...and we're home...so what's for dinner?!?
by Keleigh May on June 1st, 2014

Not Your Mama's Tuna Mac

(well, unless you're Tucker, in that case it IS your mama's tuna mac)
  • 1 box pasta
  • 2 cans of tuna
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup butternut squash puree
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Lawry's seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Optional Bread Crumb Topping:
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350. Boil pasta as directed. Pour drained tuna in a greased large rectangular baking dish. Once pasta has cooked, drain and pour on tuna. Season with all spices.  

Special Note:
If you have a cat, drain tuna liquid into a small bowl for a scrumptious kitty treat.
Pour chicken broth over pasta (do you know how hard it is to pour chicken broth and take a picture at the same time.....not easy my friends). Add 1/4 cup pureed butternut squash. 
Add 1 cup of cheese and mix well. Top with remaining cup of cheese. Top with optional breadcrumb topping. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes or until cheese has melted. 

An Easy Meal After You've Been Behind The Wheel.

We are back in Raleigh for a few days then it's back to High Point we go! We've been out of town for over a week, so needless to say our kitchen is empty. The last thing I want to do after a day of packing/traveling with a 3 year old is drag myself to the grocery store. This is why my tuna mac is the meal of choice for whenever we return from trips. Most all the ingredients are pantry staples, no need to run to the grocery store! Even if you are tired from traveling and think there's nothing to cook, where there's a meal, there's a way!

What I Use In My Tuna Mac.

In my "Nacho Ordinary Nacho" post I told y'all I had just ordered Green Giant's Veggie Blend-Ins on Amazon, well they arrived! It was SO easy to add to my pasta and just look at the ingredient list, it's one thing...I could weep with joy. I highly recommend these to anyone looking to hide a serving of veggies in your favorite dish! They are currently only sold on Amazon. 

Lately I've been buying Trader Joe's Brown Rice and Quinoa pasta. It's awesome, and gluten free! I've had other quinoa pastas to, and it's quite good. It has a nuttier flavor to it, but covered with tuna and cheese it's impossible to taste the difference. Why buy regular white pasta when there are so many healthier options out there?!
Lately, canned tuna has gotten alot of flack for being so high in mercury. My dad bought me this kind awhile back, and ever since I've been "hooked" (LOL, fish puns). Its Sashimi grade tuna that is lower in mercury (small fish contain less mercury) and has 5x’s more omega-3’s than conventionally canned tuna. This tuna is far more expensive than traditional canned tuna (I believe a can is about $6-$8) but I think you get what you pay for. More on Henry and Lisa Tuna here.

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