"Mexican Inspired Lasagna"

"Tex-Mex Lasagna"

This "Mexican-Inspired Lasagna" was not only for me and my Baby to try out and enjoy the other night, but it just so happens to be a shout out to all her friends who've been caught by the fitness bug now that they're all Beachbody coaches...

So, to help them all out I decided that I would try, on occasion, to come up with some recipes to share that would help them all on their fitness journeys.

"Mexican Inspired Lasagna"

Now, after having carefully crafted a few lo-fat Shakeology Gelato's, along with some Shakeology Muffins and Marble Cake-it's now time to get to the heartier fare...

What could be heartier then beans, and this recipe doesn't disappoint. Being a mix of black beans, pinto beans and white meat chicken-the cheesy, salsa layered goodness fills your stomach without worry of breaking your 21 day fix routine...

"Quiet Southern Beauty"

Low fat, low carb and full of good proteins and fiber; this happy union would be totally at home among a Tex-Mex themed summer barbecue or any dinner time, regardless of the season...

Serve it up with some sour cream, guacamole, sliced avocado and picante sauce for a delicious, healthy meal that can't be beat. Try it for yourself, I think you and your family will find that it is, most assuredly, "Definitely Delish"

 

"Healthy Mexican Inspired Lasagna"

"Mexican Inspired Lasagna"

Ingredients:
4 cups Chicken breast, roasted & shredded (2 rotisserie chickens)
2 (16 oz.) jars Chunky Salsa (homemade or favorite brand choice)
1 cup Pinto beans, drained & rinsed
1 cup Black beans, drained & rinsed
1 (7 oz.) bag 2% Sharp Cheddar, shredded
1 (7 oz.) bag 2% Mexican Mix Cheese, shredded
1 (14 oz.) can Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, drained
1 teaspoon Onion powder
2 tablespoons Chili powder blend (see below for recipe, or use favorite pre-made)
2 packages Damascus Bakery Flax Roll-Ups (see notes)
Sea Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
Low fat Sour Cream, for serving
Fresh Cilantro leaves, torn for garnish

  "Layering the Deliciousness"

"Layering the Deliciousness"

Directions:
1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and take out a 9 x 13 inch baking pan or dish and grease the insides with butter or a non-stick baking spray...
2. Take cooked rotisserie, or roasted, chicken and shred the white meat, placing into a large bowl for mixing. Season with Chili powder blend, onion powder, and sea salt and pepper to taste, until evenly coated. Then set aside till ready to use...
3. Next take the flax roll ups and cut them into 3 even width strips across the short sides of the roll ups, these will make up your "lasagna" noodle substitutes. You should end up with 16 strips approx. 9 inches by just over 3 inches in size...
4. Now, in a bowl, mix together the 2 jars of chunky salsa with the can of drained fire roasted tomatoes. In a second bowl, mix the two bags of low fat cheese together in preparation...
5. To begin layering, start by ladling out 2/3 of a cup of salsa evenly into the bottom of your baking dish (I'll usually give the tray a few shakes back and forth to help spread the salsa). Then cover it with 4 strips of the cut flax roll ups...
6. Cover the 4 strips of flax roll ups with about 1/3 of the chicken, spreading it evenly. Follow that with 1/3 of a cup of the black and 1/3 of a cup of the pinto beans. Cover that with a 2/3 of a cup of the salsa and tomatoes, then 1/4 of the total amount of shredded cheese...
7. Repeat with another layer of roll ups strips, chicken, beans, salsa and cheese until only salsa and cheese remain...
8. After laying down the last 4 strips, cover them with 2/3's of a cup of salsa and the remaining cheese...
9. Place into the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until warmed through and the cheese is melted and golden brown. Serve with low fat sour cream, avocado slices, torn cilantro leaves and remaining salsa or picante sauce...

"Southern Sunrise"

Notes:
1. I use the Damascus Bakery Flax Roll Ups for this dish because of the higher protein and fiber, with low calories. (Each Roll Up is 110 cals, 3 g fat, 15 g carbs, 9 g fiber & 12 g protein)
This helps to keep the overall fat and carbs low while raising the fiber and protein a nice amount without affecting the taste...

 

"Chili Powder Spice Blend"

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons Ancho chili's, ground into powder
1 tablespoon Turkish Cumin, ground
1 tablespoon Mexican Oregano, dried
1/4 teaspoon organic Cayenne powder
1/2 teaspoon Mexican Cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon organic Onion powder
1/4 teaspoon Hungarian Paprika (I use Szeged brand)
1/2 teaspoon Coriander powder

  "Mexican Lasagna with Mango Rose"

"Mexican Lasagna with Mango Rose"

Directions:
1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small mason jar with a tight fitting lid, shake until evenly mixed and store in a dark cupboard till ready to use...