Friday, January 14, 2011

Clean Eating #21: 4 or 5 Ingredient Mexican Pasta, Super Easy, Super Fast & Potluck Favorite

Mexican Pasta
*This is courtesy of my hubby as well... he likes his Mexican and Italian food so much that sometimes he doesn't wait for me to put it on the menu.  I love that about him:)

Salsa (Recipe here for those who want to make your own)
Whole Wheat Pasta (We like medium shells or egg noodles)
1 bag of frozen corn
Chopped, cooked flank steak or Cooked very lean ground beef or turkey

Cook pasta until almost done, add frozen corn and bring to a boil again. 
Cook on Medium/Medium High for 2-4 minutes.
Add salsa, cooked ground meat and black beans if you like.
If you're on a maintenance phase, or can handle some cheese, my kids and hubby like to top it with a little bit of finely shredded cheddar cheese.

Prepared Black Beans (we use dried beans, prepare and freeze ahead of time, you can use canned. This is an old post on cooking with dried beans, it is NOT a "clean" recipe, but the preparation process is the same.)

When we make this for a potluck or for a time when guests might see it, we'll put the nearly done meal in a casserole dish and sprinkle cheese across the top and bake it instead of just having a one dish meal. 

What I'll do differently next time:  I think next time I'll use at least twice as much corn, because I love the crunchy texture in there... and some sauteed red peppers... yummy!

Ahhhh!! Everyone ate it ALL GONE!! I thought I'd make myself a dish today with the leftovers and those greedy boys ate it ALL. I will take a photo next time.
That homemade salsa is SPICY!!  A little goes a LONG way!