What to do with those cans of tuna, and bag of oats hiding in your pantry? I’ve got ya covered with two delicious and doable recipes!! If you recreate any of these recipes – use hashtag #InCharsKitchen – I’d love to follow along on social!! Happy cooking!!

Char’s Lemon Walnut Tuna Melts

Delicious and doable with extra crunch – thanks to the addition of chopped walnuts.  

2 cans (170 g – each) tuna (packed in water), drained well 

⅓ cup (75 mL) mayonnaise

zest of one lemon *be sure to wash lemon well 

juice of half lemon

½ cup (125 mL) roughly chopped walnuts

⅓ cup (75 mL) chopped green onions

¼ cup (60 mL) chopped fresh mint

¼ tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper 

Hefty pinch ground nutmeg – approx ⅛ tsp

1 cup (250 mL) grated aged Canadian cheddar cheese

6 to 8 pieces of lightly toasted bread and/or buns (cut in half)

¼ cup (60 mL) softened butter 

garnish: Muskoka Four Season Greens *optional

Stir drained tuna with mayonnaise, lemon zest, juice, walnuts, onions, mint, spices until well combined. Fold in grated cheese. Arrange bread and/or buns on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread butter evenly between bread/buns. Divide tuna mixture evenly between bread. Place on middle oven rack – under broiler until the tops are golden and cheese has started to melt – about 3 minutes. Garnish with Muskoka Four Season Greens if using. 

Char’s Get Up & Go (nowhere – ha! ha!) Muesli

This recipe makes for a quick, satisfying and budget friendly breakfast the whole family can enjoy. Or, do as my oldest son does: whip up a batch for solo consumption – ha! ha!  

1 cup (250 mL) large flake oats (quick oats will also work)

1/4 cup (60 mL) each; green pumpkin seeds and shelled sunflower seeds

1 tbsp (15 mL) each; ground flaxseed, chia seeds and hemp seeds 

½ cup (125 mL) dried cranberries

1 cup (250 mL) plain Greek style yogurt

¾ cup (175 mL) orange juice

2 tbsp (30 mL) Canadian maple syrup *or to taste

2 tsp (10 mL) pure vanilla extract 

1 tsp (5 mL) finely grated orange zest

½ tsp (2 mL) ground cinnamon

¼ tsp (1 mL) ground ginger

2 small Ontario apples; well washed, cored and finely diced *leave skin on for added fibre 

Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.  Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Yields 4 cups (1 L).  Makes 8, ½ cup (125 mL) servings. 

Charmaine is the host of “In Char’s Kitchen” on YourTV Muskoka and regular guest on: Rogers Daytime OttawaCTV Morning Live OttawaCHCH Morning LiveBreakfast Television What She Said Radio sharing her love and enthusiasm for all things food, cooking and fitness.Paragraph

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys; Tyler & Colgan.

Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy, wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind.

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