Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday Meal Idea

I could spend DAYS just surfing the Blogger Network! Most days I get great ideas for crafting and decorating but lately I have been finding some WONDERFUL recipe ideas. Those of you who know me know I HATE TO COOK!!!!!! I would rather sit in the Dentist chair (No offense Dr Grow) getting a root canal than cook! But I have started to find and try some recipes that have made being in the kitchen not all that bad. NO I am NO WHERE ready to tie on the apron and call myself Rachel Ray...but I'm thinking part of my issue with cooking is coming up with ideas. SO, for all of you out there who feel the same way I hopefully have a solution for you. I am going to start posting a Monday Meal Ideas. Where each Monday I will try to post a new recipe with pictures (I hate recipes w/o pics...I am a very visual person!)

For my 1st Monday Meal Idea recipe I am going to share MY adaptation to Mexican Lasagna which I found on Little Birdie Secrets. I made a few changes to theirs due to the fact I didn't have, in the pantry, what it was asking for OR I wasn't a big fan of some of the ingredients. SO, here is MY adaptation of

Mexican Lasagna:

In a large pan, saute:

1 lb. ground beef

chopped onion

salt and pepper

minced garlic

taco seasoning

(I didn't measure the taco seasoning, just dumped some in...I'm sooooo turning into my mother!)

Once the meat is browned I added:

1 can diced tomatoes with oregano and basil

1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies

Simmer for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375. In a 9x13 pan layer 3 flour tortillas, 1/2 can of refried beans, 1/2 meat mixture, and 1 cup shredded cheese. Repeat the layers one more time: tortillas, beans, meat mixture, and cheese. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes...and enjoy!

My family LOVED it. Will said it would be "extra" better with a few tortilla chips to dip in it too. The original recipe asked for the use of corn tortillas but since I don't like them I didn't use them. BUT, I think the corn tortillas would have made it a bit crunchier. The flour tortillas were good just didn't harden much.

Until next Monday Meal Ideas My Ladies~


Lolli said...

Nummy! Sounds delish! How about the next mornings you stop by on your way to taking Tay to school and Lolli can have "leftovers Tuesday". What do ya think...huh?

I (really) might have to give that recipe a whirl. My family would love that!

Alissa and baby Brody said...

I saw your Twilight countdown on the side...I absolutly love those books! Im so excited to watch the movie! are you going to the midnight showing?

Kim said...

Hey sis! Haven't talked to you in awhile, but I LOVE the whole recipe idea! I will definitely be using them, probably on Wednesdays so I can go shopping on Tuesdays =) I just need to learn a few cooking terms, like "saute, browned, preheat, simmer" LOL, oh yeah, and what's an "oven?!"

love and miss ya xoxoxox

Brandon said...

Thanks sis for the great ideal, Kim cooked some great mexican lasagna! Maybe next week could be some brats, and don't forget to mention the ice cold coors light! We love and miss you all!!