Spanish-ish Paleo Tuna "Pasta"

Worthy Pause Paleo Food Blog: Spanish-ish Paleo Tuna "Pasta"

I'm almost embarrassed to post this one, because it's the laziest thing ever, the photo is sub-par and it's not really a recipe as much as a throwing-things-in-a-pot. Also, this picture is just sad. However, it's one of my favorite meals when I'm (a) in a hurry, (b) feeling nostalgic about Spain, or (c) in need of comfort food.

In Spain, the food groups are basically tuna, corn, green olives, eggs and cured ham. I used to not be into any of those foods (why? BECAUSE I WAS AN IDIOT.). Despite that, I loved this dish incorporating those general guidelines. I made it all the time when I was studying in Barcelona pretending to be a Spaniard. I ate this with pasta, frozen sweet corn and a heap of mozzarella or Parmesan on top. These days, I don't use pasta but I still love the sweet-salty combo of the corn and olives. It's honestly great either way though if you're a paleo purist.

The first secret to this dish is that all the ingredients live in the pantry or the freezer, so I consistently have everything on hand. The second is that it takes less than 10 minutes to make. You can even do it all in the microwave if you want, though I prefer the stove because microwaves cause all kinds of tomato sauce explosions. Typically I make enough to have some leftovers, so just adjust your quantities accordingly. You're on your own for measurements.


Spanish-ish Tuna "Pasta"

Paleo and Whole30-approved, if you use approved sauce

  • Tuna packed in olive oil, mostly drained
  • Marinara sauce (paleo-approved versions are a little hard to find, but it's possible. Or you can make your own and freeze portions for later.)
  • Frozen green beans
  • Frozen spinach, kale or any other greens
  • Green olives, sliced
  • Salt, pepper, red pepper flakes
  • Optional (but so good): frozen sweet corn
  • Optional: baby bella mushrooms, peppers, any other veggies you feel like throwing in
Steam the green beans in a pot. Make sure they don't overcook, since they will continue to cook as you're heating everything else. Drain any excess water and throw in all the rest of the ingredients. Heat and EAT.