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Got tortillas?


I somehow ended up with an abundance of tortilla shells recently and remembered a recipe that is sort of like a Mexican Lasagna that would help use up some of them. I used to make this quite often when all the chiildren were at home. It had been a while since I had made it for just the two of us. We really enjoyed it and decided it needs to be included in the meal rotation again. The recipe came from Betty Crocker many years ago.

Tortilla Casserole

1/2-1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup salsa
1/2 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
4-6 tortillas cut or torn into about 1" pieces
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Cook and stir the ground beef and onion until the beef is brown and onion is tender. Drain thoroughly. Spread half the salsa in the bottom of a 8" x 8" square casserole dish. Mix the remaining salsa, yogurt (or sour cream), beef mixture and chicken soup. Layer half the torn tortillas, half the soup mixture,and half the cheese on top of the salsa. Repeat the layers. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and then let the casserole stand for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and black olives, if desired. Serves 4-6.

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A couple of new recipes

I haven't really meant to neglect this blog for such a long time but I've been a little uninspired. I didn't think my vast readership would enjoy reading about routine laundry, cleaning, mending, etc. Another factor is that all four of the books that I had on reserve at the library came in at once. So, most of my free time lately has been spent reading.

At the end of this month we will be hosting a Christian couple from Germany. They visited us a few years ago and must have enjoyed themselves because they are coming back. 🙂 We didn't know them at all before their last visit but we have kept in touch since then and are looking forward to their visit. They will stay with us for a few days and then travel around a bit and then come back for a few days before they fly out of Atlanta.

I did try a couple of new recipes this week that I thought I could share. I love to find recipes which call for ingredients which I normally keep on hand. Both of these recipes fit that description.

The first recipe called for chicken and broccoli. I had both of those ingredients in the freezer. The recipe is here if you would like to try it. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Jane's blog which is called Thy Hand Hath Provided. About the only changes I made to this recipe were to use Rice Vinegar and to add a little Sesame Oil right before serving. We enjoyed this over some brown rice and thought it was a nice change from the regular chicken and broccoli casserole that I make.


The second recipe called for spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, carrots, zucchini, and meatballs. I actually had some zucchini which I needed to use up as well as the other ingredients. We really enjoyed this soup. Here is the original recipe from Iowa Girl Eats. I have enjoyed this blog and have tried other recipes she has posted. Below is how I actually made it:

Spaghetti and Meatball Soup

2 Tbsps. olive oil
2 carrots, peeled and shredded
1 zucchini, shredded
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
pepper to taste
5 cups water
1 tub of Knorr Soup Stock
24 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
large pinch of Italian Seasoning
1 14 oz. bag of frozen meatballs, thawed and cut into quarters
1 cup cut spaghetti (or other small pasta such as ditalini or orzo)

Heat large soup kettle. Add oil and when heated add carrots, zucchini, garlic, and onions. Saute until the vegetables wilt down. Season with pepper and then add the water, spaghetti sauce, soup base, and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil and then add the meatballs and pasta. Simmer 10-15 mins. or until pasta is tender. Garnish with shredded cheese. It would also be good if you added some navy or kidney beans to the soup.

This is very, very good. 🙂

This is the pasta that I used in the soup. I had bought it thinking it would work well in chicken noodle soup.



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