When I was a kid I remember my parents making tuna noodle casserole and how much I hated it. Dry, strange flavor and chunks of bad tuna. They also cooked salmon patties which were extremely dry and I could not add enough ketchup to make it tasty. As an adult I love both tuna and salmon, just usually not in a casserole or a patty.
A few weeks ago I decided to make an upscale tuna noodle casserole. You know fresh tuna, low fat, fresh bread crumbs and veggies. It was going to be a great easy meal for the blog. There is a reason you haven’t seen it featured on the pages of Dad Whats 4 Dinner. IT WAS HORRIBLE! My kids like most everything I cook. With three kids and a wife there is always one critic in the house. Since I’m the food blogger, for the most part, I know what is worthy and what is not. This dish got five thumbs down. I couldn’t figure out why it was so bad… I was to frustrated to worry about it and just moved on.It’s not like my kids don’t like fresh and packed tuna. On many a Sunday, after church, we will fix tuna melts or a tuna salad sandwich. I always have a bunch of packets, in the pantry, for a quick healthy lunch. A few weeks back StarKist® sent me pouches of their New Creations to try. These new flavors were mainly geared to kids. It’s interesting how packed tuna has evolved from oil packed tuna in a little can to what has now become a go to for healthy great flavors…. I thought is was great when Starkist® introduced pre-made Tuna Salad in pouches!StarKist® sent me three new flavors to try. Two Starkist® Kid Creations: Bacon Ranch and Honey BBQ and a more adult version Hot Buffalo®. Looking at the flavors I came to the logical conclusion to create a take on classic buffalo wings with ranch and celery.
The night before my kids wanted homemade pizza or what I call semi-homemade for dinner. I purchased 3 refrigerated pizza roll dough’s. My kids are easy with pizza: dough, sauce, cheese and sometimes pepperoni. Well they enjoyed the pizza and I enjoyed a night off from cooking. So for lunch the next day I decide to use the third pizza dough and create this Tuna Buffalo Bacon Ranch Pinwheels. I mean the Bacon Ranch and Hot Buffalo Tuna packs were begging to be blended together. What an easy lunch, dinner or party appetizer and so simple to make.
To make: Place two pouches each of the Bacon Ranch and Hot Buffalo Tuna in a bowl. Added some light mayo, cheddar cheese, cooked bacon, chopped celery and some light ranch to the tuna. Mixed all together and spread it out over the pizza dough. Added a little more hot sauce, because, well I love hot sauce. Rolled it up jelly roll style, sliced and placed the pinwheels on a parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkled a little parmesan on top and baked for about 20 to 25 minutes and YUM!These turned out better than I thought. When my 13-year-old daughter gets home from school, she always wants something to eat. I had some other leftovers but I was getting that face from her. YUK! I told her about the Tuna Buffalo Bacon Ranch Pinwheels and I got the same face YUK!. But I kept pushing her to give it a try. Lets just say YUK turned to YUM! She ate three for her snack. That is quite a snack. My son had two when he got home from work and my wife took them to lunch the next day. She loved them and so did one of her co-workers.
These Tuna Buffalo Bacon Ranch Pinwheels are perfect to take to lunch because they reheat so well in the microwave. 30-45 seconds and they are ready. If you are a tuna fan you will love these new flavors and if you aren’t, you might just become one. Great healthy alternative for lunch or dinner. The StarKist® Honey BBQ Kids Creations tasted just like Sloppy Joe’s and would make great little sliders for your kids lunches. See below for more information and recipes from StarKist®.
- 2 pouches StarKist’s Bacon Ranch Tuna
- 2 pouches StarKist’s Hot Buffalo Style Tuna
- 6 slices bacon cooked and chopped
- 2 tbsp lite mayo
- 2 tbsp lite ranch
- 1 cup celery diced
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Hot Sauce
- 1 refrigerated pizza crust thin or regular crust
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- Pre-heat oven to 375° F
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease with cooking spray, set aside.
- In a large bowl place stir together all ingrediatns except pizza dough and parmsean cheese.
- Roll out dough on a lightly greased counter or cutting board.
- Evenly spread tuna mixture over dough leaving a 1/2 of dough uncovered around the edges.
- Add a little hot sauce over top.
- Roll the dough along the long edge jelly roll style.
- Cut into 1 inch slices and place on prepared baking sheet.
- Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top of pinwheels.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and puffed.
- Serve with celery, hot sauce, ranch or blue cheese
-I used Pillsbury Thin Crust pizza dough. You could also use regular crust or even crescent roll sheets.
-Freeze roll for 10 minutes to make the roll easier to slice. (Optional)
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StarKist Kid’s Creations
StarKist’s new line of tuna is just for kids and encourages them to eat more fish and enjoy the health benefits of a diet rich in seafood. Available in delicious flavors, Bacon Ranch and Honey BBQ, they’re easy to enjoy as a sandwich filler, salad topper or even straight from the pouch – no mixing, draining or mayo required. Each pouch is under 110 calories, packs 14 grams of lean protein and is a natural source of 95-110 mg of DHA Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
o Choo Choo Pasta: http://starkist.com/recipes/choo-choo-pasta
o Waffle Sandwich: http://starkist.com/recipes/kids-waffle-sandwich
o Kid’s Panini: http://starkist.com/recipes/kids-panini-sandwich
StarKist Hot Buffalo Tuna Creations®
Hot sauce lovers rejoice! StarKist’s new Hot Buffalo Style tuna pouch joins the brand’s single serve Tuna Creations line. As one of the fastest growing and best-selling condiments in the U.S., hot sauce adds the perfect kick to tuna. With 70 calories and 15g of protein per pouch, Hot Buffalo Style Tuna will be sure to keep consumers full and satisfied.
o Buffalo Tuna Taquitos: http://starkist.com/recipes/hungry-girls-buffalo-tuna-taquitos
o Buffalo Tuna Dip: http://starkist.com/recipes/buffalo-tuna-dip