Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tacos and Lasagna rolls

I have a couple of rather delicious and easy to make recipes for you today. The first on is a one pot meal for beans and chicken tacos, it tastes almost like a Mexican barbecue of sorts. The second is lasagna roll ups/spirals (I'm really not sure what their called) that can be made with any filling and any sauce. It isn't as easy as lasagna because the noodles need to be cooked before you put everything together, but it is relatively simple.

In a dutch oven (a cast iron pot) saute a chopped onion. Put in a can or two of pinto beans depending on how many people you have and a half a can of water. Put in a couple tbsp of coriander and cumin in, a tsp to 1 tbsp of chili powder depending, a pinch of cayenne, a couple tsp of molasses (you can also put in some maple syrup or honey in if you want the beans sweet) juice from a lime,a couple to a few cloves of minced garlic, and about a half a bunch of chopped cilantro. Put a pound of boneless chicken in the middle, making sure that they get covered in some sauce. You might want to add in some more water so that the beans are just covered. cook at 350 until the chicken is done. About 40 minutes or until the temperature reaches 165. Shred the chicken, place in taco shells with some lettuce and such. 

Cook your lasagna noodles and drain. Make sure to coat them in some olive oil so that they don't stick. In each lasagna noodle, spread some of whatever filling you decide to use in it and roll it up. place in a pan on its side like a small enchilada. Continue until you have your pan filled. Cover with the sauce of your choice and bake at 350 for 40 min. Put some cheese on top if you wish, and put back in the oven for 10 more minutes or until the cheese is melted. 

Both of these recipes are easy to alter and make your own, like the tacos, you can use just simple Mexican seasoning, make it more of a tex-mex, or add in some Indian spices such as turmeric or some coriander which would be quite nice if you make the sauce sweeter. Have fun! 

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