Saturday, March 28, 2009

Tuna Sandwiches... the Girl Technologist way

So, as a poor graduate student, I will admit that the food I put in my mouth isn't always healthy. I try to eat healthy as much as possible... as evidenced by the assortment of fruits and vegetables in my fridge. Side note - blackberries are abundant at Walmart! Rejoice!

Anyway, so I love tuna sandwiches. So much so that I actually have a favorite brand of canned tuna... cue famous Jessica Simpson quote, if you're curious. I've found that tuna is a great way to add protein to a dorm diet that is severely lacking it, since canned tuna is already cooked, and can pretty much be added to anything. I have a small bottle of Miracle Whip in the fridge reserved solely for my tuna. Well, I had an avocado I was going to make into guacamole (see my original recipe... I found a great new shortcut for that recipe, thanks to Walmart being intuitive and selling prepackaged pico de gallo mixes), and I thought to myself, "What would be a great substitute for mayo.... AVOCADO!" So I got an idea. And I took pictures. Here are the ingredients:

1 small can of tuna, drained (they now sell small cans with pull tops, that are good for a single serving... GREAT for the dorm)
Miracle Whip
Brown mustard (optional)
Bacon bits (optional)
Lettuce (optional)
Bread (definitely not optional)


1. Empty the tuna and bacon bits into a bowl, and mix with just a bit of mayo - enough to get the mixture wet, but don't put a lot. We want the main wet ingredient to be the avocado... it's way healthier.

2. In another bowl, mash up the avocado as finely as needed. Here I'm using only 1/4th of the avocado, but use more if you prefer your sandwich to be more moist.

3. Combine mashed avocado and tuna mixture - if you need a little more moisture, add a dab more mayo, or avocado if you're feeling up to that.

4. Once well mixed, place mixture on the bread. Here you can add lettuce, tomato, pickles, whatever you want. I had lettuce on hand, but if I had had some slices of tomato, I would have put that on too.

5. Add the mustard, if you want any, to the other piece of bread. A little brown mustard goes a long way!