Tuna Cakes are a great way to fix a nutritious, low-fat, meal without the fuss. They are an age-old, healthy snack or light meal. I love them, and the kids love it when I make them.
Recipes for Tuna Cakes are abundant, both in cookbooks and on the Internet, and are much the same. However, there are a few distinctions that make these low calorie Tuna Cakes.
Some recipes call for shredded bread crumbs, but you can use dried bread crumbs and even Quaker Oats. I like the dried bread crumbs for convenience, but Quaker Oats adds a nice touch of flavor. For added fiber, and high protein, Tuna Cakes you may want to use the Quaker Oats. Several recipes also call for parmigiano cheese, or even mayonnaise to be added – but don’t do it! I’ll admit I love both, however when going for the low-calorie Tuna Cakes both add unnecessary fats and calories. Try adding a bit of parmigiano, or other dry cheese, if you must.
By themselves they’re wonderful, but some may want to eat these on a bun. Country Kitchen makes a low calorie bun that is reasonably light, and adds 120 calories to this meal.
These are easy to make, and very tasty. If you want to change it up to make them more moist try adding another egg, and hot peppers, or just more hot sauce.
- 2 cans tuna
- ½ cup bread crumbs, or Quaker Oats
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp water
- 2 tbsp parsley finely chopped
- 2 tbsp fresh onions, or chives finely chopped
- 1 tbsp raw celery finely chopped
- 1 tbsp hot mustard
- 1 tsp ground pepper
- 1 tsp Tabasco or other hot sauce
- 1 raw egg
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Mix together the tuna, mustard, bread, lemon zest and juice, water, parsley, chives, and hot sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Mix in the egg.
- Divide the mixture into 4 flat patties.
- Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Place the patties in the pan and cook until browned - about 5 minutes each side. Higher the heat, the more texture on the outside - but flip them sooner.
- Serve with lemon or lime wedges. Prepare a fresh green salad to go with this for a full, light, meal.
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