Jinx and Tuna Casserole

by Joanne on March 11, 2011

Wow I felt good Thursday! I had an appointment with the Sports Doc so I was able to sleep in until 5. I was all set to run 8 treadmill miles since the weather was a wintery mix of nastiness, when Shane came around the corner and said “Are we going out now?” *Shane is a dog so…well, you know I kind of put those words in his mouth but I’m really sure that’s what he would have said if he could.


I put my water bottle down, put on clothes to prevent getting totally soaked (love rain gear) and out we went. We ran a good 4 miles. It was windy and not the best of days but for whatever reason, I felt good and had a good run.

After the 4 outside, I hopped on the mill for another 3 then worked my legs with weights, ending with a long list of new exercises from the Physical Therapist. Not 8 miles, only 7 but it was a GREAT 7.  By the way, my hammy is feeling good but both hips are suffering muscle strain. I was under the impression that pain should move down and OUT your body not up and inward?!!!  Anyway, all pains right now are things I can live with and certainly run with.


Do you believe in jinxing yourself? Why ask? Because Boston Marathon sponsors have been sending emails for discounts on Boston logo merchandise.

boston jacket

There is no way I feel comfortable buying a Boston Marathon jacket, shirt, jewelry until I’m actually IN Boston, walking around the Expo the day before the race.  I feel like it would jinx me. Silly? Maybe. But I can’t take any chances. I’m not sure why, in my silly little mind, I can justify a purchase at the Expo but not weeks in advance.  Just a THANG I guess.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

I asked Ted if he wanted Tilapia, Shrimp or Tuna casserole for dinner. He said…”Hmmm…. Tuna casserole? That’s always good”.  He’s right. Tuna casserole IS always good.


I used these cute little Vegetable Corkscrew noodles.  They have a total of 5 ingredients:  Organic semolina, spinach, beet, red bell pepper, paprika.  Can’t beat that.


Tuna Casserole to serve 6 – 8


  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 can Condensed Cream of Celery Soup *Depending on how “soupy” you like it, don’t hesitate to add 2 cans of soup and of course more milk and water.
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup 1 % milk
  • 12 oz frozen green beans (frozen peas or even corn would be a good vegetable if you don’t like green beans)
  • 1 12 oz can Tuna
  • 1 5 oz can Tuna
  • 2 tsp Old Bay
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 12 oz Vegetable Pasta – cooked al dente
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Asiago cheese (or Romano)
  • 2 TBS chopped fresh parsley

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In a sauté pan, heat oil over medium high heat then add the onion and cook 3 – 4 minutes.

Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Add the soup, water and milk and stir until smooth. Add the Old Bay, salt, pepper, green beans, and tuna.

Turn into a casserole dish and add the cooked noodles. Stir to combine. 

Mix the bread crumbs and cheese together then sprinkle over the top of the casserole.  Bake for 30 minutes.


Garnish with chopped parsley.


The pasta wasn’t anything special but they were fun to eat Nyah-Nyah


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  • At 2011.03.11 06:39, J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said:

    I don’t consider myself especially superstitious, but I do worry about jinxing things I want, lol.

    That tuna casserole looks and sounds delicious! Love the tri color pasta. Yum!

    • At 2011.03.12 10:36, Joanne said:

      Thanks Jenn

      • At 2011.03.11 08:18, MichaelRunner said:

        I know lots of people are superstitious, but I am completely non-superstitious. The only reason I’d hesitate to buy race logo gear is the chance that something would happen preventing me from running the race ie. sickness, travel problem etc. Then I’d have gear from a race I didn’t run and I wouldn’t want it. I don’t consider that superstitious though because I don’t think buying the gear would cause the problem.

        • At 2011.03.12 10:37, Joanne said:

          My parents have so many superstitions. Not sure they believe them all but they never hesitated in passing them on.

          • At 2011.03.11 09:24, Heather said:

            I’m with you – I can never buy any race gear until I’m actually at the race. And then I won’t wear it unless I actually ran the race!
            Those noodles look awesome – Jay would love those. 🙂

            • At 2011.03.12 10:37, Joanne said:

              The things that get to us. Weird.

              • At 2011.03.11 10:46, Nicole, RD said:

                I would feel the same way! But after Boston, it’ll mean all the more!

                That Tuna Noodle Casserole looks like the perfect comfort food for this wintery mix we’ve got going on here 🙁

                • At 2011.03.12 10:37, Joanne said:

                  Thanks Nicole

                  • At 2011.03.11 14:15, MissZippy said:

                    Shane is so handsome, how could you not go with him?

                    I so hear you on the Boston swag. I hated having to buy my jacket before the race last time I did it, b/c even that made me paranoid! However, I had a really bad day at the race and you know what kept me going? That damn jacket!

                    • At 2011.03.12 10:38, Joanne said:

                      Hmmm… I wonder if that would work for me. Maybe just a visor or something but I wouldn’t wear it during the race. Yikes!

                      • At 2011.03.11 18:00, meg ling said:

                        I try to stay away from warm tuna, isn’t that weird? I have a “fish” issue and I can eat tun sandwiches, yum, but put some warm tuna in front of me and it suddenly becomes apparent to me that tuna is fish! That’s my freak flag, I guess, flying high!

                        I was laughing at your Boston garb comment. We have lots of people at track that bought the jackets because they thought they would sell out. Half of them are wearing them right now. I think they are so cool, I love the green and black. I have an old one and I have it embroidered after each race…AFTER each race…because they guy who did the first embroidery job told me he wouldn’t put the new year on until after the race was over…and it made me worried about jinxing myself. I was fine with it until he pointed it out. Oh well, we all have our stuff!

                        • At 2011.03.12 10:39, Joanne said:

                          That’s funny about warm tuna. I prefer it in a hot dish. I can’t stand it with mayonnaise but will tolerate it right from the can. Weird.

                          • At 2011.03.11 21:31, Bela said:

                            OMG Shane is so cute, yes how could you have not gone!

                            I agree with you, I wouldn’t wont to jinx it, I wouldn’t be buying anything yet!

                            • At 2011.03.12 10:39, Joanne said:

                              Thanks Bela. He is our boy. 🙂 HEY! You did so well at Disney in spite of feeling sick. You should be so proud of yourself.

                              • At 2011.03.11 23:49, Tammy said:

                                I’ve been doing physical therapy for a shoulder and can’t believe how much strength I’ve lost. I have a long way to go but it sounds like you’re getting back into it.

                                • At 2011.03.12 10:40, Joanne said:

                                  When you put in a lot of miles, I guess things are going to hurt. I should be grateful that I have muscle weaknesses instead of “bad bones”. 😉

                                  • At 2011.03.12 12:13, Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox said:

                                    I guess I’m superstitious too. I never wear the shirt til I’ve finished the race. Just seems bad jou-jou to do otherwise.
                                    You go on that workout!! Abs lady. Glad it’s Shane keeping up with you and not a slow bunny like me. Yummy casserole.

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