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Tuna Melts

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I just started a part-time job…it’s a company I used to work for, but new position. The job market is brutal and I had an in, so I took it. Buuuuuut, I’ve been off work for the past year and almost one half, so this is an awakening. My brain hurts, my butt hurts (from sitting on it), I’m chaffing at having to stay & do what I’m being paid to do….I wanna go for a walk first thing in the morning, not fight traffic.

I am pulling some full time right at the moment, because the person who had the job I took left in March….there’s some catching up to do.

All this leads to the weirdest sense of deja vu and frustration. Back when I was there the first time, I knew the program I need to use absolutely cold. I was there when it was implemented, I created manuals on how to do processes and now it’s as if I never touched it, but still oddly familiar. It is the most peculiar feeling. I’m hoping this gets better soon…before my cheese slides off my cracker.

This happened so fast – interview Monday, started Tuesday – that it is also leading to me being far too tired to plan ahead for meals or even plan the day of meals on the day. I got home yesterday (day 2) and it was all I could do to stay awake, let alone figure out something for supper. Somewhere in my travels on social media yesterday, though, someone popped up with tuna melts, and I figured that was a decent plan. A really decent plan would have been fries with that, but that was too much work and I was not having it!

I’m completely unprepared for life around work any more – I’m going to have to relearn some things. 🙂


  • 3 cans of tuna, packed in water – the regular sized cans, not those small snack size ones and not those monster sized ones you can get…although if you used one of those, you’d have leftovers until the weekend!
  • 6 TB of mayonnaise (or more, or less, depends how you like your tuna)
  • 3 TB of mustard – yellow or Dijon…or whatever kind you like….a grainy mustard would be good, also
  • ¼ of an onion, I used red, chopped
  • 4 small pickles, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • Slices of cheese – I should have used cheddar, but even slicing cheese seemed like a lot of work
  • Sliced bread – whatever kind you like – I used Rye

Drain & empty the tuna into a bowl big enough for all your goodies. I gave some of the tuna juice to my cats. Loki went crazy for it, Tali sat & watched him, then came and tried to mooch something else from me.

Chop the onion, pickles and celery and drop them in.

Add the mustard and mayonnaise and mix well. Taste it. Adjust if necessary. Add some hot sauce, pepper, red pepper, a little more mayonnaise, a little more mustard, some dill….make it your own masterpiece.

Get a couple pieces of bread and spread some tuna mixture on there. Top with some cheese slices and…..use an air fryer at 400F for 6 minutes if it’s cold, or 375F for 5 minutes if it’s warmed up. A toaster oven (not a toaster, don’t start a fire), the actual oven, even the microwave (although this will give you soggy bread so toast it first, then put the tuna and cheese on) will work. You just want that cheese melty.

I used Kraft singles – don’t judge, I had them, I was tired, they melt really well – and the second and third batches of tuna melts, when the air fryer was already heated up, got the cheese a little “extra”….not burned but definitely toasted. So keep an eye on your food no matter what way you heat these up. That cheese is cold, melty, burned in not much time.

With keto or low carb bread, this could fit – could even throw a little avocado into the tuna for some healthy fat.

Add a salad on the side and this is a complete meal, throw some fries on the side and it’s a great indulgent, bring back your childhood meal. Add some pickled beets and the cheese will thank you – that’s my jam, pickled beets and grilled cheese sandwiches. That combination is and has always been my thing.

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