Friday, February 17

Solar Tuna Mushroom Casserole Variation #90

What with spring cleaning and spring garden duties, it's always nice to be able to rely on a casserole for dinner. Though not very fond of tuna casseroles, per se, I have long since figured out how to enjoy the protein of tuna without that canned fishy taste in the actual dish. The proof was in my sister's not believing I had used tuna and found this one delicious. Tasty, economical, FREE energy, a win-win way to feed a family of four; don't you think?

Solar Tuna Mushroom Casserole
1 5oz can of white albacore tuna, canned in water
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 can shitake mushrooms, chopped and dried with paper towel
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon dehydrated tomato flakes or 1 medium tomato, chopped
1 pound elbow macaroni, uncooked
6 cups chicken broth, plus water for 1 inch liquid to cover ingredients
1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
1/2 teaspoon stevia/sugar
1 teaspoon basil
1-1/2 teaspoons parsley
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
Preheat solar oven to 225F. In heavy sauce pan over medium-high heat, saute onions, garlic, mushrooms, until onions start to become translucent. Add chicken broth and all other ingredients, except macaroni; bring to boil. Add macaroni and enough hot water to cover all with at least 1 inch of liquid; stir to blend while returning to boil. Transfer to casserole dish that has been pre-heated with hot water, cover, place in solar oven for approximately 60-70 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed and macaroni is al dente. [NOTE: I don't care for cheese on a tuna casserole; but, if you like it, add it at this point and return to solar oven for an additional 10 minutes.]  Let me know what you think and I hope you'll share  one of your favorite tuna casserole recipes, too.


  1. Wow, that does look delicious. I have never been a fan of tuna casserole, but if your sis didn't find a fishy taste, I might just give it a try. I also need to find canned shitake mushrooms! Thanks for sharing.

    1. It's true -- there's no fishy taste. And, I do buy the tuna canned in water, making a big difference. There are some sauces that need the oil but not many. Thanks for stopping by. Let me know your results!

  2. Oh I bet that the tuna and mushrooms go so nicely together. I have done a mushroom sauce before on grilled tuna so I know this has to be delicious!

    1. It is. It's so much fun to discover how well some foods work together, when you were raised to think in one direction and then just throw that all out to explore. This is really tasty. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Hello, I love the idea of cooking for free and your recipes look very tempting - but how can you cook using solar power when you live in cold, grey and damp UK ??

    1. Don't give up! There are several US states that have limited sunshine, but even then, you can still take advantage of solar cooking. I've been in the UK when there has been long stretches of sunny days, and I don't cook every day here in NC. Even so, my fuel bill has dropped. And, you can always cook my recipes in your oven at 275F with the same results. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you'll visit, again!

  4. I love the idea of cooking for free, but really don't know where to even begin with that. You have an interesting site.

    1. Thank you, Judy. You just have to decide that you want to do it. Then, do you want to hand-build or get a commercially-built oven. Any slow cooker recipes you have will work just fine and, when you get your solar legs under you, expand to any and all of your recipes! OR, check those I have here. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you'll be back, soon.

    2. Thanks for that, but Ihave to say that speaking for one who lives here 365 days a year, long stretches of sunny days exist only in the imagination !
      Two consecutive days would be nice !!

    3. No question, Wean, where you live is a challenge to solar cooking. Unfortunately, there are some places that won't get the full savings benefit of solar cooking, but can try for those days when there is sun. My daughter has a yard full of trees and less than an hour of sun midday in the summer, so she just gets to envy me. Check out this site to see where you are and how you can incorporate it. I DON'T cook every day and still have seen the savings. Thanks for stopping by.


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