Journalist’s Budget-Friendly Tuna Meal Goes Viral Because It Looks Like Cat Food

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Given the weakening economy and high inflationa number of Americans are tightening their budgets.

For some, this includes swapping daily lunches at favorite restaurants for meal prep.

And it’s natural to feel a sense of inner pride when we’ve created a tasty, budget-friendly lunch. We can even decide to share a photo of our meal on Twitter or Instagram.

According NBC’s Today Showthat is precisely what a journalist by the name of Steven Dennis did on Monday (August 29).

Along with an innocent message on his Twitter account, the congressional reporter at Bloomberg shared a photo of his lunch.

Dennis tweeted, “High in fiber / High in protein / High in yum / Low cost,” and gave his post the hashtag #AntiInflationCuisine.

He even included a recipe, just in case others want to try their hand at making the meal. The recipe was a mix of canned tuna, relish, spicy mustard and Fiber One cereal.

Image Credit: NBC Today Show

Little did Dennis know that within hours his tweet would go viral – and not in a positive way.

A number of users pointed out that while the meal was inexpensive to create at less than $2 per serving, the cheap price was a great sacrifice for the senses.

To be precise, it looked like “a mix of wet and dry cat food“, and he looked like he was “Left on the ground by the dogaccording to some responses on social media.

A Twitter user pointed out that a number of recipes can be made for the same price “without resorting to a culinary hate crime”.

Although Dennis’ meal got a lot of backlash, most would agree that given the current economic crisis in the United States, healthy, inexpensive lunches can be very beneficial.

So fans of Louisiana Fiber One tuna and/or cereal might enjoy the two inexpensive alternative recipes listed below:

Open Cajun tuna fondant

Iingredients :

  • 1 can or bag of tuna
  • 1 tbsp pickled and chopped jalapeno
  • spicy mustard (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese
  • half an English muffin


  • Toss tuna with chopped jalapeño, spicy mustard, and Cajun seasoning
  • Sprinkle the slice of English muffin with grated cheese
  • Toast the English muffin and cheese
  • Spread the tuna mixture over the toasted English muffin
  • Enjoy

CLICK HERE to see a similar, slightly expanded version of this recipe on the Deep South Dish website.

Sweet & Spicy Trail Mix


  • 1 cup Fiber One Walnut and Almond Clusters
  • 2 cups dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil


  • Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Stir in Cajun seasoning
  • Add the peanuts to the skillet and cook for two minutes, stirring constantly
  • Let the peanuts cool
  • Once the peanuts have cooled, mix with Fiber One Nutty Clusters & Almonds in a Ziploc bag or storage container
  • Shake gently to mix
  • Enjoy

CLICK HERE to see a similar, slightly expanded version of this recipe on the Sweet Nick website.

Whether or not you choose to try one of the recipes listed above, we hope your next lunch will be both economical and tasty.

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