Light Tuna Melt - 3 points plus

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Light Tuna Melt - 3 points plus
Thu, 09-20-2012 - 11:50am

Light Tuna Melt Recipe

Tuna melts use to be a staple in my college dorm. One cup mayonnaise, a little tuna, and say the word "green" and you had lunch!

As you age, you learn a few things. For example, ketchup is not a vegetable and mayonnaise should be used sparingly. Does anyone else remember PBS featuring a song on "Drowning your food"?

For this tuna melt, I have used only a tablespoon of mayonnaise. 

Hellmann's used starch to thicken the product and it was just awful.

What is special about THIS tuna melt is that it is packed with protein, 43% of your daily value of vitamin A, 129% of your daily value of vitamin C, and 6% of your daily value of iron in ONE half of a bell pepper (gluten-free, too).

When you heat it under the broiler, you get a hot cheesy tuna taste and a warm crunchy sweet pepper taste. It is so fresh and lively that you won't miss the bread. My husband ate these for dinner and told me that he loved me. See what good food can do?

I had a few left over so I put them in a container for lunch the next day. These are great to bring to work and then heat up for about 20 seconds in a microwave (or eat them cold). You don't need a fork or knife - just grab them like a sandwich.

Have you lightened up a tuna melt? Please share.

Lightest Tuna Melt Recipe

(makes 4)

5.0 ounce can tuna in water, drained
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 scallions, sliced
2 ounces cheddar cheese (four small slices)
2 red bell peppers, halved, core and seeds removed
salt and pepper to taste

Mix tuna, mayonnaise, celery, and scallions in a small bowl. Add mixture to 1/2 red bell pepper and place a small slice of cheese on top. Heat broiler to high. Place peppers and roast under broiler for 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Enjoy!

Peppers can be stored in the refrigerator for three days.

For one half bell pepper = 142 calories, 6.5 g fat, 5.4 g carbohydrates, 14.9 g protein, 1.6 g fiber, 264 mg sodium, 3 PointsPlus

From spark girl's web page

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Thu, 10-04-2012 - 10:51am
Oh, YUM! This looks really really good. I love tuna melts but have a hard time having one because of the bread (I love it so much, but most have such high points). What a great alternative!

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Thu, 10-04-2012 - 11:40am

It really is delicious.  I shared it at my WW's meeting, trying to make the point we can eat real mayonaise, but someone had to correct me and say to use lemon juice.  Good grief, I have this girl in my meeting that ups everyone, what a know it all.

Tonight is my meeting and I am trying to find another recipe to share.  I like to participate, as we have so few in our class.

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Fri, 10-12-2012 - 9:12am
How could lemon juice substitute for mayonaise? I want to lose weight, but I want my food to taste somewhat similar to what it was originally! KWIM?

What kind of mayo do you use? I have tried fat free and low fat and they just don't taste right to me. Starkist has something new out. It's in a pouch and it's "sandwich ready" tuna salad. Has the celery etc already in it. 2 points. I bought a pouch to try, also to read the ingredients to see if I could make 2 point tuna salad, but it doesn't actually list mayo on the ingredients. It lists soy bean oil and egg yolk, and a lot of other things I can neither spell nor pronounce. I wonder if they used one of those mayos with the soy bean oil in it. Anyway, it didn't taste bad, but I like to make my own, not buy pre-made.

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Sat, 10-13-2012 - 9:14am

I have been using a Best Foods Olive oil low fat mayonaise.  It doesn't tasted low fat.

          % Daily Values* Total Fat 4g 6%   Saturated Fat 0.5g 2%   Polyunsaturated Fat 2g     Monounsaturated Fat 1.5g   Cholesterol 5mg 2% Sodium 130mg 5% Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%   Dietary Fiber -     Sugars -   Protein 0g     Vitamin A - Vitamin C - Calcium - Iron - * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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