Friday, September 5, 2008

Southwestern Casserole

It's 7am. Going to get some coffee while we're out doing an errand, then to the park, off to explore a New York style deli I've never been to, make something sweet with my little guy & off to the Disney Ice show tonight. And a bit of Twilight Reading, only 23 pages in..... Oh, also, if you haven't seen What Happens In Vegas with Ashton & Cameron, you should!!!!  I was laughing so hard last night, that kind of hysterical laughter with tears but no sound coming out. I haven't finished it yet because Tristan woke up from my laughter as he was lying on me. 
Southwestern Tuna or Chicken Casserole

I made this with tuna last week but next time I will definitely be using chicken. I am posting it because of the value it brings for being easy, convenient & healthy. Comes from Cat Cora. T for tasty, E for easy.

Nonstick cooking spray
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 1/2 cups corn kernels, frozen & thawed
1 (10.5-ounce) can reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup
1 cup store-bought bottled tomato salsa
1 teaspoon chili powder, if desired
1 (6-ounce) can tuna packed in water, drained & flaked
2 1/2 cups rotini, penne or fusilli pasta, whole-wheat if desired, cooked according to package directions
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, reduced-fat or fat-free

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 2-quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat with the canola oil & when the oil is hot, add the onion & celery. Cook & stir until the vegetables soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in corn & cook 2 minutes longer to incorporate. Stir in the soup, salsa & chili powder until well blended.

Add the tuna & cooked pasta, stirring just to coat. Pour into the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle the top evenly with cheese. Bake for about 25 minutes or until bubbling. Remove from oven and serve immediately.


AVTCOACH said...

Have a great Disney! We took our girls every year. It was a tradition for at least 6 years. Very happy memories!

sassy stephanie said...! Twilight...awesome. I started the second book this week.

Mo said...

Dang you. I broke my own rule. I came here before breakfast. Now I am going to fight myself to stick to the smoothie before the workout.

Sounds like you have a great day planned. Enjoy!

Kelly said...

oh that sounds good..I have all the ingredients too, so I think I will give it a go..
Enjoy Disney!

Tam said...

SO what are you thinking about TWILIGHT so is a fast read and just kind of lets you relax...which I need sometimes!

Jennifer said...

We debated Disney On Ice, and now I wish I had tickets--dang it!

Jenny said...

What a fun day. I need to take my boys to a disney on ice. I know they'd love it. LOVED What happens in Vegas. Cute movie. Have a great rest of your weekend! The tuna casserole looks great too. Love the party shirt in the background!

Jen said...

Love Cat Cora, mrs Iron Chef! Another recipe that I will be sure to try. I love recipes that include staples that I keep on hand ie tuna.

Jen said...

Oh if that is you in the back ground, great shirt!

akeorlando said...

That dish looks delicious! I might have to try and make it sometime.

Thanks for sharing!

Life, Love And Lola said...


Casey's trio said...

I will definitely be trying this recipe. I have a chicken cassrole that I make now, but this sounds a little zippier with the salsa added in!

Monogramchick said...

this looks great! i like the idea of chicken, although I have some tuna to use up...think I'll put it on the list for this week's dinner line-up. Thanks for sharing :)

Deanna said...

I got behind with being gone for a few days! Love having posts to read when I log on. Smile!

Colleen said...

SO what are you thinking about TWILIGHT so is a fast read and just kind of lets you relax...which I need sometimes!