Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tuna Flippers

I had a lot of wonderful feedback about the Spaghetti Pie recipe Olivia and I posted last week. It makes me so happy to know that this blog has been useful to people. I have been having fun learning all these recipes and I love hearing stories of others trying them, too! 

I have all kinds of recipes ready to share like granola, muffins, and smoothies, but dinner seems to be what a lot of people are interested in so here is another good one from the Mayo book.

This is another tasty, easy-to-make, child-pleasing (plus hidden veggies, shhh) dinner to try. 

In trying to eat clean and watch our grocery budget, I have been trying to mix up our nightly dinner. Within one week I try to have a couple nights of meat (usually chicken or turkey), one night of fish, and then a couple nights of another type of protein such as beans or eggs. We are huge salmon lovers here, and you can get it frozen at a decent price. When it goes on sale at the grocery store I will buy it fresh, and it's kind of like a treat! 

But one can get tired of something, no matter how delicious it is, so that's why we tried these. Tuna is CHEAP! I make sure to buy the tuna canned in water and luckily I nabbed a bunch of cans when the local grocery store had a sale. 

You can make these super healthy by making them a lettuce wrap with some low-fat cheese or, as my kids preferred, you can serve them on a whole wheat bun like a burger. 

Either way, it's a meal that has budget-friendly protein, hidden veggies, and just plain tastes good.

First you want to cook some carrots in a bowl in the microwave. Add a little water and throw them in for a few minutes. 

Once the carrots are soft, mash them up as best as you can with a fork.

Mix all your ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl.

Once all the ingredients are fully mixed together, form them into patties. You're going to have to get your hands dirty for this part. 

Place them in a large skillet with some olive oil, and fry them like a hamburger patty. Cook on one side for a few minutes and then flip and cook the other side for a few minutes. That's all it takes to cook them!

Slap them on a bun and call it a meal. 

I made this while my husband was out of town because it seemed pretty simple. It was a very easy meal to throw together and I just served it with some sliced apples and cottage cheese. Nothing fancy, but sometimes it's nice to have a meal that you don't have to fight about, right?

I hope your kids like it!

Tuna Flippers

  • 2 large carrots, or the equivalent in baby carrots
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 3 tsp chopped fresh parsley (or dried)
  • Juice and zest of one lemon
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill weed
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 6-ounce cans water-packed tuna, drained
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
Chop carrots and place in a microwave-safe bowl with water. Make sure the bowl has a lid. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Make sure carrots are soft, if not then cook for another minute.

Drain the water and place the carrots in a mixing bowl. Mash them completely with a fork. 

Add parsley to the carrots. 

Zest the whole lemon over the mixing bowl, or you can use a small grater. Zest until the lemon is all white. Cut the lemon in half and use a citrus juicer to get the juice out. Add juice to the bowl. (I highly recommend using the juicer, I tried just squeezing them and I had to fish out lemon seeds.)

Separate egg whites from the yolk. Add egg whites, dill, pepper and tuna to the bowl and mix thoroughly.

Divide mixture to make patties. You can decide how big you want the patties, the size will determine how many you get. I made 7 small-medium patties. 

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Once your patties are formed, carefully place them in the skillet. Make sure they are not touching. If you can't fit them all, then cook them in batches. 

Cook them for 4-5 minutes or until browned on one side, then flip them and cook for another 3-4 minutes. 

Place patty on a bun or lettuce and eat up!


  1. We've made these with quick oats before, but never tried carrots. Next time!

  2. I'll have to try it with the oats!