Friday, April 6, 2007

Rooftop BBQs

So today was that day: the first truly gorgeous Seattle day of summer. In honor of the 76 degree forecast, Airbear played hookie and he, LaRue, Gary and I had a bbq up on the roof while the sun went down behind the Space Needle. Man, what a beautiful city.

Recipe for the day, Mexican "Lasagna" (Aaron says to call it "lasagna" instead of "casserole" because casseroles are gross):

1 lb lean ground beef (I like Laura's)
1/2 white onion
2 peppers (my pref. = red/yellow)
small can diced green chiles (drained)
about a cup of salsa
8 oz can tomato sauce (optional: depends on the consistency of salsa you're using)
garlic/cumin/chili powder to taste
6 tortillas (I used South Beach "Multi Grain Wraps"), cut into approx. 1" pieces
2 cups shredded Mexican Cheese


Preheat oven to 350. (Is there another temperature that ovens work at?) Brown ground beef and drain, then saute with onion & peppers. Add in chiles & spices and heat through. Remove from heat and stir in tortilla pieces and salsa (enough to make it kinda goopy). Pour mixture into a sprayed 13 x 9" pan (I like to use this Olive Oil spray from Trader Joe's), cover with cheese, and bake until cheese is melted and all goldeny-brown delicious. Makes 8 normal-sized servings or 6 giant ones. If you really want to load up on carbs, eat it via Tostito's Scoops. If you're on a diet, well... you should maybe eat something else ;)

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