Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuna Noodle Casserole
Hi everyone, so a few weeks ago I made this recipe for my husband who is Catholic and doesn't eat meat on the Fridays leading up to Easter. I am not a huge fan of tuna noodle casseroles but my family loves them. So here is my version of a healthier way to still have this recipe without a lot of added fat and calories. I know everyone has their own way to making this but I thought I would share with you mine.
1 1/2 cups of medium whole wheat egg noodles, if you cannot find the whole wheat ones use what you have.
1 onion diced
1 garlic clove minced
2 stalks of celery diced
1 bell pepper
1 cup of chopped mushrooms
1 cup of plain non fat Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
1-2 cans of white albacore tuna packed in water
1/2 cup of skim milk
2 tablespoons of oregano
salt and pepper to taste or leave it out
a few shakes of Tabasco sauce
2 slices of whole grain bread with flax seed and made with whole wheat flour, if you cannot find that just use any low calorie bread you can find.
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
After all your veggies are diced, minced and chopped, heat up a large skillet and drizzle some extra virgin olive oil in it. Next take all your veggies and put them in the skillet just to soften. From there take your 2 slices of low cal bread and toast them, when they are finished toasting, add them to a food processor or blender or you can even use a cheese grater. Set them aside. From here you want to add your tuna to the veggies just to heat through and then add them to a casserole dish, mix in the oregano and Tabasco sauce. Now on to the thing that makes tuna noodle casserole creamy. In a small mixing bowl add your yogurt, lemon juice and milk. Mix them and pour them over the top of the veggies and tuna. Sprinkle your cheese over the top and top it off with your bread crumbs. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or so depending on your oven. My husband never knew it was good for him and he tasted the Greek yogurt and if I didn't tell him he would have thought it was sour cream. Just an fyi here my husband loves sour cream, he's been eating it with everything since he was a kid and he couldn't tell it was Greek yogurt until I told him. I hope you get a chance to try this or make your own version of it. Live, laugh and love everyone!