Diabetic Cooking

Main Dishes

Smoked tuna melts

Preparation time: 10 minutes. Baking time: 3–4 minutes.


  • 1 pouch (5 ounces) hickory-smoked chunk light tuna (plain, water-packed tuna may also be used)
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 whole wheat English muffins, split and lightly toasted
  • 4 large tomato slices
  • Coarse-ground black pepper
  • 4 slices (1/2 ounce each) part-skim mozzarella cheese


Preheat oven to 375°F. Place tuna in a bowl and flake with a fork. Add green onion and mayonnaise; stir to mix well. Top each English muffin half with a slice of tomato and one-fourth of the tuna mixture. Sprinkle lightly with pepper and top with a slice of cheese. Warm in the oven until cheese melts, about 3–4 minutes. Tuna mixture may be made in advance and refrigerated until ready to make melts.

Yield: 4 servings. Serving size: 1 melt.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 164, Carbohydrates: 16 g, Protein: 16 g, Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Sodium: 380 mg, Fiber: 2 g

Exchanges per serving: 1 starch, 2 lean meat. Carbohydrate choices: 1.

This recipe was developed by Tami Ross, a Diabetes Nutrition Specialist and Certified Diabetes Educator in Lexington, Kentucky.