Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Family Comfort Food

Welcome to the April 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Recipes

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants are sharing their recipes, their stories, their pictures, and their memories.


My mother used to have me cook a double batch of Tuna Casserole while I was at her place, and then send half of it home with me. In my book, it is the ultimate in comfort food, without turning to sweets. We considered it very decadent and no, it is not a healthy recipe. Sometimes you just gotta live on the wild side! This recipe was my Granny Green's and probably my great grandmother's before that.

  • 2 Cups Macaroni
  • 1 can (7oz) Flaked Tuna
  • 1 can (10.5oz) Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Salt
  • 1 Cup Diced Velveeta®
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • Pepper

Cook macaroni (to almost done). Add Velveeta®, tuna, butter, soup and milk. Add salt & pepper to taste. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.

I love to eat it with Club® Crackers! It reheats well with a little milk added. I also prefer to add EXTRA Velveeta® to my own bowl, especially when reheating. You can actually substitute Cream of Chicken Soup and Canned Chicken for an entirely different flavor.

Do you have an old family favorite comfort food recipe?


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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

  • Three Favorite Family Recipes: To Eat, To Wash, To Play — Kristin at Intrepid Murmurings is back with three family favorites: gluten-free vanilla orange sugar cookies, DIY powdered laundry detergent, and something fun for the kids: homemade "Flubber"!
  • Black Bean Soup Forever — Mercedes at Project Procrastinot shares a soup recipe that's been around forever.
  • Do you want to know a secret? — SRB at Little Chicken Nuggets lets go of her mac and cheese recipe, a comfort food favourite for friends and family for years.
  • Creating Our Own Family Recipes — Emily at S.A.H.M. i AM shares how she's trying to create meals that her girls will want to pass down to their own children some day.
  • Vranameer Chicken: A Family Recipe — Luschka at Diary of a First Child shares a recipe that reminds her of childhood and more specifically, of her mother. It's a South African take on sweet and sour chicken and what it lacks in healthy it makes up for in tantalising to the taste buds.
  • One Recipe, Three Uses: Dishwasher Liquid Detergent, Dish Soap, and Hand Soap — If you love saving money and time, you'll love this green recipe from Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama, guest posting at Natural Parents Network.
  • Our Family's Favorite Pies — Abbie at Farmer's Daughter shares recipes and tutorials for the quintessential American dessert.
  • Deliciously Easy Crock Pot ChiliLactating Girl shares her crock pot chili that is not only quick and easy, but awesome.
  • All-Purpose Crock Pot PorkCrunchy Con Mommy's simple "recipe" for cooking perfect pork in the crock pot is for whatever mood her family is in!
  • Family Rules: A Recipe for Harmony — Cooped-up kids + winter weather + frazzled parents can all blend together into a recipe for disaster. Dionna at Code Name: Mama shares what brought back the peace in her house.
  • Favorite Healthy Family Recipes — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares her family’s healthy eating experiences along with links to free printable vegetarian recipes that her family has created with love.
  • Grandma's Banana Bread — Megan at The Boho Mama has early and fond memories of her grandma's banana bread. It's love in a loaf!
  • Family Comfort Food — Jorje of Momma Jorje shares a recipe handed down that moms have made for their kids, for regular meals as well as to comfort.


  1. That sounds delicious. I remember always having Velveeta & cream of mushroom soup on hand as a kid! I'm lactose intolerant so that has forced me to eat healthier, but I still remember how yummy that stuff is!

  2. Totally true that sometimes you just have to dive in! My mom makes this amazing Velveeta broccoli casserole with Ritz cracker crumbs. Also a mac & cheese with Velveeta and Ritz cracker crumbs. Guess you can't go wrong with Velveeta and Ritz cracker crumbs! :)

  3. Heh - this looks like recipes my mom makes! So good to eat, and so bad for you ;) There are some things you just need to eat as they were intended; I'm not sure we could healthify this one ;)

  4. Tuna noodle casserole is one of my ultimate comfort foods too! Mine is also deliciously unhealthy (condensed soup up the wazoo), but still awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  5. My mom makes scalloped corn and wholewheat flatbread for family gatherings. My dad often makes homemade ice cream. Those are totally comfort foods for me! :) Deb @ LivingMontessoriNow.com

  6. I love to see those old recipe boxes and cards. They just feel like home and mom (or granny), etc...
    Definitely a "sometimes food", but looks yummy.

    1. I love my old recipe box! My grandmother bought it at a garage sale for my mom when she was young, it was her first recipe box. It has so much character!

  7. I love handwritten recipe cards. I usually write down recipes on my own cards once they enter my regular "rotation." Hopefully somebody will love my cards one day too!


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