Pizza craving? have this instead!

Tuna Melts on Rye

As the year comes to an end we are get lazier to stick to a healthy eating program and I’m finding myself craving all kinds of unhealthy foods…in my case pizza, because I LOVE pizza!!!

This innocent little Tuna melt have the perfect crispy bread base, with a good portion of protein from the tuna, plus it’s hot and gooey with melted cheese, sounds like pizza to me! But, this Tuna melts contain fewer calories than your pizza slice and the rye bread is much healthier than the white wheat flour base of a pizza.

I deliberately use mozzarella cheese as it contains less sodium and fat than your average cheddar cheese.  There is also no need to butter the bread since we are using mayonnaise.

This makes a great lunch or light supper especially when you are on holiday and don’t have a lot of ingredients at hand.

Tuna melt on rye


Serves 4 -5

1 Medium loaf Rye bread of choice

1 tin Tuna in brine / water

4  Tbsp light Mayonnaise

1/2 onion finely chopped

few sprigs of chives / spring onions (optional)

200 g Mozzarella cheese  (+- 1 1/2 cups)

Ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.  Mix the tuna, onion, chives and mayonnaise in a small mixing bowl. Place the bread slices onto a cookie sheet and place about one tbsp of the tuna on each slice spreading it out to cover the whole slice. Top with the mozzarella cheese and pop into the oven for 5 minutes.

Place your oven on grill and while keeping an eye on it grill it for  a further 3 – 5 minutes until golden brown.  Sprinkle generously with ground black pepper before serving.



A family affair!

Now this is how we do it:     I will preheat the oven and chop the onion and chives passing it on to hubby that will mix it in with the mayonnaise and tuna in a bowl. My son will in the meantime grate the cheese. I will place the sliced rye bread on a cookie sheet and hubby will top it with the tuna filling while my son will add the cheese on top of the tuna…10 minutes maximum! pop it in the oven and bake. While I keep an eye on the bread they will make us a lovely cup of coffee or pour some juice and voila! 20 minutes later and lunch is served.