Tuna Noodle Casserole

Growing up my mom used to make this dish for picnics in the summer. I never really ate it until we went to a picnic at her coworkers lake house and I have loved it ever since! This dish for me has turned into a lunch dish and I can usually get 2 lunches out of this.

There isn’t a real recipe to this and it really can be manipulated anyway you would like.

1-2 servings of noodles (I usually use elbow or bowties, but went with shells this time. Your choice!)

1 can of tuna – drained

1-2 tablespoons mayonaisse (This will vary depending on your mayo taste)

Carrots/Celery (optional, your choice)

Paprika to sprinkle on top (optional)

Once you have drained the pasta, run it under cold water for a quick minute so the noodles don’t stick together. (I usually run it under the cold water while it is still in the strainer.) In a bowl mix pasta, tuna, mayo, and carrots/celery until everything is mixed in. (I mix mine in the pot I made the noodles in once it is drained) Pour in serving bowl and put in fridge. Serve cold!

 

Tuna Noodle

It doesn’t take long to make and it really goes great at a summer picnic, but it also works well for taking for lunch.

Enjoy!

 

 

Game Day

Tonight is the big game and everyone is preparing their appetizers to eat during the game. I really only watch the game for the commercials. The best part of a Super Bowl party is the food. I wish I could say I had a winner for you, but unfortunately I did not enjoy this appetizer I made. It is a simple one and doesn’t take very long at all to make. I present to you Apricot Ginger Shrimp.

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Apricot Ginger Sauce:

3/4 Cup Apricot Preserves

1 Tablespoon Ground Ginger (I think it is best to use as much as you think, I wish I would have used less)

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

Put in a saucepan and stir until melted. Done!

*When it is off heat, the sauce becomes more of a jam than a sauce. You will need to keep stirring it if you are putting it out as a dip.

I think if I liked ginger I would have liked it. It wasn’t horrible. It is confirmed, I hate ginger.

Enjoy the game!

Smart Ones Part 2

In my last post about the Smart Ones meal, I mentioned that I had also bought a Fish and Chips meal. This may surprise everyone, but I think the Fish and Chips were better than the Chicken Tenders! Sorry for the photo quality here, I forgot to take the pic before I cooked it. I was starving, it couldn’t wait!

Fish and Chips

When I first opened the package and there was only one fish, I was a little surprised. I don’t know why I thought there would be 2, but I guess my stomach was hoping for a bit more. It was good though. It made the work kitchen smell like fish sticks, so keep that in mind if you want to make this at work. It tasted exactly like a fish stick and these fries were so much better than the ones with the chicken tenders. It reminded me of when I was little and mom would make us fish stick sandwiches for dinner.

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It doesn’t look like much in the picture, in fact it looks a little sad. I enjoyed it and I would definitely buy this one again. I just have to make sure to bring a few snacks for lunch that day to accompany it.

Tilapia

Hello! This might surprise some of you that I would ever cook fish on my own. Well, I need some more food options in my life and figured fish was easy. Tonight’s dinner definitely proved that it was a good choice! I love teriyaki sauce and figured why not try it on fish. I have never made fish so I didn’t know what to expect, but I would say this was a success.

I put my Tilapia in a zip lock bag and poured in some teriyaki sauce and let the fish soak in it for a few minutes. Depending on how much of the teriyaki taste you want, you can leave in longer to marinate. I have zero patience so it was in the bag for about 5 minutes. I took it out and put it into a baking dish. I had some cut up pineapple left so I added some pineapple chunks to the baking dish as well. I cooked it for about 20 minutes on 350. As a side dish I made white rice with peas and carrots. I also put some teriyaki in the rice to keep the flavors consistent. Below is my masterpiece! No recipe to follow, just all on my own. I would say I did good!

Tilapia

Well some success had to come with some failure. I tried making dairy free ice cream for dessert using a frozen banana, cocoa powder, some almond milk, and peanut butter. Horrible, horrible, horrible. I think my failure was in the amount of cocoa powder I used. Unfortunately, this got thrown down the drain because I could only get a taste before spitting it out. Sorry for the gross details, but just keeping it real.

Eat the fish, not the ice cream.