Meals Kids Love: Shannon Cook from luvinthemommyhood

I am so excited to have today’s guest for Meals Kids Love, Shannon from luvinthemommyhood, one of the first blogs that I fell in love with.  Shannon has a great community over in her hood (she hails from Canada) and is welcoming to all.  With two bee-u-tee-ful little girls, she has her hands full, but manages to keep up with a very popular blog, guest post, knit, and create gorgeous handmade items.  Again, how do these women do it?  Shannon and I have become friends through the wonderful world of social media and some day we hope to meet face to face!  Let’s give a warm welcome to Shannon (insert applause here).

When Jenny asked me to come join in on the Meals Kids Love series here on SIDAC I was, of course, happy but I was also scared.  Why was I scared? Well…..first of all, I don’t enjoy cooking. Eeek! There I said it. Yep, I’m a blogger who doesn’t like to cook.  I make the hubs do it.  I also depend on other fab bloggers to provide me with great recipes and inspiration so my family doesn’t starve to death :) Second, my oldest daughter has turned into quite the picky eater which has in turn made me dislike meal time even more.  But I decided to push my fear aside and show the other side of eating with kids.  Eating with the ones who don’t like the food that you don’t like making.

When I asked my daughter what her favorite meal was to have she replied toasted tuna.  Don’t ask me why the girl loves tuna (she would happily just sit there and eat it right out of the can) but hates a heckavu lotta other yummy things.  So I thought hey, why not share my recipe for toasted tuna.  It’s pretty basic (I’m not reinventing the wheel here) and I’m sure there are tons of better ones out there but this is the one that is the fave in our house that we eat once a week for a good lunch.  Sometimes we add soup and sometimes we have cut up veg with it but for today I’m showing you what my very strong willed soon to be 4 year old requested.

Toasted Tuna for Two

- 1 can of tuna (we like chunk light in water)
- 1 pickle (or more depending on your taste and want of snacking them with your sandwich)
- Mayo (we like to use real mayo but a light version for mom’s waistline)
- Sea salt & black pepper
- Paprika
- Multigrain bread
- Cheddar Cheese
- Dijon Mustard

Ok….grab your bowls….we like these ones in our house. They were handmade by my mother in law.  Pretty right?

Chop up your pickle (or pickles). My daughter likes to swoop in during this part and eat the little bits as they get cut up.  We love pickles in our house.  Next, open your can of tuna and carefully drain the water.  I was once given a tip by a co-workers wife to never over drain your tuna.  That bit of extra water helps keep that tuna nice and yummy and moist when making tuna sandwiches and man, oh man, did she make good ones.

Throw that tuna in a bowl.  Add in your mayo.  I like to use about 3 tablespoons worth (I’m guessing here folks).  Go with your gut and how much mayo you want in your tuna salad.  Add your pickles, and then your paprika, salt & pepper.  Mix that bad boy up.  Yum!!!! Now my daugther and I both love to eat tuna just like this.  In fact she requests that I simply give her a bowl of this along with her sandwich so we did that today.  Moms – this is also yummy on a whole grain wrap too!

Now that our tuna is ready we have to get those sandwiches prepped.  Get that multigrain toast out and pop those suckers in the toaster.  Next up, slice your cheddar cheese.  Once your toast has popped get out your dijon…mmmm….I love dijon and could seriously eat it on everything…and plop that on your toast.  Scoop the tuna sald mix onto your toast, throw on your cheddar cheese slices, cut to your toddler’s liking and voila! toasted tuna for two!!!

Now it’s time for my daughter’s inspection….I’m shaking here folks…

 and successs!!!!!!  She’s eating it! 

I love to see that smiling face instead of a crying one that won’t eat her dinner than cries all night at bedtime complaining she is starving to death.

This was her reaction when I suggested some meal ideas for this post.  I guess they weren’t a hit.  I see more of these faces at meal time than I do of the smiling one above.  But hey, a kid can’t just live off of tuna and cereal right? 

I have to admit, the thought of brussel sprouts still makes me gag to this day and my mom tried feeding that to me as a child and I still won’t have any of it.  When in doubt make a smoothie or toast.  It’s loved by all rather than hated by most :)

What is your favorite food to feed a picky eater?  I could use some tips!  Make sure to pop on by luvinthemommyhood and have some fun! We’d love to see you!  Thank you so much for having me on your fabulous blog Jenny.  Love ya girl and rest up and feel better :)  Giant, virtual hugs.

Thanks so much, Shannon! It was great to have a meal idea for lunch today… I know I get tired of making the same old PB&J and GF chicken nuggets (although my boys never seem to).  
Next week we’ll have some fresh ideas from Noodlehead and Simply Modern Mom… I’m loving this series!  Have a great weekend!


  1. Katie says:

    Yum, I make the very same thing, but I serve it open faced and call it a tuna melt. Delicious, and something everybody will eat, which is *always* a bonus!

  2. Rebecca says:

    haha shannon, I love her looks ;) And now, even though it’s barely morning (some might not even call it that yet), I now want a toasted tuna sandwich… immediately.. hee hee :) Thanks for sharing!! yummy.

  3. Oh my word. What a doll! She is SO cute. And these pictures are off the wall GORGEOUS! I have been in a huge cooking rut lately. Thanks for this!

  4. I thought this post was REALLY adorable.
    The little girl could not be cuter! Wow!

  5. Gaspegirl says:

    Hi there and nice to *meet* you! Thanks for visiting… nice blog you have here. Don’t mind if I have a look around do you?

    Make it a great day!

  6. This actually made ME really hungry! I think we may be doing this TONIGHT! Thanks Shannon!

  7. Sounds interesting, I’ve never tried pickles in my tuna salad! I’ll have to give it a go. We love pickles here, too. I can get Nicole to eat salad by doing a Pickies And Cheese salad… basic green salad, plus shredded chedder, plus diced pickles, plus ranch dressing. Also approved by my OTHER picky eater… my husband.

  8. Jenny says:

    Welcome! I’m so glad you came to visit!

  9. Jenny says:

    @Hi, I’m Hannah.
    I’m so depressed that we don’t have a can of tuna in the house right now.

  10. Jenny says:

    @Laura @ ON{thelaundry}LINE
    Oh Laura, you have missed out! I like my tuna salad the best with chopped pickles!

  11. Jocelyn says:

    Shannon’s kids sound like mine. They make faces as soon as I tell them what I’m making for dinner. There are only a few things they don’t turn their noses up at. And that can change at any time! Something I made a few weeks ago that they ate really well can be completely rejected if I make it again today.

  12. Jenny says:

    My boys do that Jocelyn, it’s SOOOOOO frustrating!

  13. Glad you guys are all enjoying our toasted tuna :) Thanks for all the kind words and for the lovely intro Jenny!

  14. Glad you guys are all enjoying our toasted tuna :) Thanks for all the kind words and for the lovely intro Jenny!

  15. Jenny says:

    My boys do that Jocelyn, it’s SOOOOOO frustrating!

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