For some reason, a tuna melt came to my mind today...I have no idea why. So I went with it and my meal reminded me of what might be served in a small diner - although mine is a little bit more health-promoting (but I did provide a typical "sorry" amount of broccoli - like most diners would...just keepin' it real).
The base of my "tuna" is garbanzo beans paired with a tahini mayo, complimented by scallions, sprinkled with mozzarella daiya cheese, and served with roasted butternut squash fries. I love that it's open-faced - 2 pieces of bread is just too much sometimes. I enjoy using Ezekiel bread, but you take your pick (GF bread would be a great choice too). Give it a try - it is quite delicious (& nutritious - full of protein, fiber, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats).
|Please YOUR palate today and be perfectly satisfied!|
*Free of soy, dairy, fish, & gluten (depending on your bread choice)*
For your "Tuna" Melt:
2 cups cooked garbanzo beans (canned is fine)
1/3 cup scallions, finely diced
1 recipe tahini mayo
1/2 cup of mozzarella daiya vegan cheese
4 pieces of bread, your choice
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. With a fork, mash garbanzo beans. Stir in tahini mayo and scallions until well combined. Place a quarter of the mixture on each piece of bread and sprinkle with 1/8 cup of daiya. Once all 4 open-faced sandwiches are completed, place on a cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes, until cheese is melted.
If only needing one open-faced sandwich, this mixture stores wonderfully in the fridge for 2-3 days.
*Variations - feel free to jazz it up even more - diced carrots, onion, celery, etc.
For your Tahini Mayo:
1/3 cup tahini (sesame butter)
1/3 cup water
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 1/2 tsp ume vinegar
1/2 lemon, juiced
**Simply blend all of the ingredients in a blender until well-combined
(or just stir together in a bowl - easy peasy).
Roasted Butternut Squash Fries:
*enough for 3-4 people*
1/2 butternut squash, sliced into 3x1/4x1/4 inch pieces
1 Tbsp olive oil
Seasoning of choice - I used a combo of sea salt, pepper, and lemon zest
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Toss butternut squash with olive oil and seasonings. On a baking sheet, create a single layer of fries and bake for 15 minutes. Take the fries from the oven and flip. Bake for 10 more minutes, until tender.
Don't deny yourself a "good ol' diner experience" -
but just DIY at home - so much more nutritious and satisfying -
honestly...you won't finish feeling groggy & greasy. :-)