Tuna Salad in Stuffed Tomatoes – Kids in the Kitchen

It is hard to believe that Christmas is 4 days away. The temperature is so mild here in Toronto and it doesn’t sound like it is going to get much colder. It seems like we will be without a white Christmas this year. I am not a lover of winter…. ok…. that is far to mild. I hate winter but, I must say, I do like having a white Christmas. The snow can arrive Christmas morning, melt on Boxing Day and never come back. That would suit me just fine.

My kids, on the other hand, have been wanting snow for weeks now. The couple times we had a dusting of the white stuff they got so excited. They have their sleds all ready to take to the hills. The boys are looking forward to some good snowball fights and Mary wants to make a snow angel. The boys love Calvin and Hobbes and love it whenever Calvin gets into a snowball fight with Susie. A few weeks ago, there was a little bit of snow that fell and Eli was able to make a snowball. Knowing that the snow was melting outside, he asked to put the snowball in the freezer. Have you seen the Arthur episode when D.W. puts a snowball in the freezer? I think Eli got the idea from watching that.

Today, I am posting another ‘Kids in the Kitchen’ recipe. This is a tuna salad in stuffed tomatoes. Ben made it completely by himself and did an amazing job. As you can see from his picture below, he was quite proud of his accomplishment. Having made a couple dishes now he has already gained a lot of confidence in the kitchen. I wonder what he will make next.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 8 tomatoes
  • 6 cups cooked macaroni or other pasta
  • 1 can of flaked tuna in water
  • 3 celery stalks , minced
  • 1 1/2 cups Miracle Whip
  • fresh parsley for garnish


  • Cut the top of the tomatoes and core the inside removing all the seeds.
  • In a bowl, mix the macaroni/pasta, drained tuna, minced celery and Miracle Whip.
  • Spoon the tuna salad into the cored tomatoes. Garnish with parsley.




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  • This is wonderful Steve! I love tuna salad but never add pasta, what a great idea!

  • This does look like a delicious snack or appetizer-bravo to your son Ben to come up with this tuna creation.
    I did save snowballs in the freezer one year. Then I patiently waited until the heat of the summer and told my mom I wanted them for a snowball fight, she told me “Oh, I threw those out months ago”. I was disappointed to say the least!

  • This would make a delicious lunch. Thanks, Ben! You’re giving me great ideas for my lunch in the new year.

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  • I’m surprised that there’s no snow in Toronto! There’s none here in Vancouver, but I think most of my fellow Canadians would assume that’s a given.

    The trouble is that the Weather Network keeps TEASING us with reports of “oh, hey — well, maybe it’ll snow 1 cm tonight” and then it DOESN’T. It just makes me wanna shake my fist at the sky! White Christmas, someone — please?

    Anyways, I think it’s great that your son is getting cozy in the kitchen — it’s never too early to start! 🙂

  • Ben just keeps getting more handsome! (Great recipe too!)

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  • A kids in the kitchen segment is such a neat idea.. Teaching kids to cook is so important it sure beats junk food

    • Totally agree mike and I am thrilled that ben I excited to get into cooking.

  • What a wonderful recipe for kids! I must try it with mine. 🙂 I love tuna pasta salad and stuffing it inside a tomato is so clever. These look so just perfect and your son should be very proud! 🙂

    • Thanks Ramona. It really was a perfect recipe to do with ben. The biggest challenge for him was coring the tomatoes. He was either too delicate or destroying them. Great for him to work on though. Very proud of him!

  • These look great, way to go Ben!
    My parents live near Toronto and I can’t believe the mild weather they’re having – no white Christmas in Ontario seems crazy!

  • YAY Ben! These look absolutely delicious! I agree with your dad about the snow, tho…i’m not a fan of cold weather…but I’d LOVE to have one of those delicious stuffed tomatoes!

    • Thanks Ann! It’s another mild day here! No white christmas in Toronto that is for sure

  • And I was complaining there’s no snow here in Virginia this year. Wonder if you got some by now.
    The tomato cups look like lots of fun to make, especially when kids are involved.
    Happy New Year Steve!

  • Go Ben! Fabulous idea. Happy New Year Steve! 🙂

  • Ben is adorable!!! A budding chef!

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