Hot Savings on Hot Tuna

One of my fav comfort foods has always been Tuna Melts – warm gooey goodness on toasted bread. Especially good on cold winter days.

A friend told me that to stretch her tuna, she adds oats to the tuna and the tuna liquid. I thought it sounded so good and so healthy at the same time, so I tried it and loved it – I will never make them the same again!

I used quick oats, which absorbed the tuna liquid just fine, but were somewhat mushy. If you want a little more oat al dente feel, use regular oats, not the quick cooking style.


1 can (7 ounces) light tuna in water, undrained

1/2 cup quick cooking oats

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened

1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

1/2 cup grated cheese (I used Monterey Jack)

1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan

Six slices toasted bread ( I used multigrain)

Stir together all ingredients except Parmesan and bread. Let stand on counter 10 minutes. Spread tuna mixture on bread slices and then sprinkle evenly with Parmesan. Broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until lightly browned and bubbly. Serve immediately. Serves 6.

— posted by Donna


  1. says

    Hi! So this is totally creepy, but I’m Amy’s coworker.. and her and Chriz told me to check your blog for the great veggie recipes. So I did, and I love.
    I don’t even like tuna very much, but this recipe had me drooling.
    Anyways- thanks!

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