Greek-Style Tuna Casserole

Greek-Style Tuna Casserole is a hearty and delicious tuna and pasta casserole. It is all baked in the oven and is mixed with a made from scratch lemon dressing. It takes just over 1 hour total time for this delicious, well-seasoned casserole. Ingredients include: Canned tuna, orzo, artichoke hearts, black olives, eggplant and feta cheese. This is also a healthy, low calories, low fat, low cholesterol, low sodium, low carbohydrates, low sugars, diabetic-friendly, heart-healthy and Weight Watchers (6 SmartPoints), (6 PointsPlus) recipe. Makes (6) servings. Greek-Style Tuna Casserole will be loved by all of your family, friends and guests.greek-style-tuna-casserole

INGREDIENTS:

Non-Stick cooking spray
1/3 cup dried whole wheat orzo pasta
1 medium-size eggplant , ends trimmed,
sliced (1″ thick)

1 large red bell pepper, stem end removed,
quartered, seeded and pith removed

2 Tbsp olive oil
1-1/2 tsp lemon zest
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
4 Tbsp snipped fresh oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 cup Panko
3 (5 oz) cans low-sodium tuna (water pack),
undrained, large pieces broken up

1 (9 oz pkg.) frozen artichoke hearts,
thawed & quartered if needed

1/2 cup black olives, haved
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Coat a 1-1/2 quart au-gratin dish with cooking spray; set aside. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

2. Line a 15″x10″x1″ baking pan with foil. Lightly coat both sides of each eggplant slice with cooking spray. Place coated eggplant slices in prepared baking pan. Add bell pepper quarters to pan with eggplant slices. Roast, uncovered 15 to 20 minutes or until eggplant begins to brown and peppers are just tender. Remove from oven; let cool. Cut eggplant and pepper pieces into 3/4″ cubes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 F.

3. For the Lemon Dressing: In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, 1 teaspoon of the lemon peel, the lemon juice, and garlic. Whisk in 3 Tablespoons of the oregano, the salt, and black pepper; set aside. In another small bowl combine panko, the remaining 1 Tablespoon oregano, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon lemon peel; set aside.

4. In a large bowl combine the cooked orzo, eggplant, bell pepper, tuna, artichoke hearts, olives, and feta cheese. Stir in the lemon dressing. Spoon mixture into the prepared baking dish. Cover with foil. Bake in the 350 degrees F. oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle panko mixture over top. Bake uncovered 5 to 8 minutes more or until panko mixture is golden brown. Serve with the lemon wedges.

Yield: 6 servings.
Serving Size: 1 cup per serving.

Weight Watchers (6 SmartPoints), (6 PointsPlus)
Carb Choices: 1-1/2

Diabetic Exchange:
1 Starch + 1 Fat + 2 Meat(L) + 1 Vegetable

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
Calories: 239, Total Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Sodium: 436mg, Sugars: 5g, Carbohydrates: 23g, Fiber: 9g, Protein: 20g

Original recipe and image from Meredith Corporation. http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/recipe/greek-tuna-casserole/

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