Deluxe Healthy Tuna Melt
Oh my goodness — this tuna melt rocks my world.
As I mentioned before, things have been a little hectic lately with school, teaching at Sweat Garage, and keeping up with you lovely folks. So, I’ve been looking for quick and easy recipes to incorporate into my daily lunch and dinner rotation — meals I can whip up at a last minute’s notice.
Canned tuna fish is such an easy, but unfortunately overlooked, staple.
Because most healthy eaters avoid mayo, tuna sandwiches are often cast aside. In the past, I tried mixing my tuna with greek yogurt to get that creamy consistency, but it never quite cut it.
I finally came up with the perfect, mayonnaise-free mixture though to highlight this awesome protein. You’ll never guess what the secret ingredient is!
It does incorporate greek yogurt, but it also has a few other essential ingredients that really give it that authentic tuna salad taste.
Since the weather is cooling down, I figured it was the perfect time to use this healthy tuna salad in one of my favorite childhood dishes: the tuna melt.
I added a few layers of extras to dress up my basic childhood snack and the result was the tastiest tuna creation I’ve ever had in my life — this is not an exaggeration.
Without further ado: The Deluxe Healthy Tuna Melt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Split english muffins in half and toast in a toaster or in the oven for about 3 minutes.
- Combine tuna, yogurt, pickle, mustard, stevia, and salt and pepper in a bowl.
- Top each english muffin with tuna mixture, 2-3 avocado slices, 2 tomato slices, and ½ ounce of sliced cheese.
- Place muffin halves on a baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes.
As you may have noticed, the secret ingredient in this healthy tuna salad is stevia.
Yes, I put a bit of sugar in my tuna.
Before you get all grossed out, remember: tuna salad is usually made with mayonnaise, which has sugar in it. The tiny bit of stevia I added to this mixture is what gives it that authentic tuna salad taste. Don’t knock it till you try it.
If you’re on the Artificial Sweeteners Cause Diabetes-bandwagon, feel free to replace the stevia with real sugar (it will add a minuscule amount of calories). Keep in mind though — those studies did not test the effects of stevia.
Anyway, back to the glorious melt. This is my favorite meal of the moment. It’s healthy, easy and perfectly balanced.
Another option is to mix the avocado directly into the tuna salad. It brings the creaminess factor to a whole ‘nother level. You can view this “Green Tuna” Phenomenon on my Instagram. Mr. Chow certainly approved.
Either way, I hope you’ll try it out this week!