Everyday Mom's Meals: A Cool One For A Hot Day

Monday, June 15, 2015

A Cool One For A Hot Day

I don't know about you, but when it is 90 degrees with 100% humidity, the last thing I want to do is cook, and honestly, eat. As much as we love food, when the weather is stifling, we just can't bring ourselves to enjoy a good meal. But we have to eat, so I have to become creative.

So this time of year, supper is many times pushed to around 7:30 or even 8 pm, to allow it to cool down a little; and I try to find light things that fill us up, satisfy those starving bellies, but don't leave us feeling like we have bricks in our stomachs when bedtime rolls around.

When I came up with this recipe, it was one of those "why haven't I ever thought of this before?" moments. I mean, we love mac salad. We love tuna salad. We love tuna and noodle casserole. So why not take elements of all of those, and turn them into a cool, creamy dish perfect for a hot day? I simply added some croissants and fresh fruit on the side for a whole meal. I think this would be a killer dish at any cookout or potluck this time of year too. I'm betting it would be that one thing people devour and wonder why they didn't think to make it. Plus, if you make a big batch like me, you've got lunch covered for the whole week; and it just keeps getting better as the days go on.

Even if you're hanging out in the AC at the end of a long hot day, your body needs time to cool down and recover. Standing over a hot stove, or having the oven heat up the house isn't really going to help matters. That's when you need to remember dishes like this and feed your family something that will make them say "mmmm" and "ahhhh" at the same time.

Tuna Macaroni Salad
1 lb. elbow macaroni
3 small cans tuna, drained well
3/4 c. sweet relish, divided
4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1 small white onion, chopped
1/2 c. mayo
1 TBS lemon juice
1 TBS celery seed
1 1/2 TBS dried parsley
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Cook macaroni until just al dente. You want it to have a little "bite" left to it, not mushy. Rinse with cold water, and drain very well. In a large bowl mix together macaroni, tuna, 1/2 c. relish, eggs and onion. Mix well. In a small bowl whisk together mayo, 1/4 c. relish, lemon juice, celery seed, parsley, salt and pepper. Pour over macaroni mixture. Stir well to combine. Chill for at least an hour before serving.

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