Recipe: Tuna Potato Casserole

Okay, so it shouldn’t have taken us nearly a month to finally post a recipe but it did. Shame on us. It seems strange that we need to go on a short hiatus when we barely started. The truth is we need to scale back on stocking our storage because it’s holiday time and we need the extra cash. Once we’re through Christmas and maybe into January we plan on starting up again. We do have a few recipes that we’ve developed but we want to have some pictures so we need to make them up first before we can post them here. In the mean time we’ll post a few recipes here or there (pictures pending) but I’m hoping by January to be posting at least once a week.

Our first recipe is Tuna Potato Casserole and it is delicious! I got the idea from a twice baked potato recipe that stuffed the potatoes with canned tuna. It turned out wonderful so we brainstormed how we could turn it into a food storage meal. We simply skipped the fresh potatoes part and diced up some canned ones. It was so much easier and faster than twice baking a potato. I’m sure you could substitute the potatoes for sweet potatoes if you like.

Tuna Potato Casserole


Yields: 6 Servings

Time: 45 minutes

2 (7oz) cans tuna
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup sweet relish or chopped pickles
1 tsp prepared mustard
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
4 (15oz) cans potatoes, drained, rinsed, and cubed

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Drain tuna and break into pieces.  Add mayonnaise, coconut milk, relish, mustard,granulated onions, parsley, salt and pepper.  Mix together, gently fold in potatoes.

Place in greased casserole dish and bake for 25 minutes.

Shopping List for 6 Meals:
12 (7 oz) cans tuna
1 (30 oz) jar mayonnaise
3 cans coconut milk
24 (15 oz) cans potatoes
Pantry items: mustard, onion powder, dried parsly, salt, pepper

Making Room

Welcome to our blog! This is Erin, co-creator of The Prepared Cavewoman. A few months ago my mom, Linda (the other creator), and I started talking about food storage. We knew we couldn’t do our normal run of the mill food storage because most “normal” food storage has lots of wheat, grains, and beans; things we cannot eat! So after discussing it for some time we came up with a plan. We would develop our own food storage meals that matched our Paleo diet ways and build up a three-month supply. We figured there would be others who might be trying the same thing so we decided to blog our food storage adventures; thus, The Prepared Cavewoman was born.

We started right away with gathering cans and then ran into our first problem. We kept reaching into our reserves without noticing. All of a sudden we were almost out of the chicken broth we bought for Chicken and Yam Soup! How did that happen? We weren’t building up any extra meals and to top it off we didn’t know which cans were for food storage and which one’s were for dinner that week. Talk about confusing and frustrating!

After much thinking we came up with a solution. We designated a shelf (three, actually) to be exclusively for food storage. If a can was on that shelf then we could not use it unless we a) finish building up our three-month supply or b) made a note which cans we used so we could replace them next time we went grocery shopping.

Then we opened our pantry.


Messy and not much room, huh? We needed an extra shelf.

A long time ago the pantry used to be a coat closet. My mom turned it into a pantry by taking out the coats and installing the shelves with my dad. See that big gap between the top two shelves? My mom couldn’t put a shelf between those two because of this metal box.


Mom always assumed it had something to do with the automatic sprinkler but after looking at it (and checking with my dad) we found out it was the old security system that wasn’t in use. Therefore we said “Bye-bye,” to the ugly, in the way box. Then headed to Home Depot and bought more lumber for another shelf.


Looks so much better, doesn’t it? We measured to make sure it would hold our rolling can holder perfectly and reorganized everything! The very top shelf is paper supplies, the next two shelves (plus the last one) are completely, 100%, keep-your-hands-off food storage. We even used the leftover lumber to make a mini-shelf for extra organization power!

Bring on the cans!