Being a work-at-home mom, lunches can get a little boring. I often find myself falling into the rut of eating leftovers because it seems quick and easy. But I’ll be the first to tell you, that gets old fast! So in the new year I’ve been looking for new ways to make lunchtime flavorful while keeping it simple. And I have to say, with a little help from StarKist®, I’ve been wildly successful so far.
I’ve been enjoying StarKist CreationsTM Pouches ever since discovering them. With an amazing array of flavors that take tuna (which just happens to be one of my favorite lunch meats) and salmon from good to oh-my-flavor amazing with just a rip of the pouch I’m able to transform lunchtime from the most dreary time of the day to the most delicious! I can’t wait to share with you how I’m upping the flavor of the already tasty new StarKistTuna Creations® Hot Buffalo Style Pouch by turning it into the Buffalo Tuna Cups that I enjoy for lunch on a regular basis.
I guess before I go forward with this amazing (and did I mention simple?) recipe, I should tell you a little more about StarKist®. It’s no secret that I’m trying to get back in shape after the holidays, and on my better-eating plan is, of course, tons of fish. Boasting lean protein (see Pouch for complete nutritional information) and 110 calories or less, StarKist® pouches have been on my daily menu. So when I discovered that they had five new flavors in the Tuna & Salmon Creations® line, I immediately hopped in my car and headed to the store to stock up. I mean with new options like Tuna Creations® Hot Buffalo Style, Kid’s Creations® Bacon Ranch, Kid’s Creations® Honey BBQ, Salmon Creations® Mango Chipotle and Salmon Creations® Lemon Dill, how could I go wrong?
Once I located these flavorful new pouches (which are easy to open and don’t even require draining) at my local store, my mind started racing about turning these StarKist® flavors into lunches I could get excited about. After thinking about what made sense for me when it comes to lunchtime, I decided that the Tuna Creations® Hot Buffalo Style Pouch was the perfect ingredient for an easy, finger-food lunch. I just knew it would be perfect to make into delicious Buffalo Tuna Cups.
What You Will Need:
(Makes 9 Buffalo Tuna Cups)
3 Pouches of Tuna Creations® Hot Buffalo Style
18 Wonton Wrappers
1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Crumbled Blue Cheese
Diced Onions (for Garnish)
How to Make It:
While the thing I love about StarKist Creations™ Pouches is that I can eat them on the go (yup, I’ve been caught eating out of one with a fork in the car pick-up line), sometimes I just feel like making something a little fancier. And since my Buffalo Tuna Cups are perfect for grabbing and eating without having a sit-down meal (because who has time for that?), they are a great weekday lunch for when things are crazy! To make them, I simply line my cupcake tins with wonton wrappers, using two per cup and overlapping them to create the shape of a cup.
Next, I brush olive oil onto each cup to ensure they are crispy and delicious.
Into the oven my wonton wrapper cups go for eight minutes at 375 degrees… just long enough for the upper part to turn golden brown and the bottoms of the cup to cook into the shape I want them. As soon as they are done cooking, I remove them from the oven, place them on a plate and fill each one half full with shredded lettuce.
Then, I empty my easy-to-open pouches of tuna into a bowl. There is no mess to this step and from the moment the pouches are ripped open, the aroma starts to whet my appetite.
Next, I simply spoon a heaping teaspoon from my StarKist Tuna Creations® Hot Buffalo Style Pouches into each cup.
After sprinkling a small amount of blue cheese and some green onions onto the top of the tuna, I’ve got a lunch that is simple while still being simply delicious!
As far as the flavor is concerned, I’ll tell you there is nothing boring about this lunch! With just the right amount of heat from the Tuna Creations® Hot Buffalo Style Pouch, crunch from the wonton wrapper cups and coolness from the blue cheese and onions, each and every bite is a perfectly combined fiesta of flavors in my mouth.
In fact, I haven’t been limiting my wonton cups to just the Tuna Creations® Hot Buffalo Style Pouch. I can serve any of the ten StarKist CreationsTM flavors in a wonton wrapper cup with shredded lettuce for a quick and easy lunch that is sure to satisfy but still fits in with all of my new year’s goals!
So there you have it… this mama has found a way to spice up lunchtime and make it the most flavorful time of the day. And do you want to know something that’s almost as much fun as the amazing StarKist® flavors? I’m not the only one who loves the StarKist CreationsTM Pouches… LPGA superstar Michelle Wie is also fueled by StarKist®! In fact, StarKist® has partnered with her to help keep her game fueled with the same lean protein and heart-healthy omega-3s that I enjoy! And let me just say, if it’s enough to fuel Michelle’s game, it’s definitely enough to fuel my active mommy lifestyle!
So what are you waiting for? Eat smart, get StarKist® and discover the easy, can’t-miss options today. Be sure to pick up your favorite StarKist Creations™ pouch at your local grocery store and don’t forget to give the new Tuna Creations® Hot Buffalo Style, Kid’s Creations® Bacon Ranch, Kid’s Creations® Honey BBQ, Salmon Creations® Mango Chipotle and Salmon Creations® Lemon Dill pouches a try.
Whether you store the pouches in your desk, keep them in your purse or create a recipe that makes you look forward to mealtime, StarKist CreationsTM Pouches are the perfect way to add lean protein to your diet. You might just discover, like I did, that eating the recommended two servings of seafood each week is more delicious than you ever imagined.
Tell me, which of the new StarKist® options will you be trying first?