I’ve Never Had Tuna Casserole.

It was 47 degrees yesterday morning when I got up – love!!  Just something about crisp cool air and I am a happy camper.  And right now as I type this?  It’s 35 degrees!  Okay, that may be a bit too chilly for me this early in September, but we’ll end up in the upper 60s today.

More breakfast casserole for me!  This time with sautéed gala apples – I just sautéed them in 1 pat of butter and 1 loose teaspoon of brown sugar, so much better than the raw apple from the day before.  Breakfast comes in at 355 calories, 14 fat, 38 carbs, 5.6 fiber and 21 protein.

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I decided to do an interval walk/jog run on the treadmill yesterday for a 5k.  I walked the first and last 5 minutes as a warm up and cool down.  I would walk for 2 minutes, jog for 1 minute, and then “sprint” the last two minutes of each 5 minute interval.  I use the word “sprint” loosely.

This is what a sprinter looks like:

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Long time readers will know that’s me, sporting the hot 80s glasses!  While I obviously won’t be as fast as I was in high school, my fastest sprint yesterday was at a 9:04 pace – my stamina has a long way to go from being sick with bronchitis, but every day I feel better.

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You all are going to think I am crazy, but I made my THIRD batch of lasagna soup!  This time I used mostacolli noodles instead of the torn lasagna because I thought it would be easier to eat.  The pasta really absorbed a lot of the sauce overnight!  This is 1.25 servings.  I added a cup of chopped spinach at the bottom while it was heating.  Love.This.Soup! (and I think Suzie may start to think I am stalking her!)

This big delicious bowl of soup is 472 calories, 22 fat, 43 carbs, 4.5 fiber and 23 protein.

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There is a reason I’ve never had tuna noodle casserole.  It’s because I hate canned tuna.  The smell of it makes me want to throw up in my mouth a little bit.  But one dish Tony loves?  Tuna noodle casserole.  And I never make it because obviously I don’t like it.  But guess what I can have every day and never get sick of it?  Mexican!

So we had a “his and hers” dinner last night.  Super simple too, dinner was ready in about 20 minutes – not bad considering I was like a short order cook. Open-mouthed smile  I realize that since I’ve never eaten tuna noodle casserole, this recipe might be way off the mark, but Tony really likes it.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

  • 4 servings:  283 calories, 9 fat, 27 carbs, 20 protein

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of dry egg noodles
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (5 oz.) of tuna packed in water
  • 1 can of mixed peas and carrots
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 tablespoons Italian bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a colander, drain the peas and carrots.  Cook pasta according to package directions.  Mine only took 7 minutes to cook.  Drain in the same colander as the peas and carrots.

In the same pan, melt the butter.  Add the flour and cook for 1 minute.  Slowly add the milk to make a basic white sauce.  Remove from the heat, stir in the tuna and cheddar cheese and stir until melted.

In a small skillet, melt the 1 tablespoon of butter and add the breadcrumbs and cook just until they start to brown.  Toss the noodles, carrots and peas into the cheese sauce.  Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of browned bread crumbs over the top and serve.

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Originally I thought this would be two servings – that dish is half the recipe, but Tony could only eat half of it, so I decided to make it 4 servings.   And turns out the dog liked it too!

Me?  I had veggie and beef tostadas!  I took 4 ounces of ground sirloin leftover from our salisbury steak, then cooked that with 1.5 cups baby spinach, red pepper and zucchini and used about a tablespoon of taco seasoning and added 1/2 ounce of cheese on top of each one and put it under the broiler.  My dinner comes in at 443 calories, 21 fat, 26 carbs, 4.9 fiber and 35 protein.

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I made lots of snickerdoodle cookies last night – its my step-son Joe’s birthday on Friday and these are his favorite cookies – I made giant ones too – I used an icecream scoop for the dough!  I didn’t take any pictures, but I will post the recipe soon because if you have a snickerdoodle fan in your family, these are the real deal – know what my secret is?  I use lard instead of shortening! Open-mouthed smile  They are slightly crisp on the outside, but chewy on the inside.  So while my calorie intake may seem low for the day, it does not include the 1/2 cookie that I consumed while baking last night – you know, it’s all about quality control!

Stats for Tuesday:

  • 1270 calories, 58 fat, 108 carbs, `5 fiber and 80 protein
  • 50 minute total treadmill interval
  • average blood sugar 127

Here are some more amazeball eats:

Anele at Success Along the Way made Maple Chipotle Biscuits with Chicken Apple Sausage Gravy – totally making this next weekend.  Um, she’s lost 200 pounds already people – true inspiration!

Robin Sue makes the most interesting paleo/primal foods – and this one is good enough for a crowd for any diet – she made Grilled Chicken Caprese Appetizers – they look so good – I may morph this into a lunch for me and my SIL next week.  (thanks for the email Mom for telling me I had the wrong link!)

And lastly, can you stop by my friend Mel’s blog?  She’s struggling.  Melissa is on assignment in Peru, away from family and friends.  While this is a temporary gig, what you don’t know is that Melissa suffers from an eating disorder.  She’s young, beautiful and strong through my eyes, but because she’s eating different foods, with different people and not getting her regular workouts in, she’s starting to freak out.

I have no idea what its like to have an eating disorder, but if you could just leave her some comments with some encouragement, I would really appreciate it!  Thanks!

Alright, off to walk the dog – I am wondering if I need to pull out my winter coat?! Freezing

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40 thoughts on “I’ve Never Had Tuna Casserole.

  1. You are amazing! Getting on the treadmill – I’d rather poke my eyes out. Eating Disorders suck.

    • I am with you in ED – I always had the opposite of anorexia, didn’t matter how fat I got, I still thought I looked good – until my stomach touched my steering wheel and I finally weighed myself and I was 210 pounds! Ha – I thought someone adjusted my car seat, but turns out I was the only one who drove it!

  2. I’m not a fan of tuna either, especially in a casserole, warm. Blech. Glad Tony liked it and it turned out well! I am with you, I could eat mexican daily!

    I don’t blame you for sauteeing the apples, that is how I enjoy them too. Unless it is a REALLY good apple. I just got a ginormous bagof apples from my mother in law and want to figure out something better than just applesauce to make with them.

  3. I have this lasagna soup on my to make list. Every time you post about it …I wish I was making it that night! Great job getting back to it at the gym- you rock. And I love the 80’s glasses picture. Fab. I CANNOT stand the smell of canned tuna. My husband loves it and it totally freaks me out. Glad I’m not alone.

  4. What’s with the fancy breadcrumbs? You’re supposed to crunch potato chips over the top of the tuna casserole…

    (says the non-fish eater, who has made tuna casserole with canned chicken – and yes, potato chips!)

  5. The lasagna soup looks delicious!! OMG I can’t believe you’ve never had tuna casserole – I love that stuff!

  6. Shelley is right – crushed potato chips on top of tuna casserole is the only way to go LOL! Have to admit, I haven’t had that casserole in years, though.

    FYI, I am going to the doctor today at noon. Still not sure if it’s bronchitis but I was up all night coughing. Blech.

  7. Not a fan of tuna casserole either or even cold tuna salad….yucko! Reminds me of cat food. We’re both crazy over that soup. I like foodie stalkers, it means I’m doing something right 😉 I like your idea of his and hers night. I should probably do that some time, so John doesn’t have to eat out so much…lol!

  8. FYI, the link to the Chicken Caprese Appetizers is also the link to the Maple Chipotle biscuits…

  9. Tuna casserole…gag! Hot tuna is just wrong! I don’t mind it cold as a sandwich filling, but hot? Ewwwww. Off to visit your friend. I used to have an eating disorder, and I know how miserable the experience is. You’re a good friend, Biz.

  10. Thanks so much for the link love babydoll!

    I’m so making that tuna casserole because me love it long time!

  11. There are a lot of tuna haters here! I love any casserole! My Mom used to make them all the time and I was a big fan!

    With my fist held high, I say ” Hail to you lowly tuna, these people do not understand your simple elegance!”.

    Now crack open a can, drain out the watery or oily liquid and enjoy!

  12. You’re so funny Biz! I agree, the smell of an open can of tuna isn’t the best, so how did you manage to not projectile vomit making it for Tony?? ;0)

    I have to agree a little though… although I like canned tuna, I DON’T like it mixed with a creamy sauce. …especially if the “cream sauce” is made from a powder packet. Tuna Helper anyone?! The bane of my childhood. And to top it all off, mom would always add canned mushrooms and frozen peas – no boom. In fact, thinking about it still makes me throw up in my mouth a little. lol

  13. I always make pasta with cream of mushroom soup and canned tuna if I am feeling really really lazy!

  14. Roz@weightingfor50

    I love tuna casserole, Dennis would rather have a root canal than eat ANY tuna. Funny….Have a great day Vat!!!!

  15. Yay for the treadmill! I have never had tuna casserole. I was eating tuna for a while (good protein and all that). Then it just started to taste funny to me, and then I got a can and it had a scale in it (which I got in my mouth). No more tuna for me!!

  16. Mr. Bizmoto cracks me up. Someone’s gotta stick up for the lowly tuna. LOL

  17. Hi Biz! I had those hot 80’s glasses too! It’s a wonder that our cheeks didn’t get stuck in them. 😀

    I was raised in MN, so I’ve had tuna hotdish (not called casserole there) a couple of hundred times or possibly more. However, my recipe is somewhat different. It involves Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup, milk, egg noodles, a bag of frozen peas, tuna, and Lawry’s seasoning salt. Optional ingredients are mushrooms and sauteed onions. My teen kids literally beg for it. For me, personally, well, I’ve had it quite a few hundreds of times, so the interest wore off back in the 70’s. 😀

    🙂 Marion

  18. Wow, a tuna casserole virgin! Who’d a thought. It cracks me up that you said it makes you want to throw up a little bit in your mouth. That’s an apt description. A friend of mine makes a killer one with ruffles crumbled on top. Glad you were finally able to give Tony his tuna!

  19. I have to say I love tuna but I hate tuna casserole! Sorry 😦

  20. Oh how I wish we had some crisp fall weather here. I have no concept of the temps you mention (being Canadian and all), but I do love me crisp fall days. We’re still having summer here…and I’m over it!

    Also, I grew up obsessed with tuna. I probably have consumed my mercury intake way too many times over. EEK!

  21. I love tuna. LOVE. The soup looks tasty. I’ll check in on your friend.

  22. Never had tuna casserole either! Something about it seems strange. Maybe it’s the creamy factor with tuna. Maybe we should try your recipe. 🙂

  23. It’s so nice you’re willing to cook Tony something that you hate! I do that for Den too, but not often. I don’t dig steaks so I usually make them cook them for himself. Don’t ask me why I’m not a steak fan, I can enjoy a bite or even a whole steak, but it’s not something I ever really want to eat. Weird, I know. But I do like tuna casserole. Maybe even weirder? lol

  24. LOL at the winter coat. Today is the first day I’m wearing nylons under my skirt and I even wear my boots for the first time this season. It’s getting more chilly everyday here.

    That soup looks delicious.

  25. Winter coat!! It is 95 here as I type at 6:10pm 🙂 Tom is the same way about the smell of tuna, it makes him ill, so of course he will never partake in a tuna casserole any time soon either.

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