Light Tuna Melt in Bell Pepper Halves


My borderline-obsessive love for cooking is now pouring over into the kitchenette space of Carver Hall–where I work as a writing center graduate assistant. On a particularly toasty Tuesday in July, I made tuna melts, and they were as terrific as this continual alliteration.

I’ll stop now 🙂

In all seriousness, these tuna melts are so yummy! They’re perfect for a day when you’re not feeling starches.

The original recipe I adapted from suggested broiling them, which would also be very tasty. But because we have no broilers at work, I settled for the next best thing: the microwave.

And guess what? They turned out great! Everyone within a 50 foot radius of the kitchenette was wildly complimentary of them, and I was slightly less embarrassed to be trying out new recipes on my lunch break.


Mixed right in the very to-go container I took to work. Hooray for fewer dishes, too!

2.4 oz package of tuna, drained

1 t mayo (Trader Joe’s has a great preservative-free, low-cal option)

1/2 stalk celery, chopped

2 T diced scallions or red onion

2 ounces cheese (I used a soy-based slice)

1 green, yellow, or red bell pepper, halved, core and seeds removed

red pepper flakes to taste


-Warm up the peppers in the microwave for about 45 seconds or until they begin to soften. Set aside.

Almost ready…

-Combine tuna, mayo, celery, and onions in a small bowl. Add this mixture to one of the pepper halves and place a small slice of cheese on top. Repeat with the other pepper. Microwave both for about 45 seconds.

-Then place cheese slices and seasonings over the top of the pepper and heat until cheese is melted. If you want to try out the broiler version, plan to broil on high for about 3 minutes or until cheese bubbles.

This might be a new workweek favorite for lunch. If you enjoyed them as much as I did, leave a comment letting me know.

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