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Healthy Tuna Zucchini Patties

Add a tall glass of milk to make this a very filling low calorie meal.

Add a tall glass of milk to make this a very filling low calorie meal.

Tuna Zucchini Cakes

A tuna patty made with zucchini is rich in nutrients and vitamins that promote a healthy heart, strong bones, healthy eyes, and an active immune system. Not only is it healthy, but it is also delicious. My eight-year-old daughter, who sticks her tongue out at zucchini, ate this with a smile despite her initial reservations. This patty can be a sandwich or a cake on its own. Without the added bread, it is a very low-calorie, nutritious meal. For picky eaters, it tastes great with a little bit of ketchup.

Tuna Zucchini Cake

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

14 min

6 min

20 min

Serves four.


  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter, or margerine
  • 1 can tuna, in water, drained
  • 1 cup zucchini, shredded
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablesppon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • a dash of pepper, and salt
  • 1 cup italian bread crumbs (I now use oatmeal since I am gluten free), divided into half
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, can be replaced with canola oil, vegetable oil, or cooking spray


  1. First, shred 1 cup of zucchini.
  2. Second, saute the onion in a pan with butter. Margarine is a good substitute without losing its flavor. I like to use smart balance butter because it has more good cholesterol with less of the bad.
  3. Next, mix tuna, zucchini, eggs, parsley, lemon juice, pepper, and half of the bread crumbs into a bowl with the sauteed onions. I often like to add my spices at this time. I love Italian flavoring, so I use Italian bread crumbs and add oregano for added flavor. Some may choose to add salt as well. I prefer to avoid this since it is full of flavor on its own.
  4. Make four patties out of the mixture, and coat the patties with bread crumbs or oatmeal.
  5. Once you coat the patties, pour olive oil on the bottom of a pan to prevent sticking. Then place the patties in the pan. Cooking spray, canola oil, or you may use vegetable oil. I prefer olive oil due to the added health benefits it can give and a nice flavor.
  6. Cook for 3 minutes on each side is a nice golden brown.
  7. Finally, serve. This can be served as a main dish or on a bun as a sandwich.

Benefits of Tuna

Tuna is a very healthy meat choice. Although I usually use canned tuna because of the ease, fresh tuna is an even healthier choice. Here are just a few of the great benefits tuna provides:

  • It is full of Omega 3 fatty acids, which help strengthen your heart, prevent stroke, and gives your skin a healthy glow.
  • It brings our bodies selenium, which promotes good health in the liver. Through this chemical, your body can detoxify itself more efficiently.
  • You will have more energy, sleep better, and work out more effectively due to the high percentage of protein and B vitamins.
  • It helps promote the production of leptin, which makes this an ideal food for those with diabetes 2.
  • Your brain will be healthier by slowing the progression of Alzheimer's and the average mental decline that comes along with age.

Despite its great benefits, tuna is not suggested for those who have gout because it can produce an acid build-up in your joints. It is also not recommended in large quantities for those who have trouble with kidney stones since it causes the formation of these stones. Tuna is not ideal in large amounts due to the large amount of mercury found in tuna. Generally, once a week is ideal. Pregnant women should talk to their doctors about safe levels of tuna to eat. Some are okay, but fish, in general, should be eaten in moderation while pregnant to avoid passing along high levels of mercury to your unborn child.

Zucchini is a great vegetable choice due to its many nutrients.

Zucchini is a great vegetable choice due to its many nutrients.

Benefits of Zucchini

Zucchini is easy to grow in your garden. It is also a very versatile vegetable. You can use it in place of pasta, eat it much like cucumbers, fry it, or make it in a casserole. The most significant part about zucchini is the abundance of nutrition it provides, including:

  • A good source of vitamin C, B1, B6, and A. This can help strengthen our immune systems through its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • It provides us with lutein and vitamin C, which is abundant in zucchini. Both of these help with eye health.
  • It contains no fat, minimal calories, and 95 percent water, making it an ideal vegetable for dieters.
  • It has calcium, which strengthens bones.
  • It contains iron, which is essential for a healthy body. Iron is a crucial ingredient for helping oxygen travel throughout the body to each cell.
  • The fiber in a zucchini binds with fat, ultimately lowering your cholesterol.

Because this meal provides both zucchini and tuna, it is an ideal meal for those who want to lose weight or live a healthy lifestyle.

© 2012 Angela Michelle Schultz