Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tuna for the Jays and the Cat

Hey all! This past week has been lots of fun! Jason and I have been trying new recipes, enjoying hearing responses to our blog, and experience life the best we know how - by being crazy!

Today, we have a great recipe for you all courtesy of Campbell's Soup. We like this recipe in part because it allows us to give our baby, Preston, tuna water. Recently, I heard that cats typically are not hydrated enough. I don't know if that's true for Preston - he drinks from his own pet fountain and the bathroom sink and any glass we have laying around. He begs for water and drinks it a lot! But giving him a bit of tuna water reassures us that he's getting that extra bit of hydration.

The first picture of Preston is him begging for tuna. Actually, at that moment, he's begging for whatever I'm using the can opener for, and he generally doesn't care whether it's tuna or not. He just cares that we give him whatever it is we're opening, although he's probably way excited when he realizes we are opening tuna! So that's Preston's begging face. He also accompanies that with showing off his belly and rubbing on our legs.

This recipe is great for humans as well as for Preston because it's easy and quick to make. There's little mess and it doesn't take long to make so you can cook it after work. It's also great to make over the weekend, like on a Sunday night, pop in the fridge, and eat from all week.

First, cook egg noodles as directed on the package. I would say we cook a little more than a pound, but you decide how much or how little you like. Stir the noodles, a can of Campbell's condensed cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 cup milk, 1 cup frozen peas (I use more, though, because greens are good for you!), and 2 cans tuna (drained) in a 1.5 qt. casserole. Bake at 400F for 20 minutes. Stir; sprinkle shredded Cheddar cheese on top. Bake until cheese melts.

I usually don't add the cheese until the very end, and I don't usually bake it again. The cheese melts in anyway from the heat, but I agree with Rachael Ray in that you should cook everything the way you like. I never use scallions in a recipe - I'll either substitute something else or just skip them since I don't care for them. You work the recipe how it'll work for you.
So after Preston begs and receives tuna, he usually cleans himself and lays down for a good, long nap. This is the nap he took after eating tuna water on Sunday night. How cute is he?!

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