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After having rosti at a restaurant earlier last week, I decided to embark upon a journey to recreate it at home. To read the whole post with pics, go here. It was a long post and I’m too lazy to retype it here!

It turned out really well, though. I will definitely do it again.

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I’ve been so busy lately – adding another job to my already busy life. I have not had too much time for cooking so I have endeavorded to find healthy pre-packaged food. I came across a yummy Kofta Curry (vegan friendly) put out by Tandori Chef. For less than $4 you get a yummy Indian meal. They also make a fantastic Naan you can serve along side the dinner – its also great for sopping up the extra yummy sauce.

  

The also have a paleek paneer and a couple of other yummy sounding flavors so there may be more of this in my future – at least until I can figure out my schedule and manage my time a bit better. In the meantime – I feel pretty good about eating this – its very healthy and very tasty. What’s your favorite pre-packaged food??

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Southwestern Lasagne


Southwestern Lasagne

Originally uploaded by lyricalmezzo

I made this for dinner on Sunday, but am just getting around to blogging about it now. I am adjusting to a new schedule so I haven’t had time to cook much, in fact, my next blog is going to be about a good frozen dinner I have found. SAD!! But we all gotta eat.

So..the southwestern lasagne;

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Grease an 8×10 baking dish (or there abouts)
Put one layer of flour tortillas in the bottom of the dish (it doesn’t have to be exact – I used one whole tortilla and one half one per layer)
add a little of whatever you’d like. I used Shredded Chicken, black beans, quinoa, chopped onion and cheese. (all items except the onion are pre-cooked). Add another layer of tortilla – repeat process of sprinkling of items to cover the tortillas and add about 1/2 can of your favorite enchillda sauce or salsa. Top with third layer of tortillas, cover with sauce, sprinkle with cheese and then bake for about 25 minutes until it is bubbly.
Remove from oven and serve with sour cream or plain yogurt, guacamole, and salsa.

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Sunday Dinner

Sunday dinner was all about comfort food.

I made smashed potatoes which I find much lower maintenance than mashed potatoes. I just boil some chopped red potatoes with a few garlic cloves and a bay leaf, then remove the bay leaf and smash the potatoes and garlic with some butter, a little salt and pepper and about 3 tablespoons of cream cheese.

I also had to use up a few calabacitas I had in the fridge, so I diced half an onion, 2 calabacitas, a yellow squash and 2 roma tomatoes and sauteed them in a little olive oil and red pepper flakes. I added a few cups of sweet white corn kernels towards the end.

And the main course was My Momma’s Salmon Patties. This recipe has been around forever. When I was a teenager and had braces, whenever I would get the bands tightened and my mouth was sore, Mom made salmon patties and mashed potatoes.

The recipe is pretty simple:

Weezy’s Salmon Patties

1 can red salmon (picked through for bones and skin)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 c. quick cooking oats
1/4 c. sauteed onion
1 egg, beaten
3 t. lemon juice
1/3 c. milk
2 T. mayo
Cracker Crumbs
butter flavored crisco

This makes me laugh because I know my Mom never measured ANYTHING- so I don’t when I make these.

Drain and debone the salmon; set aside. Mix 1/4 of the can of soup, the oatmeal, the onion, the egg, the lemon juice (she probably used bottled- I used fresh) and the drained salmon. Make sure to blend all ingredients well. Make small patties and roll in cracker crumbs. Fry until brown.

I used panko bread crumbs instead of cracker crumbs. I also formed the patties and put them in the ice box for about 30 minutes to firm them up and help them hold together better in the skillet. I also used a little olive oil instead of butter flavored crisco.

You can make a sauce out of the remainder of the soup, the milk and the mayo. I used yogurt instead of mayo and added a shot of vermouth at the end to kick it up a bit.

I’m not sure that Dev thought these were very good, but I loved them. I took one to school today for lunch. And since I doubt he’ll eat any, I’ll probably be doing the same thing for the next 4 days in a row! 🙂

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