Buffalo Tuna Melt Sandwich – Ultimate Mom Food

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Looking for some ultimate mom food to make sure you eat well every day? Try this Buffalo Tuna Melt Sandwich — so delicious and packed with flavor!

This post is sponsored content on behalf of StarKist. I have been compensated for my time spent writing. All opinions are my own.

Tuna Melt Sandwich | Life as Mom

Part of my Re-Solutions for this year is to develop and tweak sustainable systems that are good for me, ideally those that boost my health and increase my energy. I’m developing an exercise schedule, fine-tuning how I spend my reading time, and making sure I make wise choices about how I eat. As you already know, mom food is a big thing for me.

Over the last few months, I’ve realized how important it is for me to be really intentional about my own meal planning. Sure, I plan meals for the family, but you know what it is to be a mom! Sometimes you eat differently than you feed the kids — if you eat at all.

First on my agenda is to make sure that I’m planning healthy meals for myself, especially lunch, that meal you and I are both likely to skip. To do that, I’m making sure I’ve got a plan for easy lunches. I know from experience that when things are EASY, we’re more likely to do those things. Easy lunches is a natural solution to our mom food dilemma.

This Buffalo Tuna Melt Sandwich is a perfect fit! Crafted in a panini press to avoid excess butter and filled with lean protein, this sandwich is the ultimate Mom (Comfort) Food. Mixing up this buffalo-sauce infused tuna salad and pressing it into a panini couldn’t be faster or easier.

What makes it so easy is that StarKist Tuna pouches come all ready to go, portioned out in 110 calories or less, ready to add a good dose of protein to your diet. I love that these single-serve pouches require no can opener or draining, making them perfect to pack for picnics or to keep on hand for quick and easy lunches.

As soon as I saw the different varieties, I knew I wanted to try the Hot Buffalo Style. Wow! Not too much heat, but plenty of flavor. I love it paired with a little blue cheese ranch for dipping. So good and so incredibly quick to fix.

The StarKist Tuna pouches come in a huge variety of flavors. Consider all the delicious ways to put these bold flavors to good use:

  • Lemon Pepper – top a Salade Nicoise
  • Jalapeno – make simple fish tacos with a drizzle of crema
  • Thai Chili Style – fold into a lettuce wrap
  • Sriracha — tuck into a tuna bahn mi sandwich
  • Tapatio – add a little extra protein to your next taco salad
  • Hot Sauce with Rice and Beans – top nachos with a melange of great flavors
  • Hot Buffalo Style – this sandwich, of course!

Well, those are just off the top of my head. You can see how easy it is to run with these bold flavors and work them into some of your favorite meals. In a pinch, you can just grab a fork and eat straight from the pouch. Tear, eat, and go!

I do hope you’ll give the Buffalo Tuna Melt Sandwich a try, though. It’s the ultimate comfort food this time of year — without feeling heavy or unhealthy. It comes together in about ten minutes. Easy-peasy.


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Buffalo Tuna Melt Sandwich
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Looking for some ultimate mom food to make sure you eat well every day? Try this Buffalo Tuna Melt Sandwich — so delicious and packed with flavor!
Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buffalo tuna melt, buffalo tuna melt sandwich, mom food, tuna melt
Servings: 1
Calories: 576 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 2.6- ounce pouch StarKist Tuna Creations Hot Buffalo Style
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • 2 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 slice cheddar cheese
  • For serving: blue cheese dressing and veggie dippers
  1. Heat a Panini press.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the tuna, celery, and mayonniase. Fold lightly to combine.
  3. Place bread on a work surface. Pile tuna salad on one slice. Layer on cheese. Top with second slice of bread.
  4. Cook the sandwich in the press until the cheese is melted and the bread toasted. Serve immediately with blue cheese and veggie dippers.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition facts do not include veggie dippers

Nutrition Facts
Buffalo Tuna Melt Sandwich
Amount Per Serving
Calories 576 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 1051mg46%
Potassium 337mg10%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 352IU7%
Calcium 271mg27%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of StarKist. All lip-smacking and drooling are my own.

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  1. ire says

    ……or for people like me without a press, open face sandwich in a toaster oven ’til cheese melts.A great idea that can be used with either fish or leftover meat.

  2. Alice E says

    I’m not a fan of tuna sandwiches or spicy food, but it does look tasty. I applaud your intention of eating healthy. This Grandma can tell you from experience that making sure you stay healthy and model healthy behaviors for your children is a very good idea and important.

    May I also suggest adding the packets to some white beans, or maybe some whole wheat couscous, pasta, rice, some chopped vegetables, or quinoa for a healthy salad option with a bit of vinaigrette.

  3. Kelly says

    This looks fabulous! We’er going to work it into our rotation somewhere this week!

    • Come back and give it some stars after you’ve tried it. I’d love to hear what you think.

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