Thursday, February 04, 2010

My Yummy Lunch Leftovers - Recipe


A couple of weeks ago, I tried my hand (again) at Once a Month Cooking - inspired by OnceAMonthMom (who, ok I'll admit it, I thought meant she was a Mom once a month - maybe stepkids?  Yes, I'm occasionally very slow!).
 
Anyway... one of the dishes I made was her Mexican Stuffed Shells (courtesy of RecipeZaar).  I never would have thought to combine Mexican with pasta shells, but it was/is Fabulous! ("is" because I'm having leftovers for lunch as I type this).  Hubby gave it two-thumbs up, as well, in between bites. 
 
Thought I'd pass it on to my readers, in case you're looking for a different dinner idea!  It's super easy and very tasty!  Next time, I think I'll try it with some chopped/cubed chicken instead of ground beef, since we're trying to limit our red meats.
 

Ingredients

Directions

 Brown ground beef and drain.
Add seasoning, water, onion, and 1/2 cup of salsa and 1/4 cup cheese.
Mix together remaining salsa, tomato sauce,and chili powder.
Spread a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 12 baking pan.
Fill each shell with the ground beef mixture and place in pan.
Pour remaining sauce on top. Sprinkle on the rest of the cheese on top and garnish with green onion.
Cover and freeze at this point, if you'd like. (see baking instructions below for frozen dish)
Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.
 
Defrost overnight and cook from frozen for 2 hours at 300°F.
If desired sprinkle additional cheese on top after baking and return to oven for 5 minutes longer or until cheese melts.
 

2 comments:

SharoniusThunk said...

I bet I can do this with Black Beans and lo-fat cheese and it will be fabulous! Thanks for the idea! We needed some "new foods" in our house...

Yum Yucky said...

Mmmm! this looks good. the list of ingredients is making me drool. :P