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Everyday Cheapskate: 3 Ways to Stretch a Can of Tuna to Feed 4 Hungry People

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Brenda Ponichtera, Registered Dietitian and author of "Quick & Healthy Vol. II," says of her Tuna Macaroni Salad, "Try this on a bed of lettuce accompanied by sliced tomatoes. A whole wheat roll completes this meal."


4 ounces medium-size shell pasta (about 2 cups dry)

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped red bell pepper

1/2 cup sliced green onion

1 can (6 ounces) water-pack tuna, drained

1/2 cup nonfat ranch-style dressing


Cook macaroni according to package directions, omitting salt and oil. Drain. Add remaining ingredients, and toss with dressing. Refrigerate until serving.


Here's what Rhonda Barfield, author of "Feed Your Family for $12 a Day," would do with a can of tuna:


Drain the tuna, and place in a 2-quart bowl. Add 1 cup diced (canned and drained) water chestnuts, 1 cup halved seedless red grapes and 1/2 cup diced celery. Set aside.

In a 1-quart mixing bowl, combine 1 cup Miracle Whip Light, 2 tablespoons soy sauce and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Mix well. Pour sauce over tuna and other ingredients. Toss together. Chill. Serve in warmed pita pockets.

And in conclusion ... before you fill my mailbox with comments like, "Uh, Mary ... I do believe those recipes contain just a few more ingredients than a can of tuna!" keep in mind I didn't say that all you have in your pantry is that lonely can of tuna!

Mary invites questions, comments and tips at, "Ask Mary a Question." This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of Debt-Proof Living, a personal finance member website and the author of the book Debt-Proof Living, Revell 2014. To find out more about Mary visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at

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