I LOVE the flavors of cumin, lime, corn, garlic, cilantro, peppers, and the smells are FANTASTIC in my kitchen. I always have canned beans, canned tomatoes, corn and southwestern seasonings in my house as staples. There are so many possibilities! This Southwestern veggie base can be used in a variety of ways, either as a vegetarian dish, or add meat. You can add other ingredients, such as canned, sliced black olives, meat, rice, quinoa, cheese, etc. The recipe, as I have here, can be frozen for up to six months! Just thaw overnight and cut your dinner prep time in half!
My meal suggestions are:
1. Stuffed squash (see picture): pre-cook 2 acorn or 1 spaghetti squash in microwave for 5 minutes. Slice in half, then scoop out seeds. Fill cavities with veggie mix, top with cheese, and bake in 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.
2. Very Veggie Chili: Add a can of drained kidney or pinto beans and another can of diced tomatoes. Add additional 1/2 tsp cumin while cooking. Serve with shredded cheese, corn chip dippers, avocado chunks and sour cream.
3. Southwestern Rice: Add shredded chicken, pork, or beef and top rice.
4. Veggie or Southwestern Burrito/Quesadilla: Add shredded cheese and/or shredded chicken/beef/pork and wrap in a soft tortilla. Top with a dollop of sour cream.
5. Chicken Tortilla soup: This makes a GREAT base for soup. Add 1 cups of shredded, cooked chicken and 1 32-ounce box of chicken broth. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
6. Southwestern Omelette: Add about 1/2 cup of the mixture and shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese to 2 eggs for a breakfast that is restaurant-worthy!
Makes approximately 4-6 servings
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup chopped bell pepper (any colors)
- 1 cup chopped or diced onion (red, yellow, or sweet)
- 1 cup corn (frozen, canned, or fresh) - I used frozen roasted corn
- 1 10 oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles
- 1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 jalapeno, diced or minced (seeds can be removed for less heat)
- 2-3 green onions/scallions, chopped (whites and greens)
- 1/2 tsp chile lime seasoning (any brand is fine)
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp lime/garlic/cilantro seasoning OR use juice from 1/2 lime, 1 Tbsp minced garlic, and 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Heat olive oil (medium heat) in large saute pan
- Add pepper, corn, onion, and jalapeño and stir fry for 5 minutes, stirring often.
- Add seasonings, drained black beans, and canned tomatoes and stir well to blend. Saute for another 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
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