For lunches and snacks, I’m always looking for the easiest ideas I can find that still taste great. When I commute to work, I prefer smaller lunches that travel well and are delicious after they are re-heated if necessary. I don’t have the time, or patience really, to create fancy lunches in the morning before work, so I tend to eat a lot of pepperoni, string cheese, almonds, egg muffins, salads and leftovers at work. These mini tuna melts are another great option for the workplace or even to pack with a child’s lunch at school. They take minimal effort to create and are easy to store in the fridge, plus they re-heat well for lunch or a mid-day snack.
I started by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating the oven to 350°F. As you can see, these little melts require barely any ingredients which is one of my favorite aspects of a good keto-friendly recipe. I now prefer tuna packed in extra virgin olive oil to help with the fat content, but feel free to use tuna in water if you do not enjoy the flavor of tuna in oil.
I used a can opener and drained the oil from the tuna. In a large mixing bowl I used a fork the separate the tuna into bite-sized pieces and added the sour cream, mayonnaise, onions, eggs, cheese, salt, pepper and parsley flakes.
Using a spoon I stirred the mixture until the eggs were fully incorporated and it resembled a tuna salad consistency. The cheese should soak up a significant portion of liquid; you do not want these to be too wet when they go into the oven.
I thoroughly greased a six-cup muffin tin with non-stick spray and evenly portioned out the tuna mixture. I baked them in the oven for 25 minutes until slightly golden brown on top and around the edges. The melts will puff slightly as they bake but will settle as they cool. I recommend letting them cool at least 5 minutes before trying to remove them from the muffin cups. The sour cream and mayo as well as the cheese keep these very moist while holding their shape throughout the baking process. The onions bring a bite to the melts and the tuna is just enough meat to make these a hearty, protein-packed lunch. What are your favorite keto-friendly lunches? Let me know in the comments below!