Only three ingredients and three minutes of prep time for a high protein, incredibly filling meal or snack. Pantry staples are one of the keys to making inexpensive meals in a jiffy, and this recipe for Salsa Tuna and Bean Salad uses just canned ingredients (but tastes delicious!)
Making a nourishing meal in minutes can seem almost impossible especially when you’re so hungry you think you might faint. But if you have a well-stocked pantry, you can avoid having to order takeout or spending a lot of money on food.
Keeping pantry staples is one of my keys to helping me get meals fast, especially when I’m too hungry to think. My favorite things to have in my pantry are canned beans, dried beans & peas, whole grain pasta, quinoa, brown rice, salsa, canned tomatoes & other veggies, broth, canned salmon, and canned tuna.
I might not have a ton of space in my kitchen, but it’s worth it to me to make room for my pantry. Without a well-stocked pantry, I fear that I’d have to go to the grocery store every other day. While I love the grocery store, I don’t want to have to go almost every time I want to make dinner.
When I am starving, I can count on my pantry staples! Salsa and beans have saved my life on countless occasions. Same with canned tuna (or canned salmon).
Now, please don’t let me insult your intelligence by posting this 3-ingredient, can-only recipe, but it’s too good for me not to share. Sometimes it’s nice to be reminded that you can enjoy nourishing meals without spending a bunch of time, money, or effort in the kitchen.
For this Salsa Tuna and Beans Salad, you just stir together salsa and a can of tuna. I make sure when I am buying pantry staples that I buy high quality pantry staples. My favorite tuna is Wild Planet (I was not paid or asked to write about that company. It’s just my fave), and I look for beans that have no added salt. I like all salsas, so I just pick the jar that makes looks the best on the day I am in the store. I usually go with the standard medium salsa. Occasionally, I’ll change it up when I feel like living on the edge 😉
And there you have it. Three ingredients. Three minutes. And you have a high protein, incredibly filling meal or snack. I usually serve it with whole grain crackers or over lettuce. It’s also tasty in a tortilla with some lettuce. I’m always trying to get in extra veggies. Oh, and if you have avocado, you should obviously add that, too.
- Serves: Serves 2
- Serving size: 1 cup
- 1 (5 ounce) can tuna, drained
- ¾ cup salsa
- 1 cup black beans, rinsed & drained
- In a medium bowl, stir the tuna and salsa together, breaking up the tuna. Add in beans and stir. Enjoy!
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