4.2018

Zion Nat'l Park, Columbine

healthy

A quick and delish dinner

Simple Tortilla Casserole
Prep time: 10 minutes; Baking time: 30 minutes

Purchased ingredients:                                                   Prepped ingredients:

Whole grain tortillas                                                           Grated cheddar and jack cheese
Salsa or chili sauce                                                            Chopped cilantro
Black olives, drained                                                          Chopped green and purple cabbage
Grilled peppers, canned or jar, drained
Black or pinto beans, drained

  1. Pour a bunch of salsa or chili verde sauce into the bottom of a 9 x 13 glass casserole dish.
  2. Place 3 tortillas on top of the salsa or sauce.
  3. Cover with ½ of the cheese.
  4. Beans next.
  5. Then peppers.
  6. Sprinkle on the cilantro and olives.
  7. Layer with more torts.
  8. Top it off with a healthy dousing of salsa or chili sauce.
  9. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 28 minutes.
  10. Remove foil, sprinkle on remaining cheese and bake 2 more minutes.
  11. Top with a lot of cabbage at the table for added zip and crunch.

This dinner is so quick, so yummy, and so simple, that you won’t even mind that it is a complete protein, high fiber, and low fat meal!

My choice is to shop at our local co-op for all canned or prepared items; I buy organic and I recommend you consider this as well—there will be no added fats, coloring, sweeteners, preservatives, etc. Having said that, the point here is to have a quick and delish dinner, you should buy whatever you think is best.

You already know that I am not a recipe user. I love free flow creativity in the kitchen. This dish can have virtually anything you want to put in it that you and your family like and that maintains the Mexican or Spanish flavor. And of course, you can leave out any of the ingredients that don’t thrill you.

Finally, I sometimes buy a bunch of rice to go with this dinner. There’s a fab little Mexican place in town, called Tortilla Grill, which uses all organic ingredients for their rice and beans. It makes me feel better to bring that kind of rice home for an easy side dish to an already simple dinner. The big box food stores sell cooked Mexican or Spanish style rice also, again your choice. Occasionally, if I am feeling really sassy, I will throw the rice into the casserole, on top of the beans to bake into the cheesy goodness!

Enjoy this meal—it is one that kids and spouses like—if you have them around the house—and either way, you’ll love it because of the ease and taste!

Robin Recommends…Paul Martin’s American Bistro

Paul Martin’s American BistroPMABlogo_home

Proprietors: Brian Bennett, Paul Fleming

Services: At the heart of all great food is fresh, local, peak of the season ingredients. Paul Martin’s aims to take diners back to the farm with meat raised in a humane and wholesome way, locally sourced organic produce, the best of both wild and farmed fish, artisan cheeses and cured meats from small local purveyors. Brian and Paul spent more than a year handpicking the sources for Paul Martin’s menu. The thorough search produced 40 partnerships with thoughtful, local farmstead producers, 80 percent of whom are located in Northern California and with the opening of El Segundo they have developed a great network of local southern California producers as well.

Robin’s Thoughts: What a find! When you dine at Paul Martin’s American Bistro, you will have the pleasure of eating real food. The focus of Paul Martin’s American Bistro is to offer healthy and delicious choices that not only taste great but also are good for you, and good for the planet. The chef will prepare your meal just as you want it to be, including special requests such as vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free. Visit their restaurants in Roseville or El Segundo — you will be glad you did!

Contact Info
Web: http://www.paulmartinsamericanbistro.com
Phone: 916-783-3600, 310-643-9300
Email:ben@paulmartinsamericanbistro.com, mark@paulmartinsamericanbistro.com

The skills that standout the most about Robin are her dedication to her clients…

“The skills that standout the most about Robin are her dedication to her clients, her passion for motivating others to achieve better health, and her endless energy to teach. Her depth of knowledge in cardiac care, wellness and healthy living contribute to her one of a kind personality.”
—Debbie Wagner, RN, Director Occupational Health and Wellness

“Robin brings dedication, focus, passion, and intellect to whatever endeavor she is pursuing. She does not just talk about good health, she practices it thoroughly every day of her life. When she talks to clients about healthy lifestyle choices, they are able to see the effects of healthy choices by observing the woman in front of them!”
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