Tuna is a food that tends to be quite polarizing. Really, this could be said for fish in general. You either love it or it grosses you out. Every now and then a person may kind of like one type of fish enough to choke it down but mostly I would say, seafood is an under-utilized food in our regular diet. I encourage people to remember seafood as they are thinking about things to eat – especially new things to eat – and planning out dinners or lunches for the week. The fats in fish and other seafood are highly nutritious and the best way to get those coveted omega-3 fatty acids naturally from our diet.
If you live in a land-locked area (or an area where steak or BBQ is the preferred way to consume meat) you tend to not think too much about seafood. You may also be concerned about the quality of seafood you could buy at the grocery store or order at a restaurant. And then there’s the cost involved when you do begin to source wild-caught, fresh varieties of fish and shell fish.
Here are some tips:
Do look for wild-caught seafood.
Check the freezer section.
Scope out sales at places like Market Street, Whole Foods, Costco or Sams, Central Market, Sprouts or any other grocer with a butcher counter you trust.
Higher end, chef-driven restaurants often fly in fresh-out-of-the-water seafood every few days for their patrons to enjoy. So, on the occasion you’re out to a nice dinner, go for the seafood. In Lubbock, try The West Table or Cocina de la Sirena for very good seafood menu options. If you have another favorite restaurant just call and ask about their seafood options.
Buy or order in bulk. There are many options for wild caught seafood in the freezer section at Costco, for instance. There are also reputable online sources from where you can order quality, fresh seafood. For example, Vital Choice Wild Seafood & Organics
So, what about canned tuna or salmon? You can
source higher quality, wild-caught canned tuna and other fish. For my family I purchase Wild Planet
brand tuna. I pick it up at Costco where it comes in a 6 pack and is significantly less expensive than buying 6 separate cans at another store. If you make tuna salad often, this may be a good option for you as well.
You will find mayonnaise – free recipes for tuna salad on the internet. This is often a major plus for folks because, even if you like tuna, the icky store-bought mayo used to make traditional tuna salad may remain an obstacle for you.
We have an easy homemade mayo tutorial here and once you make it, you’ll never go back. It allows you to prepare this nutritious tuna salad as well as our Honey Almond Chicken Salad, VK Deviled Eggs, Ranch Dressing and the dressing for this delicious BLT Salad. The possibilities are endless…
This particular recipe is dairy-free, sugar-free and even sneaks in some nutritious, probiotic-rich fermented pickles. It’s delicious and can easily be made to better suit your taste with the added suggestions in the ‘Fanci-fy it’ section of the recipe. This recipe is for 1 can of tuna but could be doubled or tripled without a problem. Tuna salad doesn’t have to be eaten between two pieces of bread or on a cracker. Try it on a bed of greens or stuffed into a bell pepper. My daughter loves to just eat it with a spoon and maybe slices cheese or cucumber on the side. Give it a try!