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Mediterranean Tuna Panini

July/August 2007

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For a great sandwich filling, spike canned tuna with salty olives and capers, bright lemon juice and tangy feta.



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"It sounds delicious but the sodium content is through the roof! "
Mediterranean Tuna Panini Recipe

Makes: 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 2 6-ounce cans chunk light tuna, drained (see Note)
  • 1 plum tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped marinated artichoke hearts
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pitted kalamata olives
  • 1 teaspoon capers, rinsed and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 8 slices whole-wheat bread
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil

Preparation

  1. Have four 15-ounce cans and a medium skillet (not nonstick) ready by the stove.
  2. Place tuna in a medium bowl and flake with a fork. Add tomato, feta, artichokes, onion, olives, capers, lemon juice and pepper; stir to combine. Divide the tuna mixture among 4 slices of bread (about 1/2 cup each). Top with the remaining bread.
  3. Heat 1 teaspoon canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place 2 panini in the pan. Place the medium skillet on top of the panini, then weigh it down with the cans. Cook the panini until golden on one side, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, flip the panini, replace the top skillet and cans, and cook until the second side is golden, 1 to 3 minutes more. Repeat with another 1 teaspoon oil and the remaining panini.

Tips & Notes

  • Note: Chunk light tuna, which comes from the smaller skipjack or yellowfin, has less mercury than canned white albacore tuna. The FDA/EPA advises that women who are or might become pregnant, nursing mothers and young children consume no more than 6 ounces of albacore a week; up to 12 ounces of canned light tuna is considered safe.

Nutrition

Per serving: 336 calories; 6 g fat (2 g sat, 3 g mono); 61 mg cholesterol; 35 g carbohydrates; 3 g added sugars; 34 g protein; 5 g fiber; 543 mg sodium; 52 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Fiber (20% daily value), Calcium & Iron (15% dv), omega-3s.

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 2 starch, 3 very lean meat



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