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My favorite lunch lately are these Mini Pepper Tuna Melts. Low carb, lots of protein and so filling!
My bebe is at the age where he eats what I eat, so I’ve been sharing a lot of my childhood favorite meals with him. Tuna melts were my favorite after school snack as a kid, and now, my kid has approved of this snack, so that’s a little win for me.
Since I was a kid, I’ve always eaten the same brand of tuna: Starkist Chunk Lite Tuna in Water. It’s not as tough as Albacore Tuna and it’s better tasting. If we’re comparing it Albacore Tuna, reminds me of dry turkey and Chunk Lite Tuna is juicy like a chicken thigh.
I think it’s important to let kids try a little bit of everything, including seafood. There is a bit of mercury in all fish so if you’re feeding this to a little one, just limit the amount of fish they’re given. I probably feed my little guy fish, or seafood of some sort, 1-2x a week, as recommended.
You can switch up the seasonings in the tuna mix, but I always include the following:
- garlic powder
Everyone likes their tuna different – so people prefer it a bit dry, and others prefer the mix to be wet. I’m an in between-er but I think that 1/4 cup of vegan spread is the perfect amount. For a lighter dish, you can swap out vegan spread or mayo for plain Greek yogurt.
Toddlers and adults will love these quick and easy Mini Pepper Tuna Melts. If you give this recipe a try, leave a rating below to let me know how it went! Enjoy xx
Mini Pepper Tuna Melts
- 12 oz Chunk Lite Tuna, drained I use Starkist
- ¼ Cup Vegan Spread or Mayo, Greek Yogurt
- 1 Stalk Celery, minced
- ¼ Cup Onion, minced
- ½ tsp Garlic Powder
- ½ tsp Italian Seasoning
- ½ tsp Paprika
- ¼ tsp Salt, plus more to taste
- Ground Black Pepper
- Mini Bell Peppers
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix the tuna and all the seasonings together. Cover and set aside in refrigerator.
- Rinse your mini peppers. Slice in de-seed 10 peppers to start with. I'm usually able to make 20-22 mini peppers from this amount of tuna. Line empty peppers on baking sheet.
- Use a fork to scoop the tuna into the peppers. Bake for 10 minutes and then remove from oven to top the peppers with cheese. Bake for another 2-5 minutes or until the pepper is roasted but still a little firm. Serve immediately and enjoy!
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