Growing up, I had a little gray cat named Katie, and, I swear to you, she could hear the sound of a can of tuna being cranked open from a mile away. She loved the stuff, and we always ended up separating a little to give to her. Tuna might seem a little obvious for a cat’s favorite food, but Spencer’s family has a cat who has more sophisticated tastes. The last time I saw her, she stole a fry right out of my hand, and she’s been known to walk off with pieces of chicken the size of her head. But the real kicker is that her favorite food is, of course, cantaloupe. I know it sounds crazy, but I swear to you, I have seen her dive into a tupperware full of it.
Unlike the other cats we’ve had, Zoey is completely anti-people food… until yesterday, that is. Spencer and I made a huge batch of this amazingly creamy tuna salad, and I decided to try my luck with tuna just like I had with chicken, other fish, cream, all of the things that cats are supposed to like. Instead of sniffing it and immediately backing away, she proceeded to stick her face into the can and scarf down as much as she could, as quickly as she could. She even licked the inside of the sink dry after I drained the water from the tuna. Needless to say, I now know exactly what to do the next time I need to get her into her kitty crate.
Zoey prefers her tuna straight from the can, but the recipe below might be a bit more human friendly. Plus tuna salad with greek yogurt has double the protein action!
TUNA SALAD STUFFED TOMATO
Prep time: 10 minutes
1 5 oz. can tuna, drained
1/4 cup Greek yogurt, plain
1 tbsp spicy brown mustard
1/4 of an onion, chopped
1/2 tsp garlic salt
lemon juice to taste
Mix ingredients together in a large bowl. (This recipe creates a great base for any kind of tuna salad that you’d like. Add celery or pickles for texture, apples for sweetness, or an insane number of jalapeños if you’re my lovely fiancé. I plan on adding some oregano and chopped black olives to mine because that’s how my mother always makes it.)
Now with the Greek yogurt and mustard holding the tuna salad together, there’s no need for mayonnaise or fattening dressings. Lightened up? Check! Want to take it a step further? Why not?!
Tomatoes are high in antioxidants and rich in potassium plus these tuna stuffed tomatoes look so pretty on a plate. It’s super simple and a great option for when you want to give your body a break from the monotony (and extra carbs!) that comes with eating a sandwich every day.
2. Make 4 cuts across the tomato, cutting about 2/3 of the way down the tomato. This will create 8 tomato segments. (Make sure to not cut all the way through to the bottom of the tomato.)
And that’s it! Enjoy a fun, new take on the tuna salad sandwich.