Swiss Tuna Melts

Friday, March 11, 2011

I had to wait a few days for nutrition support to give the approval for this recipe and now that I got the go ahead, I am sharing it with you now. I love those guys over there! I used to love tuna melts made with swiss cheese as a child and as a matter of fact, I still do LOL! It is my all time favorite sandwich and I really did not think I could have it on the Medifast plan, but yes we can!  Well, to a certain extent anyhow. We can't have the bread, but you can make toast using pancake mix. You don't know how you say? Well click here for the pancake toast recipe and see what you are missing. This recipe uses a sliced tomato instead of bread. I am actually not a big fan of tomatoes, but I thought I would give this a try. Who knows? Right? Wrong! After making this, there was no surprise, I prefer my tuna melts on bread or a bed of lettuce. I still don't like tomatoes as much. Oh well, I know for next time.

This recipe is from Dr. Phil McGraw's Ultimate Weight Solution Book. I like the addition of lemon and dillthat gives it a little zing to the tuna, as well as the addition of cream cheese to help make it a little more creamier. No one likes a dry tuna salad right?! I also like to add a hard boiled egg, chopped up in the mix as well. I used to add sweet pickle relish, but sweet pickle relish is very high in carbs and a big no no. Dill relish is Medifast approved with no carbs, no fat and only10 calories per serving, so use that instead. Also, you don't have to add swiss cheese (just my favorite cheese in the world!),. You can add any type of cheese you like. Below the recipe I added a note on how much tuna to add if you wanted to use Kraft 2% American cheese. That particular cheese has less calories and fat so you will need to add more tuna. Check it out! Also, don't forget to add your greens to this dish! Enjoy my childhood favorite sandwich!


Swiss Tuna Melts
 Slightly adapted from The Ultimate Weight Solution by Dr. Phil McGraw

Ingredients:
2 Slices Kraft 2% reduced fat Swiss Cheese Slices - 4.5g fat and 70 Calories per slice *NS confirmed 5 slice make up 1 Lean (2/5 Lean)
8.8 oz Tuna, 11.2 oz if you do not add the egg, drained (1-4/15 Lean)
1 hard boiled egg, chopped (1/3 Lean)
2 tbsp light mayonnaise (2 Healthy Fats)
1 tbsp reduced fat cream cheese (1 Condiment)
2 tsp lemon juice (1 Condiment)
1/2 tsp dried dill (1 Condiment)
1 tbsp Mt. Olive dill pickle relish (1 Condiment)
1/8 tsp pepper (1/4 Condiment)
1/16 tsp - Dash of Salt (1/4 Condiment)
1/4 cup celery, chopped (1/12 Green)
2 Tomato Slices (Varies)

Directions:
Combine tuna, egg, mayonnaise, cream cheese, lemon juice, dill, pickle relish, pepper, salt and celery in a medium sized bowl. Arrange tomato slices on a baking sheet. Divide tuna evenly over the two tomato slices. Add a slice of cheese on top of each heaping of tuna. Broil until cheese is melted.

2 servings with 1 Lean, 1/12 Greens, 1 Healthy Fat, and 2.25 Condiments per serving

*Note: Don't forget to add your Greens for the day. No additional healthy fat is needed because of the cheese, egg and mayonnaise. Feel free to use 2 Slices of 2 % reduced fat American Cheese with 2.5 g fat and 45 Calories instead of the Swiss Cheese. 6 slices of this American cheese is considered 1 Lean. This recipe uses 2 slices so that is 1/3 of a Lean. 1 egg makes 1/3, so you will need to add 1-1/3 of tuna so add 9.3 oz tuna instead of 8.8 oz or 11.6 oz if you do not add the egg.


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