Let’s face it, Fish, is expensive and incredibly good for you. It doesn’t seem fair that all the healthy foods for you are also some of the most expensive. But a great way to get a little fish in your diet, is by using canned Tuna. I’m very fortunate that I can get wonderful tuna for free. My Grandpa was a fisherman and when he passed, my grandma sold his boat to one of his friends in return for keeping her in stock of Tuna and other fresh fish.
Tuna, unfortunately, can be high in mercury…but only if you eat to much. When I was pregnant with Gracie, I lived on Tuna Fish sandwiches with sliced pickles, lot’s of mustard and pepper. I was, of course, very careful not to eat to much though. I don’t eat many tuna fish sandwiches now…I can only eat them once and awhile, but when I’m pregnant…I crave them, a lot!
As a one income family, I want my kids to love fish. But, fresh fish can be hard on a budget. Growing up, we always had fish in the house and we would eat it quite a bit and I firmly believe that’s why I love it so much because from a young age I was introduced to it. I want my kids to love fish too. I’m not worried about Grace, she adores it. But Eden is still growing and still deciding what foods she likes and doesn’t like.
This tuna fish meal has been called many names. But we know it in my family as Tuna Casserole…however my brother, along with many other’s call it Tuna Noodle. This is a meal I grew up on and loved eating and if you’ve never tried it, I promise you’ll love it too.
Most of the time when I make Tuna Casserole, I make it earlier in the day and keep it in the fridge till Josh calls to tell me he’s on his way home. But yesterday, I had a stomach ache that wouldn’t go away…so I made it while Josh was on his way home…which actually worked out perfectly because I made Josh run back out into the world and grab a few things for me from the store.
First things first, I always boil my noodles first because they tend to take the longest. Normally I use elbow noodles, but I accidentally used the rest of the elbow when making my macaroni and cheese the other day. So I used mini ziti noodles, and they worked really well. Really, you can use any small pasta you have on hand. It doesn’t really matter. Once the water was boiling, I dumped in the pasta and salted the water. *quick tip- to help your water boil faster, put lid of the pot on top and it will boil in about 1/2 the time*
While the pasta was cooking, I went ahead and drained the juice from the tuna and added it to my greased casserole dish and shredded it up with a couple of forks. I then added the mayo and peas. Your going to want to take the frozen peas out of the freezer a little early so they aren’t a clumpy mess…or just throw them in a small bowl and put them in the microwave for about 2 minutes.
It went in the oven for 25min on a temp of 425. Which left me plenty of time to get the dishes washed and put away. I made a simple easy fruit salad of chopped apples, sliced bananas, and mandarin oranges to go along with this.
At 25 minutes, the Tuna Casserole looked like this, and was done.