Posts Tagged ‘vegetarian’

A Favorite Post Partum Recipe | Mexican Lasagna

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

My favorite postpartum dish to bring to a new mom is a vegetarian, gluten-free Mexican Lasagna (it can also be dairy-free if needed). I like making this dish because not only is it super yummy, it’s easy and inexpensive to make. It also travels well, cooks quickly, re-heats well, and freezes well.

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients
Olive oil
2-3 gloves of garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeds removed and diced
1 zucchini, chopped
1 bunch of spinach, washed and stems removed
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
2 ½ cups black beans (or 20oz)
28oz can diced tomatoes
1 ½ cups frozen corn
12 corn tortillas, cut in half
12 oz cheddar cheese (or dairy free cheese substitute, I prefer Daiya)

Directions:
1. Heat olive oil in pot and sauté garlic and onion
2. Add red pepper, jalapeno, zucchini and sauté
3. Add spinach and sauté until it cooks down
4. Add seasonings and sauté with vegetables for one minute, stirring frequently
5. Add beans, tomatoes, and corn; simmer gently for 10 minutes
6. Coat bottom of pan with cooking spray and layer as follows: tortillas, bean mixture, tortillas, bean mixture, and a top layer of cheese

bottom layer of tortillas

layering

Cooking Instructions:
Bake, uncovered for approximately 20 minutes at 400 degrees.

When I make Mexican Lasagna for a newly postpartum mommy, I usually include a side of Spanish Rice (here’s a basic recipe to try), washed and cut seasonal fruit, and lactation bars (recipe coming soon!). I typically double the recipe above resulting in two dishes, one to deliver to a new mom and one to feed my own family.

Ready to be delivered to a new mommy!

If you make this dish, let me know what you think! I would love to hear any creative modifications you try.

Check out tomorrow’s post about 5 postpartum surprises no one told you about!

-Sarah

CliffNotes of a new contributor

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

CliffNotes on a new Blog Contributor

I am super excited to be a new Blog Contributor to the BreastfeedBabywearClothDiaper blog! I thought it would be nice to start with an introduction of sorts and share a little about myself. Here’s the CliffNote version of who I am:

  1. I have been married for 11 years to my high school sweetheart. We have three active, adventurous, and energetic children with hopes for one more (okay maybe two more…but shhh, don’t tell hubby). You’ll probably meet my family along the way as they are likely to pop up in a blog post here and there.
  2. I have been a vegetarian for 15 years and have slowly been working towards a vegan diet for the last two years. What in the world do vegans even eat you wonder? Lots of quinoa and chia seeds! I will be sure to share some yummy recipes from time to time.
  3. I have dreadlocks which I sometimes love and sometimes feel self-conscious about, but they are definitely an important part of who I am. Perhaps I will do a blog post about them in the near future?
  4. I still have two baby teeth in my mouth. For some reason adult teeth never grew in? The dentist crowned them a long time ago to protect them against decay but on an x-ray you can clearly see they are baby teeth.  Kind of random, huh?
  5. Despite having absolutely no previous construction experience, my husband and I built a house together from the ground up at the age of 24.
  6. I confess I am a bit of a thrift store junkie. About 95% of my wardrobe is from Savers. The remaining 5% is stuff I’ve stolen, er I mean borrowed, from my little sister’s closet.
  7. I have been TV-free for 14 years now and really enjoy our TV-free lifestyle.  Although there is the occasional awkward moment when someone makes a TV, movie, or commercial reference and I have no idea what they are talking about.
  8. I am not the best of gardeners and to be honest I don’t really know what I am doing most of the time; however my garden is my most favorite place to be. It always feels beautiful and peaceful there.

I look forward to sharing, learning, and growing together! Most importantly, I want to hear from you.

Sarah