Friday, May 2, 2014

Healthy Mexican Vegetable Lasagna

A hearty Mexican style lasagna packed full of roasted veggies.

Mr. J and I always love a good Mexican meal. The spicier the better. And guacamole, boy do we love guacamole.  Let's just say any Cinco de Mayo celebrations are right up our alley.

Tacos, enchiladas, burrito bowls and nachos. We make them all on a regular basis. To switch things up a bit I decided to take the flavors and ingredients of all of the things we love and make a lasagna.

This lasagna bake is packed full of veggies and a can of refried beans making it super hearty and filling. It easily serves eight large portion. We have been eating it all week long. I portioned out containers the first night and they have been the easiest lunches each day.

I used red and yellow peppers but you could easily use green and orange. And really a pre-cut frozen package would work great too if time was tight. And I know Trader Joe's has a frozen roasted corn package. Easy peasy.

So get kick your Cinco de Mayo festivities off with this dinner.

Healthy Mexican Vegetable Lasagna

by Emily Morris, adapted from Pinch of Yum
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: bake entree vegetarian Cinco de Mayo Mexican
Ingredients (Serves 8)
  • 2 red bell , chopped
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno, sliced
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1½ Tablespoon taco seasoning
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups Mexican blend cheese, shredded
  • 15 small corn tortillas
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 2 can red enchilada sauce
  • cilantro, guacamole, or sour cream for topping
Heat a large nonstick skillet with oil over high heat. Add the onion and peppers, sprinkle with taco seasoning. Allow the peppers to roast and brown on the outside before gently stirring. Repeat one more time, waiting for the veggies to roast a bit before removing from heat. Set aside.

Repeat the process with the corn, removing from the heat when browned and roasted on the outside. Sprinkle the veggies with a little bit of salt and toss to coat.

Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Cut the tortillas into thin strips. Put the refried beans in a bowl and mix with 2-3 Tbsp of water to make them easier to spread.

To assemble the lasagna spread a little bit of the enchilada sauce on the bottom of the pan. Place half of the tortilla strips on top of the sauce. Layer all of the refried beans, half of the veggies, half of the sauce, half of the cheese on top of the tortilla strips. Cover with the other half of the tortilla strips, and the remaining veggies, sauce, and cheese.

Cover with foil and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling and the cheese is melted. Remove foil and cook a few more minutes to brown the cheese a bit.

Serve with guacamole, fresh cilantro, sour cream, or salsa.
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  1. what a great way to get your veggies! this looks super good!

  2. Oh, boy, does this look scrumptious!!! And I'd be happy to eat it all week long!

  3. Oh yum does that ever look tasty!

  4. One dish. Packed with flavors I love. This is a winner!!

  5. This is a must try dish in at my house!! Looks amazing. :)


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