Tasty Tuna Melts and a Weekly Menu

Tasty Tuna MeltWhile I love tuna, I often overlook it when planning my meals. Tuna is rich in Omega 3′s so it’s good for your heart and your brain. And it’s fairly cheap. So in an effort to get out of my current meal rut feeling, I decided to add in some things we haven’t had in a while.

I get tired of the old tuna casserole and tuna salad being the only way tuna is served. However, I don’t have a good store with fresh tuna fillets and I also don’t have time to prep it how it should be. So, I decided to make a slightly different tuna entree and go for a classic tuna melt. Here’s the recipe I whipped up:

Tasty Tuna Melt

3-4 English Muffins

2-3 Tablespoons butter

1 6.4 oz pouch of tuna

2 Tablespoons mayonnaise

1 Tablespoon diced onion

1/2 teaspoon dill

1/2 teaspoon basil

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

salt & pepper to taste

1 Roma tomato, sliced

6-8 slices sharp cheddar cheese

Slice the English muffins and lay flat on a cookie sheet. Butter each half. Put in a preheated 425 degree oven until slightly toasted, 3-5 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the tuna, mayonnaise, onion, dill, basil, lemon juice, and salt  pepper until combined well. Spread the mixture evenly among the English muffins. Top each with a tomato slice, then top with a cheddar cheese slice. Return to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted, about 4-6 minutes.

Tasty Tuna Melt 2

My boys actually loved this, which I count as a huge success. I used four English muffins, but I think next time I would use three with this amount of tuna mixture, just to make them a little heartier.

On to my menu! So I’m feeling in a bit of a meal rut lately. I think because the weather still says summer, but our schedule absolutely says fall. So I’m caught between not really wanting to make warm comfort food fall meals yet, when it is 80 degrees outside, but tired of all the summer fare I have been making for months. Add to it that more days than not I need something that can be ready within minutes of walking in the door since there are football practices and games to rush out to. So this week I have tried to mix it up a little, and am preparing a few things ahead of time so they will just need to be tossed in the oven when i get home during the week. I’ll be linking up on I’m an Organizing Junkie if you’re looking for more meal planning ideas! I also often link up at Feeding BigPiggy in Polka DotsWednesday ExtravaganzaMarvelous Mondays, and Wonderful Food Wednesday. Or check out and follow my Yummy board on Pinterest! Interested in meal planning? Check out my post on meal planning. Here’s what we’re eating this week:

Breakfasts (we don’t plan for each day – see here for why – but these are our choices along with a fruit)
• Cereal
• Granola bars and yogurt
• Pancakes
• Cream of Wheat or oatmeal
• Toast or English Muffins
• I’m trying these breakfast sliders this week in an effort to get Monkey to eat something before school! He is not an “eat right away” kind of kid, but his preschool starts at 8 am! Challenging to get him to eat enough good stuff to fuel his little brain all morning!

Lunches

• Roo: Monday – School lunch; Tuesday – Lunchable; Wednesday – Sandwich; Thursday – Lunchable; Friday – School lunch
• Monkey: Monday – Mac & Cheese; Tuesday – Lunchable; Wednesday – Sandwich; Thursday – Lunchable; Friday – SpaghettiO’s
• Me: Monday – work lunch; Tuesday – leftovers; Wednesday – leftovers; Thursday – leftovers; Friday – leftovers

Dinners

• Monday – Meatloaf, baked potatoes, mixed veggies
• Tuesday  – Chicken Brocolli Casserole
• Wednesday – Grilled Cheese (trying this one for The Coach and I!), chips, fruit
• Thursday (Monkey’s birthday!! This was his choice!) – Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad
• Friday – Game night
• Saturday – Dinner with family
• Sunday – Tuna melts, fruit

 What are you eating this week? Leave a comment and feel free to link back to your blog if you have your plan posted!

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Comments

  1. I love that tuna melt recipe! I will definitely have to try it!

    I made crock pot chicken and dumplings last night and it’s the easiest, most delicious thing ever! I think I’m going to write about it so if I can remember I’ll come back and link it.

    • Thanks, Shauna! I was surprised how much my kids liked it! Always good when it can be both kid and adult friendly! :)

      Love chicken and dumplings – especially in the winter months! And in the crockpot would be perfect – love when dinner is ready and waiting when I walk in the door!!

  2. Oooo those tuna melts look really yummy. I wonder if Violet would eat them…if it has cheese, usually she’s all about it…

    • Thanks Meg! I find covering anything in cheese is a great way to get kids to try it! Haha! If you try it, let me know if she likes it! :)

  3. This is a great idea. Sometime the key to eating healthy is having easy, healthy recipes like this one ready to go.

    • Thanks, Heather! I liked with this that the ingredients are things I often have on hand at home so it’s easy to throw together when I need a last minute quick meal!

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