Tuna casserole with a twist

by Christine on September 9th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition

Yesterday for dinner I wanted to eat something warm. I scrounged in my cupboard until I found a can of Cream of Mushroom soup. Looking on the back it had a recipe for a tuna fish casserole. I thought, sure, I’ll give it a try! I wanted to to (1) double the tuna and (2) use couscous instead of noodles (I can’t do noodles with the gastric band).

The dish turned out delicious, kind of pudding-like. You couldn’t even tell the couscous was in there, which was pretty awesome. To be honest, I preferred the dish with the couscous instead of egg noodles, plus couscous is so much healthier for you!  The whole dish turned out to be 555 calories for the whole pan, of 185 calories for a one-third portion. A great calorie value!

Calories Protein Carb
Tuna (1 sm. can) 72 15.9 0
Tuna (1 sm. can) 72 15.9 0
diced onion 13 0.3 3.2
diced tomato 6 0.3 1.4
1/2 can cream of mushroom soup 130 2.5 10.2
1/2 cup cous cous 132 4.5 27.3
just a sprinkle of bread crumbs 85 2.9 15.6
1/2 cup skim milk 45 4.4 6.1
TOTAL for the whole pan 555 46.7 63.8
Calories for 1/3 portion 185 15.6 21.3

It doesn’t look super pretty, but it was really tasty. I have lots of leftovers now, too. (You can see how much I ate…less than one third of the pan.)  I don’t cook very often, but when I do I like to experiment and venture off the given recipe. More often than not, I enjoy what I end up creating.

Last night I was scanning in some old photos and came across these great “before” pictures. They are from 199, somewhere just above 200 pounds.  I feel sad seeing these; I was living in London at the time, and I know I could have had a much better experience if I had been thinner. I made ZERO local friends while I was overseas. I have no doubt that my weight kept people from giving me the time of day, and I was so terribly shy that it probably didn’t help matters any. Instead I spent my time puttering around Europe on my own a lot, which gave me a tremendous sense of independence.

I don’t think I look 21 years old. I look like I’m 45. (I’m the 2nd person on the left, in case you couldn’t tell.)

Me, recently, in a similar suit. I know, it’s a silly picture. I was playing “James Bond.”

Traci from Traci’s Treasures gave me a blog award yesterday! Thank you Traci! I very much appreciate it and am honored that you thought of me!

And thank you all for your comments on yesterday’s post, “Starving.” It was interesting to see how many of you either had tried a similar fast to lose weight or those of who couldn’t even conceive of doing such a thing! It was all very interesting…thank you.

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  • Alllanmklein

    I told you how to get readers, how to get popular, and how to spread your tale of inspiration. And then Tuna Casserole… Holy crap,

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      LOL! You must be right Allan because I haven’t gotten a single comment on my post today except for yours!

  • Patrick

    I am not a big cous cous fan,but, using it in a casserole may be how I might enjoy it.

    Is that really you in the ‘before’ picture? Saying that ‘you’ve made a transformation’ is not giving you enough credit. Look at you then and now playing James Bond; that silly pic is great for a different reason, it shows allot of personaility and confidence. So, didyou shoot the person behind the camera?