Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tuna Melt

In spite of it's simplicity, there is something so comforting and satisfying about a tuna melt. It makes a perfect lunch or dinner and is quick and easy.

This version is a bit gussied up, but still quick and easy and it tastes fantastic!! Mixing the cheese right into the tuna makes it even better than melting it over top (IMHO!).

1 can water packed tuna, drained
2 tbls fat free Miracle Whip/Veganaise/Mayo, etc.
2 garlic dill pickles, finely diced
About 3-4 pepperoncini (Italian pickled peppers), either spicy or sweet
60g aged cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes (or your favorite cheese)
1 tbls fresh lemon zest
1/2 tsp dried dill
Fresh ground pepper, to taste

1 large whole grain flat bun

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Mound onto two halves of the flat bun and put in oven or toaster oven at 350F until cheese melts. Enjoy!


  1. fat-free products that are supposed to be all fat make me nervous...what is in fat-free mayo or miracle whip anyway?

  2. The fat free Miracle Whip is admittedly not the best nutrition-wise, which is why I've suggested other options like Veganaise or regular mayo. Personally, I can't stand the other options so I choose to use the Miracle Whip in moderation. Here are the ingredients:

    Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Vinegar, Modified Food Starch, Sugar, Soybean Oil*, Contains Less Than 2% Of Salt, Cellulose Gel, Egg Yolks*, Citric Acid, Artificial Color, Lactic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Mustard Flour, Cellulose Gum, Spice, Paprika, L-Cysteine, Dried Garlic, Yellow 6, Natural Flavor, Beta Carotene (Color), Artificial Flavor, Blue 1, With Potassium Sorbate And Calcium Disodium EDTA As Preservatives.

  3. Okay, looking at that ingredient list, it's even worse than I thought! Perhaps I'll have to look for another option that I like...

  4. Thanks for answering my question! That really helps. I don't know what to do either - I don't really like mayo at all, but my fiance does - and yogurt is not an acceptable substitute IMHO. Let me know if you come up with an awesome substitute!

  5. Doc,

    As it turns out, it's not as bad as I thought. I got the ingredient list I posted before from the U.S. Kraft website, but it is COMPLETELY different from the jar in my fridge. I just checked and here it is:

    Wate, sugar, modified cornstarch, vinegar, soybean oil, salt, egg yolks, citric acid, fruit pectin, xanthum gum, colour, lactic acid, potassium sorbate, mustard, spices and seasonings, calcium chloride, calcium disodium EDTA, garlic, flavour.

    So still not "health" food, but interestingly not quite as horrid as the American version (at least it doesn't have HFCS). I didn't remember the ingredient list being THAT BAD! Funny that the Canadian and U.S. versions are a bit different...

    I do have other suggestions though. Sometimes intead of the fat-free Miracle Whip, I put salad dressing in my tuna (like sesame ginger), hummus or salsa. Not the same, but still yummy.