Enjoy Kid-Friendly Recipes This School Year! #ChickenOfTheSea @COSMermaid #BackToSchool #Ad

*I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour on behalf of  Chicken of the Sea® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.


    Back to school time always comes with the usual hustle and bustle in our home.  Besides worrying about making sure that our boys have all of the materials that their teachers requested this year, I also go back to my job teaching middle school in September.  Not only do we all have to adjust to a hectic weekday schedule, but I have to plan ahead for our meals during the week and other chores around the house.

    The name of the game in our house when it comes to back to school recipes is kid-friendly and easy to prepare.  Unfortunately, I simply don’t have the time as a Working Mom to cook elaborate meals during the week.  I want my family to eat healthy dishes that I can prepare for them in a snap.

    One of the things that inspires my boys to eat healthier is eating foods that they can eat with their hands.  I’m not sure if they are channeling their inner cavemen but, in any case, they tend to gravitate towards those kinds of foods.

1555334_10152130402522733_1625564482_n    Since Chicken of the Sea® tuna is a staple in our home, I decided to use it as the  main ingredient in our new kid-friendly, back to school snack.  I wanted to come up with something yummy and healthy that our boys could eat with their hands when they get home from school.  It doesn’t even require any cooking on the stove so older kids can prepare it themselves!  Without further ado, I present you with the Tuna Melt Muffin!



  • 1 can of Chicken of the Sea® Tuna
  • 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 1 pinch of Basil
  • 1 pinch of Oregano
  • 4 toasted English muffins, split in half
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 diced tomato


  1. Mix together tuna, mayonnaise, Oregano, and Basil in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Spread mixed ingredients on toasted English muffin halves and place them on aluminum foil.  
  3. Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on tuna mixture and top with diced tomato.
  4. Broil in toaster oven for about 3 minutes or until shredded cheddar cheese is fully melted.
  5. Serve



    This school year, Chicken of the Sea® has created some delicious kid-friendly recipes for you and your family to enjoy.  They want to inspire all kids to eat healthier as they know that proper nutrition is essential to excellent academic performance.  It’s important to teach kids that back to school time can be fun and healthy with the right foods!  After all, any Mermaid you happen to see will tell you that the best tuna is Chicken of the Sea®!



Let’s Discuss:  What are some of your favorite kid-friendly tuna recipes for back to school?


Our Sponsor, Chicken of the Sea® is giving away a Back to School prize pack containing a Chicken of the Sea lunch bag, spatula, apron and products to one reader of Tough Cookie Mommy!a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour on behalf of Chicken of the Sea® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. Lois Alter Mark says

    My kids were never into tuna, which was too bad because these would have been such great, easy and delicious choices for them!

  2. shellypeterson says

    My son doesn’t take lunch to school very often but he does like tuna salad sandwiches and tuna salad with crackers.

  3. Actually, we don’t eat seafood in our house, but I make chicken salad a lot and my kids love to bring chicken salad wraps to school with them!

  4. My daughters like tuna, chopped celery and mayo in a pita. Thanks for sharing your recipe and for the giveaway!

  5. Nothing special, just the plain old tuna-salad. Put some lettuce with it and you have everything you need for a sandwich!

  6. My kids would never eat this. I wish they would. They are so picky making school lunches is a pain.

  7. kristimaloney says

    I love tuna melts and this recipe looks wonderful. Unfortunately, my picky eaters do not like tuna. (They don’t know what they are missing!)

  8. I love a nice tuna melt ad your recipe sounds delicious – I really need to give it a try 🙂 x

  9. Debra Hall says

    all my kids are grown so i don’t make lunches,but i do love tuna salad for lunch at least one a week

  10. Great ideas! My oldest son loves tuna and I’ll have to try making some of these recipes. We don’t have a favorite after-school snack, really depends on what they are in the mood for.

  11. Tuna and hard boiled eggs with mayo is a family tradition.

  12. I always have tuna in the apartment. I either eat it right out of the can -or add a tiny bit of mayo (I’m not a fan of mayo)-or throw it into cooked pasta with some butter and sometimes garlic powder.

  13. These are great recipes. I love Chicken of the Sea Tuna. It’s always so chunky.

  14. The main kid friendly recipe we do is tuna with a little miracle whip and some celery. We like to spread it on crackers.

  15. Sharon Schoepe says

    My kids love tuna tossed in a salad. They also like it with a bit of mayo and then they dip veggies and crackers in it and snack away

  16. Rebecca Bryant says

    Yummy I am a huge fan of tuna it’s my favorite go to snack.

  17. Unfortunately, my kids don’t like tuna…yet. But dad and I do!

  18. My kids always liked tuna salad. I would pack it in their lunch for school a few times a month.

  19. This is perfect. My kids requested tuna for lunch today. They like it when I dice a tomato, onion, cilantro and squeezed lime juice into it. The eat this with either crackers or tortilla chips. It taste great.

  20. Dana Rodriguez says

    We eat a lot of tuna salad here.I like putting celery in it and use Hellman’s with Olive Oil.Your recipe looks delicious!

  21. Melissa Smith says

    That sounds yummy! I don’t think I’ve ever tried a tuna salad with basil & oregano in it though. I usually use seasoned salt & celery with some red onion & mayo.

  22. Everything looks delicious! 😉 There are so many possibilities with Chicken of the Sea!

  23. I like that you added diced tomatoes on top, very nice! I make a Tuna salad with green onions and fresh ground black pepper to go with crackers. When I make Tuna melts, I add a shredded cheese blend to the tuna mix and make an extra for next days school lunches.

  24. Amber Nelson says

    I love tuna. I wish I could get my kids to eat it.

  25. We love a tuna pasta salad also tuna and rice is one of our favs.

  26. My husband is the tuna eater in our house. I bet he would love for a few of these recipes to end up in his lunchbox!

  27. Seriously can you just come over and cook for me. Everything looks so good! I love the recipe with the tomatoes on the english muffin.

  28. My son likes tuna salad. I put grated carrots in mine.

  29. Will go and check out those kid-friendly recipes asap! My daughter loves tuna and I’d be happy to add new recipes to our menu. Thanks for sharing!

  30. april brenay says

    My mom used to make me tuna fish with cracker sandwiches

  31. Veronica Solomon says

    My kids don’t like tuna fish at all. I remember how much I loved it before I switched to almost fully raw eating. Chicken of the Sea is a great brand too

  32. I like plain tuna fish and mayonnaise sandwiches but my daughter likes them with a slice of tomato and cheese melted on hers.

  33. mail4rosey says

    That’s a fun giveaway. My oldest eats tuna like it’s going out of style.

  34. We all love tuna made with mayo, fresh chopped onion and a heaping spoonful of homemade spicy pepper relish.

  35. Ann Bacciaglia says

    I love tuna and my favourite recipe is a big, thick tuna sandwich. Thanks for sharing such a great giveaway.

  36. My children aren’t big fans of tuna, but I love Tuna!! On a sandwich, on a salad, I really enjoy Tuna Salad!

  37. I love adding a little seasoning (lemon pepper) and mayo and frying tuna patties and adding cheese.

  38. I just like a good old fashioned tuna sandwich on grainy wheat bread.

  39. tannawings says

    I like making tuna fish sandwiches oon toast and cutting them into sahpes for lunches!

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  40. Thrill of the Chases says

    My mom would always make tuna casseroles when school started back in the fall. She would also make a tuna noodle dish similar to tuna helper often. I will use it for tuna melts, although I haven’t made a tuna dish in awhile. I may have to bring it back into the rotation.

  41. Lean Lacaba says

    Perfect for fast and easy lunches! I’d love to try this one!

  42. Chrissy Mazzocchi says

    I’ve honestly only made tuna fish sandwhiches but I will def try to be more creative and give these a go!

  43. Sarah Griffin says

    I am not very creative when it comes to tuna. I really liked your ideas for the muffins! I usually use tuna on sandwiches or I like to mix it with mayo and top off my salads with it!! YUM!

  44. I like tuna noodle casserole with potato chips on top. I also like tuna salad with mayo, lots of crunchy celery, and lots of pepper.

  45. Francine Anchondo says

    I like tuna and mayo sandwitches and tuna noodle cassorole.

  46. Annabellainla says

    We love tuna sandwiches with extra dill pickle relish added

  47. I like making tuna salad with mayo and onions.

  48. We enjoy tuna salad with onions, chopped boiled eggs and mayo served on rye bread, great sandwich.

  49. I love making tuna melts and then adding potato chips to it.

  50. Heather Hayes Panjon says

    Tuna Wraps, Tuna Melts, Tuna With Crackers Are A Few Recipes The Kids Enjoy. I Love Your Creative Recipe! Can’t Wait To Try It!

  51. I love plain tunafish sandwiches. I use celery, dill, onion,, sea salt and mayo

  52. My daughter loves tuna wraps with cheese and fresh vegetables.

  53. Zenetta Smith says

    Some of my favorite kid-friendly tuna recipes for back to school are tuna and a homemade salsa in a wrap.Also for lunch I make tuna salad on celery stalks. Sometimes, I make tuna fish macaroni salad with crackers and cheese for lunch.

  54. Good ol’ tuna salad sandwiches are always popular in our house. In fact, now I want to go make some!

  55. Brittney House says

    I would either like to make a tuna fish sandwich or tuna casserole.

  56. Erica Carnes says

    Tuna wraps.

  57. We all love tuna salad and crackers for a quick snack or dinner.
    But I also love making tuna melts and tuna casserole.


  58. i like to make a tuna salad sandwich for the kids, they love it and it’s easy

  59. Laurie Emerson says

    My daughter like to take tuna salad sandwiches to school. I put Swiss cheese and dill pickles on it for her.

  60. Peggy Rydzewski says

    My grand-kids like when I make deviled eggs with tuna, mayo and the yolk and pickle relish..yumy

  61. Rebecca Lock says

    Today I made tuna fish sandwiches that my kids really enjoyed.

  62. samantha meyer says

    We love making tuna salad and tuna fish sandwiches! 🙂

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