Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tex-Mex Lasagna & What's Cooking Wednesday 12/1

Ok, so a quick story for you guys...

I'm sitting down to start writing this post and my phone rings. It's my mom and she's having me run into the kitchen to look for something. Well I'm digging around in the kitchen (which is right next to our dining room where I have the back door open so the dogs can go in and out as the please... yes it is that warm here).

So I hear my dog eating at the dog bowl (which is right next to the door). I lean over to take a peek at him since he looks all cute with his new haircut. Only, it isn't my dog. Yes, a strange dog is in my house, eating my dogs' food. It was a really tiny thing so it must have slipped under the fence or something. I picked it up, looked at the tag, and saw that "Baby" belonged to some people down the street. Then I proceeded to bring her home.

So that's my weird moment of the day. Besides being super stressed about school. One test (the final) left on Monday. I really hope I pass. I don't want to do this again next semester.


Ok, enough of my troubles... Here's today's recipe! It's mostly based off of one of the recipes that was shared last week. Remember the Tex-Mex Lasagna that was featured last week from Close to Home? I took that recipe and added a few of my own touches to it.

The original recipe didn't have any meat in it. Well, according to el padre (aka my dad) a meal isn't a meal if it doesn't have some form of meat. So I cooked some ground beef and added taco seasoning to it.


See... my FAVORITE taco seasoning. Sorry all you other seasonings out there... you just can't compete with good ole' Taco Bell. Oh, and meanwhile, I boiled 9 lasagna noodles. Just to a little undercooked. I figured they'd cook more in the oven (which they did).


Then I added a 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes...


Then an 8 oz can of tomato sauce. Then I put about 1/4 of the mixture on the bottom of a pyrex pan (I believe it was an 11x7 pan).


Then I topped that with 3 lasagna noodles.


I mixed about a cup or so of defrosted frozen corn and a can of washed black beans (my FAVORITE type of bean). Then I spread half of that on top of the noodles.


Then added a handful of mexican blend cheese on top. I continued layering. Your layering should be like this (top to bottom):

Rest of cheese (top)
1/4 of Meat Mixture
3 noodles
1/4 of Meat Mixture
handful of cheese
1/2 of Bean/Corn Mixture
3 noodles
1/4 of Meat Mixture

handful of cheese
1/2 of Bean/Corn Mixture
3 noodles
1/4 of Meat Mixture (bottom)

Here's my lasagna... ready for the oven :) It was almost overflowing the pan.


I covered it with foil and baked it at 450 for about 30 min or so.


Mmmm... it was really yummy! (Sorry for the messy picture! It was tough to get out of the pan "cleanly"!)




Thanks to Close to Home for the YUMMY inspiration!


Oh, and remember those Bacon Cheese Pull Aparts that were featured last week too from Nancy Creative? I made them for my Sunday School class this past Sunday and they were DELICIOUS! Really easy to make too! I didn't have time to grab a picture but they were some serious kind of delicious! Nothing left in the pan!




Ok, now for a few favorites from last week...


Check out this Apple Pecan Pie from over at Kuzak's Closet! I'm not a big pecan fan but this looks seriously good! You know, I do have some apples that need some cooking :)



Keli, at Feeding Four, has a super easy recipe for Scalloped Potatoes! And I'm a BIG fan of potatoes... and cheese... can it get any better?



Melanie, over at A Sheltering Tree, shows us how to make a quick and easy Buttery Caramel Sauce! It sounds heavenly and would make great Christmas gifts :)





So be sure to go check out those recipes! I'm sure you'll love them!



I'm SO ready to see some more of your great recipes! I'm loving the inspiration I'm getting :)


Add as many recipes as you'd like! Look for featured ones next week too! Yours could be a favorite!


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17 comments:

Becky said...

I love your link party Courtney! You always make me feel special. Haha =)

Pamela said...

We are so honored that you featured Melanie's Caramel Sauce. Thank you sooo much. I am so going to try your Tex Mex Lazagne.

Close to home said...

thanks for the shot out, your looks good too will have to try your variation next time

Amanda Kuzak said...

Thanks for featuring my mom's pie, I hope this will get her to guest post on my blog more often!

Lisa said...

That dog story is hilarious! I can't believe that happened!

The lasagna looks yummy! I know my husband would love this so I'm going to send it to him!

Keli said...

OMGOSH! LOL I'm still laughing about the dog story! That would probably hapen to me - excpet my dogs won't let any other living creature in our yard. Even birds!

Thanks for featuring my scalloped potatoes! (And reminding me about the linkup :) )

Have a great day!

www.savingthosedollars.blogpot.com

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

mmmm, that lasagna looks awesome! Thanks for hosting this blog party.

Sara @ Mom Endeavors said...

Thanks so much for stopping by Mom Endeavors and inviting me! :) I've added your link party to my sidebar list!! :)

nancycreative said...

Your lasagna looks delicious! Just linked up the corn dog muffins :)

PartyMom said...

Thanks so much for stopping by! I love the idea of Mexican lasagna...we love anything spicy around this house!

Crystal said...

Thanks for inviting me over! :)

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Thanks so much for the invite! I linked up!

PALATABLE said...

Hi Courtney,

Thanks for hosting and pleased to link up my Koleh Koleh for this party. Your lasagna looks great!

http://treatntrick.blogspot.com

PALATABLE said...

Thanks for hosting dear, have linked up mine as per your request. Lasagna looks so yum...

http://treatntrick.blogspot.com

Melanie C. said...

Did you have to put such 'yummy-looking' pictures of that lasagna on here? Ha! Mmmm...sounds good! My mom already mentioned this, but thanks again for 'featuring' the caramel dip!

Kelli said...

Thanks for inviting me to the party. I added your link. I am now starving after seeing all that good looking food...yummy!

Amy said...

That recipe sounds yummy I think even my kids would eat it!

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