Sometimes, you really need to eat comfort food even thought it isn't the best thing for you.
Rainy days, PMS, a breakup, being tired, a cold coming on, Mondays, having your girlfriend pack you a rotten lunch by accident, are just a few of the things that could make you, like, totally need some comfort food come dinner time.
I did one of those to Jay this morning. I'll give you a hint: he doesn't have PMS.
I'm the worst, ever.
So, I don't know what your poison is, but anything with noodles, cheese, and cream sauce usually does it for me.
My sister and I made this one a few months ago, and it was so dang delicious.
Healthy? Not so much. Tuna and dairy and vegetables ARE great for you, though, so by making just a few switches we can make this really healthy!
Use the link above for the original recipe, and make the following changes:
- Tuna: be sure you use tuna packed in water, not oil.
- Cheese: halve the amount of cheese, but use a stronger cheese like extra sharp cheddar, Gruyere, or any combo that you like. You'll get all the flavor and actually use less!
- Dairy: Use milk instead of half and half.
- Veggies: Double the tomato and celery quantity so that each bite has a higher veg to pasta ratio.
Extra credit: Pack in some extra nutrition by using whole wheat pasta, or go totally low-calorie with these shirataki noodles in place of regular pasta. THEN you'll really be lightening this up!
Another idea: If you're going low carb, halve the pasta quantity, TRIPLE the veggies, and double the tuna content.
Enjoy! I hope your lunch was better than poor Jay's.