Category: Lunch – Quick and Easy

Quick and Easy Open Faced Tuna Melts

It’s been unusually HOT in the Pacific Northwest for the past several weeks. Temps are supposed to hover near 100 degrees this coming weekend, which is “not the norm” for late June in Oregon. We want quick  and easy meals (don’t want to heat up the kitchen cooking). Enter our “go-to” standby… Quick and Easy Open Faced Tuna Melts!!!!Quick and Easy Open Faced Tuna Melts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
These open faced tuna melts are ridiculously easy… so easy in fact, that I’m not even gonna post the “recipe”. They actually are delicious, and are very quick to prepare!

First you toast some English muffins. I used sourdough (delicious!). Allow for one half or two halves per serving. Once toasted, place some cheese (gruyere, smoky gouda, or cheddar) on top of the muffin. (I have used all of these cheeses in the past. Pictures are with Smoky Gouda.

Quick and Easy Open Faced Tuna Melts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Put some tuna on top to cover the muffin. (Use the tuna you prefer, mixed up with whatever you like in your tuna salad). All I used for mine was one can (one can is enough for 4 half muffins) of albacore tuna, mixed with mayonnaise. That’s it!  But for goodness sake, make your tuna the way you like it!

Quick and Easy Open Faced Tuna Melts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Slice some really good ripe tomatoes and put a slice on top of each muffin. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt, pepper, dried parsley and dried basil. Just a touch.

Quick and Easy Open Faced Tuna Melts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Put the english muffins on a wire rack and place under a broiler. DO NOT put them directly under the broiler. Put them on the middle rack of your oven.

It will take a few minutes to broil them, but by putting them on the middle rack, instead of directly under the broiler, all the ingredients will have a chance to get hot, and that cheese on the bottom will melt.

Remove from broiler when cheese is bubbly and the tuna has just started to lightly turn golden.

Quick and Easy Open Faced Tuna Melts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Remove tuna melts from wire rack with a spatula. Place on serving plates. I like to put some red leaf lettuce leaves under the tuna melts just for some added color, to make it look good, but that is totally optional.

You can either pick them up and eat them or cut them with knife and fork… whatever suits you! They’re really delicious! Sure hope you’ll give ’em a try. Good for a quick, filling lunch, or dinner on a really HOT evening! Been making these for years and years, and have never been disappointed!

Quick and Easy Open Faced Tuna Melts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Have a wonderful week… may you feel gratitude for all you experience this week, and above all else…may you deeply know just how much God loves you!

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Chili & Cheese Stuffed Spud

Need a quick, filling lunch or dinner that is REALLY easy? Why not make a chili cheese stuffed spud, with sour cream, cheddar cheese and green onions!Need a quick, filling lunch or dinner that is REALLY easy? Why not make a chili cheese stuffed spud, with sour cream, cheddar cheese and green onions!
Ever have those moments when you just don’t want to cook dinner? What? You do, too??? Shocking! I had one of those moments recently (several times, actually). I ended up making a Chili Cheese Stuffed Spud for my husband and I.

I was too tired to “want” to fix anything, so I  heated up some leftover chili I had in the fridge (Mom’s Old-Fashioned Chili). Use any kind of chili you like! Then I stuffed a big beast-like “baker” potato with the chili.  You know – the BIG potatoes!

That humongous potato was filled with the chili, then topped with cheese, sour cream and green onions, and POOF! Dinner was served! Or as I like to say: “Dinner is served. I am offering two choices tonight for your dining pleasure. 1) Take It, or 2) Leave It.”

A Chili Cheese Stuffed Spud Is A Filling Meal!

This was a delicious, filling, “all-in-one” dinner.  “Ya got your potato, ya got your chili with meat and beans, ya got your cheese, ya got your sour cream, and ya got your green onions” (said with a deep New York accent, of course!). Geepers, if you threw some chocolate on there, you would have almost ALL the food groups represented… but I digress.

I threw (translation: gently and lovingly placed) the potatoes in the oven and baked them, but if you’re pressed for time, just microwave them… easy peasy, either way! Did you know that potatoes are the world’s 4th largest field crop? Yep. It’s true. (Random factoid for the day).

This is such an easy dish to prepare… and it really did fill up our hungry tummies! It’s so versatile… you can take away, or add anything you want (like veggies) to “make it yours”. Just thought I’d share it with you on the ol’ blog today. We sure don’t eat these too often at our house, but every now and then, it’s a quick, economical, and filling meal.

Chili cheese stuffed spud, topped with sour cream, grated cheese & scallions.

The Basics of Making A Chili Cheese Stuffed Spud

I’m not even going to post a recipe for this, because it’s so very basic… Bake (or microwave) a large potato, slice open, generously fill it with hot chili, then top with grated cheddar cheese, a generous dollop of sour cream, and some sliced green onions.

Seriously… how easy is that? Hope you will consider making these Chili & Cheese Stuffed Spuds, especially for those moments when your private chef, caterer, or entire kitchen staff get horribly sick and can’t prepare your evening meal. (*cough, cough*).  But we ALL know this situation would NEVER happen on Downton Abbey, would it now?

Have a wonderful day. Be sure and check out ALL of my recipes in the Recipe Index, which is located at the top of the page. I have a LOT of family-friends recipes I am confident you will enjoy.

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