In the summer I’m always looking for lunch ideas that are light and healthy, but still tasty. I hate the way I feel after having a lunch that is too filling. It makes me lethargic, and all I want to do is take a long nap. The last thing on my mind is going to the pool or hanging out at the park after I’ve overindulged at our noontime meal. My favorite lunch is usually a chef salad or a fruit and spinach salad with a dash of balsamic vinegar, however, I get tired of having the same old thing everyday, and I’m always looking for new ideas to feed TJ. Here is a quick and easy lunch idea that only has 500 calories per serving. Delicious and satisfying while still leaving you feeling ready to slip into that swimsuit.
Tuna Melts & Seafood Pasta Salad
Seafood Pasta Salad
4oz Spiral Pasta
¼ cup Fat Free Mayonnaise
¼ cup Thousand Island Salad Dressing
½ tsp Hot Pepper Sauce (can skip this if you prefer)
4oz Imitation Crab Meat, Chunky Style
8 Frozen, Cooked, Large Shrimp, thawed
½ cup Broccoli, chopped
½ cup Cauliflower, chopped
½ cup diced Celery
1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
2. While pasta is cooking, cut tails off of shrimp and then cut each large shrimp into three to four slices.
3. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, salad dressing, and hot pepper sauce. Stir in crab, shrimp broccoli, cauliflower, and celery.
4. Drain pasta and rinse in cod water. Stir pasta into seafood mixture. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
12oz can Chunk Light Tuna in Water, drained
¼ cup Fat Free Mayonnaise
1 tbsp Yellow Mustard
¼ cup diced Pickles
¼ tsp Black Pepper
¼ cup Shredded Fat Free Cheddar Cheese
4 slices Reduced Fat Mozzarella Cheese
4 leafs of Romaine Lettuce
8 slices Village Hearth Light Italian Bread
No Calorie Spray Butter
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine tuna, mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, cheddar cheese, and pepper.
3. Spray one side of each piece of bread with 8-10 squirts of butter. Then sprinkle the buttered-side of each slice of bread with garlic salt. Place four slices of bread butter-side down on a baking stone. Put one slice of mozzarella cheese on each slice of bread. Then split the tuna mixture evenly between all four slices (on top of cheese), spreading to cover entire slice. Place other slice of bread, butter-side up, on each slice of bread.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Flip and bake another 10 minutes.
5. Pull tuna melts out of oven and flip each so the slice of bread with cheese is on the bottom. Remove the top piece of bread from each and add one large leaf of romaine lettuce to each. Replace top, cut each in half, and serve with pasta salad!
Enjoy this tasty, yet low calorie, meal!