Avocado tuna melts

Do we have tuna? 

That is usually the response to the question what do you want for lunch? I won’t go into how much when people answer a question with a question. Let’s focus on the recurring request for tuna every weekend. Every week it is the same request for a tuna cheese melt. I don’t have any issues with providing tuna for lunch; I get bored with the leftover tuna in the fridge and no desire to eat it. 

How to make tuna interesting 

I have to admit I find tinned tuna very difficult to eat on its own. I know it is good for me, but it is just so boring! To make tuna more interesting and look for an alternative to the standard tuna melt. I came up with these avocado tuna melts. 

Two birds with one grill 

I figured that if we have the grill on to make tuna melts on bread. There is no reason I couldn’t create a bread free tuna melt that has an interesting flavour and didn’t take a lifetime to make. The avocado tuna melt was born. Avocado is the perfect ingredient that makes the tuna boring, adds a creamy texture that stands up to the heat of the grill. 

If you want a way to use up those uneaten bits of tuna, give these melts a go. 

Avocado tuna melt recipe 

Avocado tuna melts ingredients

Ingredients 

  • 1 avocado 
  • 2 cans of tuna 
  • 2 tbsp. Parsley, chopped 
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon juice 
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika 
  • 1/4 tsp. salt 
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper 
  • 1/4 cup gruyere cheese, grated 
  • 2 tbsp. Chives, chopped 
Cut the avocado in half lengthwise
Cut the avocado in half lengthwise 
Cut the avocado in half lengthwise
Cut the avocado in half lengthwise 
Remove the pit
Remove the pit
Scoop out the avocado flesh
Scoop out the avocado flesh
Scoop out the avocado flesh into a large mixing bowl.
Scoop out the avocado flesh into a large mixing bowl.
Put the avocado skins on a lined baking tray.
Put the avocado skins on a lined baking tray.
Mash the avocado with a fork.
Mash the avocado with a fork.
Add the tuna to the avocado and mix.
Add the tuna to the avocado and mix.
In a the bowl add the  parsley, lemon juice, paprika, salt, and pepper.
In a the bowl add the  parsley, lemon juice, paprika, salt, and pepper. 
Mix well
Mix well
Add the tuna avocado mix back into the avocado skin.
Add the tuna avocado mix back into the avocado skin then bake
Top the tuna mix with the cheese and grill again to melt the cheese. 
Melt the cheese.
Melt the cheese. 
Garnish with chopped chives and serve. 

Avocado tuna melt

  • Servings: 4
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Avocado is the perfect ingredient that makes the tuna boring, adds a creamy texture that stands up to the heat of the grill. 



Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado
  • 2 cans of tuna
  • 2 tbsp. Parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 cup gruyere cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp. Chives, chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat grill on the highest setting.
  2. Cut the avocado in half lengthwise and remove the pit.
  3. Scoop out the avocado flesh and coarsely chop it.
  4. In a bowl mix together the avocado, tuna, parsley, lemon juice, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  5. Add the tuna avocado mix back into the avocado skin.
  6. Grill for 5 minutes so that the tuna and avocado starts to colour.
  7. Top the tuna mix with the cheese and grill again to melt the cheese.
  8. Garnish with chopped chives and serve.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 240 calories; 17 g fat; 8 g carbohydrates; 17 g protein

Equipment  

  • Knife  
  • Chopping board  
  • Mixing bowl  
  • Spoon  
  • Fork  
  • Baking tray   
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.

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