10 Minute Lunches, Main Dishes, Recipes, Sandwiches and Wraps

10 Minute Lunch #4: Cinnamon Curry Tuna Wraps

So, I was very, very brave on Wednesday. Perhaps you saw my tweet? I rarely, if ever, tweet, but I felt that my midday activities were worthy of such public notification.

It all started a few minutes before I was going to break for lunch. I’m fortunate enough to have a campus job I can do remotely [at home (!)], so I had been working hard all morning and happened to glance over at my phone as it lit up with a call from my dentist office. I hadn’t been since December, and already have my next appointment scheduled, so I thought it was odd. When I answered the call, I found out that the claim for the x-rays/checkup in December had been denied and that my insurance company claimed my coverage had been terminated.

Terminated? News to me.

After I told the nice lady from the dentist office that I knew I had coverage and thanked her for calling before sending me the $150 bill, I logged into my insurance account online to get some info and called Ben for instructions on what to say to the insurance company when I called [he works in insurance so he’s a pro at these things]. Then I took a deep breath, expecting the worst, and dialed the phone. Pretty much right away I talked to someone and found out that, imagine that, I do have dental insurance. Righto.

And I did on the date of my last appointment, too. Well looky there.

But apparently the claim had been mis-processed as a medical claim, not a dental claim, so that’s what the situation was. A few questions later, I was good to go, and called Ben and my dentist office back with the good news. 🙂

Then I skipped to the kitchen and whipped up this tasty tuna salad lunch in a jiffy, thanks to some inspired googling earlier in the day.

Like my insurance snafu that I went into expecting the worst and emerged happy in a matter of minutes, this tuna salad might seem risky from the exterior. However, I’m confident that one bite will turn your uneasiness into delight at this 10 Minute Lunch that makes a double portion–perfect for an extra filling lunch or lunch for two.

Fragrant curry powder pairs with sweet cinnamon, tangy mustard, and crunchy celery for a new take on boring tuna. You can take this wrap on the go, or enjoy it at home… perhaps even hot with cheese, if that’s your thing. It’s not mine–that would certainly not be the happy ending that my insurance claim situation and tuna wrap found, but if it’s yours… go for it! 🙂

How do you like your tuna?

Cinnamon Curry Tuna Wraps [inspired by Allrecipes.com]

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounce can tuna in water, drained
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tablespoon whole grain Dijon mustard
  • a third of a stalk of celery, chopped in small pieces
  • lemon pepper
  • dash ground cinnamon
  • smidgen curry powder [yes, smidgen is an actual measurement, but it’s just a small amount so don’t fret if you don’t have this measuring spoon
  • 2 tortillas, for serving
  • spinach, for serving

Non-directions:

  • Mix together all ingredients except spinach and tortillas, then adjust seasonings if necessary.
  • Layer spinach on top of each tortilla, then top each with half of the tuna salad.
  • Roll into a wrap and enjoy!

Time: 5 minutes.

Yield: 2 delicious lunches!

Main Dishes, Recipes, Sandwiches and Wraps

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Tuna is one of those foods that I’ve always been iffy on. Occasionally a tuna sandwich would call my name, but most of the time I’d steer clear. Consequently, when perusing a new cookbook, Ellie Krieger’s So Easy, I was a little surprised to find that this tuna salad sounded good to me. And not only did it sound good, it was good! So delicious in fact that I think it will become one of my regular lunch options. With just four ingredients [and theMediterranean Tuna Salad from Ellie Krieger's cookbook So Easy tuna], it couldn’t be simpler either. The flavors, inspired by the Mediterranean region, are simply incredible. With the light essence of lemon coupled with fresh, refreshing parsley and the tang of a red onion, you’ll be thinking about your lunch box all morning long!

Mediterranean Tuna Salad [from Ellie Krieger’s So Easy]

Ingredients:

  • 2 6-ounce cans chunk light tuna in water, drained
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • salt

Directions:

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients, mixing together well and seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Serve atop a salad with all your favorite fixings, in a wrap or sandwich with lettuce and tomato, with crackers, etc. The possibilities are endless! Serves 4.

Click here for the printable version: Mediterranean Tuna Salad

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