Casserole, sounds homey doesn't it!
I was craving mexican today and normally if I was pressed for time and wanted mexican, I would make my tried and true burrito casserole, but not anymore.....
Raw burrito's?.....Can it be done and if it can, would it be tasty?
I paced back and forth and then finally decided I wanted to try to make raw burritos. I was skeptic and nervous, but I charged forward!
I made them like I would my casserole with a twist....
Almost Raw Burrito Casserole
For the filling
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
1 medium vidalia onion, diced
1 jalapeno, veined, seeds removed and minced
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 large tomatoes, diced
Mix together and chill until ready to use.
To make the Chipotle Pico
3 large tomatoes, diced
1 large onion, diced
2 jalapeno peppers, minced
2 cloves roasted garlic
1/2 can chipotle peppers, do not drain. Use the sauce.
In a blender add all ingredients, add a little water to make things move, toss in 2 cloves of roasted garlic in while it is blending. Let set for about 30 minutes to develop flavors.
Cashew lime sour cream
1/2 cup raw cashews , soaked overnight
1/4 cup of water (approximately)
juice of 1/2 lime
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp. salt or to taste
Throw everything in your food processor and blend for eternity or until the cream becomes velvety without any chunks. You can strain it also if you like.
Taco'd Nut meat
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
3 tbls. water
In a food processor use the pulse button and pulse until you get the desired "meat" like texture..
You will also need
1 large head of Swiss Chard, cleaned and trimmed
1 bunch fresh basil, rinsed delicately
Take your swiss chard and lay out flat. Spread with 3 tbls. nut meat, then top with your veggies and end with some shredded basil. Wrap up burrito style. This is easier said than done, mine kept springing open. Roll up and stick in a 9x13 casserole dish. When you have used all of your leaves and fillings, top with the chipotle pico and then drizzle with your sour cream. Top with basil to make it pretty....
This took for FRIGGIN ever to make, and my family was less than receptive at being served a cold meal. Although.....they all ate it and I thought it was delicious! The nut meat was surprisingly like "meat" and startled my youngest daughter....lol
I would not attempt to make this as a quick week night meal. This is definately a special day, or weekend meal, and preferably not when you husband decides to take apart your dishwasher to check out the lime build up. But that is another story entirely!
In other news....I have lost a total of 7 lbs. since Monday...I know right!
I know that it is probably water weight, but 7 lbs. is 7 lbs. in my books, so a BIG WOO HOO HOO HOO for me!
Shall I tell you my weight? Well, before I was on steroids I weighed 140lbs, on a 5'6 frame, so I am relatively slim, but add 40 lbs from the drugs and bed rest for 6 months and BOOM..... hello 40lbs....that would not budge no matter what I ate!
So I am thrilled!!! Ecstatic even!!!
So my weekend is looking up in more weighs than one....?
I hope everyone is enjoying themselves this weekend!
What are your plans for Memorial day???