|Mexican Chicken Tortilla Casserole|
This is big, y'all. I am finally in the stage of my cookbook where I am having to cut out recipes! I have been working furiously for the past 8 months to develop or update over 100 recipes that will help you to 1) eat healthier 2) enjoy cooking more 3) feel less stressed about what to serve yourself and your family.
Cookbooks are an enormous amount of work, more than I could have possibly imagined: mountains of dirty dishes, countless stained articles of clothing, perpetual dehydration, bizarre meal combinations, composted food disasters, a little blood and a lotta sweat and tears.
All of this, I have loved. Every.single.moment of it, even when I've tested for twelve hours and had nothing but failures and I'm a wreck. I am so unbelievably grateful for this opportunity, and for a husband who has supported all of the above, eating more leftovers than is kind to serve.
The hard part has only come recently, when I've had to force myself to STOP adding recipes to the outline. There are so many more dishes I want to include, but I don't want to overwhelm you, myself or my publishers!
However, I fully intend on writing a second cookbook, come heck or high water, so I just keep telling myself that these cookbook recipe-babies will be birthed eventually. 'Cause that's really how I feel about each and every recipe! 100 plus little food babies I can't wait to share with you.
Ok, before this gets weirder, I'll segue to the casserole I'm sharing today, which I mournfully decided to cut from the book. I absolutely adore this Mexican Chicken Tortilla Casserole—like, immediately called my husband to tell him how good it is, as if I didn't believe myself. But it's a little too similar to two other recipes that my cookbook needs more. There I am getting weird again.
Suffice it to say, this casserole ROCKS, and it makes a ton of servings, getting more delicious every day. It is a great option for a casual group dinner, or if you have a family with varying taste buds...Mexican food tends to bring everyone together! The sweet potato "cheese" sauce is absolutely addicting, and it offers a nutritional punch of beta-carotene, Vitamin C, potassium and fiber. I like to make a double batch and use it as a pasta sauce.
Enjoy this little sneak peak into the kinds of recipes you'll see in the LL Balanced Cookbook!