do for Your New Year's Diet Resolution

New year, new you! Or is it? Well, I'm sure that the gyms out there will be crowded for at least a few more weeks. Regardless, we want to make sure that our exercise is supported by good diet. One of my recent favorite dishes to prepare (or have prepared) is anything with tuna flakes. I've been reading about how it is the healthier alternative if you are not so much of a veggie lover. I love vegetables but it won't provide enough protein that we need, which tuna can generously provide.

Here are 3 great tuna flakes recipes you can do that are both delicious and healthy:

Roasted Zucchini Tuna Melts 
A very easy to follow recipe that doesn't need much ingredients. You will need the following:

2 small Zucchini (Just increase the ingredients mentioned below to aaccommodate more zucchinis)
2 tbsp Olive Oil
Tuna Flakes (Drained)
1 Celery Stalk
1/4 Medium Red Onion
Half a Lemon
1/4tbsp drilled dill
1/4cup cheese (you can use parmesan or feta)

Preheat oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment
Slice the zucchini into half, scoop out center for about an inch
Brush zucchini with olive oil
Roast for 15-20 minutes (Depends on the size of the Zucchini. Output should be tender not mushy)
Mix tuna flakes, celery (minced), onion (minced), and dill with 1tbsp of olive oil and lemon juice.
Grate the cheese
Once zucchini is done, take it out of the oven and turn on the broiler.
Fill your half cut zucchinis with the tuna flakes mixture and top with grated cheese
Broil 2-3 minutes or until cheese has turned a bit brown and is crispy on top
(Recipe from Sharon of "The Honour System")

Tuna Quesadilla
Kids will love this. Great for parties and just any snack time! You will need:

2 (6 1/2 oz) canned tuna flakes, drained.
1/4cup mayonnaise
1/4cup prepared chunky salsa (can be bought in grocery)
6 8-inch flour tortillas (also available in grocery stores)
3/4cup shredded cheddar cheese (~3oz)

Combine tuna flakes, mayo, and salsa.
Spread 3 tortillas w/ the tuna mixture
top w/ cheese and cover remaining tortillas
Lightly grease a non-stick (or salad master) skillet, put the quesadillas one at a time and cook until light brown
Turn and cook until cheese melts
(Recipe from Lorac of "")

Tuna Melt Sandwich
This might be the easiest of them all. You can even prepare this for your breakfast! You need:
Drained tuna flakes

If you noticed, I didn't even put quantity on the ingredients. This is because you can add as much or less as you want. This is actually the most easiest to do as you will only need a bread toaster or a microwave oven.

Toast the bread
Spread some mayonaisse on the bread
Put lettuce and tomato
Put tuna flakes
Put Cheese
Microwave for 30 seconds (or until cheese melts)
Use quick melt cheese for easier melting.

For all my tuna flakes, I specifically used San Marino Tuna Flakes which is rich in protein. You can check out the green and orange labels they have -- green for the standard variety and orange for hot and spicy. Make sure to look for the Protein for Life logo. Both are good sources of protein! Plus, it's in an easy-to-open can so you save more time!

Let me know if you know any great recipes I can also do using San Marino Tuna Flakes. Put them in the comments section so others can try it as well.

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