f90n953njztpry2fwb4rp5aupfofxeq2If you’re looking for an easy and quick recipe that can be made with basic pantry ingredients at a moment’s notice, this is the recipe for you! Including tuna or nearly any fish in your diet every once in a while is important because of the coveted omega-3 fatty acids. The delicious salad can be paired with other dishes but can also be quite filling and satisfying on its own!
The Required Ingredients
To make around four cups of tuna salad, which would be enough to make six sandwiches, you will need:
- Four five-ounce cans of tuna (packed in water)
- ⅓ of a cup of finely chopped celery
- One cup of mayonnaise or less (to taste)
- Two tablespoons of minced red onion
- One clove of minced garlic
- Two tablespoons of sweet pickle relish
- One tablespoon of lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
Making the Tuna Salad
Get a medium bowl. In it, combine the tuna with the onion, relish, celery, mayonnaise, garlic, and lemon juice. Mix the ingredients well and season with salt and pepper to your personal taste. The salad can be served immediately or covered and kept in the refrigerator until serving. It goes well served on a bed of greens, combined with toast, or on top of crackers. The salad itself takes around five minutes to make, which is why it’s so convenient!
Feel Free to Tweek the Recipe
If you’re using tuna that was packed in oil, drain it, and use less mayonnaise. If you prefer to omit the mayo completely, try substituting it with plain yogurt. Dill relish or dill pickles can be a substitute for the sweet pickle relish. Other additions that could elevate the salad include some thawed peas, some chopped hard-boiled eggs, or a small amount of diced apple. Use the salad to create delicious lettuce wraps, stuffed tomatoes, or mix it with your favorite type of pasta.
Adjusting to a new stepfamily may surely take some time. There may be a period that is a little rough where a stepchild and their new parents just don’t click. If you are a step-parent and you feel that your stepchild hates you, the right thing to do is to be consistent, patient, and empathetic. While this can surely be something challenging to many, processing this huge familial shift as a child can feel emotionally overwhelming and it’s the job of the step-parent to be kind throughout this difficult moment.
Understand The Needs of Your Stepchild
Kids, regardless of their age, may feel a sense of abandonment by one or both biological parents. They may start feeling nervous and uncomfortable as their family system changes and grows to include a new person. As your new marriage blossoms, some children may feel as if they are in some kind of competition with a step-parent for the attention of their biological parent. In order to work towards unifying the expanding family, people should prioritize the needs of the kids. Children need to feel:
- Cared for
- Like what they say matters
Connect With Your Stepchild
Adolescents surely have the hardest time adjusting to a step-parent as they have grown accustomed to one household living and style of parenting. Children of ages 10-14 are going through a lot of developmental changes. Add this to the on-going family changes in this strange and confusing mix and this can leave kids feeling scared, overwhelmed, anxious, and like they lack any semblance of control. The right thing to do is to offer them healthy ways to deal with their emotions by remaining empathetic and open.
Working Towards a Relationship
Building a happy blended family can be rather difficult for everyone involved. Working towards this relationship with a stepchild who doesn’t like their parents is a common experience for many of them. Although it can feel heartbreaking and frustrating to deal with this kind of dynamic in the home, it’s quite important to remain calm, kind, and empathetic throughout the process without losing the great potential relationship on the horizon.