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Sandwich Night: Tuna Melts with Crispy Kale

tuna melt sandwiches
Tuna melt sandwiches with crispy kale and cucumber wedges for Sandwich Night!

Some nights it just feels like too much to go all out for cooking much of anything, and the other night I remembered a favorite post on Sarah Zeldman’s Solutions For Busy Moms blog about it being okay to sometimes pull out sandwiches for dinner and have a Sandwich Night. I, for one, was appreciative of the permission to take a night off from providing more of a “cooked” meal for my family the way I normally do.

The other night was one of these nights at our house. Between the after-school carpool, basketball practice, art class, and a piano lesson, I was about done before I had even thought about what to make for dinner.

For this Sandwich Night menu, I mixed up a family favorite of tuna fish salad. I diced a tomato and added it to the fish and some vegan mayonnaise, then spread it on lightly olive oiled slices of bread to toast on a baking rack over a sheet in the oven. I topped them with slices of goat milk cheddar cheese, and baked them open-faced, letting the top piece toast nicely next to the filling.

To serve along with it, I washed and sliced a bunch of kale and then tossed it with olive oil and set it on a cast iron griddle on the oven shelf below the sandwiches. I pulled it out to toss occasionally, and then sprinkled the leaves with sea salt before serving.

Cucumber wedges provided a fresh note as a pre-meal munchie for hungry children.

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