The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri: women building better communities.
Whenever I run into a friend from the Junior League, I ask about her placement for the year. One of my best friends did two years of Family Dinners, including serving as chair during the 2013-2014 year. I asked Abbey Thomas to share a little bit about her experience as chair of Family Dinners, and a recipe that she kept for her family too!
Family Dinners is the best program because it involves educating and creating goals as a family. It was a program created by Harvesters just for Junior League of the Kansas City, Missouri, and it is Harvesters only program of the sort.
As a committee member, I loved creating relationships with the families and seeing them achieve their goals from week to week. As a chair, I loved observing the transition from the first week to the last. Everyone is nervous the first week including our JLKCMO leads. By the last week everyone is hugging and wishing each other well.
All the food has been wonderful, but the recipe that I immediately started using at home is the tuna salad recipe. I would have never thought that I could cram so much into tuna and have it taste so wonderful!
Tasty Tuna Salad Sandwich from Family Dinners and Harvesters
Yield: 16 servings
Serving size: 1 sandwich
Preparation Time: 20-25 minutes
2 cans (5 oz.) water packed tuna
1 large stalk celery, about 1/3 cup diced
1 medium carrot, about ¾ cups grated
3 green onions, about 3 tablespoons sliced
1 large apple with peel, about 2 cups diced
1/4 cup mayo
16 low-sodium mozzarella cheese, slices
16 whole wheat sandwich thins
16 pieces of lettuce
1. Wash all vegetables under cool running water, dry with paper towels.
2. Dice celery and apple by cutting into small ¼” squares.
3. Slice green onions – children can use scissors to cut onions.
4. Rinse and drain tuna and add to medium bowl.
5. Combine tuna with celery, apple, carrot, green onions, and mayo.
6. Spread 3/4 cup of tuna salad mixture on toasted sandwich thins and top with mozzarella cheese slices.
Calories 228; Fat 8.1g; Cholesterol 22.9mg; Sodium 470mg; Fiber 6g; Protein 16.1g
Vitamin A 56%; Calcium 26%; Iron 9%; Vitamin C 9%