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9 Ways to Take Canned Tuna to the Next Level

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Hey, you. Yeah, you, that tuna can sitting in the shadows at the back of the pantry. I see you. Yes, I know you’re there. Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about you.

Tuna cans are mighty pantry staples, they last what seems like forever, and with a can opener and a bit of elbow grease become instantly available. Eat them alone (no judgment!) or gussy them up. Because with a little attention, a tiny can of tuna can travel a long way. Freshen them up with greens or toss them with grains, bake them into pastas, or, my personal favorite, pile tuna high on toast for an open—or closed—sandwich.

With Toast

Provençal Tuna Melt

Provençal Tuna Melt by boulangere

Pan Bagnat:  Le French Tuna Salad Sandwich

Pan Bagnat: Le French Tuna Salad Sandwich by Waverly

With Greens

White Bean and Tuna Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs and Dukkah

White Bean and Tuna Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs and Dukkah by olive

Warm Tuna and Bean Salad

Warm Tuna and Bean Salad by Amanda Hesser

Shaved Fennel and Tuna Salad with Preserved Lemon
Shaved Fennel and Tuna Salad with Preserved Lemon

With Grains

Herbed Tuna and Israeli Couscous Salad with Cumin, Coriander and Citrus

Herbed Tuna and Israeli Couscous Salad with Cumin, Corian... by gingerroot

Tuna Noodle Casserole - Redux

Tuna Noodle Casserole - Redux by fiveandspice

Zuni's Pasta with Preserved Tuna

Zuni's Pasta with Preserved Tuna by Nicholas Day

Noodles with Tuna and Peas ("Tuna Pea Wiggle")

Noodles with Tuna and Peas ("Tuna Pea Wiggle") by Merrill Stubbs

Are you a fan of the tuna can? Tell us how you tuna in the comments below.

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Tags: Fish, Seafood, Tuna, Lunch, Not Sad Desk Lunch, Dinner, Faster