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Summertime  (Level: 115.0 - Posts: 1122)
Tue, 29th Jul '08 3:28 AM


Recipe calls for canned light tuna, but I stopped using that years ago! I only will use the Starkist Chicken of the Sea brand in the foil envelope! Have you tried tuna packaged this way? The block of albacore slides out in one delicious slab of beautiful white tuna...gotta love that! I found this recipe on the Whole Foods website. When I saw "no mayonaise" and some of the other ingredients, I thought, this is for me and wanted to share with you!

Some very minor prep work time -

1 (6-ounce) package water-packed albacore tuna
1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
3 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted *
3 tablespoons seedless raisins **
2 tablespoons grated carrots
4 leaves green leaf lettuce
8 slices whole wheat bread, toasted if desired

* Toast the almonds in microwave or small saute pan...either way, watch very carefully!

** I love raisins, but don't you think Craisins (sweetened, dried cranberries) would be terrif? Either way, try this quick and easy method for "plumping" your fruit of choice. Place the 3 tablespoons of fruit in a small microwave safe dish...even a coffee mug works fine. Add water to cover...zap for 30 seconds on high...drain and allow to cool.

In a small bowl, toss together tuna, cottage cheese, almonds, raisins and carrots until well combined. Layer tuna salad and lettuce between slices of bread and serve immediately or wrap tightly and refrigerate until ready to eat.

Reduced calories without the mayo, right? Slash the calories further by skipping the bread and make a "wrap"! I like to use Bibb lettuce for it's flexibility in rolling up the filling inside...makes a great, no mess, on-the-go sandwich!

Toledosugar  (Level: 51.4 - Posts: 281)
Tue, 29th Jul '08 6:32 PM

Sounds delicious!

Betwixt  (Level: 123.1 - Posts: 5)
Fri, 8th Aug '08 11:54 AM

Thanks for the information about the tuna sleeve. I'll definitely check it out.

I've increased my protein intake recently due to weight training, and sort of stumbled upon the Tuna / Fat Free (low fat) Cottage Cheese combination by accident. (they were next to each other on my I can't wait to add the other ingredients you have listed!

Thanks again!

PS- Your quizzes are awesome! Now I just need to do better at them. lol

Betwixt  (Level: 123.1 - Posts: 5)
Fri, 8th Aug '08 12:37 PM

Err.... "tuna envelope" not tuna sleeve! LOL

Summertime  (Level: 115.0 - Posts: 1122)
Fri, 8th Aug '08 3:09 PM

Hi...thanks for reopening this thread! I think the ingredients are "gotta have that protein" friendly! I always encourage fellow goodies to "make it their own". This is a perfect one to do just that...stack that protein! I like everything about the mixture, but especially the texture of the cottage cheese and sans mayonnaise blend. And speaking of high protein...a small, inner leaf of lettuce provides only 5 grams of proteins, the larger, outer leaf provide 24 grams of protein. I love using Bibb lettuce for a wrap...keeps the filling in one place and not on my lap!

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