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Kid-friendly Tuna Nuggets

November 22, 2010

It’s been a tough weekend…not a lot of meals consumed, a few unhealthy snacks, and sleep deprivation for everyone in my household. So this afternoon I decided a little protein (and experimentation) was in order. I made tuna nuggets only because one of Simone’s teacher’s told me a few weeks back that he made these for lunch one day, and out of something like 40 kids, she was the ONLY one to eat them (made me chuckle).

Sure enough, we had great success with these today: she devoured 3 nuggets faster than I could say, “I need 10 more hours of sleep to feel human again”.

Kid-friendly tuna nuggets

2 cans flaked or whole tuna (in water)
1-2 tbsp mayo
1 egg, beaten
freshly squeezed lemon juice, for flavouring
(optional: add chives, dill, pickles, or whatever else you like to go with tuna)

Mix ingredients together, roll tuna into small-sized meatballs and coat using panko (or your favourite crunching coating). Pat flat and pan-fry in hot oil on skillet, med-high heat.

Cook each side until golden brown. Cool before serving. We just squeeze lemon on our nuggets, but your picky kid may enjoy a more sophisticated aioli with may, garlic, lemon juice.

Curious…anyone have suggestions on how to hide some veggies in this recipe?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jennifer permalink
    November 23, 2010 3:37 am

    Great recipe! Love the idea and I’m going to have to try it sometime soon. As for hiding veggies in it, for some reason peas came to mind. Maybe puree or even just whole (if they are small enough… although the kids might catch on!). Another harmless and ‘undetectable’ one would be cauliflower. I did a great cauliflower mash the other day (hint: cut and boil all of the cauliflower, including the stalk, with 1 medium potatoe, mash/blend as you would mashed potatoes and add a tasty cheese to it). All veggies would add an element of moisture so it would have to be balanced out so they don’t crumble.

    • November 23, 2010 4:42 pm

      I agree – cauliflower and potato would work really well blended into this. Have you tried making cauliflower and/or potato pancakes? I grew up eating these and just love them. You can combine tons of veggies: shredded potato, steamed and chopped cauliflower & broccoli, and even carrots, then bind together with some egg and flour and pan fry. We love eating them with hot sauce, but kids could dip or just eat the pancakes as is (or with apple sauce). Yum! I’ll post a recipe for that soon too. Thanks Jen!


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