Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mexican Lasagna ~ A Blend of 2 Cuisines!

Mexican and Italian are among the most popular types of food for many families, but are usually high in fat and calories while low in fiber. This dish is a perfect combination of both cuisines, but has been modified to provide more nutritional benefits. Non- and reduced-fat dairy products, natural lean meat, corn tortillas, and fresh vegetables result in a low-fat, high-fiber meal without too many preservatives. What's more, it is gluten free. While rather simple to prepare, it does require some time, but part - or all - of the work can be in advance. In addition, it is highly customizable, so you can add or omit ingredients depending upon the ingredients you have on-hand or what your family prefers. Fresh fruit is a perfect complement to this dish, which further increases the nutritional value of the meal. Buen provecho and Buon appetito! (Enjoy your meal!)

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients
  • 16 ounce container of fat-free sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat/light natural sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 cups cubed boneless, fresh turkey breast cutlets
  • 1/2 cup fresh salsa
  • 1 cup chopped bell peppers (red, yellow, and/or green; add more if desired)
  • 6 to 9 soft yellow 6-inch corn tortillas, in 2-inch strips
  • 1 cup green onions, chopped (use more, if desired)
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (use more, if desired)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine sour cream, 1/2 cup cheese, turkey, salsa, and bell peppers; mix well and set aside.
  3. Place 1/3 of the tortilla strips in a 2-1/2 quart round oven-safe baking dish, covering the bottom completely.
  4. Top the tortillas with half of the turkey mixture.
  5. Add another layer of tortilla strips and top with the remaining turkey mixture.
  6. Place the last of the tortilla strips on top and sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese.
  7. Bake 25 minutes or until the filling is bubbly and the top is golden brown.
  8. Garnish with chopped green onions and cilantro.
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TGBG stands for "To God be the Glory." The purpose of TGBG Nutrition is to bring glory to God by helping families improve their nutritional status and fitness level, thus improving their overall health and well-being.

Keeley's specialization is working with children and
their families, specifically regarding weight issues. A mother herself, she is passionate about fighting the epidemic of obesity plaguing our country, especially among children and adolescents. This website it meant to be a supplement to her book, The Poisoning of Our Children ~ Fighting the Obesity Epidemic in America (PoisoningOurChildren.com), and to provide families with the practical tools they need to pursue and implement a healthier lifestyle.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31