Tuna Casserole for kids… And adults

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It’s a Monday, and after a weekend of entertaining the kids and running around, I just wanted to throw together an easy dinner that would please everyone. This is not low-carb friendly, but sometimes convenience wins out. So I decided to make my tuna casserole. Growing up I never had tuna casserole. In fact I don’t think that I’ve ever tasted the traditional tuna casserole that’s made with Campbell’s mushroom soup. I saw this recipe that called for jarred alfredo sauce but I have an easy Alfredo recipe, so I substituted my own homemade Alfredo sauce.

My little 5 year old kiddo loved being in the kitchen and helping to make this dinner. He knew all the different ingredients. This is not a complicated recipe to put together. My kiddo helped me with every step, tasting all the different ingredients. He was very excited to try the casserole. To add a little “adult” twist, I added crispy shallots to the top. My kiddo was eating them too, so maybe it wasn’t just for adults.

TUNA CASSEROLE

Pasta (I like rotini or farfalle)
Package of frozen peas
2 cans tuna
Breadcrumbs

Alfredo Sauce

1stick of unstated butter
2 tbsp of cream cheese
3/4 – 1 cup of Parmesan cheese
Pint heavy cream
Garlic powder (to taste)

Melt the butter in a sauce pan. Add the cream, cream cheese, and Parmesan cheese. Stir frequently to keep the sauce from burning or boiling over. Make sure that the cheese melts thoroughly. Season with garlic powder to taste.

Preheat the oven to 350. Boil the pasta according to the directions on the box. Stir the Alfredo sauce into pasta. Add the tuna and the peas, sprinkle the top with breadcrumbs. Put the casserole in the oven until the breadcrumbs are golden brown, about 10-15 mins.

Crispy Shallots

1 1/2 cups oil (olive or vegetable)
3 tbsp unsalted butter
5-6 shallots sliced into thin rings

Heat the oil and butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Reduce the heat to low, add the shallots, and cook for 30-40 mins, until the are a rich golden brown. Stir the shallots occasionally to make sure they brown evenly. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain well, and cool on paper towels.

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You win some, you lose some…

I would love for this blog to be all about my successes and I’d love to hide my failures from everyone. However, I want this blog to be a complete record of my journey, so I think I need to be as honest as I can be. So, here goes the honesty…

After coming back from a week away on vacation, there was nothing to eat in the house, so I went to the store, and decided that I would make Rosemary-Roasted Chicken and Garlic and Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms and Herbs. Now, hubby had asked for me to just make some simple chicken for dinner since we had been eating pretty heavily (especially carb heavy) over vacation. I didn’t want to make my staple chicken cutlets, and this chicken recipe looked rather simple, and sounded like it would be tasty. Well, I’m here to tell you that we were not big fans of this recipe. First off, unbeknownst to me, hubby is not a fan of rosemary! I use rosemary all the time, but when it’s the only herb in the recipe, and when there’s a lot of it, I agree, it can be overwhelming. Overall, I didn’t think that the Rosemary-Roasted Chicken and Garlic was bad, it just wasn’t great either. Since it wasn’t a hit with the hubby, it will not be making a reappearance at our dinner table.

Now, onto Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms and Herbs. Let me tell you a little about our son. If I had to describe his eating habits I’d call him a carnivore with a side of fruitarian. He will eat steak, chicken, fish, hot dogs, you name it. He’ll eat french fries, but what kid wouldn’t (and what parent would steal a few)? He can also eat fruit, and only fruit, all day long, and be happy. Strawberries (or as he likes to call them, strawbebebies), grapes, apples, peaches, plums. He could sit down and eat half a cantaloupe all by himself! He loves pasta, but since we’re cutting carbs, I’d like him to eat what we are eating. Not that I’m against making pasta for him as a side occasionally, but I’d like to find a way to get vegetables into his diet. I have been curious about trying spaghetti squash since my mother-in-law told me about it. I, of course, told my little man that we were having pasta. This recipe was pretty simple and straighforward, and honestly, a little bland. However, he did try the “pasta” and he did actually eat some. So, spaghetti squash is something that I will be making again. I think I’ll just keep looking for different recipes.

So, while I don’t think that this was my most successful meal, the men in my life were good sports and ate it anyway. I’m learning what works well for us, and what doesn’t. Not every meal will be a homerun, but I will continue to trudge along, cooking and learning. But no matter what the food is, sitting down to dinner together as a family is really the best part of this whole experience.

Приятного аппетита!