Monday, May 9, 2011
As I was planning my menu for the week I happened to scroll through my recipe file and I had 3 different recipes saved. I decided that was just silly, printed them, and spread them out on my desk to pick apart. None of them seemed quite right for my family on their own but surely I could combine the parts I liked and omit the things I didn't...Jeff was pretty sure I had lost my mind but I think he was convinced that maybe Mom isn't completely clueless after all after tasting the final product.
The only thing I would do differently is remember to leave the cheese off the top until the last 15 minutes of cooking time (you'd think I would learn....) and possibly leave the olives out to be put on the side as some people in our house aren't olive fans but other than that it was pretty darned good and I'll definitely do it again.
*Lasagna tip: Lay your noodles in opposite directions for each layer; it will help the finished product stay together better when you serve it. i.e. the bottom layer is horizontal in the pan, the second layer is vertical and the third layer is horizontal again. Who knew?!?
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef or turkey (I used beef)
1 yellow onion minced
2 cups long grain rice, unprepared
4 cups chicken broth ( I used water and soup base, it worked great)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. chili powder
2 t. cumin
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
1 t. dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 can diced tomatoes or 3-4 fresh tomatoes, diced
1 can black beans undrained
2 c. frozen corn
1 can olives, sliced
1 16 oz salsa verde, medium
1 10 oz can enchilada sauce
1 box no boil lasagna noodles
3 c. Mexican cheese blend (or whatever you have on hand)
1. Prepare rice with broth. While rice is cooking saute onions, garlic, and tomatoes with approx 1/2 of the spices until onions are tender. When rice is done mix the rice, onion mixture, and black beans together.
2. Brown hamburger; add approx 1/2 c water and remaining spices and let simmer for a few minutes. Set aside.
3. In a 9x13 casserole dish pour 1/2 bottle salsa verde and spread evenly. Layer noodles.
4. Divide rice mixture in half. Spread 1/2 over noodles; add cheese.
5. Add another layer of noodles; spread enchilada sauce over noodles evenly.
6. Layer taco meat; corn, cheese and another layer of noodles.
7. Spread remaining rice mixture over noodles. Top with olives if using and evenly pour remaining salsa verde over the top.
8. Bake at 375 for 50 min. Top with cheese; bake an additional 10-15 minutes.
9. Let rest 5-10 minutes before serving. Garnish with cilantro and sour cream. (I live in a house of cilantro haters so that didn't make it to the picture...)