There’s a lot going on in this casserole, including just a few seasonings and ingredients you might not necessarily already have around already; so I’m gonna go over just a few ingredients that are included in this recipe– but do not fear! You can always count on me to never suggest ingredients that are uncooperatively expensive or too hard-to-find.
Himalayan Pink Salt
Himalayan Pink Salt is a relatively new spice in my world, but it has been amazing addition! Usually I’ve been using it in savory recipes that call for eggs, because it perfectly mimics same flavor as the usually-hard-to-recreate salty taste that eggs have.
Using this same quality of its flavor, Himalayan Pink Salt makes for the perfect addition for the tu-no base due to the slight sulfur essence in its taste, just like the type of saltiness that is inherent to canned tuna. Himalayan Pink Salt might seem like something to skip, but it is definitely the key to the tu-no base of this casserole perfectly mimicking the same .67-cent canned tuna your grandma used.
Himalayan Pink Salt isn’t as hard to find as even I had imagined, and can usually be found in stores near other Asian foods and spices, and also can be found frequently with bulk spices.
As you may know, I love to use seasoning blends that are intended for cooking meat, like meat rubs. I think that a lot of the time, 99% of the experience of eating meat can be mimicked using produce by just using the same seasonings.
Food being ‘blackened’ usually refers to a method of preparing and cooking meat that originated in Cajun cooking. While we’re not really blackening anything in this recipe, I still love to use Blackened Seasoning just because it’s delicious. It’s a little bit spicy – so be careful! – but not nearly as spicy as regular Cajun seasoning. Blackened Seasoning will usually include thyme, oregano, chili, paprika, among other spices.
In this recipe, I use the Blackened Seasoning throughout, mostly on the veggies.
I used Cajun’s Choice Blackened Seasoning, which is delicious & only about $2.98
Canned Artichoke Hearts
Artichokes are delicious, and the natural slight bitterness of the canned artichoke hearts matches perfectly with the expectations of the tuna flavor; not to mention that including two cans of these guys with some garbanzo beans also gives you the ability to have a chunky tu-no that steals the show in by nailing the perfect taste and texture.
Crispy Onion Straws
Use them because your grandma used them.
Forget your diet.