I’m not sure why I hadn’t thought to try this before. But I’m pretty happy the light bulb went on. I love finding new ways to use ingredients I always have on hand, and this recipe is a fun twist on the TVP tacos I’ve been loving lately. It’s also helping my grocery budget, since I had all of these ingredients. (Except for the black beans. Thanks, Alex!) In fact, the salsa was the salsa that I canned way back in this post. Thank goodness for canning.
Yes I dirtied a lot of extra dishes, just to take that photo. But doesn’t it look lovely? This dinner came together so quickly and easily, I couldn’t believe it. And something about baking it makes it feel a little more special than tacos. I’m telling you. Try it.
- 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
- 15 oz can diced tomatoes
- 5 small corn tortillas
- 1 cup TVP (textured vegetable protein) or soy crumbles
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 cup canned fat-free refried beans
- 1 cup enchilada sauce
- 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8" X 8" baking pan with nonstick spray.
- In a medium bowl, mix the corn and tomatoes.
- Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Prepare the TVP (rehydrate with water according to the package) or heat the soy crumbles over medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
- Remove the soy crumbles and add the pepper and onion to the skillet, and cook and stir until slightly soft, 6 - 8 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the beans.
- Spread half the mixture in the bottom of the pan.
- Layer with half the tortillas and enchilada sauce.
- Add the rest of the mixture and second layer of tortillas.
- Cover with cheese.
- Bake until lasagna is hot and cheese has melted for about 25 minutes.
And if you’re not into TVP, you could sub in ground beef or ground chicken. I might even make this again over the long weekend, in between our weekend activities. Or maybe I’ll just stock up on deliciousness at the farmer’s market. Who knows? Either way, I plan on soaking up some sunshine this weekend.