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Summertime Lunches for Kids, Part 1: Tuna Mac

A refreshingly easy summertime lunch.
A refreshingly easy summertime lunch.
photo by Pam Thompson

With Bismarck schools out for the summer, I find myself scrambling, once again, for creative ways to feed the kids at lunchtime.

During the school year we make simple brown bag lunches with a sandwich and fruit and a treat of some sort. But when the children sit down to eat at my table, they seem to expect more than brown bag fare!

In this series of articles I'll explore some healthy, kid friendly, and budget savvy meals for lunch.

A favorite in our home is Tuna Mac. the kids like it because it has tuna and pasta, which are two of their favorite foods, and I like it because I can get some vegetables into their lunch.

Tuna Mac


  • 3 cans of tuna

  • 1 pound of pasta, any shape or type. I used Wacky Mac this time, next time it might be bow ties!

  • a handful of grape tomatoes, cut in half

  • 3 ribs of celery, chopped

  • 2 carrots, grated

  • 1/4 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 1/2 cup mayo (use the real stuff...fat is better for you than chemicals!)

  • 1/4 cup Daisy Light Sour cream

  • 1 Tbs. spicy mustard


Cook the pasta according to package directions. After draining it, run it under cold water until it is chilled.

Drain the tuna and add it and the other ingredients. Mix well. 

Serve with fresh, seasonal fruit.

Adults enjoy this served on a bed of lettuce, children do not.


  • Kristin @The Krumwiede Six 5 years ago

    Too funny that you posted this today, I was just asking a friend if she had a good cold tuna salad recipe :) Can't wait to try it.


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