|Mrs. Mac's fresh herb container|
Recently for dinner I made Mexican quiche topped with shredded cabbage and diced cherry tomatoes & green onions. Everything pulled quickly from the fridge & pantry. The Mexican part of the meal came from corn tortillas .. and a little bit of extra taco meat & beans from a meal several days ago. With the price of food .. leftovers get turned into something brand new. Hubby raved about the meal several times .. thinking I had used a new recipe. Cooking off the cuff or from scratch with what is on hand and without a written recipe .. is a good economical skill to master and gets easier as time passes. This type of cooking does not involve extensive meal planning, is more nutritious and contains more fiber. Now that the freezer and pantry are stocked, our food bill is shrinking. We could go for many weeks without having to set foot into the market.
Preheat oven to 350F
3-4 corn tortillas
2 tsp. cooking oil
2 Tablespoons half-&-half (or milk)
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp thyme (or your favorite green herb)
one diced jalapeno pepper
1/2 cup taco meat and/or refried beans
1/4 cup shredded cheese (I used mozzarella .. but cheddar would be good)
1 cup diced/shredded cabbage
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
sprinkle of green onions (or chopped red onion)
salt & pepper optional
In a medium 10 inch cast iron skillet heat oil and cook the tortillas flat over med-high heat until tender (barely crisp). Turn off heat. Arrange the tortillas so a little of the edges go up the side of the pan. Beat the eggs, half-&half, chile powder, thyme and jalapeno. Dollop the meat/beans in small spoonfuls over the tortillas .. and sprinkle cheese over the meat. Turn the heat on medium and add the egg mixture cooking undisturbed for a just a minute or two until the bottom is 'set' .. Put the pan into the preheated oven and bake until the eggs are set on top (3-5 minutes). Carefully remove the pan and top with cabbage, tomatoes and onions. Cut into wedges and serve with salsa and or a little sour cream on top if desired.
What is your strategy for frugal cooking?