Monday, August 4, 2008

Tuna Salad Sandwiches--for the Freezer!

With school looming just around the corner, those of you packing kids' lunches (or your own) might be interested to learn about sandwiches you can make up ahead of time in bulk, freeze, and pull out in the mornings before heading off to school or work. One of my friends does this with peanut butter and jelly, but I haven't tried that yet. This recipe below is great and can be used for chicken as well as tuna. The sandwiches are low in calories and packed with bits of vegetables; make sure you don't substitute mayonnaise for Miracle Whip because mayo doesn't freeze as well.

Recipe from Meals for a Month

  • 9 ounces cream cheese, softened (I've used Neufchatel cheese, too)
  • 6 T. Miracle Whip
  • 3 6-ounce cans chunk tuna, drained (we also throw in an extra 7-ounce pouch of tuna)
  • 3/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 red bell pepper, minced
  • 3 T. lemon juice
  • 6 T. butter, softened
  • 24 slices whole wheat bread

1. Combine cream cheese and Miracle Whip; beat (by hand) until smooth.
2. Add remaining ingredients except bread and butter. Blend well (by hand).
3. Spread bread thinly with butter. Add tuna salad.
4. Wrap each sandwich individually (in freezer wrap or ziploc bag). Bag several sandwiches together in gallon ziploc bags. Label and freeze!
5. Sandwiches should thaw by lunchtime if removed from freezer in the morning; no need for an ice pack to keep it cold!

Makes 12 sandwiches

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