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Extra-Cheesy Tuna Casserole

By: Lauren from laurenslatest.com
Extra-Cheesy Tuna Casserole
Extra-Cheesy Tuna Casserole
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Add a lighter twist to a classic recipe with this Extra-Cheesy Tuna Casserole. This healthy dinner recipe is creamy, bursting with flavor, and guaranteed to satisfy your hunger. The addition of peas, cauliflower, and onions are a healthy, refreshing contrast to the melted cheese and hearty tuna. Pasta gives this dish a comforting element and a bit more substance.

If you're looking for a clever way to get the picky eaters in your house to eat their veggies, then this is it. It's so tasty you won't even realize it's a healthier option. You will also find this recipe is one inexpensive meal option that is also filling. One thing is for sure: this definitely isn't your mom's tuna casserole recipe!

Nutritional Information:
Serving Size: 335 g
Calories: 616
Total Fat: 36.3 g
Saturday Fat: 19.2 g
Total Carbohydrates: 35.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.0 g
Sugars: 6.8 g
Protein: 39.0 g

Serves6 small servings

Easy

Kid FriendlyYes

Nutrition HighlightsLow Carb

MealDinner, Lunch

Did You Know?

Although tuna noodle casseroles are delicious, they aren't always the healthiest. Traditional tuna noodle casseroles use noodles, cheese, canned tuna, soup, and potato chips to create the classic dish.

This recipe from Lauren's Latest avoids the soup and potato chips and instead includes an entire head of cauliflower. The added cauliflower gives you an extra serving of daily veggies, and it helps this recipe to have fewer carbs and calories than a traditional tuna noodle casserole. 

By making this tuna casserole with cauliflower, this recipe is chock full of healthy surprises. According to Emory Healthcare1, cauliflower helps prevent cancer and defend against diabetes.

This healthy vegetable is also great for your digestive health because there are 10 grams of fiber for every 100 calories of cauliflower. The JosiahMacyFoundation.org2 also states that cauliflower is chock full of healthy vitamins and minerals, including vitamin K, thiamine, riboflavin, and magnesium. 

If you're nervous that your picky eater won't eat this casserole because of the cauliflower, you don't have to tell them that you included the healthy veggie. The cauliflower takes on the flavor of the cheese, tuna, and Alfredo sauce, so they may not even realize that they're eating their veggies.  

Want to sneak cauliflower into all of your recipes? Then you need to make these breadsticks or this mac and cheese recipe. Soon there will be cauliflower in all of your family's favorite recipes!

References:

1. Top 5 Health Benefits of Cauliflower from Emory Healthcare
2. Examining the Health Benefits of Cauliflower from JosiahMacyFoundation.org

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There are so many lower carb and gluten free pastas available nowadays, that I'm sure you can find something out there that fits your needs. Between the noodles and the cheese, which I have yet to meet a kid that doesn't love, i think this is a great way to get them to eat their veggies!

Oh man, this looks amazing! I'll definitely give it a go. Who cares about carbs anyway lol

It is nice to see you so enthusiastic about this recipe and I admit it sounds great - But you do realise that Pasta is a CARB and therefore this recipe is not low carb. Thanks

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