Eating lower on the food chain conserves land, water, and crops—one of the reasons why eating less meat has been added to lists of eco-friendly things to do, and one of the rationales behind Meatless Monday. A holiday weekend often involves family potlucks, and other gatherings—so why not grace one of your occasions with a meatless offering?
Feature Recipe: Fast Mexican Lasagna
This week I tested Fast Mexican Lasagna. I would call this dish “Mexican Tortilla Casserole” as it’s made of tortillas and other ingredients you would use in quesadillas (the subject of my last food post). The casserole has four layers of soft 8¨ tortillas covered with refried beans, salsa, grated cheese, and roasted red peppers.
The recipe says that the yield is 6 servings. For a family potluck, I’ll be cutting my dish into slivers as a side for other dishes on the table. A few tips:
- Making refried beans from scratch isn’t difficult if you have the time. Once you prepare them a few times, no recipe will be needed. Try this one: refried beans.
- Cooking beans from scratch allows you to reduce the gas factor. To reduce gas, soak the beans overnight and/or bring them to a boil, skim off the foam, rinse, and cook in a fresh batch of water.
- Red peppers can be “roasted” in a microwave rather than using more electricity in an oven.
More Recipe Ideas for Weekend Celebrations
Vegetarian Nachos—I recently layered baked tortilla chips, with salsa, chopped green onion, chopped cooked asparagus, artichoke slices, and shredded cheese on a cookie sheet and baked it in the oven at 375 degrees F for just over 10 minutes. A heartier version could include refried beans.
Enjoy! Let me know if you have some vegetarian successes this weekend.