I know you all are waiting for another recipe…it was supposed to be posted this weekend, but we were home for a total of about 1.5 hours on Sunday, from 9am – 10pm. Yes…the day was crazy, but we got tons of Spanish interaction!
This recipe was spurred by a phone call I received two weeks ago. It went something like this, “Would you like to make a meal for a family in the church?” “Oh yes, and they would like it tomorrow.” I’m thinking, okay…it’s 3:00 in the afternoon and we have a dinner invitation tonight, uh…what do I have in my fridge…”okay, sure I would love to do it.” What am I thinking?! I am learning another lesson in Mexican culture! Alot of things happen at the last minute, and you just have to learn to roll with it. But, of course, I want to be American and all organized and impress people with my cooking skills. Another lesson: Liesl, that’s not what you are here in Mexico for. You are here to display the character of Christ, and even if you can’t speak the language, you can make a meal, with what you have, and you can take it this family, greet them, hug them, try to tell them how to cook it, and let Christ’s love be in you.
So I present to you…
Refrigerator/ Pantry Hot Dish
2/3 cup pre-cooked brown rice
3/4 lb. lean ground beef or turkey
1 small onion, chopped
2 cups jarred tomato sauce
1 can mushrooms
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. parsley
1 1/2 cup lowfat cottage cheese
2 cups shredded fresh spinach
1/2 cup shredded white cheese
Brown the the ground meat and onion in a large skillet. Add tomato sauce, and all the spices. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
In a separate bowl combine the cottage cheese and pre-cooked rice. Put about 1/3 of the rice mixture in a greased 2 quart casserole dish. Top with 1/3 of the meat-tomato sauce. Continue to alternate layers ending with the tomato sauce. Top with fresh spinach and grated cheese. And take it over to someone who might need a hot meal.
Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
* The pictures show mine in a 3 quart casserole dish. I just increased the recipe amounts accordingly.