Grilled Tuna Melt Made Skinny

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A tuna melt turns an ordinary tuna sandwich into an extraordinary one. It makes a super quick and easy lunch or dinner and is absolutely delicious! I like serving it with a side salad, a handful of Baked Lay’s Cheddar and Sour Cream potato chips or pop chips, and carrot sticks. Each skinny melt has 317 calories, 10 grams of fat, and 8 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints, and 8 Green. 

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes


Ingredients

1 (5 oz) can chunk white albacore tuna, packed in water, drained well

1½ tablespoons light mayonnaise, I like Best Foods Light (Hellman’s)

1½ tablespoons pickle relish

2 sandwich thins, see shopping tips

2 teaspoons reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light

4 teaspoons spicy brown mustard or yellow mustard, or to taste

2 large tomato slices

4 tablespoons reduced-fat cheddar cheese


Instructions

1. In a bowl, add drained tuna, mayonnaise, and pickle relish. Mix with a fork. Blend well.

2. Spread the outside of each sandwich thin with ½ teaspoon butter. Spread the inside of each slice with mustard.

3. Divide the tuna and spread over each sandwich thin bottom, on the mustard side. Top each with 1 slice tomato. Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons cheese. Place the remaining slices (mustard inside) on top to create a sandwich.

4. In a large nonstick pan, add the two sandwiches, cheese side up. Cover the pan with a lid and cook on medium-high heat for about 2-3 minutes, until the bottom is golden brown. Using a spatula, turn each sandwich over. Flatten a little with the spatula. Cover and cook another 1-2 minutes until golden. Turn sandwiches over again and cook, uncovered about 30 seconds more, until cheese is melted.

5. Serve at once.

Makes 2 tuna melts


Food Facts

Tuna fish is a member of the mackerel family. It’s found in warmer waters in the Indian, Pacific, Atlantic, and Mediterranean oceans. Tuna’s probably the most popular fish used for canning today. About 3.5 million metric tons are fished commercially each year.


Healthy Benefits

Tuna is a great lean protein when packed in water. It’s rich in omega-3 nutrients, known to raise HDL (good cholesterol) and lower LDL (bad cholesterol)


Shopping Tips

Oroweat Sandwich Thins can be found in most supermarkets.  One sandwich thin has 140 calories, 2g fat, and 4g fiber.  They come in several flavors with the same nutrition facts. I used Oroweat Honey Whole Wheat. Several brands are available so if you can’t find Oroweat, use one of the other brands.

Looking for a sandwich maker? Here are two I like:
Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler, Silver, Black Dials
George Foreman GR136B 2-Serving Classic Plate Grill and Pannini Press, Black


WW Freestyle SmartPoints
8-Blue
WW SmartPoints
8-Green
WW POINTS PLUS
8

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 tuna melt
317 calories, 10g fat, 3g sat. fat, 35mg chol, 25g protein, 36g carbs, 5g fiber, 936mg sodium, 6g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
242 calories, 3g sat. fat, 10g protein, 6g sugar

Comments

  1. Wendy, I’m so sorry but I’m only including Blue and Green points. For all of these years, I use a different program than WW to input all of my recipes to do the nutrition facts and points.
    I have hundreds of recipes and don’t have the time to input them into WW to make the calculations for the purple plan.
    My best,
    
Nancy

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