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I made us, cheesy tuna melts… on a bagel!!

Cheesy Avocado Bagel Tuna Melts | @hbharvest

I don’t know about you guys, but I love a good bagel. Growing up bagels were a staple around our house; pumpernickel and sesame were my favorites. Oh, and I will forever LOVE those cinnamon crunch bagels from Panera. Oh my gosh, YUM.

These melts are obviously not sweet like those cinnamon bagels, but none the less, they are delicious. And super cheesy, which you all know I love just as much as anything sweet!

Cheesy Avocado Bagel Tuna Melts-2

Ok, so real talk?

For the last week or so, I’ve been feeling very blah. Just not super exited about the ideas I have, the recipes I’m making, or even the photos I’m taking. For instance I semi despise these smoothie photos (I re-shot this post three times!) and while I don’t mind the photos of these tuna melts, they’re still not my favorite. I kind of like to be really crazy exited about the photos I put on this site. It’s a hard feeling to get through, but as I write this, I know a lot of this is in my head. I’m not really sure why, but I am just feeling like nothing I do is good enough. I’m sure a lot of you know this feeling, and therefore also know that it’s one of the worst feelings ever. I am doing my best to stay positive, but it is hard!

I can get this way sometimes when I compare myself to others, which is definitely something I have been doing lately. Normally I’m pretty good at not comparing, or well, I should more say not engaging in that kind of thinking, but my guard has been down all week. All it takes is for one little thing to set off an anxious feeling in my brain and then it’s kind of a downward spiral from there. Anyone else feel the same?

I try to keep this space as positive as can be, but I am human, and totally not perfect, so I thought I’d talk out my anxiousness with you guys. I’m curious, how do you handle feeling stressed or down?

The good news that I keep telling myself is that this will pass, and to just keep chugging along. Normally all it takes is one good day and I snap outta my funk…okok and maybe some chocolate and giant hugs from the little sister! I mean, of course! 🙂

You see, I already feel better! Talking it out really is the way to go sometimes!

Alright, so let’s chat food! Cheesy, carby, comfort food!

My favorite!

Cheesy Avocado Bagel Tuna Melts | @hbharvest

For real though, these Cheesy Avocado Bagel Tuna Melts are SO GOOD.

I’m really not a mayo person…in any which way, so in place of mayo, I spread cream cheese onto a toasted bagel. I also used Greek yogurt in the tuna mix. Promise it’s all incredibly delish. I know cream cheese + tuna melt may not be traditional, but really, it’s pretty freaking awesome.

Plus, why only use cheddar cheese when you can use cream cheese too. Hello, TWO cheeses are always better than one! Hehe.

What I love about these melts is that they are a great transition food into fall. They use those beautiful late summer tomatoes, that the markets are currently full of, but thanks to all the cheese these melts still feel hearty and comforting .

AND, since we ditched the mayo and used super healthy tuna, Greek yogurt, tomatoes, basil, avocado and arugula, these melts should very much be considered a healthy, any time, any day, kind of meal!

Um, YES.

So are you guys thinking what I’m thinking? Tuna melt dinner night? Maybe even with a blackberry smash on the side? Hey, it is Thursday after all!

OH and lastly, these are ready in just about fifteen minutes. Um, totally serious!

So you see… any time, any day tuna melt!

Cheesy Avocado Bagel Tuna Melts | @hbharvest

Avocado Tuna Bagel Melts.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 409 kcal

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  • 2 sesame plain or everything bagels, halved
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cans oil packed tuna drained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt or mayo I use Greek yogurt
  • black pepper
  • 4 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1-2 heirloom or regular tomatoes sliced
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • kosher salt + pepper
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • fresh arugula for topping


  • Preheat the broiler to high.
  • Toast each bagel half in the toaster and then spread each evenly with cream cheese. In a medium bowl, mix together the tuna, basil, lemon juice and yogurt. Season lightly with pepper. Divide the tuna among the 4 bagel halves. Top each bagel with cheddar cheese and 1-2 fresh tomato slices. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt + pepper. Place on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Broil for 1-2 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Watch closely!
  • Top each melt with a few avocado slices and a handful of arugula. Eat!

Cheesy Avocado Bagel Tuna Melts | @hbharvest

Let’s do this… cheesy bagel tuna melts in for the win!

Cheesy Avocado Bagel Tuna Melts | @hbharvest

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  1. Hi Tieghan! Please don’t be hard on yourself. If you feel this way, just look through all your beautiful photos and creations that inspires a lot of people, including me! You are one of my fave (I actually have two) out there because not only because of your GORGEOUS pictures, yummy creations, but you’re also very relatable, so funny, and so real. If I could do half of what you do I’d say I accomplished a lot! I feel down with my site as well because I know I could do better especially with my pics (it don’t help if you only got your camera phone! lol…I know i know, just don’t have the budget for a real one yet). But everytime I look through yours, it always gives me a positive outlook and inspiration. I know too that what you’re feeling is normal, because we’re humans after all. I guess we need to worry if we don’t feel anything at all, huh? lol
    Cheer up, girl because a lot of people LOVE your work and LOVE you! 😉 And oh by the way, this bagel tuna melt looks awesome and delish as ALWAYS.

  2. omg Tiegen!!!!! Seriously I cannot begin to tell you how much I adore your photos and your food (which I make all the time!) and your REALNESS!!! It is very normal to feel this way and just know that each and every one of us has been there and some of us are even there at the moment. I recently did an overnight hike to see the sunrise on a mountain, as I was going up with about a hundred people, I was the last 10 that got to the top. I was so disappointed and all I could say to my friend is “i’m the only overweight girl over here”. And you know what she said? “Yes. you are the only overweight person here…while others are sleeping or watching a show eating chips, you are HERE” Suddenly it made sense. I’m trying. I’m pushing myself and that is what I can do. My competition is myself and I choose to live for myself, because someone may be “better” than me, but there are millions that aren’t! Let yourself feel the blues but keep doing what you are doing. I PROMISE you that you are a success in the eyes of many and you should be in the eyes of yourself:)

    1. HI Azzah!! Wow, can I just say that your comment truly lifted my sprits and made feel about 1,001 times better!! THANK YOU for sharing your story with me. It made me have that same aha moment you had! Just keep doing what you love, being the best you that you can be and all will be good!!

      Honestly, thank you!! It was so nice to read your comment after a very long day! Keep up your kindness, it is making the world a better place!! Have a great Friday and weekend! 🙂

  3. these pictures look great. you are too hard on yourself! i think staying focused and busy so that you don’t become consumed with comparisons/anxiety is an awesome tactic, plus spending time with your family who you are so close to!

    remember, comparison is the thief of joy (theodore roosevelt quote!) 🙂

  4. Prepared the recipe from your blog – Sake and Ginger Soba Noodle Salmon Stir Fry last evening for hubby and three kids. They had a lot of fun with it. Chopsticks were involved!

    Went to Wegmans and got the Sake. They had the perfect size. Left out the chili paste, since it might be too hot for my 7 year old. Everything else in.

    Thanks for the recipe.

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