In the spirit of March being National Nutrition Month, I thought I would give out a few parcels of a healthy recipe highlighting a food not often shown much attention- tuna fish salad. Tuna has always played the part of an extremely nutritious protein source, but I was hardly ever in the mood for it before I found out it could be more than mayonnaise and a can of tuna. Also, I’m always scared to try the store-bought version (I don’t think I’m alone in this), because there is nothing worse than tuna fish salad that is too fishy, or prepared with to much mayonnaise. Homemade is definitely the best. In my journey of reinventing foods, I’ve experimented quite a bit with spice mixes- the idea is to play with the taste of foods that have always tasted one way to me. Tuna is the perfect place to start shaking things up! I definitely suggest toying with spices in preparing tuna fish salads and chicken salads- it’s a really simple way to add variety, and a little polish to a typically lackluster entrée or snack. This recipe is a Spicy Curry Tuna Mix that I love, and has been a big hit among my friends!
I used six-ounce baby food jars to gift my spice mix- a good amount to try and won’t overwhelm a spice shelf. I wrapped the lids with a brown paper bag, and glued, giving it that handmade appeal. Lastly, I love how the bold lines of the Xenith labels showcase the inherent color of the curry powder.
Method: Pour the powders in the jars and shake!
There are times that I’ll use one six-ounce can of tuna with a teaspoon of mayo and a teaspoon of the curry mix. Other times I’ll add two teaspoons of the mix. The thing I love the most about this spice mix, is I’ve found a bunch of other things to add that only enhance the variety and nutrition. I’m a taste-as-I-go girl, as well as a season-per-my-mood girl, so just have fun with it!
Here are some things to try:
• Use Greek Yogurt, Sour Cream, and/or Miracle Whip, in place of mayo. I usually use a combination of mayonnaise and yogurt (for the added protein!)
• Savory Suggestions- Pickles, Celery, Cucumbers, Corn, Onions, Chives
• Sweet Suggestions- Dried Cranberries, Walnuts, Sweet Corn, Apples