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  • Servings: 2
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This is the lunch segment of the Cooking Guru web-series.


  • Tangy Tuna Melt Panini:
  • 5 ounce can of Albacore Tuna (enough for 2 sandwiches)
  • 1 TB of low fat mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup of finely chopped celery (stem only)
  • a squeeze of ¼ of a lemon
  • ½ tsp of chopped capers (no juice)
  • ¼ garlic powder
  • 1 ½ TB of chopped chives
  • ½ TB of chopped Italian Parsley
  • ¼ tsp of Smoked Paprika
  • ¼ tsp of salt
  • ground pepper to taste
  • 4 pieces of your favorite sliced bread
  • Cheddar or Jack Cheese
  • Classic Baked Apple:
  • 2 med-large sized apples of any kind
  • 4 TB of Brown Sugar
  • 1 TB of unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp of ground cinnamon
  • Zest of one lemon


  • Tangy Tuna Melt Directions:
  • 1) Preheat Panini maker to “Grill” on “High.” Drain tuna liquid from can. Mash all ingredients in a small bowl.
  • 2) Lightly warm and toast bread for a few minutes then remove from Panini maker.
  • 3) Slice cheese thinly enough to cover one side of the bread.
  • 4) Lower Panini maker to Medium-High or Medium.
  • 5) Put one slice of bread back on Panini maker, place sliced cheese on bread, followed by tuna mixture, and finally by the last piece of bread.
  • 6) Close Panini maker and check on sandwich after 5 minutes to see if cheese is melted and sandwich is hot.
  • Guru Tips:
  • -Replace chopped celery with broccoli stalk (a sharper flavor that taste a bit like a radish). Peel or par the rough part of the stalk (till you get to the core or smooth part) and chop like the celery into small pieces.
  • -Other good cheese to use are: swiss, provolone or gouda.
  • -Use a hearty seedy wheat bread or rye bread.
  • -Avoid using any kind or Italian or French bread because it is too thick for the Panini maker.
  • Baked Apple Directions:
  • 1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a shallow baking dish with canola/vegetable oil.
  • 2) Core apple halfway and make a wide opening or pocket into the apple. Remove all the seeds.
  • 3) Melt butter in microwave for 30-40 seconds. Mix the melted butter in a small cup or bowl with the ground cinnamon, brown sugar, and zest of a lemon.
  • 4) Put the melted butter mixture into the apples
  • 5) Bake for 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the apple but check after 13-14 minutes.
  • 6) Apple should have a bit of firmness and not be mushy.
  • Guru Tips:
  • -Cover leftovers in tin foil for up to 3 days
  • -Suggestions on apples: Granny Smith (tart/often used in apple pies), Fuji (crunchy and sweet), Gala (crispy)
  • -Try maple syrup instead of honey (use 1 ½ TB of maple syrup and ⅛ tsp of cinnamon)
  • -Slice and spiral apple for nice look
  • -Taste great with vanilla frozen yogurt (only with original recipe not with maple syrup), ice cream, and whipped cream
  • -Finely chop leftover apples and add to granola, parfait, vanilla yogurt or oatmeal
  • -Bake an extra 3-5 minutes for “apple pie” consistency (mushier)

Categories: Bread  Dessert  Lunch 

Author Credit: Food Guru

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