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Coming Home

I’m writing quickly this morning because I don’t have much time. I’ve waited weeks for today to arrive and now that it’s here, I feel as happy as if it were Christmas morning!! Today I drive to La Crosse, WI to pick up Cole for Thanksgiving!! I cannot wait to have him home! I think freshman year has been way harder on me than on him! Hahaha! There will be nothing like the feeling of saying good night in person to both my boys (Cole 18 and Chase 14, below) and going to sleep knowing they are safe and warm in their beds under our roof.

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So a shout out to Yvonne for sending me this recipe to share!! This post is reprinted from www.SkinnyKitchen.com. It’s a fabulous website!! Make sure to check it out!!

As for me, I’m hitting the road. Eight hours round trip but it’s more than worth it! Have a Happy Thanksgiving if I don’t get a chance to post another blog entry before then. Enjoy!

 

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A tuna melt turns an ordinary tuna sandwich into an extraordinary one. It makes a super quick and easy lunch or dinner and is absolutely delicious! I like serving it with a side salad, a handful of Baked Lay’s Cheddar and Sour Cream potato chips and carrot sticks. Each skinny melt has 283 calories, 9 grams of fat, 6 grams of fiber and 7 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

1 (5 oz) can chunk white albacore tuna, packed in water, drained well

1½ tablespoons light mayonnaise, I like Best Foods Light (Hellman’s)

1½ tablespoons pickle relish

2 sandwich thins, see shopping tip

2 teaspoons reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light

4 teaspoons spicy brown mustard or yellow mustard, or to taste

2 large tomato slices

6 tablespoons reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Instructions

1. In a bowl, add drained tuna, mayonnaise and pickle relish. Mix together with a fork. Blend well.

2. Spread the outside of each sandwich thin with ½ teaspoon butter. Spread the inside of each slice with mustard.

3. Divide the tuna and spread over each sandwich thin bottom, on the mustard side. Top each with 1 slice tomato. Sprinkle each with 3 tablespoons cheese. Place the remaining slices (mustard inside) on top to create a sandwich.

4. In a large nonstick pan, add the two sandwiches, cheese side up. Cover pan with lid and cook on medium-high heat about 2-3 minutes, until bottom is golden brown. Using a spatula, turn each sandwich over. Flatten a little with the spatula. Cover and cook another 1-2 minutes until golden. Turn sandwiches over again and cook, uncovered about 30 seconds more, until cheese is melted.

5. Serve at once.

Makes 2 tuna melts

Food Facts
Tuna fish is a member of the mackerel family. It’s found in warmer waters in the Indian, Pacific, Atlantic, and Mediterranean oceans. Tuna’s probably the most popular fish used for canning today. About 3.5 million metric tons are fished commercially each year.

Healthy Benefits
Tuna is a great lean protein when packed in water. It’s rich in omega-3 nutrients, known to raise HDL (good cholesterol) and lower LDL (bad cholesterol)

Shopping Tip
Oroweat Sandwich Thins can be found in most large supermarkets. One sandwich thin has 100 calories, 1g fat and 5g fiber. They come in several flavors with the same nutrition facts. I used Oroweat Honey Whole Wheat. Several brands are available so if you can’t find Oroweat, use one of the others brands.

Weight Watchers (old points) 6
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 7

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