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Tune into this Tuna Casserole Recipe

21 Nov

Although tuna casserole is considered a comfort food for many, I didn’t grow up on this stuff. On special occasions my dad would make a mean meatloaf; and at times as an after-school snack, I’d make mac and cheese from the box. That’s pretty much as far as it goes for traditional American comfort foods with me. I bought a couple of cans of Starkist Albacore tuna from Safeway the other day and had no idea what I would do with them. I thought about making a tuna salad but that would entail looking for substitute mayonnaise. So I researched instead on tuna casseroles without wheat, dairy, eggs, or nuts. It’s pretty tough to find one that matches to a tee.

The first result on Google for “gluten-free, dairy-free tuna casserole” was from food.com with pretty good reviews (5 stars from 5 reviewers). It uses an olive oil based mayonnaise. (So I guess I could make a tuna salad – there is a olive oil based mayonnaise – who knew?!) The second result came from a Celiac Disease website and it used a non-dairy cream of mushroom soup and non-dairy cheese. (Hmm learning about new dairy-free products everyday). Wholefoods rounded out the 3rd result, but it did not get a good review, only 1 star from 1 reviewer.

With those recipes in mind, I went out and bought a jar of egg-free mayonnaise and shredded non-dairy cheese, but forgot about the non-dairy cream of mushroom soup. However, I was still not “feeling” it with the recipes. So I continued down the Google result list and came across Dance While You Cook’s Stellar Tuna Casserole – and I stopped looking.

This recipe was so detailed and came with pictures that it looked like something I could do. It did take a few more pots and pans than my usual wok, but I followed her preparation method pretty closely and my tuna casserole came out fantastic. I have to work on Mantou, I do not think he likes peas, but he liked the tuna, noodles, and mushrooms. My husband went for 3 servings!

It’s better if you follow her detailed instructions on her website. She provide pictures too. However I did have to make some alterations to the ingredients mentioned in her recipe

  • 16 oz rice pasta  <— I had an opened pack of Tinkyada rice noodles but it wasn’t enough so I also added some quinoa pasta (I think Mantou preferred the rice pasta) – you can pretty much use any kind of pasta)
  • 3C almond milk <– can’t do nuts, so I used unsweetened coconut milk beverage from Trader Joe’s
  • 2 TBS cooking sherry <– didn’t have any sherry so substituted Michu rice wine
  • potato chips or sliced almonds <– no potato chips, if there were I would eat them in one seating, also we’re nut free so no almonds. I had some Glutino bread crumbs in the pantry so used that instead.
  • paprika <– could have sworn I had paprika but it was cayenne pepper. Probably should stick with paprika here.

Ok, so check out Dance While You Can’s version of tuna casserole. It’s another keeper but it does take some effort and time to prepare.

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Loafing Around

25 Aug

1st attempt making gluten-free bread

We’ve been wanting to make our own bread for a while but didn’t find it necessary to invest in a brand new bread machine. We went to a the second-hand store once and almost bought one but we didn’t get it. Fortunately, a friend who is moving out of the country gave us his (which was also handed down to him from his friend who moved out of the country). It’s a Breadman and I think it’s model TR555LC.

We used the recipe from the Gluten-free Goddess, Karina Allrich, who has an amazing blog with gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free recipes. We actually tried making this particular bread recipe 3 times. My husband made the bread the first time and it came out pretty well, except that it was too salty. Was it because we used kosher salt instead of sea salt? For the second time, I actually helped and well, we forgot to put water in the mix, haha so yeah that was a big FAIL! So the 3rd time my husband made it again. This time he reduced the salt measurement to 1/2 teaspoon. All I had to do was take the bread out of the machine. Hehe, well I didn’t do very well and I kind of smooshed the bread. However, it tasted very good!

The calculated cost of making a loaf of home-made bread comes to $3.69. Food for Life’s brown rice bread and millet bread is about $3.99 at Whole Foods and they are only available in the frozen section. So it’s a pretty good investment as so long as we get it right!