Chipotle White Bean Tuna Melts

Hey look at this, I’m actually posting a recipe. First time in over two months, woops.

The end of the school year was frantic, as I packed up my classroom to move to a temporary building for 18 months,

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ran my first post-baby race,

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and G decided she was no longer a 3 naps a day baby and settled on one 45-minute chunk instead. And she thought 5:45 a.m. was a swell wake up time. #passthewine

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But after a weekend trip, and grandparents visiting, we tackled sleep training for a second time and #knockonwood it’s worked. We’ve had a week solid of only 1 wake up per night, and a 2-3 hour nap during the day. Hallelujah!

All this free time has resulted in a somewhat cleaner house, and the ability to be creative in the kitchen. Last week I made  this roasted corn pasta salad, and wound up with some leftover pureed chipotle peppers. Rather than freezing it, and then losing it in the freezer, I decided to incorporate it into my meal plan for the week. Last night I whipped up some rather tasty, and super easy, tuna melts.

Chipotle White Bean Tuna Melts

chipotle tuna melt

Serves 2


1 can albacore tuna, drained

1/2 cup white beans, mashed

1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped

2 TBS mayonaise

1 shallot, minced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 TBS lemon juice

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsp chipotle in adobo sauce puree


1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

1 tomato, sliced

1/2 avocado, sliced

1 ciabatta bun, sliced in half


Pre-heat oven to 350, with sliced ciabatta bun inside to toast slightly.

In a large bowl, mash white beans. Add tuna (flake with a fork), cilantro, mayo, garlic, shallot, lemon juice, paprika, cumin, salt, and chipotle puree. Blend well.

Top each half of ciabatta with half the white bean/tuna mixture. Bake for 10 minutes. Add sliced tomatoes and cheese, bake another 5-10 minutes (depending on how melty you like your cheese). Serve with sliced avocado.

Enjoy! I am hoping to post at least one recipe, one munchkin meal post, and one life post per week. Maybe I’ll get back to every day posting…but I doubt it!

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Hello portabella sandwich, I’ve missed you.

My first real job out of college was working in the promotions department for the local FOX station. At the time I lived downtown and “commuted” to the South Hill for work. My commute was against the “rush” of traffic, as most people commuted into “the city.”

My “commute” was a whopping 15 minutes, which meant I could listen to approximately four songs on The Magic Numbers self titled album I kept on constant repeat.

Working on the South Hill didn’t provide the hustle and bustle of a downtown working environment, (insert sarcasm here), but it did provide quite a few fun eateries. My co-workers and I would enjoy payday lunches out twice a month, dining on panini’s at Ferrante’s, and portabella sandwiches at Luna.

Oh the portabella sandwiches at Luna. I would dream about payday just so I could sink my teeth into those glorious sandwiches. I could never afford Luna’s dinner fare on my starting salary, but I could relinquish the required funds for a midday splurge. Their portabella sandwich was the bar at which I measured all other portabella sandwiches. It was King, and I was happy to be it’s Queen.

Until the day Luna removed it from the menu. Panic set in, where would I ever get a portabella sandwhich again!? I’d tried others in town, but none could compare to the grilled ‘shroom on a kaiser roll with grilled zucchini, grilled yellow squash, roasted red peppers and garlic basil aioli.

I asked if they would create their sandwich one last time for me, and they tried, they honestly did. But the result was not the same. My portabella sandwich came out with lettuce, tomato and onion, but none of the grilled and roasted goodness which earned the King status I had previously appointed.

So here I was, a sad, broke twenty-something on the hunt for the greatest portabella sandwich in the world. And until tonight, the hunt had only resulted in sub-par representations of what this dish could really be.

But tonight, I rocked the portabella. And it rocked my world.

Bomb(dot)com Portabella Sandwich

Serves 2


2 large portabella caps, stems removed, washed and patted dry

olive oil spray as needed

salt as needed

half a red bell pepper, cored & seeded

onion slices

tomato slices

5 leaves basil, chiffonade cut

1 clove garlic, minced

2 TBS low-fat mayo

splash of lemon juice

2 ounces goat cheese

2 buns of your choice (I prefer kaiser rolls, but I didn’t have any today)

cookie sheet

jelly roll pan + cookie cooling rack


Turn oven to high broil. Spray cookie sheet with olive oil. Place half of red bell pepper skin side up, broil until blackened.

note: this is NOT black enough – you want the entire thing to be black, black, black!

After blacked, place bell pepper in ziplock bag and close. Let sit 20-30 minutes.

Change oven to low broil.

While bell pepper is cooling prep the following:

  • slice onion and tomato
  • make the basil aioli: chiffonade the basil, mince garlic, add both to 2 TBS mayo and a splash of lemon juice.
  • Place portabella caps on top of the cookie cooling rack, on top of the jelly roll pan. Spray with olive oil, lightly coating, and sprinkle a little salt.

When bell pepper is cooled remove skin completely, and slice.

Place portabella caps in the oven (on low broil) for 3-4 minutes. Flip, add buns with insides up and broil 1 minute. Remove buns, continue to broil portabellas 2-3 minutes. Flip again and top with half of the goat cheese. Place under broiler for an additional 1-2 minutes.

While portabellas are broiling, prep your buns with the basil aioli, onion, tomato, roasted bell pepper and remaining goat cheese.

When portabellas are finished add to your buns.

And enjoy.

I’ll have seconds please.