Thursday, April 9, 2009
Tuna Alfredo Ready to Go Polar
This is one of those rich sauces we get to have when we low carb that makes everyone else jealous. Really good. Butter, cream, cream cheese... We eat ours on steamed cabbage strips. They are mildly flavored and don't fight the creaminess of the sauce. My Tuna Alfredo is a Multiply Meal recipe--it makes at least four or five meals, this one usually makes more. It depends on how many mouths you feed.
So, since you are investing in the big box of cream cheese from Sam's, a couple of canisters of Parmesan cheese, a large carton of cream, you certainly don't want to mess up when it comes to freezing this precious stuff. These are my tips for freezing sauces and soups.
It is fine to use ziploc bags, if you learn how to keep them a uniform size and flat. To do this, I keep a few old boxes around as forms. I pour my liquidy food into a freezer bag, then fit it into the box to freeze. Once it is frozen, I can remove the food from the box. That way, the bags are all the same size, and stack well in the freezer. They also tend to thaw more quickly if the food is evenly distributed. Whatever you do, don't place a freezer bag with liquidy foods in the freezer if you have wire shelves. The bag may form around the wire and be next to impossible to remove.
For some sauces or soups, I use inexpensive plastic storage bowls. I find the best place to buy these is at the Dollar Tree. I can get good quality bowl at a cost of only four for one dollar. These bowls will even stand up to microwave heat if the food content is not too fatty. These are only available in smaller sizes, so plan on these only if you are freezing two cups or less. These aren't Tupperware for sure, but they work!
Now for that recipe:
66.5 ounce can of water packed tuna
1 3 pound block of cream cheese
1 cup butter
2 Tablespoons garlic powder
4 cups water or to preference
2 cups cream
16 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tablespoon ground black pepper
In a large pot, melt butter and cream cheese together, stirring constantly. Stir in parmesan cheese and spices. Gradually add cream and water to desired consistency. Stir in drained tuna. Place the mixture into freezer containers or bags.
30 servings 396 calories 3 carbs