October 26, 2018
Would you be a little concerned about me if I said there was a canned tuna on the grocery store shelves that, literally, has changed my life? Well, I guess you SHOULD be concerned because, SERIOUSLY, there is a canned tuna that has been a game changer for both my taste buds and my wallet! Ha!
As a foodie, I am not only trying to find the BEST eats out there but I am also a product snob too. I LOVE to cook with the latest and greatest, as well as the cleanest, for my health and wellness goals. With this, though, as I am sure you can understand, comes with a higher price tag too. For example, the tuna I am about to share with you - yes, the life-changing tuna - comes with a price tag of about $5. This is a far cry from some brands that are charging anywhere from $1.00-$1.50 but, it is a matter of choice, preference, likes, and what is, ultimately, Fit4You!
I kept seeing so many foodies and food bloggers tout the brand Wild Planet Foods on their social media feeds and blogs that I had to follow suit and try it out myself. And, let's just say, there has been no turning back! Yes, it is worth the $5 price! I repeat, IT IS WORTH THE $5 PRICE TAG! The Albacore Wild Tuna is sustainably pole & line caught, which means it is 100% REAL tuna. I always get the kind that is in water, and with "no salt added," but, again, that is my preference. If oil is your thing, go for it! While I have not tried their other canned fish - I have a hard time with salmon in a can and I totally loathe anchovies - I was recently given a sample of their Organic Roasted Chicken which was FABULOUS. Another great option when chicken salad is on my mind, but no leftover chicken is in the fridge! Plus, CONVENIENCE is huge too!
Tuna salad has become a weekly staple in my lunch rotation over the past few months. It is a little more cost effective to purchase the tuna in "bulk" (i.e. 12) than individually. Some grocery stores will bundle but I find the best deal to be through Amazon; it comes out to a little over $3 a can when you purchase 12 at a time.
This week, I decided I wanted to change it up a bit. Sure, I can become a creature of habit with my eating, especially when I find something I like but, with the weather getting cooler, I wanted something with a little more heartiness. For some reason, I had this "idea" of re-creating one of my childhood food memories - the "Tuna Melt." I guess I am feeling a little nostalgic these days. Honestly, it's not something that I had a lot, but it is something I would eat when I was at my cousin's house. We always knew it was a special day when we saw the tomato and cheese coming out with the tuna accoutrements! :)
So, this is exactly what I did! And I was really excited to use my new dishes from Pottery Barn that I got last week. Hurry, there may be some still in stores and online; a ridiculous sale is happening! Heads up, the plates were under $4! And I, NEVER, seem to get anything on sale!
While there are no set measurements to my "Tuna Melt" inspiration, I have shared what I used to jazz up this childhood throwback, and, well, made it Fit4Janine. Remember, there are no food rules; eat what you like, and tweak - and twerk (ha) - for your goals!
P.S. Even though it may appear this way, I am by no means "strict" Paleo!
A Throwback Favorite For Lunch OR Dinner!
- 1 can of Wild Planet Albacore Tuna (in water; no salt added)
- 2-3 celery stalks, cleaned and diced
- 1-2 HEAPING scoops of Primal Kitchen Avocado Mayo
- 1 tomato, sliced
- 1-2 slices of your favorite cheese; I used a hormone-free Cheddar called Andrew & Everett
- 1-2 slices of "Coconut Flour" Bread from Julien's Bakery
- A few sprigs of parsley to garnish
Set oven or toaster oven to broil; as it is heating up, place tuna, celery, and mayo in a large bowl. Mix well to combine.
On a baking sheet with foil, place bread (either at room temperature or slightly warmed/toasted) a few inches apart, then add tuna salad and slice of cheese on top.
Place in the oven for 3-5 minutes - oven temps will vary. Once cheese is starting to melt, and bubble, remove, and add a slice of tomato on top. Place back in the oven and let it cook for 1-2 more minutes. *If you prefer, you can place the tomato on top of tuna, then layer with cheese and have it cook for the entire broiling time.
Garnish with parsley, and serve on a festive plate! Voila!