Tuna Noodle Casserole Ingredients and utensils
Tuna noodle casserole has been a popular dinner at our house for years. My sister gave me this recipe 30 years ago when my husband and I were first married, and by the time we had three growing boys, we had to double the quantity to feed everyone, but it has been a quick and easy comfort food dinner for years.
This year I know some young people who are cooking on their own, and instead of buying them a gift card to a restaurant and feeding them for one night, I am giving them the casserole recipe and the ingredients, and the tools so they can feed themselves for life. I wrapped up a collander, a cheese grater, a casserole dish, and the ingredients (except for the cheese as it’s perishable) in a basket for a practical gift. See the recipe below.
Tuna Noodle Casserole
3 Stoned Wheat Thin crackers, broken up
1 can of flaked light tuna
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
1 ½ c. macaroni noodles
Boil 3 cups of water in a large pot.
Add 1 ½ cups of macaroni, to boiling water and heat on medium heat for 7 mins, stirring occasionally.
Drain noodles, and rinse with water.
Heat the cream of mushroom soup and the tuna on medium in a smaller pot, and stir.
Add the tuna mixture to noodles and stir together, then Spoon it all into a baking dish.
Break up 3 stoned wheat thin crackers in your hands, and sprinkle on top.
Grate one cup of cheddar cheese, and sprinkle on top.
Bake in oven at 375 degrees until golden (about 20 mins). Serves 3 – 4 people.
(You can add frozen peas or mushrooms to the mix if you like). Enjoy!
Gif wrapped in cellophane with recipe attached
Your mind stops the craving
For this week’s optimizing yourself exercise, I became conscious of my eating habits. I normally eat a limited quantity of food during the day, then crave snacks in the evening. Deepak Chopra says when you reach for a snack, stop for a moment and ask yourself why you are eating it. If you are not too physically hungry, are you bored, or stressed, or something else?
I tried this technique this week and found that stopping to think about my snacking helped. A few times I changed my pattern, and went away from the kitchen and satisfied my mind by listening to some soothing music and I forgot about food.
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Thankful for the harvest of my life
“Gratitude is an inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is following that impulse”.
Henry Van Dyke
In our farming past, Thanksgiving was a celebration of the end of the harvest and the start of the winter season.
Today it is a holiday where many people share a traditional turkey dinner and pumpkin pie with family and friends.
To me, it is a day to say thanks for everything I am and have, and all the wonderful people and animals in my life. I have abundant love and health and joy in my life, and the more I count my blessings, the more blessings I attract into my life.
I hope your Thanksgiving is extra special! Ann
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