Rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, tuna is economical and easy-to-use. The hardest thing about cooking with tuna is finding the inspiration to go beyond serving creamed tuna, boxed tuna dinners and tuna sandwiches. Here are some ideas to make tuna a bigger part of a thrifty meal plan.
Think about a meal with meat or poultry, side-dish, and vegetables. Now picture adding tuna to the side-dish, whether potatoes, pasta or rice, and doing away with the meat. Boxed scalloped potatoes, flavored noodle mixes, even boxed macaroni and cheese can serve as the base. Prepare as directed on the box, then add tuna and cooked vegetables, if desired. Put the mixture in a baking dish, top with bread crumbs and cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes.
Make soup into a light meal by adding tuna. Soups that go well with tuna include cream of asparagus, cream of celery, cream of mushroom and split pea, according to tuna fan Sheila Metcalf. Perhaps you or your family are not “in tune” with tuna taste. Try buying tuna packed in water, empty it into a colander, and rinse under running water before adding it to recipes.

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