Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Numbers Work - At Least for Me

Tuna casserole.
I didn't get to it to photograph before Wallene got a scoop.  oops!
We love tuna casserole.  It is one of the things I can eat - and although it doesn't look too enticing in that pic' it does have a couple of things going for it:
  • It is simple to make
  • It is so inexpensive
  • It is low in calories
  • It is low in sodium
  • It screams "comfort food" YAY
Here is the recipe the way we make it:

3 3/4 cups egg noodles [half a bag]
1 can cream of mushroom soup [low fat/50% less sodium]
1 can [5 oz] chunk light tuna in water
1/2 can of milk
2/3 cup of frozen peas
1/2 cup mild shredded cheddar
pepper to taste [1/4 tsp? about]

Boil the noodles.  Drain.  Drain tuna.  Mix the noodles with the rest of the ingredients, except the cheese.  Pour into a casserole dish.  Sprinkle cheese over the top.  Cover.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes until heated through and cheese melts.  Notice I left the cheese off a part of it because I don't like the cheese on mine - besides it just adds to my sodium levels.

Here is the coolest thing tho' - 
For six servings - Each serving contains only 250 calories [that is with the cheese] and 300 mg of sodium [210 for me since I don't eat the cheese].  How awesome is that?

I was reading a tadpole's blog and was amazed at the low calories in the meals she was eating [they were frozen type healthy meals- Hi Tessa!] - but I can't eat pre packaged food [too much of what I can't have] - so tonight I deconstructed one of our family favorites to see exactly what the calories were [I already knew the sodium] - and was shocked that this was low in calories too. Woohoo!

And the pic' of the serving does not represent 1/6 th of a serving.  You would have to double that scoop.  And that folks is a very healthy serving of dinner. :)

I know some people like breadcrumbs on top [yes] or cornflakes [double yes] so plan accordingly - I think they would equal or be less than the cheese - but my family loves the cheese - so I am happy with my little part of the dish - cheese free. :)

Hope this is helpful. :)  Have a great week.


TinaM said...

Looks delicious! Even with the scoop gone! :)
That's so funny, I had my easy tuna casserole tonight too. Great minds...
Yours is healthier though, mine has corn instead of peas :)

TinaM said...

Just coppied yours, for next time! :)

Jeannie said...

I never make casseroles. And I can only do rice noodles unless I'm willing to suffer (which I'm willing for lasagna but that's about it).

But I could try something like this. I'd likely do a white/cheese sauce and mushrooms rather than the soup. When I think about it, really, I do casseroles but just don't serve them that way - meaning I don't bother with the dish and heating in the oven - just put noodles on a plate and spoon sauce over them. Is there a difference?

Rudee said...

Looks yummy, Skippy. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Yum Yucky said...

I'm totally going to cook it this week. And I will call it the "Skippy Casserole" in your honor. Seriously.

Jeannie said...

Hey - just thought I'd answer your Cuban questions here.
#1 I'm Canadian and have been going to Cuba for at least 20 years (not every year).
#2 It isn't illegal for Americans to visit Cuba but there are no direct flights from the USA. You could fly out of Canada though. You would run into problems if you tried to take Cuban merchandise back into the US with you so you couldn't bring back cigars or rum unless you wanted to risk smuggling.
#3 I am at least 70 lbs overweight - I don't carry much on my face though. Thank you for the kind words but I think all of you need to have your eyes checked. LOL