Apr 07

How to Prep Asparagus for Cooking

Get ready to cook asparagus! Here's how you trim and prep asparagus to get it ready for roasting, grilling, sautéing – however you want to eat!

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Apr 07

12 Desserts for Your Easter Table

Enjoy this round-up of our favorite springtime desserts to make for Easter Sunday. Recipes for classic cakes, pies and tarts that the whole family will love.

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Apr 06

Pecan Meringue Cookies

These light and sweet meringue cookies are made with just three ingredients: egg whites, sugar, and pecans. Great for a Passover or Easter treat. Start them the night before and let them cool slowly in the oven until morning.

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Apr 06

How to Buy and Store Asparagus

Love asparagus? Pick the best bunch with these simple guidelines, then store it right so it’s ready when you are!

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Apr 06

How to Buy and Store Asparagus

Love asparagus? Pick the best bunch with these simple guidelines, then store it right so it’s ready when you are!

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Apr 06

Avocado Egg Salad

Avocado egg salad is a twist on egg salad adding in the avocado for the color and delicious flavor! Add this to any sandwich or eat it straight from the bowl, it will be a new favorite!

You loved this Egg Salad recipe so much it is even better when you add an avocado! This combination is a perfect mix together!

Avocado egg salad on a sandwich on a plate.

Avocado Egg Salad

This is a light and tasty egg salad that has one extra special ingredient! An avocado! It may sound different but it is so tasty and good. Still having that rich, thick texture and intense flavor adds to this salad or sandwich combo. So easy to mix together and add it to any kind of bread or toast. Simple ingredients for a simple recipe!

You will be making this recipe over and over again. The ingredients are simple to mix together and makes a creamy deliciousness! When making this salad you may think of celebrations and this is perfect for those special occasions or when needing to feed a crowd. The colors are soft and subtle ready for spring time. Light and tasty to bring on the warmer weather and fun days ahead with this simple to make avocado egg salad recipe.

Easy Avocado Egg Salad Ingredients:

  • Eggs: Boil eggs ahead of time and peel to add into the bowl.
  • Avocado: Slice and mash into the egg mixture.
  • Mayonnaise: Adds the creamy texture and flavor.
  • Dill: Minced
  • Chives: Have an onion flavoring with a hint of garlic flavoring in the chives.
  • Dijon Mustard: An intense flavoring of mustard with a sweet twist.
  • Salt and Pepper: Just a pinch for taste!

How to Make Avocado Egg Salad:

  1. Boil Eggs: Add the eggs to a saucepan and fill with cold water.   Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat.  Cover and let the eggs stand for 10-12 minutes.  Take the eggs out of the water and let cool.
  2. Mix together salad: Peel and chop the eggs and add them to a medium sized bowl.  Add avocado, mayonnaise, dill, chives, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper.  Mix well and mash avocado as you mix.  Spread on bread or use with your favorite crackers.

The ingredients to make avocado egg salad in a glass mixing bowl.

How to Hard Boil Eggs?

Place eggs in a large saucepan. Cover them with cool water by 1 inch. Cover with a lid and bring water to a boil over high heat; when the water has reached a boil, set the timer for the desired time. Boil for 6 – 7 minutes over medium-high heat for perfect hard-boiled eggs.

Avocado egg salad mixed together.

Tips for Making the Best Avocado Egg Salad:

  • Hard boil eggs: It is best to hard boil your eggs ahead of time. Try not to overcook the boiled eggs in the process.
  • Mashing avocados: Chunky avocados are better than a creamy avocado in this salad. Avocados are naturally creamy. The softer they are mashed and mixed together the better the salad will be.
  • Fresh Herbs: I personally prefer fresh herbs for this recipe. It seems to blend better and have that strong flavor that adds more to the salad.
  • Mayonnaise: If you need to substitute it for greek yogurt for an even lighter texture, that will alter the taste but will have the consistency needed.

Avocado egg salad mixed together in a gray bowl with a spoon inside of it.

How To Store It?

Store in an airtight container in the for 3 to 5 days long in the refrigerator. If you are enjoying a gathering and have the salad at room temperature it is best to store it after 1 to 2 hours or it is recommended to discard.

Avocado egg salad on a sandwich with Brussel sprouts.

Here are More Salad Sandwiches!

  • Avocado Chicken Sandwich
  • Cashew Chicken Salad
  • Chicken Caesar Wraps
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Avocado Egg Salad

Avocado egg salad is a twist on egg salad adding in the avocado for the color and delicious flavor! Add this to any sandwich or eat it straight from the bowl, it will be a new favorite!
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword avocado egg salad, avocado egg salad recipe, egg salad recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 6 Sandwiches
Calories 205kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup dill minced
  • 2 tbsp chives minced
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Add the eggs to a saucepan and fill with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let the eggs stand for 10-12 minutes. Take the eggs out of the water and let cool.
  • Peel and chop the eggs and add them to a medium sized bowl. Add avocado, mayonnaise, dill, chives, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Mix well and mash avocado as you mix. Spread on bread or use with your favorite crackers.

Nutrition

Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 222mg | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 250mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 366IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg

Apr 05

How to Make Eggs Benedict

Making Eggs Benedict is easier than you think — especially if you make Hollandaise in a blender! It just takes a little planning and know-how. Perfect for a special meal for a special someone.

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Apr 05

Tuna Noodle Casserole

This tuna noodle casserole is a family favorite that is filled with thick noodles, vegetables and tender chunks of tuna fish. All baked together in one pan in 30 minutes!

Tuna is a simple ingredient that can make a variety of meals like this easy tuna pasta salad, tuna avocado macaroni salad or tuna melt sandwich recipe. A can of tuna can go a long way!

Tuna noodle casserole lifted up from the pan with a metal spoon.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Be ready to sit down with your family enjoying a comforting meal all together with this tuna noodle casserole. It is filled with vegetables, chunks of tuna fish with a cheese mixture and Italian breadcrumbs sprinkled over top. This family dish is one that will be made over and over again! You can’t go wrong with this delicious casserole on your dinner table during a busy week.

Gather the family around to taste this tuna casserole. It is a one pan dish with less than 30 minutes to have it baked all together. It is a tried and true favorite in our family. All kids loved the tender noodles mixed with vegetables and tuna fish. Always a favorite combination that makes for a great dinner time meal. Be sure to cook the noodles first then add to the casserole dish. This is even perfect for making ahead of time or even freezing it for a freezer meal. This casserole is so versatile you will wonder why you haven’t had it yet! Enjoy this homemade tuna noodle casserole!

What is a Casserole?

I get asked this a lot! I am always shocked but also so happy to always explain. It is a mom’s best friend and a simple way to make a delicious homemade dinner in one pan. A casserole is a baked dinner dish that is filled with all the ingredients you need in order to make a complete meal. Usually a casserole is baked in a deep pan that is filled with a mixture or layers of ingredients then baked all together. Hopefully this the first of many casseroles that you make!

Tuna Noodle Casserole Ingredients:

Don’t let this ingredient list scare you away! It is a lot and looks intimidating. It is a simple casserole dish that is quick and easy to prepare, mix and bake all together. Each ingredient makes this casserole a perfect combination all mixed together.

  • Noodles: Wide Egg noodles soak up more and hold a thickness after being
  • Olive Oil: Helps sauté the vegetables together as well as adds a little flavoring at the same time. 
  • Onion: small is best. Not everyone loves onions and I understand that. You are welcome to omit the onion.
  • Celery: Pre-dice the celery the best you can at the thickness you prefer.
  • Mushrooms: Sliced up is best and in thin slices.
  • Butter: This butter and flour mixture is going to create a thickener for the sauce when baking.
  • Flour: Thicken a roux to make a sauce within the casserole.
  • Chicken Broth: Adds flavor as well as a thickener.
  • Milk: Whole milk is best for the thick sauce over the noodles.
  • Salt and Pepper: Just a pinch of each for taste and flavoring.
  • Tuna Fish: Cans of white albacore is my preferred choice but any tuna is delicious.
  • Frozen Peas: Thaw the peas before adding them into the noodle mix. 
  • Cheddar Cheese: Shredded is best and easier to sprinkle.
  • Parmesan: Grated in a bottle works well for the topping.
  • Breadcrumbs: Italian adds flavoring and gives it a thin crust layer.
  • Butter: Melt the butter and drizzle over top creating a harder crust when baking.

How to Make Tuna Noodle:

  1. Boil Pasta: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a large pot boil the pasta according to package directions and drain and rinse. 
  2. Sauté vegetables: In a medium skillet over medium high heat add the olive oil, onion, and celery.  Sauté for 2-3 minutes until almost tender.  Add in the mushrooms and continue to sauté until tender.  Add to a large bowl.
  3. Create a roux: Add the butter to the skillet and whisk the flour until golden.  Slowly whisk in the chicken broth and milk.  Let simmer until thickened.
  4. Add to casserole dish: In the large bowl add the pasta, tuna, peas, and cheese.  Mix together.  Spread evenly in a 9×13 inch casserole dish.  In a small bowl combine parmesan, breadcrumbs, and butter.  Sprinkle on top of casserole.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees: Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bubble and golden brown on top.

The Recipe Critic Pro Tip:

Undercook the pasta when making it. It will finish cooking in the casserole while being baked. 

The process of sautéing mushrooms celery then making a roux with flour, chicken broth and milk.

Variations for Homemade Tuna Casserole:

Tuna casserole can be made a few different ways. Making it your own and how your family prefers is the best way to enjoy this dinner.

Here are a few ideas of omitting or substituting ingredients:

  • Tuna Fish: If the tuna fish is not your favorite try shredded chicken in replace of it.
  • Noodles: Whole wheat, bowtie, macaroni or any other noodles that you prefer to cook.
  • Vegetables: Add in or omit any vegetable that you are not sure of. Just know that each ingredient really blends in this casserole.
  • Cheese: Try different cheeses to make a variety of casserole options. Jalapeño or cheddar jack are also fun ways to add a little heat.

The process photos of mixing the ingredients mixed together in a glass bowl.

Let’s Freeze it!

Yes, you can freeze this casserole. Fortunately, there are two ways to freeze it. Make ahead method or freeze the leftovers that you were not able to finish.

  • Make Ahead: It is best to prepare everything and follow the instructions on how to bake it. Once you get to baking, skip and place in a air tight container or wrap tight with foil or wrap. Then place in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 months. When ready to warm up, let thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Top with parmesan and Italian bread crumbs then bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
  • Freeze Left Overs: This is simple to do and a great practice for left overs. Place the left overs in an airtight container and lay flat in the freezer. Thaw over night in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave or oven.

Tuna casserole in a casserole dish with a spoon in them.

More Comforting Casserole Dishes to Make:

  • Cheesy Broccoli Casserole
  • Turkey Mediterranean Casserole
  • Chicken Parmesan Casserole
  • No Peek Chicken and Rice Casserole
  • Easy Teriyaki Chicken Casserole

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Tuna Noodle Casserole

This tuna noodle casserole is a family favorite that is filled with thick noodles, vegetables and tender chunks of tuna fish. All baked together in one pan in 30 minutes!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword tuna noodle casserole, tuna noodle casserole recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 People
Calories 460kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 12 ounce wide egg noodles
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cup whole milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 6 ounce cans tuna fish I used white albacore
  • 1 cup frozen peas thawed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large pot boil the pasta according to package directions and drain and rinse. In a medium skillet over medium high heat add the olive oil, onion, and celery. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until almost tender. Add in the mushrooms and continue to sauté until tender. Add to a large bowl.
  • Add the butter to the skillet and whisk the flour until golden. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth and milk. Let simmer until thickened.
  • In the large bowl add the pasta, tuna, peas, and cheese. Mix together. Spread evenly in a 9x13 inch casserole dish. In a small bowl combine parmesan, breadcrumbs, and butter. Sprinkle on top of casserole.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bubble and golden brown on top.

Nutrition

Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 578mg | Potassium: 413mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 787IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 272mg | Iron: 2mg

Apr 04

Radicchio Salad with Citrus

This bitter, peppery salad with its pop of bright, refreshing citrus will satisfy your craving for sunshine. Radicchio makes this colorful salad feel fresh, while quick homemade croutons and toasted walnuts settle your need for comfort food.

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Apr 04

5 Dinner Ideas to Welcome Spring

This week’s meal plan reminds us that we can enjoy fresh, seasonal flavors at the dinner table. I’m especially excited for Three-Cheese Pesto Lasagna and Pork Chops with Dijon Sauce served with a side of Smashed New Potatoes with Garlic and Chives.

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