Secret Guest Blog: Dads Can Chill, Too.

Hi!  I’m Nate, and I’m married to Alli, the Mom behind Don’t Panic, Mom.  She is at the Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference for the weekend.  So do things fall apart at home when Dad hangs out with all three kids by himself?

Not nutritionally, anyway.

Quick backstory: when I was single, I did my grocery shopping based on how many calories I could get for my dollar.  I loved most of the foods that my dear wife now categorizes in the “crap trap.”  Little Debbie was an influential woman in my life.

Things have changed.  I still have a sweet tooth, but I am now quite content eating “sometimes foods” only sometimes.  In fact, I now make better food choices because they make me feel better – not because my wife forces me do it.

However, because of my food history, I know Alli gets nervous about what I might (or might not) feed the kids while she’s gone.  To prove that I didn’t just give up and grab Happy Meals, let me share today’s lunch.

My default easy-to-make lunch is usually some type of sandwich.  On our walk, the boys requested tuna.  Unfortunately, I discovered that we only had two slices of bread in the house, so I adapted this simple recipe:


Cheesy Open-Face Tuna Bistro Sandwiches in 10 Minutes or Less

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 8 little sandwiches

Serving Size: 4 squares for kids, 8 for adults

Cheesy Open-Face Tuna Bistro Sandwiches in 10 Minutes or Less


  • 2 slices of bread
  • 2 cans of tuna
  • olive oil
  • vinegar
  • black pepper
  • Swiss cheese


  • Preheat the broiler.
  • Toast slices of bread and cut into quarters.
  • Mix tuna with a bit of olive oil, vinegar, and black pepper to taste.
  • Top the toast with tuna mixture and place a square slice of Swiss cheese on top.
  • Place under the broiler until the cheese looks melty.
  • Serve with grapes and carrot sticks.

Growing up, I always mixed tuna with gobs of Miracle Whip, and our sandwich cheese was usually Kraft singles.  Now when I eat tuna with good seasonings and real cheese, I don’t miss the processed stuff at all.

The boys loved it, too.  Success!  Mom might be the professional, but even Dad can feed the kids right without panic.

3 Replies to “Secret Guest Blog: Dads Can Chill, Too.”

  1. Thumbs up to Nate for a tasty looking dinner! 🙂 I have just finished three pizzas for my family, inspired by Alli’s article…

    1. How did your dough art turn out? Any interesting shapes? I’m so happy you tried the confetti pizza recipe. -Alli

  2. HOORAY! I think we are just going to move in with you guys for a week so Craig and I can glean all of your secrets and you can convince Craig that Little Debbie is not the woman for him…:-)

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