My kids have started school and our afternoons are now filled with homework and after school activities which leave the kids tiered and sometimes it’s just hard to make sure that they are getting the nutrients they need. That is why I am on a quest to come up with creative after school dinner ideas that they will love to eat and that are healthy and nutritious. We always have Bumble Bee tuna at home in both pouches and cans and we usually make tuna salad sandwiches but this time I decided to cook some tuna and quinoa patties which we used to make some fun tuna sliders for a weeknight dinner and they where a complete hit.
The best part is that I was able to sneak in all sorts of healthy foods they usually don’t eat like quinoa, avocado and spinach. These patties are packed with protein and fiber and you can sneak in any other veggies if you don’t have spinach on hand. I have also tried making these with broccoli.
Quinoa and Tuna Sliders With Creamy Avocado Sauce
- INGREDIENTS FOR CREAMY AVOCADO SAUCE
- 3 hass avocados
- 1/2 cup of greek plain yogurt
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- salt and pepper
- INGREDIENTS FOR TUNA AND QUINOA SLIDERS
- 1 cup of Bumble Bee Light Tuna one 5onz and one 2.5onz pouch or two 4onz cans
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
- 1 cup shredded spinach
- 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
- 2 eggs beaten
- 3-5 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 8 small buns
- 2 medium tomatoes sliced
To make the creamy avocado sauce combine the avocado, yogurt, lime juice, cilantro and salt and pepper in a food processor and pulse a few times until smooth.
Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a large pan and heat on medium heat.
Add onion and garlic and cook until onion becomes translucent.
Add spinach and heat mixing with onion until wilted.
Remove onion and spinach from heat and let cool.
In a large bowl combine tuna, quinoa, Panko bread crumbs, spinach, garlic and onion mix, and salt and pepper.
Stir in eggs and mix well.
Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in medium high heat.
Pack a 1/3 measuring cup with the tuna patty mixture and carefully drop on the hot oil.
Lower heat to medium low and flatten patty with the back of a spatula.
Repeat for each patty.
Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
Remove from heat and place on paper towel lined plate.
Depending on the size of the pan you might have to make two batches.
Cut the buns, place tuna and quinoa patty on the bread, spoon creamy avocado sauce on top and top with a slice of tomato.
Enjoy warm or at room temperature.
These fun sliders also make a great after school snack. My kids liked these tuna and quinoa patties so much and they where eating them on their own and they would make a perfect healthy option for the lunchbox as well. The avocado sauce gives these a fresh flavor and replaces mayo with a much healthier option.
Proof of the success of this recipe is that even my husband who is a hamburger snob and usually does not appreciate me trying to make his burgers healthier loved these!
You can get more great tuna recipe ideas by visiting the Bumble Bee website here.
What is your favorite tuna recipe? I would love to know!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.