I’m not a big fan of sandwiches unless they’re super elaborate or grilled, so I generally make casseroles or other microwaveable foods. This week, I decided to make a Mexican-inspired dish. Ages ago, I made this fantastic one, but I’m all about trying new recipes out. Needless to say, I now have TWO excellent go-to Mexican casseroles.
This one? Oh my goodness. It’s perfect — especially for those of us who want to eat healthy in the new year but also want to feel full at the end of the meal. I’m not going to lie, after I made this, I drove some over to my boyfriend because I wanted him to experience it… and proceeded to eat the remainder of it for like 3 straight meals. It’s a great mix of textures, and it’s got this mellow sweet-spicy taste to it that only enhances the flavor of the dish.
I mean, seriously. Let’s get a close up on this beauty…
- 1.5 cups cooked white rice
- ½ lb mild Italian sausage
- 1 small purple onion, diced
- 1.5 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 4-oz can diced green chilies, drained
- 1 cup corn kernels (not canned)
- 1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup Triple Cheddar Blend shredded cheese
- opt: green onions, avocado
- Prepare the rice
- In an iron skillet on medium-high, begin to brown the Italian Sausage. Once it is mostly browned, add the onion and spices.
- Once the meat is browned through, add the green chilies and corn and continue to cook for about 2 minutes.
- Start preheating the broiler.
- Stir in the black beans and rice and heat through.
- Sprinkle the cheese on top and put the skillet in the oven until the cheese is all melted.
- Top with green onions and/or avocado.
I went to the Grand Ole Opry for the first time the other day, and The Riders in the Sky performed much to Scott’s and my own amusement and joy — they’re a hoot to watch. Among my generation, these Opry Stars are perhaps best known for their contributions to the Toy Story 2 soundtrack. (This video clip is of them performing on the Marty Stewart show.)