Saturday, July 20, 2013

Poor Man's Tuna Casserole

There are many times when cooking something "complicated" is for one reason or another just not in my plans for the day. This doesn't mean we don't want to enjoy our meal though. So I throw together some Poor Man's Tuna Casserole, and dinner is served.

Poor Man's Tuna Casserole is a name I gave to the concoction I make that doesn't require turning the oven on and heating up the house, but it's still cheesy, saucy, noodlely goodness. It can be made one of two ways, and which way depends entirely on what I have on-hand, but it's base is always macaroni and cheese. Whether it's two boxes of a "shells and cheese" type, or a bag of noodles and some cheese sauce, once that part has come into being, the magic is in the additions.

1 pot full of hot macaroni and cheese
1 or 2 cans of tuna fish in *water* - drained
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
2-4 tablespoons of real mayonnaise (best foods is my favorite until I learn to make my own)
1 can whole kernel corn
extra grated cheese to top
possible additions can include peas, bacon, bread crumb topping, sour cream, you name it.

Mix the tuna, mayo, soup and corn into the hot macaroni and cheese and there you have it. You can add in other items, or top with grated cheese, ranch dressing, ketchup (ick!,) anything you like. It's a comfort food, and it goes great with a nice big green salad to get some veggie nutrition in the diet. Just skip the desert, because this is not exactly diet food. Maybe you should go for a walk after dinner, just for good measure.

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