Albacore *IS* tuna, and some folks traditionally put mayo in tuna, so plain yogurt would be a substitute for mayo, and the same goes for cottage cheese, still would not feed that brown "cat food" type of tuna to my dog!! It is just nasty!
I use the solid white albacore tuna, it is not wet or mushy at all. It costs nearly $2 per can, (Bumblebee Gold), but I cannot stomach the other kind, it is nasty, like cat food.
The solid white albacore tuna is completely edible straight out of the can, I squish the lid down and dump out the water. I put chopped tomatoes salt and pepper, and eat it with celery sticks, it is good. You might add ground herbs for extra flavor.
I have done it with cottage cheese also, and one time tried plain yogurt. It is the quality of the tuna that must be the problem from what you said, and nothing will cover that up, pay the big bucks, reap the rewards.
If you have a supply of the mushy stuff in your pantry, I would give it to a food bank. (or a cat)
Here is a recipe I found for Veggie Tuna Burgers Veggie Tuna Burgers 1/4 c. finely chopped onion 1 garlic clove, minced (I just used garlic powder) 1 c. EACH shredded zucchini, yellow summer squash, and carrots 1 egg, lightly beaten 2 c. soft whole wheat bread crumbs 1 can (6oz) light tuna, water packed, drained 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 1 tsp. butter 6 hamburger buns, split 6 slices reduced-fat cheddar cheese 6 lettuce leaves 6 slices tomato
Coat large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; saute onion and garlic for one minute. Add veggies and saute until tender. Drain and cool to room temp. In large bowl combine egg, bread crumbs, tuna, salt, and pepper. Add vegetable mixture and shape into six 3 1/2" patties. Coat same skillet again with cooking spray and cook patties in butter for 3-5 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Serve on buns with cheese, lettuce, and tomato. YIELD: 6 servings
Per serving: 275 calories 8g fat (4g saturated) 58mg cholesterol 643mg sodium 32g carbohydrate 3g fiber 20g protein
Recipe from Taste of Home Magazine, Feb/March 2008
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Mix your tuna with some fat free cream of mushroom soup, put on a nice whole wheat hamburger bun (lightly cover bun top with some margarine, butter or whatever you use) and then bake at 350 degrees until bun is a little hard. Delicious!
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I like mine on top of lettuce (especially romaine or iceberg) along with tomatoes. It really tastes yummy just like that, or you can add some lemon (and salt). Be careful on the salt... I tend to go overboard!
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Tuna is one of my favorites. I love it on crackers or mixed with pasta. You might even try it on pizza. I like to try new pizza creations with random ingredients. Just make sure you use the whole wheat pizza crust or make a personal pizza with a whole wheat tortilla. I made a tuna fettuccine with broccoli once. It was super refreshing and yummy! It's great on top of baby spinach leaves with some chopped apples, almonds, and a little drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette. :)
I like to cook up some whole wheat pasta- cool- and then add some canned tuna to cut up veggies such as pepper, celery, green onions, tomatoes, cucumber (whatever you like). Then I make a dressing of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, pomegranate juice, orange juice, and fresh dill. It is great for lunches.
You can also combine tuna with bread crumbs and some seasoning and cook them like you would crab cakes.
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