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Tuna & Broccoli Bake



I am a great lover of tuna and broccoli and casseroles! Casseroles are great to throw together on days when you are really busy and yet still want to make your family a delicious meal. My family always loved tuna casseroles.  Tuna was one fish I never had much problem getting them to eat, in a sandwich, a salad or, yes . . .  in a casserole!  I am really picky about the tuna I use.  I only use albacore tuna.  Yes, I am a tuna snob!

That's why when I saw the September Degustabox, I got really excited!  There was a tasty tin of Albacore tuna in it!  Yum!  Every month I am the happy recipient of a Degustabox. I love these boxes. Opening each one is a bit like opening a Christmas box. Always a surprise and always filled with things I want to try. Degustabox is a monthly foodie subscription service that sends out a range of specially selected foodie products. There's always a great mix of new products that I haven't tried before, as well as plenty of treats from more established brands. Quite often you will have the opportunity to try new products before they arrive in the shops, so it can be a bit of a sneak peak! Each Degustabox costs £12.99, delivery costs are included in the price, and there is no fixed contract involved - you can cancel at any time. I love getting these boxes!!

Now for a little bit about the September Box!


KNORR Concentrated Stock 1 X £2.20
New Knorr Rich Beef Concentrated Liquid Stock is made with real beef extract and is Gluten Free free from artificial colours, free from artificial preservatives and has no added MSG.  It is also suitable for a wide range of applications and dishes.  Just add a few drops to your Bolognese sauce for a rich meaty flavour or create a rich stock for casseroles and soups.

I just know that I am going to use this a lot.  I am  big fan of Knorr stocks.

MENTOS MINT MIX Sharing Pouch 1 X £1.19
Mentos Mint Mix are delicious chewy Mentos sweets in a refreshing mix of Peppermint and Spearmint flavours  Available in a re-sealable pouch style bag that is perfect for sharing with friends and family.  Now if they would only make a sugar-free version!

GREEN'S EGG CUSTARD MIX 1 X £0.69
Create the quintessntially English classic custard to perfection with our silky smooth, delectable egg custard mis.  All you need is a pre-cooked pastry base and a light dusting of nutmeg to recreate this true family favourite!  Todd loves a good custard tart!


DREAM ANCIENT GRAINS/DREAM RICE QUINOA 1 X £1.60
Two new fantastic flavours from Dream; Ancient Grains made from a blend of oat,s pelt, buckwheat and linseed, and Rice Quinoa. With added calcium and vitamins these plant based milk alternatives taste amazing and have absolutely no added sugar. Pefect on your cereal, in a smoothie or on its own. I received the Rice Quinoa one.

VIRTUE ENERGY WATER 2 X £1.35
Virtue Energy Water naturally contains zero sugar, zero calories with no sweeteners.  The naturally sugar free energy drinks contsin th same amount o natural caffeine as a cup of coffee (80mg).  Ingredients include sparkling water, natural fruit flavours and natural energy.  For every can sold, they donate 500l of clean drinking water.  Can't be bad!

MISO TASTY INSTANT original RAMEN NOODLE KIT 1 X £2.24
This original flavour provides a light and savoury base for a quick noodle meal that famously hails from Sapporo, Japan. Simply add your own toppings.

 SAN MIGUEL Gluten Free 1 X £2.00 or (£9 per six pack)
This premium gluten free world lager has a slightly fruity armoa with gentle hints of hops and yeast, and a moderate bitterness on the palate. 5.4% ABV.

GREEN & BLACK'S VELVET EDITION 1 X £1.99
New, sumptuously smooth dark chocolate  Green & Black's Taste Specialists have expertly crafted this 70% dark chocolate using the delicate character and soft texture of the finest Ghanaian cocoa, balanced with sweet Madagascan vanilla.  Hello?  Chocolate!  YUM!

SERIOUSLY SPREADABLE SQUARES a voucher worth £1.75
Seriously Spreadable squares are the perfect additon to any picnic or lunchbox. These little squares are so irrestitibly scrumptious because they are made with award-winning Extra Mature Scottish Cheddar that gives them a rich and tangy taste.  Already a HUGE fan of Seriously Spreadable.  I have a slice of wholemeal toast spread with some every night before bed.

NESTLE CHEERIOS OAT CRISP 1 X £2.49
Delicious crunchy flakes made with whole grain oats and mixed with crispy CHEERIOS, developed to help lower cholesterol! High in fibre, low in saturated fat and containing beta-glucan from oat fibre to help keep your heart healthy. *3g of oat beta-glucan daily has been shown to lower blood cholesterol, a risk factor for heart disease.

LATIN AMERICAN KITCHEN BY SANTA MARIA Rice £1.89 Sauce £1.85 (1 of each)
Santa Maria welcomes you into Latin American Kitchen, where you can enjoy a wealth of fantastic meal ideas from the length and breadth of this vibrant part of the world. The rice has been designed to accompany the wide range of exciting Latin American sauces.

WILD PLANET ALBACORE WILD TUNA STEAKS 1 X £3.49
Rankes ~1 in the US by Greenpeace for sustainability, these Albacore Wild Tuna Steaks are 100% pole & line caught.  Hand packed and cooked just once to retain the natural juices in the can.  Please don't drain.  Mix the Omega 3-rich juices into the tuna for added flavour and nutrition.

And this was the product I decided to highlight with a recipe. I love Albacore Tuna.  An Italian woman once told me that it was the best and she was right!  I love the white colour and the taste of this tuna more than any other kind.  It is mild and not really fishy if you know what I mean! I am not a huge fan of really strong flavoured fish!  Salmon is about as strong as I go!  Tuna is a lovely mild flavoured member of the oily fish family.


This tuna casserole is different in that it uses potatoes instead of pasta, although you could certainly use pasta twists or rigatini if you wanted to.   This casserole is a great storecupboard meal.  I used tinned cooked new potatoes, well drained  . . .  the tuna, a tin of condensed soup (I'm not a soup snob) and a few other bits. You could also use leftover cooked potatoes sliced if you wanted to.  New potatoes are diabetic friendly so I always have tins of those in the cupboard, and we both love potatoes.


It also uses broccoli, which I just adore. Its one of my favourite vegetables and so good for you.  I used frozen broccoli florets, but you can also use fresh, just blanch both first so you don't end up with raw broccoli in your dish.  With some Dijon and strong cheddar cheese and it's potato crisp topping, this came out as a real winner!


*Tuna and Broccoli Bake*
Serves 4
Quick, easy and delicious.  A simple casserole that makes good use of store cupboard ingredients. 

200g tin of albacore tuna, drained and coarsely flaked (7 ounce tin)
540g tin of cooked new potatoes, drained and sliced (19 ounces)
(Can use the equivalent of boiled cooked potatoes, peeled and sliced)
400g of broccoli florets, trimmed and blanched (3/4 pound)
295g tin of condensed mushroom soup, undiluted (10 3/4 ounce tin)
150ml whole milk (1/2 cup)
150g strong/sharp cheddar, grated (1 1/4 cup)
1 TBS Dijon mustard
salt and black pepper to taste
single serve packet of salted potato crisps (potato chips)


 Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Butter a large shallow casserole dish. 


Whisk the mushroom soup together with the milk and mustard in a bowl. Season with some salt and black pepper, remembering that the soup is a bit salty, so is the cheese, and the mustard is a bit hot.  Be judicious as it is easier to add more at the table if need be.  Fold in the sliced cooked potato, broccoli and flaked tuna, along with 3/4 of the cheese.  Pour this mixture into the prepared casserold dish and spread out evenly.  Cover tightly with foil. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.


Uncover and sprinkle the remaining cheese. Lightly crush the potato crips and sprinkle over top of the cheese. Bake for a further 15 minutes until golden.  Let sit for 5 minutes and then serve. 


Crusty bread is nice with this.


A salad on the side would also not go amiss!  I really hope you will give it a go!

So, that was the August Degustabox - a nice selection of products as always. We loved it. The price of each Degustabox is £12.99 (including delivery). To order your box, visit www.degustabox.com Many thanks to Degustabox UK for sending me this box. I have to say I really look forward to getting my box each month. There are always lots of things in it to enjoy and new products to try out. I highly recommend. You can also tailor the boxes to your own likes and dislikes by filling in your own Taste Profile.  Do you like the sound of the Degustabox August 2017 box? Why not sign up now! I find them to be really good value for money spent and I really enjoy trying out new products that I have not tried before.  

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Bon appetit!
 


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Marie Rayner
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  1. Yum! I love a good tuna casserole and this one sounds excellent! Thanks for the recipe. I am a Canadian, by the way, and always look forward to your recipes although I seldom comment. I'm going to try this one.

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    1. Thanks Sandi! I really hope you like it! Thanks also for your lovely words re the blog! xo

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