Healthy Tuna Casserole
Title: Healthy Tuna Casserole
Author: Britney Shawley
Recipe type: Dinner
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Serves: 4-6 people
Sometimes all you have is a can of tuna, some noodles, carrots and some odds in the fridge. When this happens, its time to make Tuna Casserole. I have put a twist on this old fashioned favorite, and turned into a healthy delectable dish. Our family loves this. Especially when I get to put it in oven, with crumbled crackers, bread crumbs or slivered almonds on top and it becomes all crispy on top and gooey inside. This is not a typical dish for me, as we don’t generally use meat, but canned tuna is just too good to pass up sometimes. And when eaten in moderation, it can be part of a whole and healthy lifestyle. Side Note: This is my 3 year old’s favorite dish!!! She mmm’s with every bite.
1 large onion
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 large garlic cloves, minsed
2 tsp Tamari or Bragg Aminos (for caramelizing)
1 tsp salt
2 carrots, diced
1 cup peas, frozen and then dethawed (or edamame)
3/4 cup almond milk
3/4 cup water
2 tbsp corn starch (or flour)
2 tbsp Dijon mustard|
1 can tuna
salt and pepper to taste
lemon, for on top of dish when serving
3/4 cup crushed crackers, nachos, bread crumbs or sliced/crushed almonds
1 tsp Garlic powder, for serving on top of casserole
Shredded Cheese or Pamesan (optional)
3/4 of a box of gluten-free macaroni or whole wheat
Preheat oven to 425 and bring large pot of water to boil.
Once boiled add pasta and cook for 5 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water to stop the cooking, add to casserole dish. Set aside.
Meanwhile, In a large fry pan, add coconut oil and diced onion and let cook for 5-7 minutes. Add Tamari or Bragg aminos to caramelize, and let cook for about another 3-4 minutes. Add salt and pepper and garlic. For another 2 minutes.
Dice carrots and add to onions. Stir and put lid on top. Once carrots almost soft (about 3 minutes), add water, almond milk and stir.
Once it comes to a soft boil, add corn starch and mix until with fork thoroughly. Let come to soft boil.
Add Dijon mustard and coconut cream (if using) add 2-3 tbsp water if not using coconut cream. Stir to combine. Leave on low heat until thick and creamy. Stir often.
Once sauce has become creamy, add to the cooked pasta in a casserole dish.
Add in tuna, green peas, dill, salt, black pepper. Mix all together.
Take cracker of choice and crumble on top of casserole. Add Parmesan cheese if desired.
Pop in oven for 10-15 mins until bubbly underneath and lightly brown on top. Serve with lemon, pinch of salt, garlic power.