These Spinach Sweet Pickle Tuna Flatbread Melts are one of our favorite cozy, lazy-day Sunday afternoon treats–broiled to perfection.
Last weekend, our family watched Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. Like we do on Sundays, when we are all together, mom (me) makes tuna melts, and we gather around the television to watch something fun.
This time, I wouldn’t say this movie was fun, but more enlightening.
Is it our family goal to become minimalists? No, truly it is not. But with the New Year here, it’s the perfect month to set goals, reevaluate, and try to incorporate some minimalism into our daily routine.
We love to change up a tuna melt (Spinach Sweet Pickle Tuna Flatbread Melts). I mean, aren’t they just the perfect Sunday afternoon treat?
Like this movie, that examines the many flavors of minimalism through the lives of minimalists from all walks of life — artists, families, entrepreneurs, architects, journalists, scientists, and business people—this time I kept it simple, with our favorite sweet pickles, chopped spinach and red onions, served on a delicious soft, buttermilk-y flatbread.
With cheese, broiled to perfection (nice and toasty hot, but not burnt, with gooey sharp cheddar cheese).
Grab a plate and settle in!
The film we watched together talks about how minimalism benefits these different people, and eventually, how they lived a more meaningful, deliberate life.
Deliberate, not perfect, not an easy life – but a simple one.
I often think about minimalism, and how our life could/might be better with less.
By the way, our family does not see ourselves as minimalists, but we’ve moved toward having less stuff in our lives. All 5 of us have. After the movie, we were able to talk about this (our kids are in their 20s).
We still own a small shed of stuff, and our garage is full (but room for one car). Having downsized our family home, being married 25 years, having many outdoor hobbies—it’s really hard to NOT have some extra stuff. Besides, our kids have not fully left our “empty nest” yet. So there is also their stuff!
But coming up, moving soon from winter into spring, this movie inspired us all for “another go-around” of thinning out. My interest in “cleaning house” has been rekindled.
1. Watch the movie. Come up with a plan that makes sense for your family.
2. See what inspires you. One thing about the movie that you’ll notice is that no one gets rid of everything.
3. Set goals. What makes you happy? What is important to you? We all drive older cars (2004 is our newest vehicle). We pay cash for our cars.
4. Start small. Choose one area per month. I have 2 areas that get cluttered, my closet and my entertaining stuff.
5. Don’t lose your inspiration, but keep it going throughout the year. Really think about what you buy, and consume things more mindfully. I always ask myself 3 times now, do I really need this? 95% of the time, I walk away.
6. Gratitude is KEY. Give thanks, change your mind and attitude and let competition go. Practice contentedness. If that means moving, making a change in your life for more solitude and simplicity, and then do it.
Friends, we live in a competitive world, and keeping up with the Joneses is really the thing to do. We see many of our friends trapped, and they feel they can’t get out.
Part of our mission moving here was to simplify, downsize, live a simpler, more meaningful life. No room for competition, but to have a healthy emotional space to do what we’re called to do, the last half of our lives. Friends have said it was brave, to do what we did. I agree!
Our family discussion went like this (such wise kids): We are programmed to want more, for survival, but the more you get, the less content you are. And the movie shows this. We’ve all felt that feeling of “disappointment,” which ironically, we can fight off with gratefulness.
“Our family goal: More gratitude, meaningful experiences, and less stuff.”
This is the ultimate path toward a fulfilling life. More music, outdoor adventures, meals around the table with old friends and new, more caring about other people, investing in their lives, pouring ourselves into school (Abby) studying for MCAT (Elliot), and a new job (Garrett).
Be the best that we can be in life. Life is short. We ask ourselves now: Does this item help us, or bring utmost happiness and success?
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Preheat oven to HI broil.
In a bowl, combine the drained tuna, chopped spinach, Veganaisse (or mayo), chopped sweet pickles, and red onion. Mix together; salt and pepper to taste.
Toast each individual flatbread; lay on a cookie sheet. Spread the tuna mixture on top of each flatbread. Sprinkle with shredded cheese.
Broil for 3-5 minutes, until cheese is melted.
More Sunday recipes:
Sloppy Joe’s Recipe (and more thoughts on downsizing!)
Easy Meatball Crostini Recipe (packing to move!)
Easy Pad Thai Salad (stuff does not make us happy!)