I used to go out to lunch ...lots. Now that I am married, a homeowner, and have bills and a budget I eat most of my meals at home or pack my lunch for where ever my work schedule takes me for the day. I know so many people (girls mostly) who skip lunch or just have a little something that a co-worker brings in or a snack machine treat. People think this might be a good way to lose some weight or not eat as much. WRONG! If you read any newer weight loss book or talk to a nutritionist they all say don't skip meals. However, I hate eating the same thing everyday for lunch or trying to be "healthy" and eating brown rice and a plain chicken breast. I am not sure why those are always the suggestions for a healthy lunch, there are so many more options! I like to make my lunch satisfying and nutritious. If I feel satisfied at lunchtime, I am less likely to eat some of that left over cake or get in that candy jar at the office. Eating a nutritious, fulfilling lunch will also keep me from overeating at dinner. I used to think, "Oh I'll just have a granola bar for lunch," but after a workout and day of work, I would be starved at dinner. I wasn't thinking about the fact that nighttime is the worst time to over eat.
So this recipe is packed with flavors, easy to put together the night before, and is filling enough to keep me going! There are a few ingredients in this wrap such as pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, and olives that you may not just keep on hand, but I encourage you to buy them. They will last a long time, and they can add a punch of flavor to so many different dishes!
Pesto Tuna Wraps
- 1 5oz can tuna in water
- 3 sun-dried tomatoes in oil (chopped)
- 4 kalamata olives, chopped (you can find them in the international foods aisle or where the pickles and condiments are. I love them, but you can leave them out if you just don't like olives)
- 1 Tbs prepared pesto (international foods aisle, a must have ingredient! A little goes a long way with this stuff so buy a jar and experiment)
- 1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- A few sprinkles of Parmesan cheese, if desired
- Whole Wheat Wrap or low carb wrap
- Combine all ingredients together with a fork except wrap
- Put tuna mixture in the middle of wrap, fold like a burrito and secure with a toothpick!
TIP: Since I recently got married I actually own a panini maker, aww its such a delightful thing! Any time I make a sandwich or wrap at home, I pretty much panini that sucker, as I did with the tuna wrap. However, you can easily make a Panini with two skillets...
To make a Panini with no Panini Maker:
- Just heat one up on med-high heat
- Spray with cooking spray
- Place wrap in skillet and press down on wrap with other skillet about 2 minutes, flip and do the same on other side for about 2 minutes