Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Mexican Lasagna

I just tried this recipe for the first time last night and we really enjoyed it. I hope you do as well!

Mexican Lasagna

1 lb. ground beef
3/4 c. salsa
1 pkg. taco seasoning
4 flour tortillas
1 can pinto beans, drained & rinsed
1- 1 1/2 c. grated cheese (I used cheddar)

Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Brown your beef and drain. Add salsa and taco seasoning (may not need the whole pkg, season to taste) and simmer for 10 mins.
Grease an 8x8 square pan and spread 1/2 c. meat mixture across bottom of pan.
Layer 2 tortillas on top of that.
Pour half the remaining meat on top of the tortillas.
Pour half of your can of beans on top of that followed by half of your cheese.
Layer once more with tortillas, beans & cheese.
Cover and cook for 30 minutes, let sit for 5 minutes after removing from oven.

We ate this with a little sour cream on the side and a salad.

You could easily do more layers with only one tortilla and less of your meat & beans per layer. You can experiment with it.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

my favorite salad

I have been making this salad for quite awhile now and absolutely love it every time. 
You will for sure have 2-3 servings or more. 

Bacon Parmesan Salad

2/3 c. vinegar
1 c. oil
1 1/4 c. sugar
2 t. salt
2 t. mustard

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well. Pour into any container with a lid such as a tupperware or jar. I half this recipe for my husband and I, it makes quite a bit.

Romaine lettuce
sugared almonds
parmesan cheese (I prefer the shredded kind in the little tub for this salad)
mandarin oranges (optional)
red onion

Slice your onion (however much you prefer) and add it to the dressing, put the lid on and allow the onion to marinate for an hour or so.

Now cook your bacon. I slice it up before cooking it, just because I like to :)

Make your sugared almonds. They are kinda hard to explain...but I'll try. Put your almonds and a lot of sugar in a pan. Turn your heat up to medium high and stir the entire time. As soon as the sugar starts to melt continue stirring for a few seconds then remove from the heat before they burn. Remove from pan onto wax paper. Delicious.

Combine your lettuce, bacon, sugared almonds & mandarin oranges in a large bowl. Pour your dressing over the entire salad and toss. Add your parmesan cheese and toss again.

Now...enjoy my favorite salad!