What do you eat when you are hungry but don’t have the time to cook? A lot of standard answers to this eternal question range from fast food burgers to a quick stop at a Mexican place. Some of my friends dial up for a large box of pizza or a Chinese takeout. While I also enjoy those dishes, I prefer to make a quick stop at my local Subway sandwich store and get myself a delicious Tuna Melt sandwich.
Along with a steaming mug of coffee or tea, this delicious sandwich really shines. Plus, at under 500 calories, it won’t pack on any unwanted pounds, especially important if you’re on a diet. This is a far cry from the cheese laden, calorie-packed bombshells at other sandwich shops. The tasty, tangy tuna spread and crispy veggies make this a great meal to eat on the go. While a lot of my friends prefer the roast beef variety or cheesy chicken sub, I just love the taste of tuna on my bread.
Lately, I have been dabbling with the idea of replicating this famous tuna spread at home, as it is something I could keep in my refrigerator whenever I felt like a sandwich. This is particularly useful on rainy days or when I don’t feel like getting out of bed. After all, just because it’s a lazy day does not mean you have to eat unhealthy junk food. You can have a delicious, stress-free meal in minutes if you prepare the ingredients in advance.
After a bit of experimentation in the kitchen, I have finally created an amazing version that I can easily scoop up out of my Mason jar and place in between two heavenly slices of white bread. Don’t forget to add some freshly sliced onions, lettuce and tomatoes to perfect your Subway experience.
So, for all those Subway tuna lovers out there, I will now show you how to make this delicious sandwich in your very own kitchen.
Preparing all the ingredients is the best way to have a stress-free prep in your kitchen. If you prepare all the things you need beforehand, you can avoid running around in the kitchen like a turkey on Thanksgiving. Here are the things that you need:
It is imperative that you get a highly rated can of tuna, as this is the star of the dish. If you want a good recommendation from me, then check out Starkist Selects’ chunk light tuna. It’s light and meaty without an overpowering fishy taste, and is the brand I use. However, if you have a preferred brand of your own, then that will do just fine too. You can check out Starkist Selects’ chunk light tuna here.
Mayo is another critical component. I typically use the light variety instead of the regular one to make the dish a little bit healthier. While a little fat and cholesterol won't kill us, choosing the healthier option for an addictive meal is undoubtedly the way to go.
Make sure that you get fresh lemons. Old lemons have a shelf like, so it is important to know if the lemons inside your fridge are still useable.
Get a metal bowl that’s big enough to stop the tuna mixture from spilling over while you mix it. This way you won’t have to clean up so much after you have done all your preparations. Get one with an excellent non-skid base so that you can avoid nasty spills on your counter or kitchen floor.
This is essential if you want your Subway tuna spread to last a long time.
Get your metal bowl and place it firmly on the prep table. Open your tuna cans with a can opener and throw away the empty cans to avoid painful cuts (this has happened to me before and left me with a nasty slash on my palm). Next, chuck the tuna into the mixing bowl and pour in some mayo. It is time to get mixing, so get a fork and mix the tuna and mayo together until the tuna has broken up significantly and the ingredients are well mixed.
Add the lemon juice and keep mixing. After the lemon juice has been well mixed with the rest of the ingredients, add a pinch of salt, depending on your preference.
Now that your Subway tuna spread is done, place it in the airtight container and pop it in your refrigerator. Leave the spread in there until it is sufficiently chilled (this might take up to an hour). Serve and store afterwards.
Tuna is such a lifesaver when we need a quick meal, as you can cook a variety of dishes with just a cheap can of this delicious fish. The spread can be used as a topping for salad, as well as for sandwiches. I even once tried it on a bed of nachos with shredded lettuce and tomatoes.
I’ve now found myself making less and less trips to my local Subway since I have been making this recipe. So I’m saving some cash and not wasting any money on gas, as a result. Plus, I know what is inside my tuna spread, which helps to keep my food healthy. Overall, making your own version of your beloved favorites is a win-win situation for everyone.
This is one of the main reasons why I adored writing this article. I love putting my own spin on well-known classics, helping other people who don’t have much time to make them, and enabling you to save a few bucks in the process.
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