Before I had a kid I ALWAYS wondered why parents complained about getting kids to eat their dinner. I obviously had no experience with this (not yet having a kid of my own), but I still thought that I’d never have that problem. You put food (aka nourishment so you can grow and live) in front of them and they should eat it, right? Well, yeah. Fast forward a few years and my 4-year-old is that kid. If the food is green, looks weird, or is new she never wants to try it. So we get creative, yup. We gave in. For whatever reason if we make her food into some interesting shape, 75% of the time she’ll eat it. So that’s what we do most nights. We get fancy with her food. Some days I’ll make food faces with her dinner, and other days I use cookie cutters to make shapes. This week the husband and I created this Tuna Fish Latke Recipe. It turned out pretty darn delicious and it’s not that time consuming! The coolest part: we can sneak peas in this dinner and the kiddo doesn’t mind. I win! Yay!
- 1 cup of shredded hash browns (defrosted)
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded onion
- 5 oz. Bumble Bee® Premium Albacore Tuna or Light Tuna (in either pouches or cans)
- 1 Tbsp. yellow mustard
- 1 egg
- 3 Tbsp. flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- vegetable oil
- optional: 1/4 cup of defrosted peas
- Prep your ingredients: Shred the cheese, shred the onion (we used the cheese grater to do this), and defrost the hash browns/peas.
- Put all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl.
- Use a fork (or clean hands) to mix all the ingredients together. Don’t mash the ingredients, they should just be completely mixed.
- When it’s all mixed, heat up a 1/4 inch of vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
- When the oil is ready, use clean hands to flatten out some patties. The size is up to you, but we found that 1/8 – 1/4 inch thick by 4 inches wide worked for us. Place the patties (don’t overcrowd the pan) in the oil and cook for 3 – 4 minutes on each side (or until each side is golden brown). Note: the thinner the party, the crispier it will be.
- Place the patties on a paper towel.
- Use a cookie cutter to cut put a shape in the Tuna Latke.
- Serve with a bit of tarter sauce, or whatever dip your kiddo loves, and enjoy!
- The husband and I ate the leftover cutout shapes for our dinner. Hee!
This recipe will make four 4 inch wide patties.
This was a very yummy meal and the kiddo ate it (protein, veggies, and all). It was even tasty the next day for leftovers. If say it’s the perfect back to school dinner. I’ve always loved tuna. Do you have any tuna recipes I should try? I’d love to know (share in the comments below).
Check out Bumble Bee®’s custom recipes over here for some more dinner ideas! I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.