8-Minute Paleo Tuna Hotdish
Tuna hotdish — one of those strange, nostalgic creations that Minnesotan grandmothers think is really good, but is usually kind of The Worst. It has a bad reputation (or so-bad-it's-good reputation, if I'm being generous), but this healthy and super-fast skillet tuna hotdish is delicious.
I've posted a few of my "go-to" recipes in the past, but this is an extreme go-to. It's not fancy or complicated. It's just food, fast. It's what I make when I don't really want to think about food — like auto-pilot in the kitchen. I always have these ingredients in my freezer and cupboard, and I eat this so much that mercury poisoning might be a real possibility.
8-MINUTE PALEO TUNA HOTDISH
Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-free | Serves 1
- 1 cup chopped frozen broccoli
- olive oil for cooking
- 1 cup fresh spinach, torn (can substitute 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach)
- one can of tuna packed in olive oil
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper to taste
- 1-2 T lemon juice
- 1 T capers
- a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese (optional)
- In a large non-stick pan on medium-high heat with olive oil, cook the frozen broccoli in one layer for about 5-6 minutes until slightly charred as if you had roasted it in the oven. Stir once or twice so it cooks evenly and doesn't get burned.
- Then turn down the heat to medium. Tear up fresh spinach (or use frozen) and add to the pan. Stir.
- Then add the tuna with all of its oil, break it up in the pan so the tuna is in tiny pieces.
- Add the capers and spices (I sprinkle everything directly into the dish, so those measurements are just an estimate). Cook for another minute or two.
- Once the food pile is hot, stir in the lemon juice and check the seasoning levels one more time to make sure everything is to your liking.
- Then sprinkle on some Parmesan (optional) and EAT.
- It's not a deal-breaker if you only have tuna packed in water, but it almost is. Olive oil makes canned tuna so much better, guys. Trust me.
- Leave out the cheese for full paleo or Whole30.