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So, is this a familiar conversation in your house?
Alicia: It’s about time for me to start dinner. So, What would you like?
David: I don’t know. But, What are you thinking?
Alicia: I’m not sure. Something easy. Because I don’t feel like cooking much tonight.
David: Wanna go out?
I would love to answer yes. Who wouldn’t? But then I feel lazy. I hate feeling lazy mainly because I consider myself an industrious person.
Alicia: Nah. I don’t mind cooking.
David: So, what do you feel like making?
Alicia: What do you feel like eating?
Ok. I’m industrious. But I’m seriously not an organized person.
David: Whatever you feel like cooking.
Alicia: I really don’t feel like cooking.
David: So, do you want to go out?
Am I lazy?
So, maybe I am lazier than I thought? I love my husband. David has so many talents, and only of them is putting up with my indecisiveness.
Alicia: No. It’s too expensive. Not to mention, I don’t need the calories. Plus, there is no place I really want to go.
That part is correct. We are planning a trip to Disney next month, and I recently lost almost 60 pounds. However, I felt like it was too much, so tried to gain some back. Then, between several arthritis flare-ups and an injury, I was unable to do any meaningful exercise for several months. I meant to gain 10 pounds but ended up increasing by 20 instead. I’m trying to work those extra 10 pounds off. Besides, we live in a small town with exactly three restaurants nearby. As you can imagine, after four years, I’m bored with them.
David: Ok, then. What do you feel like cooking?
Alicia: I really want some comfort food. How about tuna casserole?
Can you tell that I’m just full of contradictions? Do I want healthy? Or, do I crave comfort food? Yes. The answer to both questions is a resounding “YES!” I don’t want to sabotage my goals. Since I know that we will enjoy the food riches that Epcot Food and Wine Festival offers, I am trying to eat healthier now. But, I want comfort food. The last few weeks have irked my nerves.
Tuna Casserole is Retro Comfort Food
One of my favorite comfort foods is tuna casserole. It conjures childhood memories.
However, it usually has so much cheese, heavy cream, and high sodium content that I avoid it. Tonight, I needed it, though. So, I created this version that shaves over 100 calories off the original 1970’s classic. My version is also lower in sodium and fat. Additionally, my version has no saturated fat. It’s also higher in vitamins A, C, and Iron. But, if you want a bigger fiber bite, use whole grain egg noodles. They are an IBS trigger for David, so I use regular egg noodles.
While I hesitate to call this Tuna Casserole makeover “healthy,” it is easier on the calorie budget. And, it still hit me right in the childhood feels, soothing all that ails. Plus, it’s as easy to make as dumping everything in a casserole dish and baking it. So, it’s not like cooking at all. And, David loved it. Also, I felt like I almost got out of cooking without blowing our vacation budget.
We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.
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