One thing I look forward to most about having a house is hosting parties. I think I gained an appreciation for hosting from my Aunt. She literally thinks of everything. When we come to visit, she leaves chocolate squares on our pillows, which are always dark chocolate. I don’t know if it’s coincidence or if she just remembers that dark chocolate is my favorite. The table settings, the food, the decor – she has a way of making simple gatherings feel special! I’ve been scratching that itch to host by daydreaming of summer gatherings at my future home. These Tuna Cucumber Bites are such an easy and light appetizer to serve your guests during the warmer months!
Tuna Cucumber Bites are quick and easy to whip up, plus they are perfectly bite-sized. I also love how light they are. Appetizers should hold you over until the main course, not fill you up so you’re too stuffed to eat the most time consuming dish of the night! That’s just unfair to the host. 🙂
These bites also make a great high-protein snack! If you’re snacking because you’re too hungry to wait but you don’t want to spoil your dinner, pairing a vegetable with a protein is a great way to give you that necessary energy boost. I also like carrots and bell peppers dipped in hummus, or paired with a small handful of nuts.
Skip Jack Tuna
I’m a little picky about the tuna I eat because I like to eat a lot of fish, and some fish have higher levels of mercury in them. Tuna is one that can become high in mercury, especially albacore tuna. That is why I choose Skip Jack Tuna whenever possible. Cans labeled ‘Light Meat Tuna’ are typically Skip Jack.
Skip Jack Tuna is smaller than other types of tuna and lower on the food chain, meaning there are less fish below it that it eats. This means that it isn’t able to accumulate as much mercury as a larger tuna that is higher on the food chain. Fish that are higher on the food chain eat larger fish which have mercury from eating fish that also have mercury from eating fish…you see where this is going? This is one reason why certain sharks are so high in mercury, they’re big and eat a lot of other large fish that also eat fish, and so on!
I’m also a little picky about my mayo. Mayo is often high in vegetable oils, which are high in omega-6 fats. Omega-6 fats are essential fats, meaning we must obtain them from our diet, but standard american diets are way too high in omega-6 fats compared to other heart-healthy fats. This imbalance could lead to inflammation in the body.
We like avocado oil based mayo because avocado oil is high in oleic acid, an omega-9 fat that is good for the heart! It also has some antioxidant properties which can reduce inflammation in the body.
I like Primal Kitchen or Chosen Foods mayonnaise. They have a much higher price tag but Costco is now selling Chosen Foods mayo, so you best believe I’m taking advantage of that cheaper price! Plus, if you’re like us and don’t eat mayo everyday, the cost isn’t so bad. 🙂
Enjoy this easy recipe!
- 1 large cucumber, sliced into thin rounds
- 1 can tuna (I like Trader Joe's Skip-Jack)
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 2-4 tablespoons chopped scallions
- 1 teaspoon dry or fresh dill
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Wash the cucumber and slice into thin rounds.
- Drain the can of tuna and add tuna to medium bowl.
- Add mayo, mustard, chopped scallions, dill, salt and pepper, and mix together until evenly distributed.
- Spoon a tablespoon size of tuna mixture onto each cucumber round.
- Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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