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Tuna Melt

Hi Everyone,

I was going to post tonight a recipe that I fell in love with this weekend, but then I made dinner tonight and I just had to share with you my wonderful tuna melt.  I know nothing fancy, pretty simple, but it was so good.  I haven’t had tuna in over a year and after digging through my cupboards for something to eat I saw a packet of tuna and thought, why not.

This was the first time I have ever had and made a tuna melt.  My boss always orders them and they look good, but I normally order a salad for lunch, which is what I did today.  So I decided to make this fat, messy, sloppy sandwich.  You know those kind are the best.  I apologize for the photo’s, tuna, at least for me didn’t come out in pictures liked I had hoped, oh well.  I’m a food eater, not a photographer.

I did the best I could to make it low-calorie, but the protein and fiber make up for it.  I used homemade light wheat bread, tuna in a water pouch, reduced fat mayo, celery, onions, picked jalapenos (You know I had to throw peppers in there somewhere), paprika, ground pepper and light mozzarella cheese.  A nice cheddar cheese would go well with this sandwich, but I really need to go grocery shopping, and all I had, was mozzarella.  It worked perfect in book!

All day I kept thinking, I want a sandwich and just knew I was going to have one tonight, so I did save all my calories for this bad boy.  I also served it with Alexia Sweet Potato Puffs and Spicy Ketchup.  I love those dam sweet potato puffs!  My dinner was perfect.  I just LOVE fend for yourself night.  No one in my house eats tuna, so this was a perfect Jennifer Meal.

Tuna Melt


2 slice wheat bread

2.6 oz. light tuna in water

3 tbsp. reduced fat mayonnaise, divided

1 tbsp. celery, diced small

1 tbsp. onion, diced small

1 tbsp. pickled jalapenos, diced

1 dash pepper

1 dash paprika

2 slices tomato

1/2 oz. lite mozzarella cheese, shredded

spray butter


In a small bowl add the tuna, 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, celery, onions, jalapenos, ground pepper and paprika. Mix until combined.

Spray outside bottom piece of bread with spray butter.
On non-butter side of bread, place tuna mixture, than top with tomato slices and cheese.

On other piece of bread add 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise on inside piece. Place on cheese than spray top piece with spray butter.

Place sandwich in a skillet and cook until bottom is lightly brown.

Flip sandwich and cook until lightly brown


Calorie per sandwich using 100 calorie slice bread:  358,  Fat:  6.5,  Cholesterol:  40,  Sodium:  1187,  Potassium:  406,  Carbs:  48,  Fiber:  5.2,  Sugar:  4.7,  Protein:  28

I really loved this sandwich and it was so filling.  I normally have a bowl of yogurt for dessert, but not tonight, I am stuffed!!  You gotta love these fat, messy sandwiches!!  Yum!!!  I see another one in the close future!!

Monday I had my official two-week weigh in.  It’s part of the Spark People program that I belong too, and I only lost 1 lbs. in two weeks.  I’m not to happy with that.  I have 6lbs to lose to hit my personal happy weight.  It boggles my mind that I eat within calorie range, workout for the most part and I eat pretty darn healthy.  So I tried to figure out what is going on and a horrible realization came to me.  Maybe it’s, do I dare say it?  Peanut Butter!  Yup, I don’t measure it when I put it in my yogurt or anything and sometimes when I want something sweet I’ll take a tiny spoonful, but I’m not to worried of the fat part, but I’m worried about the calorie part.  So, you better sit down for this, for one week and one week only I will not put peanut butter in any of my foods or take it by the spoonfuls.  I’ll keep exercising and eating like normal.  If I lose 1lbs. this week, than I know it’s peanut butter.  Now don’t think I’ll give it up, that will NEVER happen, but all that means is I have to portion out my tablespoons.  Which is no big deal!  I should actually just do that, but I want to experiment with the no peanut butter, just for one week.  So far so good!  Now that doesn’t mean I won’t eat peanut butter cheerios, or a peanut butter granola bar, it just means no peanut butter straight from the jar.  I will still use it in cooking and baking, just not for spooning.  🙁  So I am excited and sad to see if this works.  If nothing happens, all bets are off and I’m back on the jar!  he he  psst…  I hope it doesn’t work!

Sorry, I don’t mean to be a pest, but if I don’t ask, than nothing will happen.  As you may know I was nominated for Best Healthy Eating Blog through Fitness Magazine, he he and I would love it if you would vote for me.  Please!  Just go here.  Thank you!!!!!!!!!

Have a great day!!


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