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Zucchini Tuna Melt Boats

Today is my favorite recipe of zucchini week because it has one of my ultimate favorite lunch staples, tuna salad!   I am a huge fan of tuna salad, but wanted a different way of eating it besides on bread, on a salad, or in a wrap.  So, I made zucchini tuna melt boats for you today and let me tell you this is my favorite recipe of the week, and one of my favorites on the blog!!!  The heartiness of the zucchini, the fresh tuna, and the warm meal is delicious.

First, you must start off with the right tuna.  Enter Safe Catch Tuna–a brand that tests every single fish for mercury levels, and is the only brand that does so!  Their mercury limits are super strict, actually ten times (10x) stricter than the FDA mercury limit!

Here is a bit more about Safe Catch Tuna:

-Safe Catch Elite Wild Tuna is the only tuna to meet Consumer Reports ‘Low Mercury’ criteria for kids and pregnant women

-Their limit for Safe Catch Wild Albacore Tuna is three and a third times stricter than the FDA mercury limit

-Safe Catch sets the strictest mercury limit of any Albacore tuna brand

-They raw pack hand cut fish

-Safe Catch Tuna is cooked-in-can to seal in all the nutrients (most brands pre-cook away nutrients and rehydrate with fillers to save money)

-Safe Catch uses environmentally friendly BPA free can linings

-There are no fillers, no GMOs, no gluten, no additives

 

It is by far the best canned tuna I have ever eaten.  I find you usually have to add a lot to tuna recipes to mask the taste, but I would eat Safe Catch Tuna right from the can!

Buy Safe Catch Tuna:  https://safecatch.com/buy-safe-catch-tuna/ or find a store that carries the produce near you:  https://safecatch.com/safe-catch-store-finder/

 

 

SafeCatch Tuna  (photo courtesy SafeCatch Tuna website)

SafeCatch Tuna
(photo courtesy SafeCatch Tuna website)

Tuna!

Tuna!

 Now for the zucchini tuna melt boat recipe:

2 Medium Zucchinis

1 Can of Tuna

1 Small Stalk of Celery

1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt (you can use mayo if desired)

Juice of 1/2 Small Lemon

2 TBSP Dill

Salt, Pepper, Garlic Salt, and Onion Powder to taste (I add chili powder or cayenne pepper for a bit of a kick)

EVOO

Cheddar Cheese

Zucchini Tuna Melt Boat Ingredients

Zucchini Tuna Melt Boat Ingredients

Preheat oven to 375

Cut zucchini length-wise and scoop seeds and some of the flesh (you want enough room to fit your tuna salad!) I used a grapefruit spoon.  The serrated edges helped me dig into the zucchini!

Repeat with second zucchini

Spray oven safe dish with cooking spray and place hallowed out zucchinis in dish

Drizzle EVOO over zucchinis and sprinkle with seasonings of choice

Zucchini Boats Ready to be roasted

Zucchini Boats Ready to be roasted

Another view!

Another view!

While zucchinis are roasting in oven, prepare tuna salad

Drain tuna and place in bowl 

Dice celery and add to bowl

Add yogurt (or mayo), lemon juice, dill, and seasonings to tuna and celery and stir until combined

Making the tuna salad

Making the tuna salad

Tuna Salad

Tuna Salad

After 10 minutes, remove zucchinis from oven and scoop tuna salad into boats and top with cheese

Ready for the cheese to be melted!

Ready for the cheese to be melted!

Place dish in oven and bake for 5-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted

Cheese Melted

Cheese Melted

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Serve with desired side!

Zucchini Tuna Melt Boats and a side of Cape Cod chips!

Zucchini Tuna Melt Boats and a side of Cape Cod chips!

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Zucchini Tuna Melt Boats
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
509 calories
26 g
118 g
20 g
58 g
10 g
781 g
532 g
17 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
781g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 509
Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g
31%
Saturated Fat 10g
51%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 118mg
39%
Sodium 532mg
22%
Total Carbohydrates 26g
9%
Dietary Fiber 6g
25%
Sugars 17g
Protein 58g
Vitamin A
33%
Vitamin C
161%
Calcium
57%
Iron
37%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 Medium Zucchinis
  2. 1 Can of Tuna
  3. 1 Small Stalk of Celery
  4. 1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt (you can use mayo if desired)
  5. Juice of 1/2 Small Lemon
  6. 2 TBSP Dill
  7. Salt, Pepper, Garlic Salt, and Onion Powder to taste (I add chili powder or cayenne pepper for a bit of a kick)
  8. EVOO
  9. Cheddar Cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cut zucchini length-wise and scoop seeds and some of the flesh (you want enough room to fit your tuna salad!)
  3. Repeat with second zucchini
  4. Spray oven safe dish with cooking spray and place hallowed out zucchinis in dish
  5. Drizzle EVOO over zucchinis and sprinkle with seasonings of choice
  6. While zucchinis are roasting in oven, prepare tuna salad
  7. Drain tuna and place in bowl
  8. Dice celery and add to bowl
  9. Add yogurt (or mayo), lemon juice, dill, and seasonings to tuna and celery and stir until combined
  10. After 10 minutes, remove zucchinis from oven and scoop tuna salad into boats
  11. Top with cheese and place dish in oven and bake for 5-10 minutes
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calories
509
fat
20g
protein
58g
carbs
26g
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Here is what you missed earlier this week:

Tuesday’s Tip:  http://www.newsforchews.com/2015/06/tuesdays-tip-buy-organic-zucchini/

Meatless Monday’s Zucchini Carpaccio inspired by The Little Door:  http://www.newsforchews.com/2015/06/meatless-monday-zucchini-carpaccio/ 

Stay hungry!

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