I used to be a tuna melt monster. Ever since I was a little girl in fact. Growing up I would bring a tuna sandwich to school every single day for lunch. In high school, tuna on crackers with munster cheese was my meal of choice. When my friend Ashlee gangstered a bite of said tuna, I may or may not have bopped her over the head (a tale she never lets me live down). Since high school I have worked on my anger issues and outgrown some of my selfish tendencies (only child much?), but I have not given up my love for tuna melts. Clearly fish and cheese are no longer a part of my diet, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a delicious and healthful alternative even the choosiest eaters will swear resembles the original. This tun-NO salad is great on gluten-free crackers, celery sticks, or even in a brown rice eziekel wrap with some melted daiya cheese. Mmmmm. Here’s to childhood favorites without depleting our oceans and trashing our bodies. Hopefully one day Ashlee will forgive me.
- 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 T reduced fat veganaise (or grapeseed oil veganaise if you are avoiding soy)
- 2 T dijon mustard
- 3-4 celery stalks
- 2 T pickle relish (I like Bubbie’s brand)
- 2 tsp nutritional yeast
- 1/2 tsp onion flakes
- 1 T nama shoyu (or regular soy sauce would work)
- 1/2 tsp kelp powder
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
Nutritional Information: 127 calories, 3 g fat, 6 g protein
Drain and rise your chickpeas and put them in a bowl.
Mash the chickpeas with a fork or potato masher (I used a fork but a masher would be much easier and hurt your arm less) until there are no whole beans left.
Use a grater and grate the celery into the bowl.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix!
Mix all the ingredients really well. Taste test and see if it need more veganaise. If not go ahead and dig in!
I ate this over, what else, a huge bed of lettuce and added some tomatoes, sprouts and avocado to boot. It was totally satisfying and guilt free!!You could also wrap this up in a romaine leaf or collard leaf and make great little wrappers!
Does anyone else have classic favorites from their childhood they have veganized or want to? Let me know!!
Your Vegan Girlfriend