i should be mopping the floor: Tuna Mac Muffins

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tuna Mac Muffins



These Tuna Mac Muffins are a great way to add some protein (and fun!) to your kid's lunch box.
Tuna Mac Muffins: Four-Ingredient Recipe that's PERFECT for Lunch Boxes
A few months back, I posted my lunch box-friendly recipe for ham & mac muffins (you can find it in the sidebar). Everyone loved them and we have certainly continued to love them in our home. I got to thinking about what other kinds of goodies would go well in macaroni and cheese muffins...then a childhood fave came to mind! Tuna mac is where it's at, man. My mom never made Tuna Mac, but the sweet lady who lived across the street from us always did. And I loved having dinner over at her house. These little bite-sized versions of the classic casserole are every bit as yummy. Check out the easy recipe below.

Tuna Mac Muffins: Four-Ingredient Recipe that's PERFECT for Lunch Boxes
While macaroni and cheese in a muffin form seems a bit odd...it's actually really delicious. Even my picky-eater-younger-son loves these. We had them for dinner one night and I packaged the rest up for the boys' lunches the following day. And they ALL disappeared! We found that they were good either hot or cold. The tuna adds the perfect amount of flavor to totally give the macaroni and cheese a little zip.


Tuna Mac Muffins: Four-Ingredient Recipe that's PERFECT for Lunch Boxes
Since I was primarily making these for my kids' lunches, I kept them simple (have you seen and eight-year-old's reaction to "green pieces" in their lunch? Yeah...I just thought I'd avoid all that.) I do have some yummy mix-ins listed in the recipe that would be fun for adults (or even kids with more refined palettes than mine. Ahem.)


Tuna Mac Muffins: Four-Ingredient Recipe that's PERFECT for Lunch Boxes
You probably already have all of the ingredients for this one on hand. One of the main items is a five ounce can of tuna...I used Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore for my muffins. 


Tuna Mac Muffins: Four-Ingredient Recipe that's PERFECT for Lunch Boxes
After draining the tuna, you'll want to flake it gently with a fork. Beat up the eggs a bit, too!


Tuna Mac Muffins: Four-Ingredient Recipe that's PERFECT for Lunch Boxes
Then it's a simple combining of everything into one bowl to thoroughly mix.

Tuna Mac Muffins: Four-Ingredient Recipe that's PERFECT for Lunch Boxes
I use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to divide my "batter" into a muffin tin that's been sprayed with non-stick spray. Use your fingers or the back of a spoon to smash it down and flatten it out.

Tuna Mac Muffins
Click here to download printable recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (5 ounce) can Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore tuna in water
  • 2 1/2 cups prepared macaroni and cheese (I use a box mix, but feel free to use homemade if you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs + 2 tablespoons
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • optional add ins: chopped green onions, chopped red pepper, grated carrot, olives, etc. You can really customize these to be your own.
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain and flake tuna. Combine macaroni and cheese, 1/4 cup bread crumbs, eggs, and tuna, (as well any add-ins), in a medium bowl. Thoroughly mix. Using 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop "batter" into a muffin tin sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Flatten out each muffin with your fingers or the back of a spoon. Sprinkle remaining bread crumbs on top of each muffin. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool for five minutes in muffin tin. Using a butter knife, gently go around the edge of each muffin to remove it from the tin. Serve warm or even cold. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.


Click here to download printable recipe.

Tuna Mac Muffins: Four-Ingredient Recipe that's PERFECT for Lunch Boxes
Bumble Bee® Albacore products are an easy and delicious way to add a variety of nutrients to your diet including lean protein, healthy fat, and important vitamins and minerals.

Tuna Mac Muffins: Four-Ingredient Recipe that's PERFECT for Lunch Boxes
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Tuna Mac Muffins: Four-Ingredient Recipe that's PERFECT for Lunch Boxes




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11 comments:

  1. The muffins look really delicious! I'll try your recipe.
    Pippa, Bristol

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  2. These look really easy and I'm sure my family would like these. I also love the add-ins. You really could customize these for all types of cuisine, Italian, Mexican, etc.

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  3. My middle child likes to mix it up at lunch. This sounds like one we are definitely going to need to try.

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  4. I remember always eating pasta with tuna. I love how you put them in muffin tins.

    Michelle F.

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  5. These sound delicious! They are cute too!

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  6. We don't eat seafood in our house, but I love the idea of a mac & cheese cup! Yum.

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  7. I haven't had tuna in awhile and really like the idea of these bite-sized tuna muffins. They look really good.

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  8. Oh my goodness!! You make me hungry right now!! I wanna grab this now lol.

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  9. At first, I was kind of skeptical of these little muffin-shaped mac and cheeses. I think it was the addition of tuna that threw me off. But as I read on, I became a little more curious than skeptical. I want to try these!

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  10. Saying hello from Totally Terrific Tuesday...

    Loving this idea. Even more so that you mentioned it was picky eater approved! Definitely pinning and sharing this. Thank you so much for sharing this, Kristi!

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  11. What a fun way to serve dinner. My little guy loves muffins, so it would be fun to give him "muffins" for dinner!

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