A Southwestern Supper

Super-Easy Tortilla Casserole

Super-easy tortilla casserole

Here’s my favorite in-a-hurry casserole filled with southwestern flavors. It involves throwing together a lot of convenient ingredients like canned beans and tomatoes, and frozen corn, but it’s unbelievably good when you need an emergency dinner. While it’s in the oven, steam a big batch of broccoli or prepared stir-fried collard greens, and make a salad or a raw veggie platter. Adapted from Vegan Express.  more→

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Mushrooms and Bell Pepper Quesadillas

Flour tortillas

This simple, light tortilla preparation is good served with a hearty grain pilaf or a bean dish. It makes a nice accompaniment to a well-seasoned chili.

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Individual Tortilla Pizzas

individual tortilla pizza recipe

These Southwestern-flavored “pizzas,” made with tortillas and embellished with veggies, can be part of a satisfying meal served with a hearty bean chili or  bean salad. Otherwise, they make a nice appetizer. If you’re just making them for one or two, don’t worry about sticking to the measurements. Just pile on the embellishments suggested below as you wish, and add or substitute others. There’s no wrong way to do these!  more→

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Southwestern Tomatillo Pasta

Tomatillos

The sauce for this lively fusion dish is made with fresh tomatillos. Once an exclusive domain of specialty markets, they are now available in the produce section of well-stocked supermarkets. Tomatillos will remind you of small green tomatoes and have a distinct, though not spicy, flavor. more→

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Quesadillas with Sweet Potatoes, Zucchini, and Corn

Quesadillas provide a quick and delectable way to get dinner on the table in a hurry. This combination of sweet potatoes, zucchini, and corn is especially delicious with salsa verde (tomatillo salsa). more→

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Black Bean Tostadas

A tostada is a crisp tortilla piled generously with any variety of toppings, often including beans, crisp lettuce, and salsa. Good accompaniments are: a grain salad or grain dish; baked potatoes or sweet potatoes; or fresh corn on the cob. Add a salad and/ a green veggie, you’ve got an easy weeknight meal or fun quick fare to serve company.  more→

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Avocado and Sweet Potato Quesadillas or Soft Tacos

Combining sweet potatoes, chilies, and cheese in soft tacos or tortillas is downright sensuous. Whether you  make these into soft tacos or crispy tortillas, serve with plenty of napkins! Adapted fromThe Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet.
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Big Quesadillas with Refried Beans, Spinach, and Avocado

A sweet and spicy salsa adds an element of surprise to these easy quesadillas.

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