10 Healthy Family Meals on a Budget


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Tuna and White Bean Panini
Tuna is cheap, and if you buy the chunk light, it's pretty healthy.
Tuna is cheap, and if you buy the chunk light, it's pretty healthy.
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The tuna melt is a favorite comfort food and diner staple. It's also not the healthiest since it's loaded up with mayo-heavy tuna and cheese. But everybody knows tuna's cheap, so let's make this low-cost sandwich a little healthier:

Combine chunk light tuna (in water, not oil), light mayo, white beans, minced garlic and chopped red onion. Spread this mixture over whole wheat bread. Top with sliced tomatoes and perhaps some basil leaves. Placed the sandwich on a pan and press it down with a spatula until toasted.

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