Saturday, August 31, 2013

Tuna Broccoli Casserole

This is a nice variation on a tuna noodle casserole - my entire family loved it and it was super easy to put together!

5 cups uncooked egg noodles (I substituted rice pasta)
1 tsp butter
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 cups fat free milk (I substituted goat milk)
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried thyme
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 cup sodium-reduced chicken broth
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided (I substituted goat cheddar)
4 cups frozen broccoli florets, thawed (I used fresh and steamed them prior to use)
2 cans of drained white tuna
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs (I used all rice bread crumbs)
1 tbsp butter melted
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Cook noodles according to the package directions; drain.  Transfer to a 13" x 9" baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skill, heat butter over medium-high heat.  Add onion and saute until tender.  In a small bowl whisk together cornstarch, milk and seasonings until smooth; gradually stir into the skillet.  Stir in the broth.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes until thickened.
  • Stir in 3/4 cup cheese until melted; stir in broccoli and tuna.  
  • Spoon tuna mixture over the noodles; mix well.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Toss bread crumbs with the melted butter and sprinkle evenly over the top of the casserole.
  • Bake, covered with tin foil, for 45 minutes.  Remove the foil covering and bake for a further 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
  • ENJOY!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Zucchini & Cheddar Fritters

I found this recipe in 2010 Chatelaine magazine and kept it for zucchini season.  Since we were making chicken schnitzel last night, it seemed the proper time to debut this dish - and we are all glad that I did!!!!  They disappeared in seconds flat!

2 small zucchini
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar (I used goat cheddar)
2 green onions, thinly sliced (I used my garlic scape and spinach pesto)
1 egg white
SAUCE (Optional)*
1 lemon
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp Dijon mustard (preferably grainy)
  • Preheat oven to 400F.  Do not peel zucchini.  Coarsely grate.  Spread out over paper towels and top with more paper towel.  Press to remove excess water.  Turn into a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle the zucchini with cornstarch and mix well.  Add cheese and onions.  Stir to mix.  Whisk egg white, and stir into zucchini mixture along with generous pinches of salt and black pepper.
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.  Scoop approximately 1/4 cup of the mixture onto the baking sheet, and gently press down to flatten.  Repeat with remaining mixture.
  • Bake on the centre rack in the oven until fritters start to firm up and are golden on the bottom (approx. 15 to 20 mins).  Turn over the fritters carefully at this stage as they are still soft.  Continue to bake until set and golden brown (a further 8 to 10 mins).  Let stand a couple of mins before serving so the fritters will firm up.
  • Meanwhile, squeeze 1 tbsp juice from the lemon into a small bowl.  Stir in mayonnaise and mustard.  Serve fritters with the sauce.
  • ENJOY!
*I didn't bother making the sauce and the fritters were quite delicious as they are!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Salad Nicoise

Since we still had some frisee lettuce and red spring onions from a couple of CSA shares ago, and received new potatoes, green beans and eggs with our share last week, I decided that a salad nicoise was in order!  I love this dish even though it takes a little work because the flavour is outstanding and it is a complete meal!!!

1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon or 1 tsp dried (I used Herbs de Provence)
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt & freshly ground pepper
12 mini red potatoes, cut in half
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt & freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
2 cans of tuna, drained*
1 head of leaf lettuce
Handful of green beans, trimmed and boiled until crisp tender
2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
2 hard boiled eggs, cut into wedges
1/2 cup black olives
  • Preheat oven to 425F
  • Whisk together Dijon, tarragon and wine vinegar.  Slowly whisk in oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.
  • Toss potatoes with 1 tbsp olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.  Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake for 20 mins, or until tender and browned.  Remove from oven.
  • Toss potatoes with 2 tbsp dressing.  Toss onions with 2 tbsp dressing.  Set aside.
  • Line a large platter with lettuce.  Gently toss the beans and tomatoes with dressing.  Place potatoes, onions, green beans, tomatoes,hard boiled eggs and olives in sections on the platter.  
  • Top with tuna.
  • Drizzle the entire salad with the remaining dressing.
  • ENJOY!!!
*You can also use a fresh tuna steak - simply brush it with 1 tbsp oil and coat with cracked pepper.  Grill on the BBQ for 2 minutes per side on high, or until it is still rare in the centre.  Remove from the grill and slice into thin slices!