March 27, 2020

Chile Relleno Casserole

I was born and raised in Southern California.  Now, personally, California is one of the top notch spots in the US to come across authentic and delicious Mexican food.  Being so close to Mexico, we have many Latino's residing there and they make some dang good eats!

Growing up, my family used to make homemade Chile Relleno's.  They were made completely from scratch using poblano chiles.  It was a very involved process, or at least more involved than I am willing to do myself.  There was several different steps from roasting the whole poblanos, to peeling the skins, to stuffing them, then dipping them into the egg batter and frying to a golden brown.  They were work, but man they were delicious!

Now days, I make a simple casserole that gives the same flavor profile with a lot less work. Enter Chile Relleno Casserole.

One of the best things about this casserole is that it takes simple ingredients that most people stock in their pantry.  Making this an easy and quick meal to whip up any day.

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Chile Relleno Casserole

6 corn tortillas, chopped
1 can diced green chiles, well drained
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 can tomato sauce
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 lb browned ground beef, optional

Grease an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray.  Layer half of the chopped tortillas in bottom of dish.  Sprinkle half of the green chiles and half of the cheese over tortillas.  Top with remaining chopped tortillas. Finish with remaining green chiles. If using browned ground beef, sprinkle in with layers of tortillas and green chiles.

In a measuring cup, beat together eggs, evaporated milk, salt and pepper.  Pour egg mixture over casserole.  Bake uncovered at 350 for 30 minutes.  Pour tomato sauce over top and remaining cheese and return to oven to 10 minutes.

Essentially, you just layer the ingredients twice and finish with a topping of cheese and tomato sauce that bakes up to deliciousness.  Sometimes if I want to bulk up this recipe at bit more, I add a 1/2 lb of browned ground beef by sprinkling it in with the layers of tortillas and green chiles.  It tastes wonderful that way too.

This dish isn't spicy at all, the green chiles are very mild and give the casserole a nice flavor.  You can also sub out the can of green chiles for fresh, chopped poblano peppers to make it a little more authentic to a stuffed chile relleno, just be aware that poblano's have more spice to them than mild green chiles do.

March 1, 2020

March 2020 Monthly Meal Plan

I always meal plan for the entire month using the bulk of ingredients we already have on-hand.  I grocery shop every couple weeks to buy any fresh ingredients we need, along with restocking our produce.  Shopping my pantry, freezers, and basement storage helps to keep our grocery budget low because I typically buy our staples when I see them at their lowest price point.

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Here is the meal plan for  March 2020:

  1.  Eat Out- Friend's Birthday Party
  2.  Spaghetti & Meatballs
  3.  Cilantro Lime Marinaded Chicken, Bourbon Rice, Veggie
  4.  10-Minute Cheese Lasagna, Spinach Salad
  5.  Southern Chicken Patties with Sausage Gravy, Homemade Mashed Potatoes, Corn
  6.  Eat Out
  7.  Pasta Pomodoro
  8.  Ham & Cheese Omelets, Roasted Red Potatoes
  9.  Crockpot Chili Sauce Chicken, Baked Potatoes, Veggie
10.  Crockpot Ham & Potato Soup, Cheddar Bay Biscuits
11.  Crockpot Sweet & Sour Pork Chops, Butter Rice, Veggie
12.  Crustless Bacon & Swiss Quiche, Can Fruit, Toast
13.  Crockpot Chicken & Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Veggie
14.  Cajun Sausage Alfredo with Roasted Red Peppers
15.  Ham & Pepperjack Wraps, Pretzel Things, Fruit 
16.  Chicken Patty Sandwiches, Oven Potato Wedges
17.  Crockpot Mexican Fideo Soup, Homemade Jiffy Cornbread
18.  Crazy Crust Pizza, Salad
19.  Crockpot Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Veggie
20.  Crockpot Copycat Wendy's Chili
21.  Pasta with Vodka Sauce, Garlic Bread
22.  Teriyaki Meatballs, White Rice, Veggie
23.  Crockpot Mac n Cheese, Chicken Nuggets, Broccoli
24.  Crockpot Lasagna Soup
25.  Mexican Rice Casserole
26.  Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp, White Rice, Veggie
27.  Crockpot Cube Steaks & Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Veggie
28.  Beef & Bean Oven Tacos
29.  Tomato Soup, Oven Grilled Cheese, Fruit Salad
30.  Green Chile Rice Casserole, Veggie
31.  Bangin' Ranch Drumsticks, Mashed Potatoes, Veggie