Paleo Tuna Mornay

Paleo Tuna Mornay

  • Serves: 4 - 6
  • Prep Time: 00:30
  • Cooking Time: 00:35
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My wheat and dairy free Tuna Mornay is made with a deliciously creamy white cauliflower sauce, that will make it hard for you to believe there's no dairy in this dish. I've used diced swede in place of pasta, which offers even more flavour and by using Nutritional Yeast Flakes you still get a little cheesiness but with a heap more vitamins and protein. This dish is egg free and can be nut free by changing the topping (see notes below).

Ingredients

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  • 2 lge/700g swede(s), peeled and diced (or parsnip can be used)
  • 1 sml head cauliflower, broken into even size pieces for steaming
  • 1 cup chicken broth/stock, homemade if possible
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 lge clove garlic, chopped or minced
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg, optional
  • 1 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 1 x 425g can tuna (wild caught), drained well
  • 3 spring onion(s), with some green tops, finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • TOPPING:
  • 3 Tbsp almond meal/flour, (for nut free use ground sunflower seeds)
  • 3 Tbsp golden flaxseed (fine ground)
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes

Directions

Cook the swede in simmering filtered water, until tender. Steam the cauliflower until just tender, you don't want it overly soft. (I like to use a large saucepan with a steamer on top and cook both the swede and cauliflower at the same time.)

Preheat oven to 180c. To a small bowl add topping ingredients and set aside (for nut free replace almond meal with ground sunflower seeds).

To a blender add, chicken broth, coconut cream, Nutritional Yeast Flakes, mustard, garlic, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Spoon in the cooked cauliflower and blend into a smooth creamy sauce.

Drain cooked swede and place into a large bowl (or back into the saucepan if it's large), add drain flaked tuna, spring onions and parsley. Give a gentle mix. Pour in the cauliflower white sauce. Stir gently as you mix well.

Scoop the mornay mixture into a 29 x 19cm rectangle ceramic baking dish or similar and smooth the top. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the tuna mornay.

Bake for 35 minutes or until heated through. Allow to sit a few minutes before serving. Optional, sprinkle top with a little fresh chopped parsley.

Serve with steamed carrots and green beans or a fresh garden salad.

swede(s)

The vegetable swede is also know as rutabaga in North America. Swede is a root vegetable that is a similar shape to a turnip but larger, it's flavour is sweeter than a turnip and cream in colour, with some purple on top. The leaves can be eaten as a leaf vegetable. Swede is an excellent substitute for white potato, it can be roasted, baked, boiled, mashed, sauteed and delicious added to soups and stews. Swede can also be thinly julienned or grated uncooked and added to salads or coleslaw. It's a winter vegetable and stores well. Swede is high in vitamin C and provides antioxidants and immune support, helping protect the cells from free radical damage and assists in the thyroid hormone thyroxine. Swedes are rich in beta carotene and also an excellent source of iron, potassium and manganese, a good source of fiber, thiamin, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.

cauliflower

Cauliflower is one of the cruciferous vegetables that should be eaten on a regular basis, as it has huge health benefits. One cup of cooked cauliflower provides you with 73% of your DRI of vitamin C, it's also a good source of vitamin K. You will find several dozen studies linking cauliflower to cancer prevention.

chicken broth/stock

Making home made chicken broth is a great way to heal Leaky Gut and excellent to drink when unwell. Traditionally broth was made just from bones and simmered for hours to remove the gelatin, marrow and goodness from them. These days vegetables are also added to give extra flavour. By using a slow cooker, making your own broth/stock is so easy. As soon as a roast chicken is eaten, all the bones go into the fridge or frozen ready for the next batch of broth. If purchasing store bought stocks, read the labels as many companies have changed the name of MSG to yeast extract. Organic or free range brands are available. Chicken broth recipe is on page 295 of The JOYful Table cookbook. Freeze ice block trays filled with chicken broth for when a small amount is required for a recipe.

coconut cream

I use this extensively throughout my recipes; from soups to dinners to desserts and cakes. I think it is the best dairy-free alternative. It gives so much flavour and creaminess to a wide variety of dishes. When purchasing in the can read your labels, even some organic brands contain gums and thickeners, choose full-fat not low-fat versions. I use Honest To Goodness organic cream 400ml and Ayam which isn't organic but has no additives or thickeners and is much creamier and thicker than other brands (that's why I love it), it comes in 400ml, 270ml and 140ml size cans.

nutritional yeast flakes

Also know as Savoury Yeast Flakes. It’s a fermented and deactivated yeast, which means it isn’t going to grow (and has nothing to do with brewer’s yeast or bakers’ yeast). It has a creamy cheesy flavour and I’ve used it in a few recipes to create a cheese flavour. Vegans use it as a condiment and a cheese substitute, and to also add additional protein and vitamins to their diet (it’s a complete protein). Nutritional yeast flakes are free from sugar, dairy, grains and gluten. Do not confuse it with yeast extract (MSG). Purchase from health food stores or in the health food aisle of supermarkets.

Dijon mustard

Mustard is a condiment made from various varieties of seeds from the mustard plants (white or yellow mustard, brown or Indian mustard and black mustard). The seeds are ground to make different kinds of mustard. Dijon mustard is made when ground into a paste with added ingredients like water, salt, lemon juice and flavours and spices. It is a much milder mustard and is excellent to add to sauces and dressing.

garlic

Garlic is a close relative to the onion and has been used throughout history for both medicinal and culinary purposes. In most of my recipes I use minced garlic as I find it distributes better throughout the dish. When in a hurry I use organic minced garlic which I purchase in glass jars and store in the fridge. When garlic powder is needed for a particular recipe, I use 'Simply Organic' brand. Why is garlic so good for us? It is an immune booster, antibiotic, good for the heart, cancer fighter and it's also knew as a weight loss aid (appetite suppressant).

nutmeg

Nutmeg is the seed kernel of the fruit-nutmeg. The seed is dried and ground. It is one of the highly prized spices known for its aromatic, aphrodisiac and curative properties. Nutmeg is a good source of minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, zinc, and magnesium.

pink Himalayan salt

Raw pink Himalayan salt crystals is unlike common table salt which can be a highly refined industrial byproduct, otherwise know as sodium chloride. Himalayan salt is completely pure and may naturally balance the body's alkaline/acidity and regulate water content. In addition Himalayan salt helps in the absorption of nutrients from food and contains many trace minerals for healthy cell structure. I purchase fine pink Himalayan crystal salt so I can use it in my shaker and for cooking.

black pepper, ground

Black and white pepper both come from the fruit of a tropical vine. Black pepper is the cooked and dried unripe fruit, know as a peppercorn and white pepper is from the ripe fruit seed. Pepper is usually coupled with salt, sprinkled over or added to food.

tuna (wild caught)

Tuna is a saltwater finfish, choose wild caught tuna not farmed. When purchasing canned tuna, select pole and line caught, in brine or spring water (this will prevent the tuna being stored in unhealthy oils), also choose in a BPA free can. Read your labels and look at the origin. Tuna is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, protein and vitamin D.

spring onion(s)

Other names for spring onion are scallion or green onion. They have hollow green leaves and a small root bulb and can be eaten raw or cooked. The green tops are also used sliced or chopped as a garnish. The green tops are a good source of vitamin C and beta carotene.

parsley

Parsley would be the most widely used herb worldwide. Curly leaf parsley is often used as a garnish. Fresh parsley contains useful amounts of vitamin C, calcium, iron and potassium. Parsley is also high in bioflavonoids and other anticancer compounds.

almond meal/flour

The most favoured gluten/grain free flour substitute in my kitchen is almond meal. It is finely ground blanched almonds and is also known as almond flour. It has a slightly sweet flavour so you don’t have to add as much sweetener when baking with it. All kinds of nuts can be ground down to make a meal and are excellent for raw cheesecake or pie bases. Nut meals/flours are best stored in airtight containers in the fridge or freezer to prevent them going rancid.

golden flaxseed (fine ground)

Golden flaxseed meal is ground linseed. You will find it in many of my recipes. It is also a great egg substitute when mixed with water. Flaxseed is very low in carbohydrates, making it ideal for people who limit their intake of carbs. It is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which is the key force against inflammation in our bodies. Flaxseed must be stored in the fridge. I like to use golden flaxseed as it is lighter in colour, than the brown variety and produces a nicer colour to your baking.

nutritional yeast flakes

Also know as Savoury Yeast Flakes. It’s a fermented and deactivated yeast, which means it isn’t going to grow (and has nothing to do with brewer’s yeast or bakers’ yeast). It has a creamy cheesy flavour and I’ve used it in a few recipes to create a cheese flavour. Vegans use it as a condiment and a cheese substitute, and to also add additional protein and vitamins to their diet (it’s a complete protein). Nutritional yeast flakes are free from sugar, dairy, grains and gluten. Do not confuse it with yeast extract (MSG). Purchase from health food stores or in the health food aisle of supermarkets.

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