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We are now back in reality. A reality with busy schedules, school, and home cooked dinners. On the way home from school yesterday, the Tiny Teen asked me where we were going for dinner. I reminded her that vacation was over, and we were back to eating at home for awhile. After a long sigh, she accepted this. The next logical question was, "Then what's for dinner."
This is where I must pause a moment for a side bar...
You see back in the ancient lore of my family lies a myth about my mother. If you knew my sweet mother, you'd know that kind woman could never tell a lie. As the myth goes (this story was before my time...I'm the baby of the family), my mother told my older brothers that brussel sprouts had chocolate in the center. This was obviously in an attempt to get them to try them. If this alleged story occurred, than I can say that the apple didn't fall far from the tree. Sometimes a mother's gotta do, what a mother's gotta do to get her kids to eat better.
Side bar over...
So the Tiny Teen innocently asked what was for dinner. In that moment, honesty could have reigned supreme. However the truth didn't come out of my mouth, a twisted, untruthful answer did. It even kind of shocked me. You see, I told her that we were having noodles, peas, sauce, and "sassy chicken." She didn't even wonder about the "sassy" part. You see, she loves a good casserole with all of those things. I knew I wouldn't get an argument from my exhausted kindergartner, and that worked just fine for me.
Then I served her this...
Looking yummy, right? It is! However when I served it, that little smarty pants said, "Are you sure it's chicken? It smells like fish."
Again, untruthfully, I said "Yup, 'sassy chicken'."
That sweet, little, hungry girl sat down and wolfed down her supper. Then, she threw another spoonful on her plate, then another and another. After her fourth helping, I confessed. I told her she was in fact correct. The casserole wasn't chicken. You see, what I was serving her was tuna...for the first time ever.
She looked at her plate and shrieked, "GROSS!!" I looked at her sideways, and reminded her that she had just eaten 4 helpings. Obviously, it wasn't that gross. She thought about it a minute, and then continued to throw on 3 more spoonfuls. Ugh. Kids.
Long story concluded... Do I feel bad about lying to my daughter? Sure, lying is terrible and not something I'm good at. Would I do it again? You bet, because that girl took down a whole host of Omega-3's last night!
Perhaps you already have a Tuna Noodle Casserole that you love and have eaten since childhood. I didn't. I refused to eat tuna. Ever. However, when this recipe appeared in the Sunday coupon flyers, I thought it sounded easy enough. So, thank you Campbell's soup for a yummy recipe that my 5 year old and I LOVE! I did change the recipe somewhat, so I will give you my version below. You can check Campbell's website for their version.
I hope you and your family will give it a try and enjoy it too. And if you tell your kids it's "sassy chicken" instead of tuna, you know you'll get no judgment from me! Good luck and enjoy!!
Tuna Noodle Casserole
Prep: 20 minutes | Bake: 25 minutes
Makes 8 servings (1 1/4 cups each)
- 2 cans (10 3/4 oz. each) Campbell's Condensed Cream of Chicken soup
- 1 cup milk
- 2 cups of frozen peas
- 10 oz. of canned albacore tuna, drained
- 1/2 of a 12 oz. package of "No Yolks" egg noodles, cooked and drained
- 1/4 cup of Italian bread crumbs
- 2 TBSP. butter, melted
- Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Stir soup, milk, peas, tuna, and noodles into a 2 1/2 quart casserole. Stir the bread crumbs and butter in a small bowl.
- Bake tuna mixture for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbling. Stir tuna mixture. Then sprinkle the tuna casserole with the bread crumb mixture.
- Bake 5 minutes or until bread crumbs are golden brown.