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Fancy a treat go for a tuna melt

  • By Charlie Browning
  • Published 12/4/2012

If you think of the word ‘sandwich’ for long enough, you will inevitably have three or four, what I like to call, ‘obvious’ sandwiches that pop into your head. Again, inevitably, these will be cheese and pickle, chicken salad, bacon and tuna mayonnaise. The latter is one of my favourites, and I must admit to buying pre-packaged ones from supermarkets and sandwiches shops on a regular basis, so I thought it was high time I actually started making my own – and went straight to the tuna melt! Of course, I’ve tried it once or twice when thinking about lunch recipes, but I’ve never been able to get replicate that shop-bought flavour (much to my dismay, I must add).

But this sensational sandwich is the perfect way to create a quick turnaround lunch or dinner. Most of the ingredients can usually be found somewhere in your kitchen already, which is the great thing. The only thing you have to be careful with though is, although it’s made with healthy tuna, and packed with valuable nutrients, a traditional tuna melt can be pretty high in fat and calories, so it’s worth measuring out how much butter and cheese you are using to avoid overdoing – especially if you are trying to diet at the moment!

Most restaurants make tuna melts with: tuna (packed in oil), regular mayo, cheese and, finaly, grilled in butter. Instead of inhaling all of these saturates in one go, try making one with water packed tuna, reduced-fat mayo, cheese and tomato, then grilled with a reduced-fat spread. Adding sweet pickle relish adds a delicious addition to the tuna fish – so you don’t have to worry about packing on any extra pounds when it comes down to chowing down!

About the Author : Charlie Browning is writing about Lunch recipes

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