A great way to build kids’ confidence in the kitchen is with easy tasks they can handle on their own, or with little guidance. It has been fun to see my kids learning and growing in their “kitchen confidence” over the last few months as they went from making pizza crackers to salad dressings. I’ve been letting them try their hands at creating lunch and this week we have Easy Peasy Tuna Salad (my 8 year old’s name for it).
Tuna Salad is an easy to make lunch. My recommendation is to teach your kids how to safely open a can and drain the tuna. I had a mishap with a bigger can as a pre-teen, not due to inadequate training but being in a hurry, that left a large J shaped scar on my thumb, following stitches and permanent nerve damage. Yeah, no fun.
Tuna Salad is easy because it doesn’t have to have exact measurements. Sometimes I like to get fancy and add diced grapes, tomatoes, onion, or celery, but with the kids I kept it simple. I always encourage them to taste whatever they are making to ensure it has the flavor they are looking for. Clean spoon please. No double dip. I also encourage them to make suggestions for things they think will make the recipe taste even better but for today we are keeping it quick and easy.
Easy Peasy Tuna Salad
- 1 can tuna, drained
- 1 large spoon mayonnaise
- 1 small spoon sweet pickle relish
- 4 slices bread, toasted
- Mix together the tuna, mayonnaise, and relish.
- Divide between 2 slices of toast.
- Top with another slice of toast.
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