Lunch is my absolute favorite meal of the day! It always has been. I’m not quite sure why.
I am NOT a morning person. When I was a kid and a teen, I used to hate breakfast. I never woke up hungry, and I did not enjoy eating in the mornings. I vividly remember my mom forcing me to eat a bowl of oatmeal or cream of wheat before I went to school, even though I would have been just fine with nothing in my belly — or so I thought at 12 years old.
Ironically, just this very morning, it was me who was forcing my son to eat… guess what… a bowl of oatmeal, instead of sending him off to school with an empty tummy. Guess that one came back around to bite me.
I’ve never been a big fan of dinner, either. Don’t get me wrong, I love eating dinner. What I do not love is the act of making dinner. Unfortunately, my mom hates it, too. And since we’ve all been living together for nearly a decade now, we’ve taken turns moaning and groaning in the kitchen at 5pm, cutting & chopping, saute-ing and broiling. Ironically, we both love baking… but that’s another story.
Lunch is different. For one thing, I only have to fix something for one person — me! And I can fix whatever that one person likes. I don’t have to pick a meal that most everyone in the family will eat without complaining. Whatever I like, I get to eat. Yay!
I guess that’s why lunch is my favorite meal.
That being said, this actually is a recipe that everyone in my family does like. It just happens to be one of my favorites.
It’s tasty and healthy, so I enjoy eating it and I feel good afterwards. It’s also incredibly simple to whip up, and it’s one of those dishes that gets better after a night in the fridge — once the flavors have had a chance to mesh together.
This is my version of what we lovingly call “Tuna Pita Stuff.” Catchy, huh? I guess you could call it a kind of tuna salad. But when you say “tuna salad” you think mayo. This is another thing completely.
My mom made this fairy regularly when we were growing up, but she included chopped onions, which I very much dislike. After years of picking onion out of my Tuna Pita Stuff, I just started making it without them. Feel free to add them if you are an onion person.
Here’s how to make it:
You chop your tomatoes.
You chop your cucumber.
You mix in tuna and Italian dressing.
You stuff it in a pita pocket.
Ta-daaaaa! The world’s easiest lunch! Well, maybe not the world’s easiest, but it’s still pretty darn simple. And oh, so tasty!
You can adjust the ingredients to your liking. Add more Italian dressing if you like a more moist and flavorful sandwich. And of course, you can add those horrid chopped onions if you’re a lunatic. I mean… if you like that sort of thing.
Did I mention that we almost always pair our Tuna Pita Stuff with potato soup?
It’s really good. You should try it.
- 2 large cucumbers
- 2 large tomatoes
- 1 medium onion (optional)
- 2 cans of tuna
- 1/2 bottle of Italian dressing
- 1 package of pita bread