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  • Writer's pictureMelina Meador

Tuna - love it or hate it?

As I am thinking about cheap and healthy food and stretching the grocery budget, I think of tuna. Oh tuna. How do you feel about this fish from a can?

When I was growing up, my Grandma Doris made tuna sandwiches with mayo and ketchup on wheat bread. It was gloppy, sweet, but I liked it. My other Grandma, Joy, made tuna with pickles on white bread and it was good, too. My Mom made tuna yet another way, on open faced bread slices with slices of cheese on top and broiled for a minute or two.

I guess I've always liked tuna!

So at Trader Joe's you can get cans of tuna in salted olive oil for a good price. And that olive oil and salt mixture is delicious. So, start there. Skip the tuna in water. Trust me, I'm going to give you my own recipe for tuna salad that you can put in a pita, between slices of bread, or on top of lettuce. It made a believer out of my husband who didn't love tuna before our marriage.

Ok, take that can, drain most of the liquid, pop it into a bowl and flake it with a fork. Then add a little bit of mayo, salt and pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, diced celery (quite a bit more than you would think, maybe two big stalks), a large pickle, diced small, and gently stir this together. Just use your judgement for the amounts, you can do it. You can always add more so go light on everything and then taste it and see what else it needs.

If you want to go above and beyond and make sourdough pitas, stuff one full of this tuna mixture, add some're going to go crazy, it's so good. Or make a tuna melt on a slice of bread and enjoy the best comfort food out there.

I think the rule of thumb is to not eat tuna more than once a week because of the chance of mercury poisoning...just keep that in mind because this is so good you'll be wanting it more often than that.

Did I oversell it? My grandmas would be proud. Haha.

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