Vegetarian Mexican Lasagne

Vegetarian Mexican Lasagne

Okay, so I will not lie to you. This meal is not quick. However, it is worth it and very inexpensive! Just do me a favour and try it once because its worth the time. In this recipe you will be making your own tortillas. I did this because tortillas at the store are usually full of toxic ingredients with tons of chemicals. I also used dry beans as its much cheaper. Feel free to buy canned if you don’t have as much time. Also this recipe makes ALOT! We are a family of two (and a half) and we get about four servings each. The nice thing about this recipe is you can change it up alot. Don’t like onions? Change it for mushrooms or spinach. Not spicy enough? Add more chilli powder. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Ways to make this recipe faster:

Buy your own organic tortillas- this will probably save you the most time but it is VERY expensive to buy organic tortillas.

Buy refried beans- make sure it’s organic because the regular ones have soy/canola oil in them which are usually GMO. Again, this makes it more expensive

Now everything you make by scratch will obviously be healthier, but I understand not everyone has that sort of time, so this is why I gave you a few things to make it easier. If you take those two short cuts then this is a very quick and easy meal to make.

Ingredients:

For tortillas:

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup oil ( I used tasteless coconut oil)

For beans:

2 1/2 cup of dried beans
2 tsp turmeric
1-2 tbs chilli powder
2 tsp basil

For the rest:

3 cups grated cheese
1 can organic corn (could be GMO if not)
2 bell peppers ( I used orange)
1 onion
1 tomato
1 can organic salsa


Tortilla instructions:

I suggest to make tortillas the day before to ease the amount of prep. First, put the flour in to a large bowl or dough mixer. Then add oil. Make sure the oil is in a liquid form. For the coconut oil, I put the jar in warm water and wait until it melts. Next mix with dough hooks until crumbly. (If you don’t have dough hooks you can use a spoon it’s just a lot more work.) Then you slowly add water in until it starts coming together as one big dough ball. Now take the dough out of the bowl and lay on a counter that is dusted with flour. Take the dough and cut it in half. Repeat until you have 8 even sized pieces. Roll each one into a ball then flatten a bit with your hand. Leave each one out on the floured counter for at least 15 minutes. (I usually wait 1 hour.) Once the time it up, put a large skillet onto medium heat. You want to make sure it’s hot before you put the tortillas on. Next roll out each piece of dough. Do not worry about the shape. It does not matter for this recipe. Next cook each tortilla for 1 minute. 30 sec on each side. Then they are done!

Bean instructions:

Soak beans in water over night. Next cook beans in low heat for 8-10 hours or until soft. Mash and add spices.

Putting it all together:

Preheat oven to 350F. First cut all the vegetables and put into a skillet on medium heat.(except tomato.) cook for 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and add in diced tomato. Now take a 9 by 13 dish and put a few scoops of salsa on the bottom and spread it evenly. Next take the tortillas to make it cover the bottom completely.( make it only one layer thick.) Now take some mashed up beans and make another layer, then some veggies, then some more salsa, then 1 cup of the grated cheese. Now put another layer of tortillas (last layer), then beans, then veggies, then salsa, then the rest of cheese. Bake in oven for about 25 minute.

Let me know how you like it!