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This really needs to introduction, it’s easy, simple  (like every other recipe I post!!) and it is a perfect thing to have on the ready for packed lunches.


1 box bowtie pasta
1 large english cucumber
2 tomatoes
2 cups Italian dressing (more or less depending on your taste)
3/4 cups kalamata olives
1 cup feta cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese


Cook pasta according to directions.

Dice all of your vegetables.


Throw into a large bowl and mix it all together! TA-DA!


I found this was best when served cold and it made a great thing to put in individual tupperware containers to take for lunches.  I was getting so tired of bringing sandwiches for my lunch break, so this was a nice change and I had a large batch to keep me going!


I had some of that fancy bread left over from when I made the french toast, so I decided to put it to good use with this awesome sandwich.

I love tuna melts already, but I will never go back to the way I did them before – this was just too good.  It is just a few extra easy ingredients, but they really add that extra flavor to make it so delicious!

This recipe can easily be either cut in half or double depending on who you are making it for.



4 cans tuna – drained
1/3 cup mayonnaise + extra for spreading
4 teaspoons capers – rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
4 slices of some delicious crusty bread
8 slices tomato
4 slices of your choice of cheese – I used Chedder, Provolone would also be really good.


Turn your oven onto the broil setting, and make sure the rack is set at the highest position.

In a small bowl mix together tuna, mayonnaise, lemon juice, capers, salt, pepper, and oregano.

I do realize that capers are a pretty obscure ingredient.  I went for it just to get the full effect of the recipe – and I liked it, but I don’t think the recipe would be any less delicious if you want to leave them out.


Spread a little mayonnaise on the top of each slice of bread, top with tuna salad, two slices of tomato, and finally a slice of cheese.



Broil until cheese is bubbly – 3-5 minutes!

Enjoy!  You will never go back to a plain old tuna melt again.

literally just made this, this afternoon for me and my roommate.  I had to post it right away!  I found it on pinterest (of course) it was listed as a bacon and guacamole grilled cheese.  If you are in the mood for grilled cheese it’s not really that.  I found it to be just a delicious panini!

For this recipe, you need guacamole, which is a perfect time for me to share the easiest guacamole EVER.  It is cheating, but it’s so good I don’t care.  You need two avocados and a pack of Guacamole mix which I got at D’agastino’s.

This is seriously SO good, I used to make homeade guac all the time – but this is just too easy, and I think I even love the way it tastes more!

Sourdough loaf, cut into slices – this is what REALLY makes the sandwich, is some delicious bread.
2-3 slices of cooked bacon for each sandwich you are making
2-3 slices of your favorite cheese – I used cheddar
A handful of crushed tortilla chips (so yummy)


Fry up the bacon, while you are waiting for it to cook, simply whip up your guacamole – if you use a packet like I did it will take no more than 2 minutes!

Butter one side of each piece of bread, put in pan butter side down. Put on a slice of cheese or two to cover the bread, a heaping spoonful of guac, bacon, and crushed tortilla chips, top with another slice of cheese and 2nd piece of bread butter side up.

I don’t ever turn on the heat on the pan until everything is loaded up, in case i’m moving slow – I don’t want the bread to get burnt!

When the bottom piece is toasty enough, flip over!

NOTE: I originally was worried the cheese would not melt because the bread was so thick, but it DID.  I just had to flip the sandwich a few times to make sure it was heated through.

This was such an out of the ordinary, filling, yummy lunchtime meal for me!