I found myself getting into a rut with my lunches eating either a boca or a salmon patty, so I decided to shake things up this week. Tuna salad sounded good so I had to try a recipe I had found on Cooking Light that sounded unusual. I tweaked it a bit to get it just right! I love the results! Artichoke hearts, green onions, oregano and red pepper mixed in with the tuna and my addition of Dijon mustard and capers made it perfect!
The original recipe called for piling the filling on toasted English muffins, topping with cheese and popping it under the broiler. I didn’t have English muffins on hand so I decided to spread the filling between two slices of Sesame Ezekiel bread with a slice of reduced fat provolone cheese and grill it like a traditional patty melt. Not wanting to use butter I sprayed each side of the sandwich with butter flavored cooking spray and toasted it in a non stick skillet. Fabulous! I will be able to get three sandwiches out of the filling!
I apologize in advance for the poor quality photos of the sandwich. Hubby Tom borrowed my good camera for work so I was using a very old digital camera that I really didn’t know how to use! Even so you can see how nicely the tuna melt toasted up and the cheese got all melty.
This was such a pleasant change of flavors.
Mediterranean Tuna Melt
- 1/2 cup drained canned artichoke hearts, finely chopped (I used my mini food processor)
- 1/4 cup sliced green onions
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard (original recipe called for 1 teaspoon olive oil)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 1 (6 ounce) can tuna packed in water, drained and flaked with a fork (mine can was 5 ounces)
- 1 Tablespoon capers, drained
- 3 slices reduced fat provolone cheese slices
Whole Grain bread
In a small bowl combine first 9 ingredients together, mix well. Divide mixture evenly on 3 slices of whole grain bread, top with a slice of cheese, place another slice of whole grain bread on top of cheese. Preheat a nonstick skillet or griddle, spray each side of sandwich with butter flavored non stick spray and place sandwich in skillet. When toasted and golden brown turn over and grill other side. YUM!
Inspired by Cooking Lights Altuna Melt recipe.
TRADER JOE’S SHOPPING SPREE
My family and friends in Nebraska are getting their first Trader Joe’s and I am so excited for them. I took a couple photos of my purchases yesterday so they can see a sample of what I buy there. I thought others might also like to see what I purchased. I wish everyone had a Trader Joe’s, you can’t beat their prices!
Not pictured because I had already put it away was hormone free stew meat, a half turkey breast and FF creamer. The little cats chocolate cookies are for son David! I did have one, yep just one! A new organic market is going in a the same shopping center as Trader Joe’s. I noticed when I was shopping yesterday that TJ’s had employees floating around offering assistance to shoppers. I think they are worried about the competition that is coming.
Tuesdays is my Farmer’s Market day and I got there late but still managed to snag two bags of green beans and some leeks. Sadly the peaches were all sold out, so I dashed in to Whole Foods and they happen to sell the same local peaches that are available at the Farmer’s Market. Score! I also got Figs – have you tried fresh figs yet? They are so amazing and sweet.
I am working on some new Fall recipes, perfecting them and hope to have some new ones to post soon! There might even be a dessert in the mix!
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