After Christmas was over, I got hit with a major case of the lazies.
The lazies (noun): a strong desire to stay in your pajamas and sit on the couch all day, moving only to go to the bathroom and procure food.
Over the past few days I’ve gone to the movies twice to see The Hobbit and Les Miserables, rented Pitch Perfect from pay-per-view, watched two episodes of Sherlock, and marathoned through half of LOST season 5. Yep, I’ve just been a giant lazy bum.
And lazy days like these mean lazy dinners are my best friend. This healthy taco casserole is a great option if you don’t want to put much effort into dinner. It’s also made healthy by using brown rice, a mixture of meat and beans, and not too much cheese. I don’t recommend using low fat cheese, since it doesn’t melt as well, so instead just use a moderate amount of full-fat cheese. Melted over the crushed tortilla chips, it reminds me of a plate of cheesy loaded nachos!
- 1 cup dry brown rice
- ¾ lb ground turkey
- 1 package of low salt taco seasoning
- 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
- 19 oz can of black beans
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 1 cup of corn kernels
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1-1/2 cups crushed multigrain tortilla chips
- 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- In a medium sized pot with a lid, bring 1 cup of dry brown rice and 2 cups of cold water to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook covered for about 40 minutes or until the rice is done.
- Meanwhile brown the turkey in a skillet, then add in ½ cup of water and a package of taco seasoning. Mix well and cook over low heat until half the liquid has evaporated.
- In a large bowl mix together the cooked rice, turkey, diced tomatoes, beans, green pepper, corn, spices and salt. Pour into a large rectangular casserole dish, then top with the crushed tortilla chips and cheddar cheese. Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes.
- Serve with plain Greek yogurt and/or guacamole.
What is your favourite tv show marathon to watch on lazy days?
What’s your favourite lazy day dinner?