Monday, April 30, 2007

Trying to 'melt' away the pounds
--Tangy Tuna Melts

Tangy Tuna Melts
The Good Carb Cookbook Copyright 2001

12-ounce can water-packed chunk light or albacore tuna, drained
½ cup finely chopped celery
½ cup finely chopped onion
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons nonfat or light mayonnaise
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
¼ teaspoon dried fines herbes or thyme
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 whole-wheat or oat bran English muffins, split and toasted I used multi-grain lite
4 ounces thinly sliced reduced-fat Swiss cheese; or 1 cup shredded

1. Combine the drained tuna, celery, onion, mayonnaise, mustard, fines herbes or thyme, and black pepper in a medium-sized bowl, and stir to mix well. Set aside.
2. Arrange the English muffins on a baking sheet, split side up. Spread about ¼ cup of the tuna mixture over each piece and place under a preheated broiler for 2 to 3 minutes or until the mixture is hot. Top each muffin half with some of the cheese and broil for another minute or two or until the cheese is melted. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings. Per serving: 329 cal, 33g carbs, 35mg chol, 6g fat, 5g fiber, 35g pro, 870mg sodium, 253mg calcium

It's spring and before you know it, bathing suit weather will be here. So instead of spending my weekend cooking, I spent it trying not to think about food.

The lite multi-grain muffins I used for these tuna melts have 8 grams of fiber each, and only 100 calories. They're great for most weight loss plans. I'm not a fan of nonfat or even reduced-fat mayo but I find if you add something tangy, like the mustard used in this recipe, it's edible. This wasn't the best tuna salad I've ever had but for a healthy version, it was pretty good. I think I would have preferred dill instead of thyme.

I spent a small fortune on food last week, between my regular trip to the grocery store and a trip to Costco. But, I'm set for over a month with meat and fish right now. The last time I went to Costco was 6 weeks ago and I don't expect to go for another 5-6 weeks, so looking at it that way, I didn't spend a ridiculous amount.

Blast From The Past: Hamburger Special from June 2006. I bought the cookbook that recipe was from, at the community yard sale last year. This year they're having it this upcoming weekend and I've decided to put some stuff out to sell, even though I'd much rather go to the yard sale as a customer. I may have to take a short blogging break since I don't have much time to pull everyting together. I swore I was never going to have another yard sale but since the customers will already be in the neighborhood, I might as well. I don't expect to make much but I'd like to get rid of some stuff without having to haul it away myself.

Question of the Day: Have you ever had a yard sale? Was it worth it?


Randi said...

We usually have a yard sale every spring. Totally worth it since I sell Jams and baked goods and we get to clean out our garage. In the area where we live, entire towns have yard sale days too. You should see what people try to sell.

Unknown said...

I've been looking for these English muffins everywhere and can't find them. RRRGG! We stopped having garage sales a long time ago. Now I just take my stuff to our church mission's garage sale once a year. They never were very productive for us...I think getting a group of people together to do it is more beneficial.

Anonymous said...

I've had a few yard sales and NO, they aren't worth it..IMHO. Between the thieves and people who look like crap (I mean would it kill them to brush their hair?) rejecting my GOOD crap. Sheesh! We made quite a bit when I got smart and bought sodas and had them cold in an ice chest. It was a hot day and those sold out!

I try to periodically take a load of stuff to the Women's Shelter. They take donations for their thrift store. I feel like I'm helping them and I'm NOT accumulating enough stuff to warrant having a yard sale. Win Win! LOL

Anonymous said...

Ooooh, I think this is what I'll have for lunch! I had tuna melts all the time as a kid but haven't had one in years!

ThursdayNext said...

I did a yard sale with my sisters last October and it was worth it not only for the extra cash, but for the hot cocoa and cookies we had while outside. ;)