All from the Pantry Toddly-Tuna Bake

This is a simple, speedy little recipe that I have adapted so that I always have on hand what is needed to put it together – i always have those neglected cans of Tuna in the pantry and this is a great way to dust them off and get their goodness into your little one. It also will use up those last few slices of is-it-stale-yet?-bread without a moment of waste.

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Other than that we have flour, butter and milk – your classic white sauce , a little cheese and whatever vegetables on hand – You can make as much or as little as you like, and Im certain that shredded chicken or canned salmon would go into this just as well.

 Toddly-Tuna Mornay 

30g Butter or margarine

1 onion, finely sliced ( I only used 1/2 a small onion though as my toddler is rather partial to lumpy onions )

1 celery stalk, very finely chopped

1 T plain flour

1 1/4 c milk

(you can use 3/4 c milk and 1/2 c cream if you like, I just used milk as its what i had on hand)

1/3 c grated cheese

130g corn kernals OR vegetable of choice , i used about 1/2 c of chopped broccoli slightly streamed and 1/2 c grated carrot

370g Tuna (I used 1 and half 210g cans and gave the final half to my darling cat )

1 c stale breadcrumbs

1/4 c extra cheese, grated

Preheat your oven to 180. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan and cook the onion and celery until nice and soft. Add the flour, stirring religiously, for about a minute until your mix is foaming. Gradually add the milk, stirring stirring stirring, until the mixture boils and thickens.

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Almost done already! Just take this off the heat and stir in the tuna, cheese and corn (or vegetables of choice) until all coated in sauce and the cheese has melted.

Transfer into oven safe ramekins or an oven dish and top with the breadcrumbs and grated cheese.

Pop in the oven, about 20 minutes until bubbling and golden. I made mine earlier in the day while the little man was napping, ready to take out of the fridge and bake. made the dinner time rush a lot smoother!   i chose to serve this with mushy pumpkin, as its the little man’s favorite, but would go great with cooked pasta or rice.

 # Alternatively – next time i plan to top it with some mashed potato 😉   This recipe is great for the freezer , just pop single serves into dishes and cover well with plastic wrap.

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If your a tuna lover yourself, I am certain with the addition of some tasty cheese, T or so of djon mustard and seasonings to taste this could easily be a a family dish .

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