easy paleo tuna cakes recipe Ok last back-to-school themed post. {Ok, not really, because I have yet to inundate you with photos and musings of my two-year old’s start of preschool.} Really the only thing that makes a difference for back to school at the non-homework, non-sports/clubs/activities age is that you have to pack lunch. A lunch that other people will see. It’s like opening up a little window into the private world of how you feed your kid. I can only imagine what teachers think when they see what I put in KB’s lunchbox. But I’m not really into worrying about other people’s judgements, so no pressure there. If you do have a homework-aged, tons of after-school-activities-aged kid, the other key factor is having easy, go-to dinners at the ready. tuna cakes recipe I like to make those easy, go-to meals work for both dinner and a packed school lunch the next day. So here ya go: a dinner that myself, the husband, and the toddler scarfed down last night with just enough leftovers to pack a lunch. And yes, it used tuna, but no, it doesn’t make the whole room smell when you open the lunchbox like happens with tuna salad. tuna recipe

Tuna Cakes with Jalapeno Mustard Dip

by with a Side of Sneakers

Ingredients (8 cakes)

    For the Tuna Cakes

    • 2 5-oz Bumble Bee Tuna Pouches in Water – Premium Albacore Tuna or Light Tuna {available in cans too}
    • 1 carrot
    • 1/2 cup zucchini
    • 1/4 cup red onion
    • 1/4 red bell pepper
    • 1 egg
    • 2 Tbsp coconut flour
    • 1/2 tsp salt-free seafood seasoning blend

    For the Sauce

    • 2 Tbsp mayo {paleo-friendly if necessary}
    • 1 Tbsp spicy brown mustard
    • 1 tsp honey
    • 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
    • 1/2 Tbsp chopped jalapenos
    • 1/2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
    • splash hot sauce


    For the Tuna Cakes

    Shred carrots, onion, pepper, and zucchini in food processor or blender.

    Mix all ingredients together.

    Form into small patties, squeezing excess liquid out if necessary. {Add more flour if they won’t hold together.}

    Place on saute pan over medium heat and cook for several minutes on each side.

    Let cool slightly before serving to help patties stay intact.

    For the Sauce

    Stir all ingredients together and serve on top of zucchini cakes.

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    What’s your favorite double-duty, back-to-school meal that works for dinner and lunchboxes? Do you have a favorite tuna recipe?

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