Sunday, January 4, 2009

Mexican Veggie Lasagna

When I planned our meals for the week, I chose Mexican for Sunday. We had tortilla soup first, and instead of enchiladas, I made a Mexican Veggie Lasagna. I made this one up as I went along.

Ingredients for Sauce

  • 2 tbsp evoo
  • 3 tsp flour
  • 5 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
    3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 c light cream
  • 1/2 tsp each of coriander, Mexican oregano, salt, and cumin
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese; I used a Mexican blend

Directions for Sauce

  • Heat olive oil in a pot
  • Add flour and chili powder; stir until you have a paste.
  • Add tomato paste, stir
  • Add chicken broth and the rest of the spices
  • Add cream and bring to a simmer
  • Add cheese and stir until creamy

Ingredients for Lasagna

  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/2 jalapeno
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 3 mushrooms
  • 1/2 c frozen broccoli
  • 1/2 c frozen corn
  • salt
  • 12 small corn tortillas
  • Cheese; I used a Mexican blend
  • Sauce (see above)

Directions for Lasagna

  • Heat olive oil in a large saute pan.
  • Add onions and peppers; saute 2-3 minutes.
  • Add squash, zucchini, broccoli, and corn. Saute another 2-3 minutes.
  • Season with salt. I also added a pinch of chili powder and cumin.

Look at these beautiful veggies:

  • Assemble the lasagna... spread a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of a baking dish. Add tortillas, veggies, more sauce, and cheese. Continue layering in this order, ending with a final layer of tortillas, sauce, and cheese.
  • Bake covered on 375 for approximately 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting.

This was a nice change from enchiladas. I think it needed a bit more heat, if you like heat that is. Next time I'd add some cayenne to the sauce, and more jalapenos to the veggies. And actually, I think it would have been good with some of the chicken that I shredded for the soup! But if you are looking for a vegetarian meal, this one delivers.

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1 comment:

  1. What a great lasagna recipe! I love all the veggies packed in - yum!