Classic Tuna Fish Sandwiches…..and Little Rugrat Helpers

Happy Thursday night everybody!


I don’t know what it is about tuna fish that makes my boys stop what they are doing and want to help me in the kitchen. I had some fun with the boys last week while they were fervently getting right to work to make our favorite classic tuna fish. I couldn’t help snapping them in action hard at work.

Tuna fish is kind of like chicken salad. There are so many variations. I like mine the good ol’ fashion way with nothing too crazy and so do my little rugrats. Don’t worry about the spinach, tell the kids that it’s like what Popeye eats to get really strong. It works every time with my guys.

Enjoy some fun in my crazy kitchen with my 2 silly boys! See ya’ll soon!

I seriously need to get my booty in gear with my 3 year old. I’m so not motivated this time around!





Classic Tuna Fish with Baby Spinach on Whole Wheat Rolls

2 small cans drained albacore tuna fish

½ Cup mayonnaise or miracle whip

1 Tablespoon mustard, regular or spicy brown

1 Tablespoon sweet relish

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

Pinch of kosher salt

Pinch fresh ground pepper

Soft whole wheat rolls

Fresh baby spinach leaves



1. Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix until combined. Place on a whole wheat rolls topped with fresh baby spinach leaves. Enjoy!

Coming soon: Some yummy cookies, soup, A Giveaway and all kinds of other goodies! Come back soon!

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73 Responses
  1. Lore

    Your boys are just so cute! Potty train? Not right now please, let’s make tuna sandwiches instead :D. I’d fall for that, lol :). Love tuna too

  2. Bridgett

    Good luck with potty training. I was so sick of diapers by the second kid I was lucky my daughter was more than willing at an early age! Darling little chefs, who can resist making treats for them?

  3. CoreyandShanda

    I normally have just made tuna in the “boring” fashion…mayo, tuna and occasionally celery!
    I can’t wait to try this version!

  4. Allie

    Your boys are too funny! At least they’re not to manly to help in the kitchen. They’re growing up too fast!

  5. The Thompson's

    Your boys are so cute! What a yummy way to serve them! On wheat rolls with spinach! Mmmmm Mmmm Good! If you wait long enough with little Brady, he will most likely just do it on his own one day! 🙂 Paige took FOREVER too.

  6. Janene

    I love that you get your kids cooking with you. I think one of the best things a mom can do is share her hobbies with her children. They might turn out to be famous chefs if you keep it up!

  7. queenoftheclick

    I must try this recipe.

    Your sons are adorable. They say that kids will pottery train when they are ready so it’s good that you aren’t pushing him. Someone on television once said that you don’t see any kindergartners in diapers. He’s probably just on the verge of being ready. 🙂

  8. Tracy

    My mom was just on the phone bragging to me about cousins who have supposedly potty trained their kids at ages 14 months and 2. I’m sure it was a pointed reference that my boys both were well into age 3 before they were trained. They don’t show any damage for being trained at that age! Your boys are precious!

  9. Hillary

    Hey I love a good tuna sandwich. I love a little crunch to it though. So I add some onion and celery to mine. I also however prefer miracle whip.

  10. PheMom

    My picky eater won’t even try tuna. That picture of your boys is so cute (the one where they are kind of messing with each other) – well they all are. As for potty training, oh how I hated that experience. We’ll see how long it takes this time around – we aren’t even close to having to do that yet.

    Sorry I’ve been MIA, for some reason my Bloglines stopped updating your posts and I just realized it today!! So, I’m working my way back. Hope your Sunday has been great!

  11. Jill

    I love a tasty tuna sandwich, and I was happy to see that our combination of ingredients are almost identical. Your boys are darling, and good luck with potty training, it sure is a PAIN!

  12. Amy

    Your tuna fish looks delicious! I’ve never added mustard or lemon juice to mine but I will have to try that next time.

  13. The Snell Family

    The sammies look delicious!! And your boys are adorable!! My daughter is just getting interested in helping in the kitchen (she’s 2 1/2)…loven the new blog layout by the way!!

  14. Katrina

    Yes, your boys are very cute! I love boys–have four myself, well, okay, they’re my husbands, too! 😉
    Such a simple, but delicious looking sandwich. I tend to “forget” about tuna for some reason. Thanks for the reminder. Love the wheaty buns.
    I loathe potty training! Have to do it ONE more time with my 18 mo. old. Sigh!

  15. Grandma B

    I love it! Boys in the kitchen makes my day. I have three darling grandsons who I know would love to do that.
    My personal favorite in tuna salad is chopped water chestnuts. Yummmy! Have a great day! 🙂 Janet

  16. Lucy

    tuna was my son’s absolute favorite when he was a little guy… and still to this day! If I could find the photo… I have one almost exactly the same as yours w/your 2 little ones mixing up tuna!! Too cute!!

  17. Proud Italian Cook

    Your kids are so adorable Jenny, and look how their taking after you! Right in the kitchen, whipping up some good food!

  18. Rebekah

    Tuna fish sandwiches bring back lots of memories from when I was little. I love them with diced eggs and relish with a hint of ranch dressing. Yummy!!! They are my all time favorite sandwich!

  19. Stacy and Justin

    I love tuna fish and so does my hubby. My son is only 8 months, but he already follows me around in the kitchen and he wants to eat whatever we are eating!

  20. Barbara

    That is so great that both your boys eat tuna fish. I wouldn’t call them picky eaters as my three children would never eat the same thing in sandwiches.
    I love tuna fish sandwiches and your picture of it makes me want one right now.
    Don’t worry about your 3 year old and potty training. I believe every child is on a different time schedule on potty training. In my case, my daughter was so easy compared to the boys.

  21. luke and briton alo

    Aww…my son loves to help in the kitchen too. Sometimes too much! Thanks for the recipe. We love Tuna Sandwiches!

  22. Brooke

    I can finally say that I am in the same league as the Picky Palate. My recipe is almost exactly like this, thanks to my mom making it for as long as I can remember.

  23. creativecarryout

    I’ve been looking for a pumpkin whoopie pie recipe……. maybe you can help? Your photos all look good enough to eat, so I think I’ve come to the right place.

  24. creativecarryout

    Just found your blog and I’m really enjoying it – love the great pictures and easy recipes. I can’t wait to try the cookies with the new Kisses… yum!

  25. Jaime

    These look great. I am totally not a tuna person, but my husband loves it, so I’ll have to try this out for his lunch. Thanks for the idea.

  26. Maggie

    What cuties!(The boys not the sandwiches) Potty training is THE WORST!!Don’t stress over it! Have a great day!

  27. Stephanie

    Your little rugrats are so cute! I’m finishing the process of potty training my 3-year-old, and I understand why you don’t feel like working on it yet! The messes to clean up are so awful sometimes!

    Those sandwiches look delicious. I love tuna sandwiches!

  28. Bob

    Tuna salad rules, I usually wrap it in pizza dough and make a melt/calzone thing out of it. I used to love cooking with my mom when I was a kid (I still do as an adult, but don’t get to do it as often), it’s a great way to bond. And teach kids something useful. 🙂

  29. Mary Ann

    This is too funny. My 6 year old had a break from school yesterday and wanted tuna fish sandwiches. He said he wanted a tuna fish sandwich everyday. They sure do love it. This looks delicious and I love the addition of the spinach. Have a great weekend, Jenny!

  30. Live.Love.Eat

    OMG Jenny!!!!!! Those are awesome shots!!! My 5yo may be potty trained but I am still SO jealouus of your cutie pies on the counter wanting to make something. I am still trying to get my little guy in the kitch with me. Too cute, and the tuna looks great!!!!!!

  31. HoneyB

    Your kids are too cute! I love how they are sitting on the counter to make the tunafish! lol. Great post Jenny! Sandwich looks yummy too!

  32. Mary

    As long as you don’t have to take his bride to be aside and explain he’s wearing diapers I wouldn’t worry. They are beautiful children, Jenny.

  33. The Shulls

    How cute they are, oh my!!! Love the pictures of your little ones… I can hardly wait until mine are that old to help me in the kitchen like them!!!

    We love tuna salad too… it’s so fresh… In Chile (where I am from) we make it REALLY simple, and it doesn’t matter how you make it… it always is delicious!

  34. carol

    Jenny-your boys are precious! Don’t feel bad about the potty training thing-my daughter had had it with her oldest and told him he’d better be potty trained before they went to Disney World or something about Stitch (from the movie Lilo and Stitch) and body parts-yes she had reached the end of her rope…from the moment she told him whatever she told him, he was trained-maybe I don’t wanna know the details?? :O
    We LOVE tuna fish sandwiches here too-and you’re right-everyone has their own way-yours sounds great!

  35. *Priscilla*

    that tuna sandwhich looks so good….but your little boys are so cute! i still ran around in a diaper when i was 3….

  36. hot garlic

    I love Diaper Boy up there, hilarious and so cute!

    Your blog looks great! I love the new look and you have so many cool new features. Congrats lady!

  37. Ty'sMommy

    I feel your pain, I truly do! I potty trained my 3 year old boy by ambush this summer when the sitter needed a week off. I stayed homefor 10 days straight and he was either naked or in underpants. I put him on the pot every 15 minutes until he started telling me he needed to go. That was July. We are already potty trained through the night!
    You’ll get there, I waited for him to “be ready” like they say will happen, and it never did, so I made it happen!

  38. Beth

    Ive just eaten a tuna sanger! I love em! Im potty training my 18 month old at the moment – according to my Mum girls are much easier to potty train than boys! She’s doing ok but the other day she was in the bath and said she needed to go and I told her to wait a minute- too late!! and Im not just talking about a wee!!

  39. Patsyk

    Jenny – neither of my boys trained early… one did it by 3 1/2 the other was closer to 4 and still had the occasional accident. Hang in there, he’ll get it!

    I’m not a fan of tuna sandwiches, but the rest of my family is… yours looks wonderful in the picture. Your boys look like they are having a great time helping!

  40. Jenny

    Thanks Sara,
    It is fun to have them help me, but yes, the kitchen gets demolished!

    Thanks Barbara,
    Too funny about your twins! Maybe I need to give that a try!

    Thanks Sharon,
    Funny, I still can’t stand the smell!

    Deal Melody,
    I keep putting this off and it’s getting crazy now!

    That sounds like my oldest boy Lisa. I guess when they are ready they’ll do it!

    Welcome Hornes!
    Glad you found Picky Palate. Enjoy!

  41. Hornes

    I just found your blog and I LOVE it! You have so many good ideas and what I love even more is that they are delicious meals made usually with stuff I already have! Thank you, thank you for all the food inspiration you share with all of us! I wanna come help you cook in your kitchen too!

  42. Lisa Shatzer

    Your boys are adorable! my son was potty trained at 3 1/2 (almost 4!). But he did it when he was ready. Once he was “trained” he never had an accident. I also never had to rush him to the bathroom. So hang in there. There aren’t any guys in college wearing diapers(I hope!)

  43. Melody Williamson

    Oh maybe you potty train my 3 yr old BOY and I will do yours! I don’t even see it in the near future! We love tuna around here, but instead of sweet relish I go for chopping up dill pickles and I add hard boiled eggs. YUM!

  44. Sharon

    You have some cute sous chefs! I love my tuna salad the same way! When I was little, though, I couldn’t stand the smell of tuna. I got over it somewhere along the way.

  45. Barbara Bakes

    Your boys are adorable! When I finally decided I had enough of diapers with my twins when they were 3, I took away their diapers and had them run around naked. They were trained in about a day. Good luck!

  46. Sara

    Your boys are too cute. My 20 month old little boy loves to be in the kitchen with me when I cook. Can’t wait until he actually helps me cook, rather than helps me make messes… I love tuna fish-thanks for all the great recipes.

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