Pics and Casserole, and Pics of Casserole

March 26, 2010

It has been quite a long week. Longer than the week before spring break for sure. And as the older teachers are referring to it "the sap is rising." Whatever that means. But it has been sheer chaos for sure.

Yesterday I met up with Katie May of TwoSuez Photography to pick up my reprints and needless to say they are stinking awesome. But I am so in love with how she wrapped them up I almost don't want to take them out to frame them.

Here is the other side of the tag.

Just way to cute, she needs to go into designing gift wrap. But maybe I'm just biased because I love love love Katie and every single picture her or Heather has ever posted on their site!


I realized this week I have never posted my recipe for Aztec Casserole. This recipe has kind of morphed from what it originally was in the Abs Diet. But I had to make it satisfy my has far too many different beans in it for me.

Aztec Casserole
1lb ground turkey
2c shredded cheddar cheese
1 can pinto or black beans
1 can rotel
1 c chopped cilantro
1/4 c lime juice
1 can corn
2 cups brown rice
1 small can of adobo sauce
2 tbsp cumin
salt & pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 medium onion
1 medium-large bell pepper

Start off sauteing your onion and pepper. After they have softened add your ground turkey and garlic. While the turkey is browning add your seasonings including your adobo sauce.

 Chances are if you live near a Walmart like mine they may have adobo sauce one day and not the next. If this is the case buy the stuff below, remove all the peppers and add the sauce to your meat. I even added a few peppers chopped up for a little added heat.
While all of this has been going on I hope you had the good sense to boil some water. Now if you suck at cooking rice like I do(yeah I can make flan from scratch but rice always kicks my butt) throw in your 10 min. boil in a bag rice.
Once your meat is browned as well as turkey will brown, which is still slightly tan, drain your corn, rotel, and beans and throw in the mixture. I usually have to rinse off whatever that slimy junk is that is on beans.
Once your rice is done toss with meat mixture in a decent size casserole dish.

Rough chop about one cup, unless you like more, of cilantro, add lime juice and combine. 
Sprinkle top with cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees until cheese is melted and bubbly.


Even though I shouldn't I am going to post the recipe for the chicken I made last Sunday. We are doing the Hollywood Diet this weekend, yes I know detox like that is bad,  and posting about food is probably going to be the death of me during a 48 hour detox.