Happy new year everyone, I hope you enjoyed your holiday season and are ready to tackle 2016. I am looking forward to being more consistent at eating low carb. I have to be honest; 2015 was not a great year for me in terms of low carb eating (for a laundry list of reasons I won’t get into), and I lost motivation in the second half of the year to continue to provide recipes on my blog. I am re-committing myself this year and am excited to post more recipes! I am being less strict with myself in terms of macro ratios in an effort to live a more realistic and overall healthy lifestyle, but I am still keeping it low carb most nights of the week. I posted a picture of this dish to my Instagram a week ago or so and people were looking for the recipe, so I decided to make it again and photograph it for the blog. Sometimes a vegetarian recipe tastes just as good as a meat-heavy dish, especially when you can still make it low carb and delicious.
I began by gathering all my ingredients and pre-heating the oven to 350°F. I love using frozen broccoli for this because it makes it so much easier and quicker for a weeknight meal.
I opened and drained all four cans of tuna and set them aside. I placed the brick of cream cheese in a large mixing bowl and softened it in the microwave for about 35 seconds before adding the drained tuna to the bowl. I seasoned it with salt and pepper and set aside.
Next I heated the butter in a large pan over medium high heat until melted and added both bags of broccoli to the pan. I like to cook the broccoli first until it is nearly tender and slightly browning. I think this creates great texture in an otherwise soft dish. I seasoned the broccoli with salt and pepper as well as some garlic powder for extra flavor.
While the broccoli was cooking, I diced up a yellow onion and added it to the mixing bowl with the tuna.
I scooped in some mayo and stirred the tuna, cream cheese, onion and mayo together until smooth.
Once the broccoli was my desired consistency, I poured the tuna mixture evenly on top and sprinkled with the cheddar cheese. I placed the whole pan in the oven for 20 minutes until the cheese melted and it was slightly browned along the edges. I have to add, this pan is one of the best items I’ve ever purchased for myself. I found it a few weeks ago at World Market when they were having an incredible sale. It was 50% off (I think I paid $12 if I remember correctly) and is an absolute beast. I love how evenly it heats up, it’s oven-safe to 400°F and it is nonstick, so cleanup is an absolute breeze. If you don’t have an oven-safe pan, you could cook the broccoli first and transfer it to a 9×11 glass baking dish and then follow the remainder of the steps as written. I don’t even miss the traditional noodles in a tuna casserole – the broccoli is so tender and the onion provides a bit of a bite along with the gooey, cheesy tuna mixture. It’s so easy to throw together that it would make the perfect weeknight meal after a long day at the office. Enjoy!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serving Size: 1
- 4 cans tuna in water, drained
- 6c fresh or frozen broccoli
- 8oz cream cheese
- 3/4c mayonnaise
- 1/2c yellow onion, diced
- 1c shredded cheddar cheese
- 1tblsp butter
- 1/2tsp garlic powder
- Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
- Open and drain four cans of tuna.
- Place cream cheese in a large mixing bowl and microwave about 35 seconds until softened; add tuna to the bowl and set aside.
- Over medium high heat, melt the butter in a large pan.
- Add broccoli and cook until softened and starting to brown in the pan. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
- Dice the yellow onion and add to the tuna.
- Add the mayo to the tuna mixture and stir until all ingredients are combined. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir once more.
- Spread the tuna evenly over the broccoli.
- Sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top.
- Bake for 20 minutes until the cheese is melted.
Per serving: 503 calories, 8g total carbs, 5g net carbs, 41g fat, 25g protein (Note: Please remember these numbers are based on the brands I used and may vary slightly with other brands.)