(Creamed Tuna in a casserole. Picture courtesy of dharder9475 at flickr.com.)

(Creamed Tuna in a casserole. Picture courtesy of dharder9475 at flickr.com.)

Here’s hoping that this is a day that’s easy on all you moms of whatever sex or situation.   Mothering is a good thing we do for a variety of others, and it’s not about the flowers.

A meal that I always found easy to do, and with ingredients I had on hand, was creamed tuna.   My kids enjoyed it, it’s healthy and warm, and speaks words of comfort to me even now.

The following recipe uses a beaten egg, and paprika, but I didn’t.   I did chop up some boiled eggs to make the final dish.  Of course, it doesn’t have to be tuna, canned meat or just boiled eggs – yes, iguana eggs work, make the same dish, giving it a slightly different wrinkle.

• 3 tablespoons butter
• 3 tablespoons flour
• 1/8 teaspoon pepper, white pepper preferred
• 1/8 teaspoon paprika
• 1 1/2 cups hot milk
• 1 1/2 cups cooked tuna
• 1 egg, slightly beaten

Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the flour, salt, pepper, and paprika.

Stir well, pour in the milk, and when this has thickened add the tuna fish.

Heat the tuna fish thoroughly in the sauce

Add the slightly beaten egg and cook until this has thickened.

The vegetables can be any kind you have around, and can be chopped small so the kids can’t pick them out if they’re going through that anti-veggie time.   Flavoring the final product with a buillon cube worked for me, adding it while the milk was being stirred with the butter mixture.   The creamed sauce can be served over rice, toast, mashed potatoes, pasta, quinoa, grits, anything that’s hanging around or ready to be used up.

This is one of those easy dishes that was always welcome to both mom and kids, and takes very little time and effort.

Enjoy your mother’s day, however your mothering happened, and thanks.