Thursday, January 23, 2014

Homemade Tuna Casserole + Ocean's Tuna Giveaway!


When I first moved out on my own I was dirt poor.  I'm talking ramen noodles for lunch and the leftover broth for dinner kind of poor.  I literally couldn't even afford a .29 cent meal.  Coupled with the fact that I really had no idea how to cook, I often splurged on pre-made meals like the knock off brands of "Tuna Helper" (that's right guys I couldn't even afford real Tuna Helper). I felt like it was the cheapest bang for my buck, and produced enough food for at least 4 meals!  Shortly after I learned how to cook, (and got a job that paid more than $5/hour) I decided to try and make my own homemade version with more wholesome ingredients.  In all honestly, I think this homemade version is probably cheaper than the boxed version - and more than likely you already have all of the ingredients at home.   This is one of my favourite quick and easy weekday meals and the price sure can't be beat!

Today's post is sponsored by Ocean's Tuna, though all opinions are completely my own! They provided me with the ingredients used to make this recipe as well as the giveaway at the end of this post. 

 Ocean Brand has always been my favourite brand of canned fish.  They offer a quality and price that just can't be beat!  I was happy when I heard about their Pole & Line tuna's which are fished eco-friendly and humane - less untargeted fish are caught (including dolphins, sea turtles, and sharks) which is really important to me.  The tuna's taste great and go perfect in recipes like this one for tuna casserole.  You can pick up these tuna's in your local grocery store (I like to stock up at Costco) or enter to win a case of assorted tuna at the bottom of this post!

Ingredients
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2-3 tbsp flour
- 3 cups milk
- pepper, to taste
- 1-2 cans of Ocean's Pole & Line Tuna
- 3/4 cup frozen peas
- 170g (about 1/2 a bag) egg noodles

Topping (optional)
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup panko (coarse bread crumbs)
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

Prepare your noodles as per the package directions and set aside in a medium casserole dish.

Melt butter in a frying pan over medium heat, then add flour until it forms a loose paste.  Cook the flour for 1-2 minutes.   Slowly whisk in milk 1 cup at a time until sauce thickens.   Add salt & pepper to taste.

Pour sauce over egg noodles, stirring well to combine - then add tuna and frozen peas.

Melt remaining tbsp of butter in a small dish and add bread crumbs.  Sprinkle bread crumbs and shredded cheese over casserole.

Bake in pre-heated oven for approximately 15 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling and the topping has turned golden brown.

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OCEAN'S POLE & LINE TUNA FISH

Ocean's is the first national tuna brand introducing a Pole & Line caught product in Canada.  Their fish is caught using an eco friendly and responsible way of fishing tuna.  Less un-targeted fish and juvenile fish are caught using this method. 

WHAT IS POLE & LINE? 

Pole & Line is a simple and eco-friendly method of tuna fishing using a hook attached to a pole.  it is rated by many conservation groups as the most environmentally friendly method of fishing tuna, as it eliminates "by catch" of other marine life including sea turtles and sharks. 

POINT OF ORIGIN 
Ocean's Pole & Line tuna is caught in the Maldives in the Indian Ocean.  The pole & line fishery yields positive socio-economic benefits for the Maldives including job creation as well as the development of a sustainable export industry. 

THE CATCH PROCESS
- Local fishermen carry live bait to attract schools of tuna to the boat.  
- Schools of tuna are found by spotting sea surface disturbance. 
- Chumming of live bait causes the tuna to surface around the boat to feed. 
- Fisherman proceed to catch the tuna with hook & lines and haul the fish onto the boat. 
- The tuna is then chilled on-board using ice for preservation. 
Ocean's Tuna has graciously offered to send one lucky reader an assortment package of their Pole & Line and FAD Free tuna's (a $40 value).   Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.  

Good Luck! 

99 comments:

  1. oh I love recipes and that marmalade looks amazing...
    cookings set

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  2. My favorite way to eat tuna is in a typical but delicious tuna salad!

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  3. right out of the can
    cathycasper@hughes.net

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  4. With my mouth.......

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  5. I like tuna salad especially if it has celery and pickles in it.

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  6. My favorite way to eat tuna is making tuna salad.

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  7. Im boring! It's in a sandwich with lays potato chips in it! Linda White frogz60@hotmail.com

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  8. I mix with mayo and pickle relish and eat ona whole wheat cracker Rosanne rosans4@comcast.net

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  9. I like it plain with a bit of hardboiled egg in it very light on the mayo in a lettuce wrap.

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    1. That's like an egg salad sandwich and a tuna sandwich all rolled into one!

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  10. I like making a tuna pasta salad in the summer.

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  11. I like tuna salad on a Hawaiian roll.
    rafflecopter: happi shopr

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  12. I like tuna salad sandwiches with lettuce and tomato

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  13. My favorite way to eat tuna is making tuna salad sandwich.

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  14. I like to add tuna to salad...or just eat the tuna by itself :)
    Mary Beth Elderton

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  15. I love tuna and egg salad sandwiches

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  16. I love them on crackers with pieces of cucumber and onion.

    Love3570@aol.com

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  17. I have to admit that I love an amazing tuna sandwich!

    RAFFLECOPTER NAME is Anne Taylor

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  18. I love tuna salad on toasted bread or roll.

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  19. Tuna sandwich
    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

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  20. My favorite is tuna salad either on a sandwich or with ritz crackers.

    Rafflecopter name is Tiffani Jade

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  21. I like to mix it with flaked salmon and make fried cakes or I add to my home made macaroni and cheese.

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  22. I mix tuna with a bit of mayo and mustard, then top sliced cucumbers with it. Yum!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  23. A sourdough tuna melt thick with melted cheese.

    Hope to win!

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  24. Tuna & wild rice casserole;very filling.

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  25. I love tuna in pasta...Mmmmm
    elysesw@aol.com

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  26. I enjoy tuna with chopped Romaine lettuce and ranch dressing stuffed in a pita.
    Thank you.

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  27. I love tuna and egg salad on toast.

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  28. I love to eat tuna in a grilled tuna sandwich.

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  29. In a sandwich.

    billiondollarprincesss@hotmail.com

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  30. Tuna salad sandwich...my very favorite!!
    vikki.billings@yahoo.com

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  31. In a casserole with noodles and cream of Mushroom soup

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  32. I like mine with mayo and celery on toast.

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  33. With a touch of mayo, diced celery, and cracked black pepper.

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  34. As a sandwich on homemade whole grain bread with radishes on the side for nibbling.

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  35. i'm not a tuna person but my boyfriend eats it every day for lunch. he'd love this and so would i since i wouldn't have to buy canned tuna that week! haha

    he mixes canned tuna with lite miracle whip, a dash of celery seed, a dash of hot sauce,dash of lemon juice, puts it on whole grain bread with a slice of pepper jack and grills it as a panini!

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  36. I gotta have micracle whip instead of mayo, onion ..on multigrain bread or whatever your in the mood for. (Lori Jackson)

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  37. Tuna and mayonnaise and slices of pickles on toasted bread

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  38. My favorite way is tuna mixed with mayo and sweet relish on fresh bread! Potato chips on the side are also a must!

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  39. tuna sandwiches with onions and mayo

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  40. I mix it with avocado instead of mayo and put it inside an omelette with cheese or salsa on top. sound weird but tastes really good.

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  41. Right out of the can!

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  42. right out of the can, or if on sandwhich it would be with lettuce, mayo, salt and pepper

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  43. with mayo and celery :) or it ifs flavored right outta the can with crackers. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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  44. My favorite way to eat tuna is as a tuna melt on a sourdough bun with cheddar cheese.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  45. My favorite way to eat tuna is Sriracha tuna salad wrap .

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  46. My kids love tuna with apples, boiled eggs, onions, pickles, mayo and mustard... on top of crackers

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  47. My favorite way to eat Tuna is to mix it in a salad.

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  48. My favourite way to eat tuna is plain on a green salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

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  49. I grew up eating Tuna Casserole, and I still love it! Michelle H. p.s. My cats like it plain.

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  50. I like to eat tuna in a pasta casserole
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

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  51. tuna in macaroni salad, tuna sandwiches, tuna on fries,....

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  52. macaroni salad with tuna.
    (Karla Sceviour)

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  53. I like mine with a little dab of mayo, onion and sweet relish . I do a similar casserole except I do a lazy one and use sidekick butter and herb pack then add tuna :) ... Chandra Christine O'Connor

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  54. Tuna Casserole is our favorite way to eat tuna , thanks for the chance to win !!! :)

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  55. I really Enjoy Tuna Salad with elbow Noodles Tons of Onions Mayo and pepper Yum! Thank you for the great Giveaway and a new way to make a meal for my children =)

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  56. either in a sandwich or tossed with cheese and pasta

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  57. I like to eat tuna sandwiches. (Maggie K.)

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  58. I love a tuna, mayo and celery sandwich with spicy mustard and pepper.

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  59. In the oven, nice and hot with cheese melted all over

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  60. Tuna mixed with Dukes mayo, jalapeño dices, sweet relish dices, salt & pepper on fresh sunbeam bread, UTZ Salt & Vinegar Chips & a fresh Pepsi= Heaven & me HAPPY! :-)

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  61. I like mixing it with some onion, mayo. relish and putting it on crackers.
    Laurie Emerson
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  62. I love tuna salad with LOTS of goodies mixed in... carrots, olives, egg, peppers, pickles, onion, celery... basically I look through the fridge, and whatever catches my eye I mince and throw in! Add some mayo and slaw dressing, salt and pepper, spread thick on rye bread or crackers. Yum!

    Also, I don't eat it anymore, but I used to LOVE Kraft mac n cheese with tuna and peas!

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  63. My homemade tuna salad sandwich with tons of mayo, onion, parsley and celery!

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  64. I like it on an onion bagel with cheese on top.

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  65. Tuna on a bed of baby spinach with tomatoes & cucumber & some feta cheese

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  66. I love to eat Tuna in my mac and Cheese!!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

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  67. tuna sandwich.mayo and onions mixed in

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  68. My favorite is to make tuna salad and eat it on saltines or a bed of lettuce.

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  69. I like to make tunafish sandwiches!

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  70. My favorite way is a tuna salad on toast.

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  71. I like adding it to a pasta salad! Thanks so much for the chances to win.
    allison.bahr@yahoo.com

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  72. Tuna salad with eggs and pickles and mayo.

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  73. I like to eat tuna in so many different ways but I would have to say a good ol' sandwich is still my favourite!

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  74. sandra manning- toasted with cheese

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  75. I like a good tuna salad sandwich on toast.

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  76. I like mine mixed with mayo and onion on toasted bread with tomato wilcarvic
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  77. Tuna melt! I also really like it in casserole.

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