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Whole30 & Paleo Tuna Zoodle Casserole

Take your classic comfort food to a new healthier level with this delicious and creamy Whole30 & Paleo Tuna Zoodle Casserole. Comes together quickly, and so easy as well!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Starkist Selects E.V.O.O.® All opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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Did anyone grow up eating tuna casseroles? Being raised in a Korean American household, we never had them and I didn’t try it until I was older. I actually thought they sounded pretty lame before tasting my first bite, but I realized how wrong I was after. The creamy rich flavor was amazingly comforting and I didn’t expect it to be so addicting!

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Whole30 & Paleo Tuna Zoodle Casserole Recipe

I recently made this paleo tuna casserole using zucchini noodles to create a healthier and lower carb version of the classic dish, and I was honestly surprised by how crazy good it was. I honestly did not miss real gluten noodles or the cheese at all, and this paleo tuna zoodle casserole is now on regular rotation in our house.

I’ll share my tricks to making yummy zoodles and dairy free cream sauce below, and these 2 really bring the textures and flavors together along with the mushrooms and StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.® Yellowfin Tuna.

Paleo Tuna Casserole with StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.
Paleo tuna zoodle casserole plated with a fork

Why I Chose StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.® Yellowfin Tuna

The quality of tuna for this tuna zoodle casserole recipe is really what makes this dish so flavorful and delicious. I just love that StarKist® is creating such high quality products that are so affordable, and their StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.® Pouches are great for creating a quick meal or a snack, even on-the-go.

Most importantly, I love that these seafood products are all wild-caught and are packed in cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil. I was pleasantly surprised that the pouches contained mostly fish and the meat wasn’t submerged in olive oil, so I didn’t have to drain them like I have to do with cans.

The ingredients for all their pouches are squeaky clean and simple, and it’s been my go-to for when I need a quick snack or when I want to use it in recipes like this paleo tuna zoodle casserole recipe!

Whole30 & Paleo Tuna Zoodle Casserole

Tips for Making Whole30 & Paleo Tuna Zoodle Casserole

What’s really important when making this paleo tuna casserole is that the zucchini isn’t watery. That will mess with the texture of the entire dish and add too much liquid when you want it to be rich and creamy. Here are my top tips for making a tuna zoodle casserole that you’ll want over and over again:

  • After spiralizing the zucchini, generously sprinkle and toss with salt and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. This will “sweat” the zucchini and make it easier for you to squeeze out all the moisture, so it doesn’t make the tuna zoodle casserole liquid-y during the cooking process.
  • No need to drain StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.® Yellowfin Tuna pouches before adding them during cooking. However, if you are using canned tuna, make sure to drain well before using it in the recipe.
  • When making the cashew cream sauce, I found that I didn’t need to soak the cashews in water. However, if you don’t own a high-speed blender, you may want to soak the cashews for an hour so they break down more easily for a creamy sauce.

If you aren’t a fan of mushrooms, you can make easy substitutions with other vegetables like green peas, carrots, bell peppers, and/or celery! If you are gluten and dairy free like me, this tuna zoodle casserole recipe is such a delicious way to enjoy your favorite comfort food while feeling great at the same time.

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Whole30 & Paleo Tuna Zoodle Casserole

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword paleo casseroles, paleo comfort food, paleo tuna casserole, whole30 casseroles, whole30 comfort food, zucchini noodle recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Zucchini “Sweating” Tiime 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 348kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 large zucchini or 3 small
  • 1 tsp sea salt plus more to taste
  • 3 pouches StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.® Yellowfin Tuna (2.6 oz each) – Drain if you are using canned
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil or your cooking oil of choice
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 8 oz mushrooms sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • pepper to taste

Cashew Cream Sauce

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 3/4 cup bone broth or chicken broth or water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp onion powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Use a spiralizer or a vegetable peeler to slice the zucchini into zoodles (zucchini noodles).
  • Chop the zoodles roughly so they aren't too long.
  • Place the zoodles in a colander over a bowl and sprinkle with sea salt. Let this sit for 30 minutes to sweat while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  • Place all ingredients for the cashew cream sauce in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  • Heat avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add mushroom and garlic with salt and pepper and cook stirring for 5 minutes until the mushroom slices are softened.
  • Stir in StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.® Yellowfin Tuna and break apart the meat. Remove from heat.
  • Wrap the zoodles in a paper or kitchen towel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  • Stir zoodles and the cashew cream sauce into the tuna and vegetable mixture.
  • Transfer to a 9×9 baking dish and bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly browned.
  • If you'd like, you can serve with chopped parsley and/or red pepper flakes!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – makes 4 | Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 763mg | Potassium: 625mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3.9% | Vitamin C: 28.3% | Calcium: 3.2% | Iron: 12.6%

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Starkist Selects E.V.O.O.® All opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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Paleo Nacho Casserole

If you love nachos (who doesn’t?), you are going to want to make this dairy-free and paleo nacho casserole. It’s creamy and crispy at the same time, and has a ridiculously addicting flavor combo! 

Paleo Beef Nacho Casserole

The other day, a friend asked me, “What would your last meal be?” Without hesitation, I said, “Nachos. Loaded with EVERYTHING.” Because, friends, nachos are just the best kind of food filled with everything I love, and I wouldn’t be mad if it was the only thing I can eat for the rest of my life.

While my stomach can’t handle cheese and corn chips to have nachos regularly, I can make my own version at home using my Paleo Cauliflower Nacho Cheese and Siete Foods tortilla chips. Oh, what a world we live in today.

So, the other day, I made this Paleo Nacho Casserole on a whim for dinner, and it turned out fantastic. And I’m so excited to share it with you!

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I’ll be honest. I was a bit nervous about how this recipe would turn out because I never cooked with my Paleo Cauliflower Nacho Cheese. However, the cheesiness and the creaminess really come through in this recipe, and the crunchiness of the tortilla chip topping with that base is just a magical combo.

If you don’t have access to Siete Foods tortilla chips and you do okay with eating corn, you can use regular corn chips. You can even go with not using any chips at all, and just make the base as a dip for veggies. Top the whole thing with your favorites like avocado slices, guacamole, jalapeño slices, hot sauce, and/or chopped cilantro, and you have a ridiculously delicious meal that you won’t want to stop eating!

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Paleo Nacho Casserole

If you love nachos (who doesn't?), you are going to want to make this dairy-free and paleo nacho casserole. It's creamy and crispy at the same time, and has a ridiculously addicting flavor combo! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 cups Paleo Cauliflower Nacho Cheese
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed tortillas chips I used Siete Foods, but you can also use corn chips if not strict paleo
  • Optional toppings: cilantro, avocado, sliced jalapeno, olives

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Heat coconut oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add onions and garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes until soft and translucent.
  • Add ground beef and sea salt, and sauté for 5-10 minutes until cooked through, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon.
  • Remove from heat and drain the fat.
  • Stir in salsa, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and Paleo Cauliflower Nacho Cheese.
  • Add whisked eggs and stir together until mixed.
  • Top evenly with crushed tortilla chips.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Top with any additional toppings you like before serving.

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