Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mexican Lasagna

What do you do after you do a Les Mills RPM cycling class?  You eat a banana and drink a protein shake to stop the shaking.  What do you do when your stomach is trying to eat itself shortly after because your metabolism has woken up with a vengeance?  You make Mexican Lasagna...or at least that is what I did today.  It did take me a little bit longer to do than I thought it would but it was worth it :)

Source: Nigella Kitchen by Nigella Lawson

Ingredients:
Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon garlic flavored oil (i use regular oil and added a tiny amount of garlic)
  • 1 onion, peeled + chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 green chiles, chopped with seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro stalks
  • 2 (14oz) cans diced tomatoes (+1 2/3 cups water to rinse out cans + pour into sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • **I added 2lbs ground turkey**
Filling:
  • 2 (15oz) cans black beans, drained + rinsed
  • 3 1/4 cups drained canned corn, from about 1 1/2 (15oz cans)
  • 2 1/2 cups Cabot cheddar cheese (I obviously chose this because it's lactose free :-p)
  • 8 soft flour tortillas (approx 10in in diameter)
  • baking dish (approx 10in in diameter and 2 1/4 inches deep)
Directions:
  • Preheat the oven to 400F (put a cookie sheet in too)
  • For the sauce:
    • Heat the oil in a saucepan (I used a wok) on the stove and fry the onion, bell pepper, chiles + ground turkey and cook until turkey is cooked through.  Add the salt and cook gently for 15 minutes (till soft) and then add the chopped cilantro.
    • Add the canned tomatoes then rinse the cans out with the water and add that as well.  Add the ketchup and let it all come to a simmer.  Leave the sauce to cook and prep the filling.
  • For the filling:  
    • Mix the drained beans and canned corn in a bowl.  Add most of the cheese (save some for the top) and mix it all together.
    • Spread some of the sauce into the bottom of your dish and smear it so it covers the bottom.  Layer on 2 tortillas so that they cross in the middle (like a venn diagram)
    • Add some of the beans mixture over the tortillas and then add some more salsa...then top with another 2 tortillas.
    • Repeat and repeat again...then add the final 2 tortillas.  
    • Lastly add the rest of the cheese on the top and a small amount of sauce (Otherwise the top tortillas get crispy and are difficult to cut)
  • Bake for 30 mins
  • Let sit for about 10 minutes
Then Eat!  My good friend Hillary not only did spinning with me this afternoon but she came over to eat some of this lasagna and this was her reaction:  "I like a little party in my mouth!"

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