Every woman and man should know how to make one good casserole dish that they know their family will enjoy for time to come!
I want to share a recipe for a tuna casserole dish I grew up eating. My mom didn’t make it often but when she did, it was sooo good! Now that I’m out of my parents’ house and I have to rely on my own devices for feeding myself (not completely true, Jabi cooks too) I crave my moms’ cooking more than I ever expected to. In particular, I crave this dish, because a) I love pasta and b) I love cheese. He he he! Not everyone is a fan of tuna. For example, my brother-in-law, he hates tuna! So my sister substitutes canned tuna for canned chicken! I tasted it and it worked just as good.
I introduced this dish to Jabi years ago when we were still dating and thankfully he really enjoyed it. Now when I get around to making it, he gobbles it up, and especially enjoys it the next day for leftovers. He loves to add parmesan cheese at the end. Which is optional for those who want to give that a go.
You will need the following Ingredients:
1 lb. Rigatoni Pasta
6 oz. of spinach fettuccine (half of a 12 oz. bag)
4 cans Tuna (packed in water or oil doesn’t matter)
2 1/2 c. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
3 c. Shredded Pepper Jack cheese
7 hardboiled eggs, sliced
½ cup to ¾ cup Mayonnaise, low fat or regular (the quantity depends on how much you like)
Salt to add to boiling water for cooking pasta
1) Bring large pot of water to rolling boil add a dash of salt to flavor the pasta. Add rigatoni pasta and cook to al dente, different brands of pasta have different cook times. The brand of spinach fettuccine that I use cooks quickly (about 3min) so once the rigatoni has 3 min left on the clock I add the spinach fettuccini to the same pot.
2) In a medium saucepan bring separate water to a boil and boil eggs for about 12minutes.
3) In the meantime, start shredding all the cheese. Also, open and drain the tuna (I use a mesh strainer and a fork to press as much water as I can out). Once you have drained your tuna, place into a bowl and mix in the mayonnaise. (My mom used to just mix the mayo in at the end with all the other ingredients, but I prefer to mix the mayo with the tuna before adding it to the whole dish. This way there isn’t dry tuna bits in the casserole).
4) Once the pasta and eggs are done, drain all the liquid, don’t run the pasta under cold water to cool – I find this removes some of the salt from the boiling process. Just transfer pasta into a large baking dish. Leave it there and start peeling the shells from the eggs. Then slice your eggs.
5) Returning to the pasta, add the tuna-mayo mix, eggs, all the cheese (leave just a little to sprinkle at the top before placing into the oven) and mix with your hands. I find using my hands is the easiest way to make sure its mixed good, make sure your hands are clean, of course, and take off all your rings.
6) Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-40 min, or until the cheese is melted and some of the pasta on the top has crisped up! Enjoy!
Once I mentioned to my Obstetrician that I was trying to have a baby, she made sure to remind me to take my folic acid.
Folic acid: it helps pre and during pregnancy. I’m not trying to get caught up in the specifics because it can be a mouthful.
My older sister recommended I take Trader Joes’ brand for prenatal pills. She felt they were easier on the stomach for those who are more sensitive. It contains all the folic acid I need in a trusty daily pill.
I have been taking them (not religiously everyday, I know, I need to though) and the only complaint I have is how big they are! Other than that I have noticed my skin has maintained minimal breakouts, especially since the birth control pill helped in that department, so this pill is a great alternative. Also, my hair has grown faster than normal, which I’m happy about because when I was planning my wedding – I lost so much hair!
Typically after marriage the most asked question is, “When are you having kids?”
Honestly, I’m not going to lie about it. We want children, especially after being a couple for ten years and seeing our friends and family have children. The human desire of having our own children has grown in our hearts.
So when people ask, my answer is “We aren’t doing anything to prevent it. No pressure, when it happens it happens. It’s all up to God.”
We were married October 19th and at the end of that month, I had finished my last cycle of birth control pills. To date I have been off birth control for about four months.
I feel like I have gone through my withdrawal of birth control having felt, super irritable, emotional, etc. I have been keeping track of my period with a period tracker app, which predicts ovulation, my fertile days, and when my next cycle should begin. Surprisingly, it pretty accurate. Some women can feel when they ovulate, I definitely can, especially now that I’m not on the pill, I don’t have the effects of the pill masking any cramps. Anyways, so the tracker is a good aid to have to keep me on course.
It’s funny, because when I start to hear myself talking about period trackers and ovulation, I feel like I’m putting effort into “trying to have a baby.” Then I feel worried that it will hurt my chances of conceiving because I’m thinking about it too much. Ugh, then I just feel silly.
Either way, at the moment, as far as I know, I’m not pregnant, yet.