Deluxe Healthy Tuna Noodle Casserole
 
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. dry gluten-free pasta noodles (Pasta Joy pasta, elbows, fusilli, or spirals!)
  • Two 7-ounce cans of tuna, well drained
  • 1½ cups Veganaise(we like the Grapeseed oil base)
  • ¾ cups milk (almond or coconut milk)
  • ½ teaspoons pink Himalayan salt
  • ¼ teaspoon white ground pepper
  • Topping
  • ¼ cup gluten-free breadcrumbs (Hol-grain brown rice bread crumbs)
  • ¼ cup grated Daiya mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons raw/organic butter or raw organic coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cook noodles as directed, then drain.
  3. In a large bowl, combine tuna, Veganaise, milk, salt, and pepper. Pour into ungreased 2-quart casserole dish.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, Daiyacheese shreds, and butter or coconut oil, and sprinkle on top of the items in the casserole dish.
  5. Cover with parchment paper and bake for 30-35 minutes.
  6. Remove parchment paper and bake uncovered for 10 minutes.
Notes
If you want a creamier casserole, then use the proportions in the recipe. But if you want a lower-fat version, use more almond milk and less Veganaise or SoDelicious unsweetened coconut milk yogurt for a thinner mixture.

I like to use brown rice bread crumbs by Hol-Grain. You can also use your favorite gluten-free bread. Just toast it, cool it and pulverize it in the blender to make breadcrumbs. Be sure to store your extra breadcrumbs in the freezer.

Be sure that all of the noodles are covered by the bread crumbs because when you’re cooking with GF pasta, if any of the noodles are exposed, they get really crispy. And if you’ve got any picky eaters, they’ll be sure to find that one little noodle that stuck out!

For the topping, if your family uses dairy, then substitute raw organic <a href="https://naturallivingfamily.com/recipes/homemade-vegan-parmesan-cheese-recipe/" data-mce-href="https://naturallivingfamily.com/recipes/homemade-vegan-parmesan-cheese-recipe/">vegan Parmesan cheese</a>, if you’d like.

This is a great meal to make ahead and freeze! Oftentimes, I’ll make 2 at time and freeze one. These are perfect for those days when life happens and you need a hearty crowd-pleasing meal.
Recipe by Natural Living Family with Dr. Z & Mama Z at https://naturallivingfamily.com/recipes/healthy-tuna-noodle-casserole/