‘Tuna’ Melts with Homemade Meltable Cheese Slices – Comfortably Yum

by Kristina Sloggett

in cookbook review, Dinner, Gluten Free, recipes, Vegan

'tuna' melts with homemade meltable cheese slices

I first met Allison Rivers Samson at the Vida Vegan Conference – I was lucky to be invited to a super fun dinner she was also attending. Lucky because she brought all of us some of her amazing Lavender Caramels from her gourmet confection boutique.

I have kept in touch with Allison, and was so very excited to hear she was writing an e-book. I had been a longtime fan of her VegNews column, and her recipes (mac and cheese!) are legendary. Comfort food at it’s finest, which you all know I love.

In addition to her Magic Mac and Cheese, I have made several other recipes from Allison’s e-book, Comfortably Yum. Two of my favorites are her Meltable Cheese Slices (oooh my…) and her (Save The) Tuna Melts.

This cheese. Worth the book for this one recipe, in my opinion. I have made this cheese three times, and it is not only incredibly flavorful, it really does melt!

Her (Save the) Tuna Salad is a great recipe too – one that can be tucked into a sandwich or wrap, or enjoyed atop a green salad. Making an open faced toasty sandwich with her melty cheese and a generous slice of tomato? Perfection.

I have also made the Chocolate Salted Caramel Pudding Parfaits (um. YUM) and the Caesar Salad (so very good!).

vegan 'tuna' melts with homemade cheese slices

Allison is offering a copy of Comfortably Yum to one of my readers, continue reading to enter the giveaway.

If you would like to purchase Comfortably Yum, Allison is also offering a $3 discount for spabettie readers – enter code KSB414 at checkout. This discount runs through next Monday, April 28th (thank you Allison!).

In addition to offering a $3 discount, Allison is donating $3 of every purchase to Animal Place, a sanctuary in her neighborhood.

'tuna' melts with homemade meltable American cheese


The Giveaway: One copy of e-book Comfortably Yum. Giveaway open to everyone everywhere, it’s digital!

To enter: Visit Comfortably Yum to see the list of recipes – come back and leave a comment here telling us which recipe you would make first.

Giveaway open through Monday, April 28th at midnight. Winner notified via email Tuesday, April 29.



{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Abby April 21, 2014 at 4:22 am

Yum! And such a great giveaway! To be honest, she had me at vegan mac and cheese, although the mock tuna melts look pretty delicious as well.


2 Cat April 21, 2014 at 4:26 am

All of the recipes looks great but my curiosity is definitely piqued with the cheese slices. I’d have to try those first.


3 Carolina April 21, 2014 at 4:33 am

Clam-free chowder got my attention. That one would be the first one I would try.


4 Heather April 21, 2014 at 6:20 am

Probably the cheese slices, although I can never resist a new mac recipe!


5 Angie April 21, 2014 at 7:40 am

I would love to try the beet burger recipe. The one time I attempted to make beet burgers, it was a complete disaster, so it would be nice to know a better way to make them!


6 Heather (Where's the Beach) April 21, 2014 at 8:09 am

Ok that sounds fantastic! All of her recipes look great. I’d love to try the beet burger b/c I tried making one once before based off one that everyone raved about. I would also try out that chowder b/c I know that’d be up Jason’s alley.


7 Julie Hasson April 21, 2014 at 8:10 am

Oh yum! It’s hard to decide between the cheese slices, salted caramel pudding and the beet burgers!


8 kirsten April 21, 2014 at 8:13 am

umm, choose one? How about one for each of the folks I feed? Clam free chowder, Tuna free and pot pie!!


9 Amanda April 21, 2014 at 8:20 am

I would definitely try the cheese slices first! I’d make the clam-free chowder for my parents to try and get them to go vegan.


10 Claudia April 21, 2014 at 10:49 am

The Chocolate Glazed Fudge Cupcakes.


11 gloria kersh April 21, 2014 at 11:06 am

I think I’d have to make the cheese slices first. Then I could move on to those awesome looking “save the tuna” melts~!!


12 Ashley P April 21, 2014 at 5:19 pm

The chocolate salted-caramel pudding parfaits!


13 Anne April 21, 2014 at 6:53 pm

I would make the Chocolate-Glazed Fudge Cupcakes! Yum!


14 Aimee Douglass April 21, 2014 at 7:22 pm

I’ve been craving egg salad lately, but everything looks so good!


15 Mardi Kightlinger April 21, 2014 at 7:26 pm

I want to try all of them but the “save the tuna” calls my name.


16 Natasha April 21, 2014 at 7:29 pm

I think I’d go with the beet burger recipe first. :)


17 val rollheiser April 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Home-Style Veggie Pot Pie


18 Amy S Van D April 21, 2014 at 7:51 pm

I would make the Save the tuna *with* her cheese slices recipe(s) first! By the way, I’ve made her chowder many times and it’s incredible!!


19 stacey April 21, 2014 at 7:52 pm

I would make the beet burgers topped with the American style cheese slices…yum!


20 Saniel April 21, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Mac and cheese without a doubt. Thanks


21 jacquie April 21, 2014 at 8:26 pm

the pot pie!


22 Patty Holt April 21, 2014 at 9:10 pm

After looking at Allison’s recipes and wanting to make each one (except maybe the beet burgers – sorry!), I have to say I’d first make the meltable cheese!


23 Shelly April 21, 2014 at 11:29 pm

Tough to choose, everything looks so good! I would make the tuna melt. Yum!


24 Michelle April 22, 2014 at 2:42 am

I would make the save the tuna melt as that is one thing I really miss and have not yet found to duplicate that I like. I also would make tons of the meltable cheese as I would use it all the time.


25 Yvonne van de Water April 22, 2014 at 4:35 am

So lovely to be able to enter this giveaway, being from Europe!
The meltable american-style cheese slice look so real – I’m very curious to know how they are made; but the vegan egg salad reminds me of the spanish ‘ensaladilla russia’, with mayo, potatoes, peas, carrots, etc., that I’m wish I could make vegan.
Thank you for this giveaway!


26 Orsi April 22, 2014 at 4:50 am

Umm…hard to decide, but there is a very rainy and gray day today, so I need something YUM:), so I decided I’d make The Chocolate Glazed Fudge Cupcakes first!


27 Andi April 22, 2014 at 8:35 am

They all look fantastic! The cheese slices would be first, then on to the clam-free chowder. My husband would be on cloud nine!


28 Hannah April 22, 2014 at 9:17 am

Clam-free chowder, as I’ve never even tried real clam chowder.


29 janet @ the taste space April 22, 2014 at 5:41 pm

I have yet to find a vegan mac and cheese I like, so I am curious to try that one. :)


30 Barbara April 22, 2014 at 6:59 pm

I seem to be the only one craving the vegan egg salad. Maybe it’s because I collect eggs from my chickens everyday and then give them to my dogs!


31 Nima April 23, 2014 at 7:54 am

Wow. I think I’d make the chocolate glazed fudge cupcakes – it’s my bf’s birthday soon, and he’s a choco-lovin’ vegan!


32 Terry d'Selkie April 23, 2014 at 11:59 am

Being a seaweed harvester on the Mendocino coast of Northern California, I would make the save the tuna salad and the clam-free chowder first. I would like to see if they include locally harvested seaweeds in the recipes!!! Thanks so much!


33 Wendy April 23, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Oh goodness… it’s a hard one to pick – they all look amazing! I think I would start with the (save the) tuna melt – so that I could make the cheese as well! You had me meltable!


34 Alicia April 25, 2014 at 12:43 pm

I would make the beet burgers! I love beets and I’m always looking for new burger recipes.


35 Wendy M April 26, 2014 at 7:01 am

Oh my goodness, there are so many that look amazing. Meltable cheese slices though? Incredible. I think my family would lose their minds being able to have a legit grilled cheese again.


36 Judith April 26, 2014 at 11:33 am

Tuna melts vegan style! Now you are speaking my language.


37 Miss Polkadot April 26, 2014 at 1:06 pm

After trying Allison’s Mac & Cheese from VegNews Magazine way back and deeming it great I’m convinced all of the recipes are amazing. Picking just one? Okay, the Chocolate Salted-Caramel Pudding Parfaits are calling my name so I’ll go with these.
Thanks for the giveaway!


38 Kelsey April 27, 2014 at 2:57 am

ECuriousing Looks So Delicious But I’m Definitely Most Intrigued By The Cheese Slices!


39 Alex April 28, 2014 at 11:45 am

So hard to choose, but I think the cheese slices


40 tamara April 28, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Oh man, that sandwich looks *too* delicious. All of her recipes look great, but I’m especially interested in the clam-free chowder. I’ve never had the real deal, but I’d love to try a vegan version!


41 Dawnuelle Wells April 28, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Totally the magic mac n cheese!!!


42 Ali @ Farmers Market Vegan April 29, 2014 at 3:14 am

It might seem like a cop-out, but I would totally make this Tuna Melt. I’m a big sucker for veganized “seafood” recipes!


43 Angie Jerde April 29, 2014 at 6:55 am

Definitely the beet burgers : )


44 Mila April 30, 2014 at 12:21 pm

I’m all about the save the tuna melts- childhood memories here I come!


45 Jackie at Vegan Yack Attack May 13, 2014 at 10:16 am

Dude, these cheese slices look pretty incredible! Well, really, the whole sammich looks extra tasty, but I’m going to go get this book literally for the cheese slices per your suggestion! <3


46 Kristina Sloggett May 13, 2014 at 4:19 pm

you will LOVE this book, Jackie!


47 Wendy Abraham Gerr May 15, 2014 at 6:55 am

As the oh so lucky recipient of Comfortably Yummm, I want to say Thank you so much! I thought I would make the UN tuna first….butwhat can I say, the altered caramel won. Then the mac n cheese. This sauce blew my mind! By far the healthiest and best tasting “cheese sauce” I’vehad. Thanks again….I am telling all my patients about it. Yummmmy.


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