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Banana Pepper Tuna Sandwich (Quick & Healthy Lunch)

It’s August and my peppers are BOOMING! I’ve been doing a great job keeping those little spawns of satan those cute and fuzzy rabbits out of my garden, although there was a period where every morning I’d open the blinds in my bedroom and catch a birds-eye view of one of them in my garden, gnoshing on a pepper. I’ve since found an organic pesticide that I use when this occurs: I run down the stairs and out the back door, into the yard in my bathrobe, sprint toward the rabbit at full speed while screaming like a banshi until it hops away – the pepper sticking out of its mouth, like a cigar.  This pesticide also doubles as an alarm clock for my neighbors.

But now there are so many peppers that I get a giant basket full of them, like the one above, about once a week! We’ve been eating them with everything: salads, pastas, and sandwiches, but one of our favorite recipes is the Banana Pepper Tuna Sandwich. The extra ingredient gives the sandwich just enough crunch and kick, and when put in the toaster on a crisp roll with a piece of cheese melted on top, it makes for the perfect lunch. Here is the recipe:

Banana Pepper Tuna Sandwich

For two sandwiches you will need:

2 cans of Bumble Bee tuna (solid white albacore, in water)

1 shallot, chopped

2 tbs of mayonnaise

4-6 banana peppers, chopped (I used 4 hot peppers, 2 sweet) *tip: if you like it extra hot, leave the seeds in!*

1 jalepeno *tip: don’t touch your eyes after chopping this one!*

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 celery stalk, chopped

2 tbsp fresh herbs, chopped (I used thyme, onion chives, and oregano)

s&p to taste

1 slice of cheese (optional)

bread of your choice

Grab a large bowl and put your tuna in it, then add your chopped shallot, peppers, garlic, celery, herbs and mayonnaise. Mix it all together. Spoon it on top of your favorite bread, lay your cheese on top, and place in the toaster for a few minutes until cheese has melted. That’s it! You can double this recipe and keep the extra in your fridge so you have a quick and easy lunch for the office.


Alessandra Macaluso is the author of What a Good Eater! , Lucy the Bee and the Healing Honey, and The Real-Deal Bridal Bible. She’s also a Qigong and Tai Chi instructor, and overall wellness advocate. Her work has been featured in several anthologies which can all be found on her Amazon author page, and she has contributed to The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, TODAY Parents, and many other online publications.

Alessandra is a northerner-turned-southerner, enjoying the south with her children, Penelope and Ciro, and her husband, Greg.

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“I’ve been doing a great job keeping (those little spawns of satan) those cute and fuzzy rabbits out of my garden” – Ha! That totally cracked me up! Cute and fuzzy (spawns of satan), I love it!

Wow, these look delicious! And that basket of peppers also looks so beautiful, so colorful and, I don’t know, somehow comforting and lovely knowing that it came from your own back yard. I can’t believe you’re still raking them in at those quantities every week though! I STILL have the ones you gave me and they look fresh, I just don’t know what to make with them because they are too hot for the kids. But I will try these Banana pepper tuna sandwiches for Steve at the very least. Yum! I’ll let you know how it turns out 🙂

‘@rshin Haha, let me know how it turns out! You are right, things always look better fresh!! It definitely is comforting knowing that is where they came from. I remember my brother in law was over, and we were making something with cucumbers, and I wasn’t peeling mine…he went to peel his and said “I have to, becuase the peel is where all the chemicals are” – it felt so good to be able to say that they came from the backyard and had no chemicals on them!

We have a bunch of the sweet banana peppers, that the kids can probably eat – let me know if you want some! 🙂

‘@Ali Mac Well if you’re bringing them in by the basket then sure, we’ll take some sweet peppers sweet lady! 😉