This is a sponsored post on behalf of StarKist®. All opinions are my own.
Those of you who are familiar with me from this blog will no doubt recall that my life can be amazingly hectic. A few weeks back, I was planning on having a small blog social for associates in the field. It was a night designed to showcase talents and abilities, and to build networks with people who could advance blogging opportunities for each other. Before I relate the story of how tuna and salmon saved the night and perhaps my career, I need to speak a bit about my son Zach and a shopping trip we went on.
Zach is 11 years-old and is a golf aficionado; he adores everything golf! His grandparents golf and often take him along. Recently, Zach was with me in the store when we passed the tuna aisle. He became thrilled and beseeched me to buy him pouches of tuna. Like most kids, Zach loves tuna-fish sandwiches and tuna casserole, but I had never seen him beg for tuna pouches in the store—that was usually reserved for chocolate. So I’m like, “What’s with the tuna, Zach?”
My kid transformed into a walking commercial, “Michelle Wie said she loves StarKist Tuna Creations® and Salmon Creations®. “Who is Michelle Wie? And why do you want all those pouches of tuna and salmon?” I asked. His arms were filled with pouches of flavor varieties: Tuna Creations® Hot Buffalo Style, Kid’s Creations® Bacon Ranch, Kid’s Creations® Honey BBQ, Salmon Creations® Mango Chipotle and Salmon Creations® Lemon Dill.
“Mom, you don’t know Michelle Wie? She won the LPGA four times! I saw her on Facebook talking about these StarKist® tuna and salmon pouches. She said they were an easy snack that’s good for you,” Zach said with a precocious flair. Then, “You need to buy them for you! They are easy and good for you, Mom.” He continued, “Besides, you are probably busier than Michelle Wie.” Okay. My son sold me. I bought four of all varieties of StarKist® Kids Creations® Tuna Pouches, which make great kids’ snacks and are delicious meal ingredients for adults! All are highly nutritious, each is 110 calories or less, with beneficial vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin D, selenium and niacin. They also keep you fuller longer, with 13+g lean protein* per pouch. Kids can carry them easily in a backpack and just tear them open. Today, I am very grateful for that shopping trip!
Now, back to my party…
I had everything timed to the minute. My guests were due to arrive by 7 p.m. Work ends at 3:30. That gave me enough time to get home, cook the prosciutto-stuffed chicken breasts with wild-rice pilaf and pan-seared asparagus, lay out the table, and get dressed. My sister had the kids. My husband was due home about the same time the guests were to arrive. Work went well, then it was quitting time. Travel was smooth until I was about halfway home and clank, clank, clank… I had a flat tire! By the time roadside assistance had come and changed the tire, it was 5:50. Now, it was absolutely impossible to make my planned dinner! I was crazed, looking everywhere for something tasty enough to whip-up in less than an hour. I had nothing but salad in a bag and some mini pie shells. I was going through the pantry for the third time when the light went on. I could make Mini Tuna Pot Pies!
I saw all those wonderful pouches of flavored tuna that Zach had so eloquently talked me into buying. I had a basic recipe for a tuna casserole that I knew I could transform into a pot pie. In a flash, I was cooking! Those tasty little pies were hot and bubbly in the oven, with fresh salad made, when the doorbell rang. I glided to open it. The evening was a great success, and everyone loved the pot pies! I was repeatedly asked how I made them and came up with the idea. Now my StarKist CreationsTM secret is out! For you, my readers, these Tuna and Salmon pouches are so tasty and nutritious. Hardly anything can match their portability, kids love them, adults love them, and they can be used to create amazing recipes. My advice is to go try some. Follow the lead of Michelle Wie and Zach, and you will be pleased!
Mini Tuna Pot Pie Recipe
Frozen puff pastry, thawed
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup mixed peas and carrots
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons corn starch
2 tablespoons 2% reduced-fat milk
Preheat oven to 400°. Unfold puff pastry sheets and cut 4 circles out of each sheet with a 4-inch round cutter; cut holes in centers of circles. Stack 3 rings on top of each other and bake for 15 minutes. Set pastries aside to cool. Sauté tuna and mixed vegetables in olive oil for 2 minutes. Add broth, milk and pepper, and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Stir in corn starch to thicken. Spoon tuna mixture evenly into pastry bowls, and enjoy!
Yield: Makes 4 pastry bowls.
Disclaimer: *See pouch for complete nutrition information.