April 19, 2012

Skinny Tuna and Spinach Noodle Casserole

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I haven't been stuck in a position like last night in a long time. 

Wednesday night, we had plans with another couple to grab a bite out at a spot that holds a 'trivia night'. I got home from work, played with the puppies and then waited for Paul to get home so we could head out. While I was waiting around I got to playing around on the computer, reading blogs, pinning the world on pinterest, and all things of a food-blogging nature. 

Yes, I do get stuck more often than not sucked into my computer and all things bloggy but last night I was caught off guard and stuck. Our friends called and said they couldn't make it so we were going to be laying low for the night. Paul left for a quick pick-up game and I continued, almost numbingly, to plus away at pictures, pins and post. 

I mean, it's what us bloggers do.
Before I knew it it was 7pm, then 7:30pm, then when 8pm reared I started to realize how hungry I was being that we didn't eat. 

Well... panic!!!!

No leftovers were in the house, nothing was defrosted, all cans of soup were cleaned out from when it got chilly a few weeks back and I was stuck without my car struggling to fine something healthy and still somewhat satisfying for dinner.

Plus, I also know Mr. Basketball was going to be coming back home very hungry so I needed to find something that also wasn't just a simple light salad which would have been fine for me.

I don't know what it was that reminded me that tuna is always a life saver in any situation. It's always stocked in the house, easy to pair with other ingredients and is still a healthier choice than slightly defrosted hot dogs. Gross.

I used to love my mother's Tuna Casserole but I knew what went in there and couldn't begin to think of how many calories it was per serving. I know my FitnessPal calorie tracker on my phone wasn't going to like me entering in such fatty high numbers so I went with my leaned out back-up version for this casserole. Not only is this 307 calories per serving but it's light, just enough cheese and honestly filling without the stuffed-your-pants and loosen-your-belt kinda feeling. The tunafish added the right amount of meat to the meal which paired very nicely with the spinach and cheddar cheese, and you know me... I couldn't go without adding a little spice to this dish for extra zing.

This casserole is perfect for your main course or even a pot-luck dinner and the spinach adds just the right touch of springtime green.
Skinny Tuna and Spinach Noodle Casserole
Yield: 8 servings

12 oz. egg noodles, cooked*
1-2 small can(s) of tuna, drained and flaked with a fork
1 can reduced fat cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 cup frozen spinach, defrosted
1 jalapeño, diced
1/2 cup (or more) grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs cooked
1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together first seven ingredients until well combined. Spread into a small squared greased casserole dish. Combine bread crumbs, parmesan and coconut oil and sprinkling over the top of casserole. 

Bake uncovered in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes and serve warm.

*Note: Don’t overcook the pasta! Read the package for times and use a timer, I cooked for 8 minutes. 

Recipe and photos by A Healthy Jalapeño 

calories 307
fat 6g
 cholesterol 30mg
  sodium 574m
 carbohydrate 41g 
fiber 4g
 protein 19g



Carrie Burrill said...

Tuna is ALWAYS a life saver in this situations. I love Tuna Noodle Casserole, it was something I grew up eating.

nicole @ I am a Honey Bee said...

I've never had tuna noodle casserole. {crickets}

I'll have to give this a try since I've been picking up casserole pans left and right... just not making them yet. ha!

Dara Reppucci said...

WOW. I am looooving this casserole. I cannot believe you were able to cut the calories so low. Your photos are gorgeous. I'm now following.

Colleen @ Culinary Colleen said...

I'm not usually a fan of regular tuna noodle casserole but this version looks much better to me. I think I'm the only one who didn't eat it growing up!

mjskit said...

Tuna casserole was my mom's "there's nothing in the kitchen" dish. I loved it growing it and I still love it! I've never put spinach in it which is a great idea! Fabulous looking tuna casserole - one of the ultimate comfort foods in my book!

Sandra M. said...

Laura, this look fantastic! What a great idea, and inspiration to try something new with tuna and pasta! Thank you so much for sharing!

Carrie's Experimental Kitchen said...

Good morning! I featured this recipe on my blog today, it looks great! Thanks for allowing me to share. Here is the link http://carriesexperimentalkitchen.blogspot.com/2012/05/week-16-seafood-frenzy-friday.html