Here’s another kid-friendly (and partner-friendly) meal for weeknights. All you need is a can of tuna, breadcrumbs, and an egg for a basic patty. 

If your kid doesn’t normally accept tuna, give these tuna patties a try anyway because they’re lightly fried, which changes the flavor and texture of the fish. You can even encourage them to try eating it with ketchup. It’s always a good idea to try to introduce foods that are on kids’ “yuck” lists in different ways. Use positive language when talking about food and your kid. Instead of labeling your kid as a picky eater, just tell them that they haven’t learned to like the food yet and they can try it another time. As parents, it’s our responsibility to decide WHEN and WHAT to eat.. They get to decide IF and HOW MUCH they want to eat. 

Tuna is great not just for kids, but adults, too! It is jam-packed with protein (27 g in 1 can) and gives you heart healthy, brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids.

Tuna Patties

1 can (5 ounces) Albacore Tuna

1 egg

½ cup whole grain breadcrumbs

½  cup diced green pepper

3 tablespoons fresh parsley (or 1 tablespoon dried parsley)

1 teaspoon black pepper

Cooking Spray


  1. Empty 1 can of tuna into a bowl
  2. Crack in 1 egg
  3. Stir in ½ cup bread crumbs, parsley, and black pepper.
  4. Add in ½ cup of green bell peppers.
  5. If the mixture is loose, add more bread crumbs and keep pushing the contents against the side of the bowl
  6. Heat a skillet on medium heat
  7. Spray with cooking oil
  8. Cook patties until browned on each side. 

We suggest serving these with cut-up veggies and fruit. 

Makes 2 patties

Exchanges per patty: 3 Protein, ½ fat, 1 Starch, ¼ vegetable

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