I was craving tuna noodle casserole, but I am not really a fan of the shirataki noodles. So what is a good substitute for noodles? Well, I have had success with green beans (canned variety), zucchini ribbons, and spaghetti squash strands. I personally like green beans for this particular recipe. They were soft and did not have any crunch to them which is why I like the canned green beans. Some people like a little crunch with their tuna but not me. It is a personal preference. The next issue I came across was the use of sour cream. I could've used up to 3 tbsp of sour cream as 3 condiments per serving but then you can't add your spices because you would be at your condiment limit. I guess you could sneak some in but I didn't tell you that :) I decided to try light ranch dressing to give it a little zing as well as use up my required healthy fats. As an option if you do not like ranch dressing, you could try 1/4 cup mayo (4 Healthy fats which is enough for this recipe) and 3 tbsp of sour cream (3 Condiments) with no spices. I may try that next time just to see which I prefer better. Feel free to add celery or green peppers if you want more crunch as well. Don't forget to add 2 additional green per serving! Enjoy!
Ranch Tuna "Noodle" Casserole
14 oz tuna in water, canned (2 Lean)
1 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese (1 Lean)
1/4 tsp salt (1 Condiment)
1/4 tsp garlic powder (1 Condiment)
1/4 tsp pepper (1/2 Condiment)
2 tbsp light mayo (2 Healthy Fats)
1/4 cup or 4 tbsp light Hidden Valley ranch dressing * see note below (2 Healthy Fats)
1-1/2 cups green beans no salt added, (I used canned but you can use fresh or frozen) (3 Greens)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine tuna, salt, garlic powder, pepper, mayo and ranch dressing until combined.
Stir in green beans. Divide mixture into three medium sized ramekins or 1 8" square casserole dish. Top with cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese has melted.
3 Servings with 1 Lean, 1 Green (still need 2 more Greens per serving), 1 Condiment per serving
No additional healthy fats required since 14 oz of tuna needs 4 healthy fats and cheese needs no healthy fat
I wanted to note that this recipe uses a light ranch dressing and not a fat free one. This is because I used it as a healthy fat. A dressing is considered a healthy fat when it meets the following criteria:
Fat: More than 5 grams (HV Ranch has 7 grams)
Calories: 40-80 (HV Ranch has 80)
Carbs: Less than 6 grams (HV Ranch has 3 grams)