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Mexican Chicken Casserole

This stuff is fresh, filling…and healthy! I got this one from Cooking Light (a staple in our house) and it is awesome. While it does require some hands-on time – it is nothing complicated. I am typically one that will pull a Sandra Lee every now and then and go with the store bought version of a certain ingredient (e.g. salsa) vs making it homemade (she calls this “Semi-Homemade”). Anyway, in this recipe, you will make homemade salsa to place in your Mexican “lasagna” – and it is SO worth it. And, if you’re like me and like your food a lil on the spicy side…I’d recommend some additional jalepenos, Cayenne pepper, or…my favorite, Louisiana hot sauce! Enjoy – Morg

The Recipe
Hands on time: 25 minutes
Total time: 1 hour and 10 mins (I think this is a lie or I’m not that good)

Salsa:
8 plum tomatoes, halved and seeded
3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed (I use the kind out of the jar to make my life a little easier)
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
1 seeded jalepeno pepper, quartered (again, I’d use extra and…if you like lots of heat, you can skip the seeding process)
Cooking spray
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Casserole:
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
1 cup diced zucchini
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (I’d make this 4 cups, especially if you’re cooking for a man; Anthony’s big complaint was that there wasn’t enough “meat”)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (10 ounce) can green chili enchilada sauce
1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles
12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1 cup (4 ounces) shredding Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. To prepare salsa, combine first 4 ingredients on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Broil 20 minutes or until charred, stirring once. Remove from oven; cool slightly. Place tomato mixture in a food processor; add cilantro, lime juice, and pepper. Process until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (where is the degrees sign on a computer?)
  4. To prepare casserole,  heat a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Lightly coat pan with cooking spray. Add 1 cup onion, corn, zucchini, and bell pepperr; saute 6 minutes or until tender. Add chicken and next 5 ingredients (through green chiles); saute 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat.
  5. Spread 1/2 cup of salsa over the bottom of a 13X9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange half of tortillas over salsa. Spoon 2 cups chicken mixture evenly over toritllas. Top with 3/4 cup salsa. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of each cheese. Repeat layers, start with remaining tortillas and ending with remaining cheeses. Bake at 250 degrees for 25 minutes until bubbly.

Yields: 8 servings. (330 calories per serving – but who’s counting?)

Note: the longer the salsa is allowed to sit, the more the flavors will meld. Make extra and use to enhance other dishes – or just serve with some warm tortilla chips!

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Prosciutto, Peppers & Shrimp Pasta

I usually always go for angel hair when I make pasta, but this really is better with the bowtie. It’s the perfect mix of sweet, spicy and seafood. Plus bowtie pasta is just adorable, so it’s got that going for it too.

1 teaspoon of olive oil
2 ounces of thinly sliced proscuitto
1 pound peeled and deveined 21-25 count shrimp
2 red bell peppers, roasted, peeled, and chopped
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
handful of chopped green onions
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
1/4 cup of feta cheese
2 tablespoons of butter
4 ounces shrimp stock
2 ounces of vodka
salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper to taste
1 package of bowtie pasta, cooked

  1. In a medium saute pan heat olive oil. Add prosciutto and cook until crisp. Once crisp, remove from pan.
  2. Season shrimp with salt and pepper and cook briefly (until about halfway done).
  3. Add vodka to pan, stand back and set vodka aflame to deglaze pan.
  4. After flames dies down, add chopped bell peppers, garlic, green onions, parsley and feta cheese. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add shrimp stock, bring to a simmer and reduce for 3-4 minutes. Add salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper.  Stir in butter.
  6. Add bowtie pasta and cook until just until pasta is heated through. Plate and top with crisp prosciutto.

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