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February 25, 2013

From Our Kitchen to Yours: Tuna Boats

Congratulations to our first Cooking Matters graduating class of 2013! This winter, five participants completed four interactive cooking classes and one grocery store tour in order to receive their official Cooking Matters graduation certificate.

Cooking Matters Winter 2013 Graduates
To wrap up the class, we played Nutrition BINGO. This fun game reinforces knowledge about the different food groups, proper serving sizes and making healthy food choices. To top it off, we served everyone’s favorite snack – Tuna Boats.

Graduates have significantly improved their knife skills and nutrition knowledge over the last 6 weeks! I was excited to hear how they’ve been eating more whole grains, drinking more water and cooking with less fat and more vegetables.

Join our graduates in trying this healthy snack that’s rich in iron, high in protein, and an excellent source of dietary fiber. 

Tuna Boats
Serves 4


2 large cucumbers
1 lemon
2 green onions
1 (6 oz) can low-sodium tuna in water
1 (15 ½ oz) can white beans
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  1. Wash and cut cucumbers lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds with a small spoon. 
  2. Cut lemon in half and squeeze juice into a small bowl. Discard seeds and reserve juice. 
  3. Rinse and chop green onions. 
  4. Drain the tuna. Drain and rinse the beans in a colander. 
  5. Place beans in a medium bowl and mash lightly with a fork. 
  6. Add 2 tablespoons of the reserved lemon juice, green onions, tuna, oil, salt and pepper to the mashed beans. 
  7. Fill each cucumber half with ¼ of the tuna mixture and serve.

Brittany Lawrance, RD, CNSC, LDN, Community Dietitian

Brittany is a registered dietitian and has been with Food & Friends since October 2012. Her previous experience was working as a clinical dietitian on the pediatric hematology and oncology unit at Children’s National Medical Center. Brittany completed her dietetic internship in Baltimore, Maryland through Sodexo-Mid Atlantic and is a graduate of Bluffton University in Ohio. She enjoys traveling, playing tennis and softball, making crafts, and has a new found love for leading cooking classes. Learn more about Food & Friends' nutrition services.

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