Saturday, May 24, 2008

Recipe Swap

One of Wayne's favorite memories of teaching came from his first or second year. He was one of the last teachers assigned a spot for his "office". It ended up being way away from his classroom or from the athletic offices. In fact, the poor guy had to share it with all women. Well, I was feeling bad for him until the first couple of weeks went by and he said one day that he didn't really need to take a lunch. Not hungry? Trying to lose weight? Really? He didn't need to. I grew concerned.

Ha. Little did I know he was in heaven. You see, Wayne was the only guy in the home-ec department! All the ladies were almost to retirement years and treated him like a grandson. Fed him. Took messages for him. Fed him. Helped him with stuff. Fed him. Fixed up stuff for him. Fed him. You get the picture.

One day, he came home telling me about a dish that one of them served him. They said it was easy. Could I get the recipe? We got it and have loved it since. If you've got the chicken cooked and cut up then you are 30 minutes from the table. We pair it with Mexican rice and refried beans with some homemade tortillas. (I LOVE being from Texas!) I'll pass on those recipes some other time. (A little of Matt's Queso doesn't hurt anything either!) For now, grab your favorite box mix and store bought tortillas and enjoy!

Mexican Lasagna

2 Tbsp butter
1/2 med. onion, chopped
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 (10 oz) can mild enchilada sauce
8 oz picante sauce
3 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
12-15 flour tortillas, torn into pieces
8 oz shredded colby jack cheese

Saute onion in butter until soft. Add chicken, soups and sauces. Cook until combined well. Make layers in a greased 9X13: Tortillas, sauce, cheese. (But begin with a layer of sauce so the tortillas don't stick.) Cook for 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until heated through.

Start by using the mildest ingredients. It comes out what we consider to be mildly spicy, but others (not from TX) have told us it's sort of medium spicy to them.

I usually grab a large can of enchilada sauce instead of the small one, but again that makes it spicier.

If your kids like things less spicy, mix theirs with more tortillas when you make their plate.


Dawn-Dawn :-) said...

awhhhh...a new recipe to try with the kids. Maybe they will like it...will have to work on the spicy thing though!!! Have made a deal with them...if they try and eat all of a new recipe/meal we have at the house they get to choose dessert for the night ($3 limit)...hasn't worked yet...but maybe one day it will...until then, they make there own sandwiches after we are finished eating. I'm trying to branch them out from meat and cheese!!!!! Dawn :-)

Kim said...

I didn't see this comment until now! I'm so glad to I was able to see you twice in one day...what a blessing!

I hope your kids like it...mine really do. But I'm going to ask the girls to tell me what they think that yours might really like. We'll find something they'll actually be bribed for!

Love you.