Thrifty Thursday Avocado Tuna Melts

Thursday, March 21, 2013

From our skinny table to yours...

Who doesn't love saving money?  We sure do and thought we would turn Thursday into 'Thrifty Thursday' to save money both left and right ;)  Many people seem to think eating healthy comes at a cost, and tend to hit up the Burger King 'dollar menu' to save a couple bucks.  Well, that's just not true and we are here to show you that it can be done!

You know it's going to be a cheap meal when the protein in your dish comes from a can!  Who doesn't love canned tuna anyway?  It's always been a favorite of ours.  When we say tuna we are talking about Chunk Light Tuna in Water!  Calories and fat can add up when you reach for the oil, and trust us we are going to dress it up so nicely we know you'll be pleased.  The clincher here... tuna comes in at about $1.00 a can!  We jazzed the tuna up with a ripe avocado (which tastes SO much better than mayo) and both celery and carrot chunks.  Buy your avocados when they are on sale and you're only looking at less than a $1.00.

Now to the fun part... turning this into a cheesy melt!  We topped our tuna with reduced fat mozzarella cheese and a juicy tomato.   One bag of reduced fat mozzarella cheese is approximately $2.00.  We are buying store brand, of course, which is a wonderful way to save some extra cash, who needs to pay for a label?  We aren't buying shoes, we're talking about cheese here ;)  We are only using two tablespoons out of the whole bag, so we're keeping the cost low there.  

We put a spin on the classic tuna melt by using a whole wheat tortilla.  A typical package of tortillas comes with eight wraps.  At around $2.00 a bag, one wrap rounds in at only a quarter!  These wraps can easily be frozen if you don't plan on using the whole package.  As you can see this is a very inexpensive meal :)  An added bonus tonight is you can put this whole dinner together in minutes flat!  We started off by layering a bed of fresh spinach over our tortilla and then topped the bed of leaves with our avocado-tuna.  We then simply added a few slices of juicy tomato and a meer tablespoon of reduced fat mozzarella cheese!  

See how cheesy and delicious they look after they come out of the oven?  The avocado and melted mozzarella give the tuna such a delicate flavor you will have to try for yourself!  We served our melts up with our Cucumber Mint Water to keep it classy and extremely low in calories!   See we told you we could do is a delicious and nutritious meal for approximately 2.75 a person!  Not too shabby huh?  Hope you enjoy this thrifty supper as much as we did :)

Nutrition Facts Per Serving
Serves: 2
Serving size: 1 melt
Calories: 412 
Fat: 17.9 grams
Carbs: 36.1 grams
Dietary fiber: 11.5 grams
Protein: 33.4 grams

Approximate Cost Per Serving
Tuna: 1.00
Wrap: .25
Avocado: .50
Carrots: .20
Celery: .20
Spinach: .25
Tomato: .25
Cheese: .10
Total: $2.75

2 cans chunk light tuna in water
1 avocado
2 carrot sticks
2 celery sticks
1 tomato
1 cup fresh spinach
2 tbsp reduced fat mozzarella cheese
2 whole wheat wraps

Let's get cooking!
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2.  Drain tuna and place into mixing bowl.  Slice avocado and scoop and flesh and mash in tuna.  Chop celery and carrots and mix into bowl
3.  Spray baking sheet with non-stick spray.  Place tortilla's on baking sheet.  Top each tortilla with a bed a fresh spinach.  Layer on 1/2 of tuna onto each wrap.  
4.  Thinly slice tomato and place approx 3 slices on top of tuna.  Sprinkle one tbsp reduced fat mozzarella cheese to each wrap
5.  Bake for approx ten minutes or until cheese begins to melt

Serves 2 healthy portions!  Enjoy :)

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  1. Looks like an awesome lunch to try--never thought of adding avo to tuna melts. Love it!

    1. Thanks Jenn! It's super delicious! Let us know if you try it :)

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  3. Mmm! I don`t think I`ve ever had tuna with avocado, but I think this looks insanely good. My go-to lunch these days is a whole wheat english muffin with a lite laughing cow on each half, and a mini can of sweet thai chili tuna divided between the halfs!

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  5. {jaw drops} as i love some avocado! and with tuna...must try. enjoy your weekend;)


    1. Let us know if you try it! We LOVE 'chicken salad' & 'tuna salad' with avocado!

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  7. Totally brilliant! Thank you for sharing!

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