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mexican lasagna.

Recipes, Fresh Scratch

It seems like everyone is busy, busy, busy now that spring is here. What better time to introduce you to a meal that every single person in my family actually devours? Plus, it’s fast – as long as you have a bit of cooked chicken at the ready. We’re talking less than an hour to have dinner on the table.

Mexican Lasagna, Fresh ScratchExcuse my photography – there really was not a good way to make this dish look pretty. And along with many other arenas in life, I still have lessons to learn in photography — like to not get so close!

I also am going to say that I did not adapt this recipe in any significant way from it’s original, which is found in what has become one of our favorite cookbooks:

You can find it used for about $8 by clicking on the link to Amazon. It really is a great cookbook, even if you don’t have kids!

Mexican Lasagna
Serves 6
A delicious casserole that layers tortillas with chicken, salsa, cheese -- stop drooling!
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr
  1. butter
  2. olive oil
  3. 6 corn tortillas, cut into quarters
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1/4 cup milk
  6. 1/4 cup sour cream
  7. 1 cup mild, chunky salsa
  8. 1 pound of cooked and shredded chicken or turkey
  9. 4 oz. cream cheese, cubed
  10. 2 T cilantro, chopped
  11. 3 green onions chopped
  12. 1 tsp. kosher salt
  13. 2 cups shredded cheese (Monterey Jack works well, or any blend you like)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a baking sheet and a 9x9 or 7x11 pan.
  2. Spread the quartered tortillas on the baking sheet and brush tops with olive oil. Bake for 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk egg in a large bowl. Stir in milk, sour cream, salsa, chicken, cream cheese, cilantro, green onions, and salt.
  4. Layer the ingredients in the 9x9 or 7x11 pan: half the tortillas, half the chicken mixture, 1 cup of cheese. Repeat.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes. The cheese should be melted and bubbly.
Adapted from Weelicious
Adapted from Weelicious
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easter brunch.

Easter dinner


It’s nearly here. And, after a decade or so of his forgetfulness, I’ve finally wised-up to the fact that the Easter Bunny will no longer come for me. I’ve already eaten through a small bag of those little chocolate eggs with the crackly sugar coating.

This year we’re hosting some of my family for an Easter brunch. On our menu is crock pot ham {recipe here}, roasted asparagus {recipe here}, chili cheese puff {recipe here}, and some danishes {recipe here} .

The rest has been assigned to the guests – juice, fruit {that just made me think of Juicy Fruit gum – so disgusting!}, dessert, a potato dish, etc. Always ask people to bring something! Do not stress yourself in the kitchen just because you’re having guests.

These are all super-easy things to make. The ham can go in the crock pot hours before the brunch actually begins, the chili cheese puff can be prepped ahead of time and baked the morning of, the danishes can be made the day before and warmed just as the guests are arriving, and the asparagus can be last in the oven.

roasted asparagusThere are even moments when the host or hostess can sit on his or her bum with a nice glass of vino.

Not that I would know this first hand.

Well, okay, I do know this first hand. Who are we kidding here?

 I am wishing you all a relaxing Easter, whether you’re the host or the hosted. Don’t forget to buy a Cadbury Creme Egg and some Peeps to sneak for yourself, okay?