Friday, October 25, 2013

Fishless Tuna Melt (Vegan)

I used to love tuna. Especially when I was pregnant with Leah. Gross, I know. I always knew about the mercury, but figured that if "they" allowed it, it was okay. Hey, it's okay if you ingest something poisonous, as long as you don't ingest enough to make you sick, right? While we're at it, let's all lick some rat poison and see how much of that we can take before we get sick or die. NOT!

So maybe that was a bit harsh. Maybe not. Either way, chemicals or not, I miss tuna sometimes. Especially a tuna melt on toasted bread, but I obviously will never touch the stuff again. Chickpeas do nicely, but I had pretty much given up on finding something with that slightly fishy taste. Until Meatless Select sent me a sample pack. Recipes will be forthcoming for the taco meat and the chili, but chicken isn't vegan, so I can't vouch for that, but if it's anything like the tuna, it's great, too. You can buy them all at the Meatless Select website, or on Amazon.

 




I popped open a can and was shocked that it looked (and felt) pretty authentic. I just knew that I had to make myself a melt.


Making tuna salad is pretty straightforward. Just chop some green onions, and dump in with all of your spices and mayo and mix. For this sandwich, I thought it would be nice to make it a bit smoky and a tiny bit spicy, so I added some chipotle powder. You can feel free to leave it out if you want a more "traditional" salad.



Once you've got the salad mixed up, toast whatever bread you'd like to use. This day, I happened to have One Buns on hand. Love those things. Especially for burgers. Anyway, just spoon out your tuna and top it with whatever cheese you have on hand. I LOVE (truly) Daiya Jalapeno Garlic Havarti. And it went really well with the smoky chipotle flavor.



Stick that under your broiler for about 2-3 minutes or until it's bubbly and browning (keep the oven door ajar and keep an eye so it doesn't burn).



Top with whatever you like. I found a bag of potato sticks (remember those!??) at the gas station the other day and figured it would go nicely on this sandwich. I sliced some grape tomatoes and threw some lettuce leaves on there and I was set. Can't have tuna without tomato, right?!



And there you have it - a Fishless Tuna Melt! And here's the recipe.


 

Fishless Tuna Melt
[vegan]

Ingredients:
One can Meatless Select Fishless Tuna, drained and flaked
1 tbsp. vegan mayo
2 green onions, minced
1 tsp. chipotle powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. celery salt
salt and pepper to taste
Bread of choice
Sliced Tomato
Lettuce
Potato Sticks(!)

Method:
Toast your bread. Mix up your tuna, spices, green onion, and mayo. Arrange on bread. Top with cheese. Broil 2-3 minutes or until slightly browned and bubbly. Remove from oven, top with potato sticks, tomato, and lettuce (and the top piece of bread!). Yum!


 
 
 
I've got a Fishless Tuna Noodle Casserole recipe forthcoming, so keep coming back :)
 
 


3 comments:

rika said...

Me too, I used to love creamy “tuna” and “chicken” and “potato” salads. They are my childhood favorites, in sandwiches or own its own. But it’s exciting to veganize them! And wow, I haven’t seen or heard of Meatless Select products, that look cool :) Do you know the ingredients whether or not if they are soy-free, gluten-free, organic and/or GMO-free? I couldn’t find it on their website. The fishless tuna melt looks so tasty…

Kristen Kelley said...

Rika, I'm going to check with them and I will get back to you!

Kristen Kelley said...

Unfortunately, the products are not soy or GMO free, but they are launching a GMO free brand in July called Caroline's.