Easy Enchilada Casserole


Check out my recipe for the Rotel Across America Recipe Contest!

Easy and so satisfying, this enchilada casserole is a great busy day meal.

1-10 oz can RoTel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
2-10 oz cans enchilada sauce (I use mild)
3 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
2 lbs hamburger, browned and drained
10 corn tortillas
10-15 whole black pitted olives, to decorate if desired

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Pour the RO*TEL tomatoes into a 1-gallon storage bag, add the hamburger, 2 ladles enchilada sauce and 1/2 cup cheese. Remove the air from the bag and zip closed, and then squeeze the bag with hands to mix the ingredients.
Microwave the corn tortillas for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes to make them pliable, and then quarter them.
In a 9x13 baking dish, layer the ingredients like lasagna:
Spoon a thin layer of enchilada sauce evenly over the bottom of the dish.
Add 1/2 of the corn tortillas.
Add 1/2 of the meat mixture.
Add 1/2 of the remaining enchilada sauce.
Add 1/2 of the cheese.
Repeat each layer with the remaining ingredients.
Decorate with olives, if using. Bake at 350° F. degrees for 30 minutes or until cheese is golden brown. Enjoy!


Health Benefits of Lemons

Citrus fruits are listed as “Super Foods” and also are listed in the “Top 10 Healthiest Foods”!

Antibacterial Effect: High in Vitamin C, lemons are very effective in treating and preventing infections. Studies show that the natural vitamin C, found in lemons, is much more effective than the synthetic one produced in labs that you would get if you took a supplement. Just one lemon has more than 100 percent of your daily intake of vitamin C, which may help increase "good" HDL cholesterol levels and strengthen bones.

Diuretic (Makes you Pee-Pee): Lemons are also an effective diuretic which helps to eliminate excess fluids. Besides cleansing toxins and bad bacteria, the natural diuretics found in the juice of lemons help prevent a host of problems associated with water retention, such as glaucoma, edema (swelling), high blood pressure and bloating.

Digestive Aid: Lemon juice mixed with hot water can cure digestion problems such as heartburn, constipation, nausea, intestinal worms and other disorders of the lower intestine. It’s also boosts the digestion of foods.
Lemons actually have an alkaline effect on the body, helping it fight symptoms of acidosis (which is too much acidity in blood and other body fluids).

Cardiovascular Health Benefits: Rich in potassium, lemons have a beneficial effect on the heart with loweing blood pressure and protects against stroke. Lemons are rich in bioflavonoids (a class of antioxidants). Bioflavonoids help strengthen the blood vessels which makes them less likely to rupture.

Sedative Effect: Not many people are aware of the calming effect that lemon juice and extracts can have on the nervous system. Lemon balms are often used to calm anxiety and balance the mind. While lemon juice mixed with coffee is a centuries-old natural remedy against headaches and migraines, the stress-reducing effects of lemon extracts are not yet fully acknowledged. Lemon balms have a calming effect, while lemon juice is believed to improve memory functions and alleviate palpitations.

Cancer prevention: Limonene (found in lemon peel) has anti-cancer properties.

Other Health Benefits of Lemons: Speeds up the body’s repair processes; it can be a great aid in healing sunburned skin! The high vitamin C content of lemons can stimulate calcium metabolism, enhancing calcium absorption and maintaining the health of the teeth and the bones. Vitamin C also helps the body produce the collagen so critical in supporting the connective tissue that preserves the youthful appearance of the skin
It is important, however, to dilute lemon juice with water before drinking it. Ingesting pure lemon juice, which has a high acid content, can damage the enamel of the teeth.


Real Women of Philadelphia Recipe Contest

Since March 27th, 2010, I have been on quite an amazing personal journey! I would have NEVER believed it if you would have asked me then just how much this contest, and the friends I've made along the way, would come to mean to me.

Paula began our journey and the community she brought together has grown closer and closer with each passing week. We are a family of women who care about our families, our homes; making, sharing, and enjoying good food, and most of all LOVE PHILADELPHIA cream cheese. And of course we all LOVE Paula Deen...that's goes without saying!

And we also appreciate those hard working guys, Jason and Greg, who do all the behind the scenes technical work to keep our wonderful Real Women of Philadelphia website maintained. Thank you guys so much for your hard work and all the long hours given.

So here are the links to my recipe videos, thus far, that I will keep updating until the close of the competition:

Week 1—Side Dish: http://www.realwomenofphiladelphia.com/user_recipe/view/10736/359/1

Week 2—Appetizer:http://www.realwomenofphiladelphia.com/user_recipe/view/10736/997/1

Week 3—EntrĂ©e:http://www.realwomenofphiladelphia.com/user_recipe/view/10736/1657/1

Week 4—Dessert:http://www.realwomenofphiladelphia.com/user_recipe/view/10736/2439/1

Week 5—Side Dish 2:http://www.realwomenofphiladelphia.com/user_recipe/view/10736/3032/1

Week 6—Appetizer 2: http://www.realwomenofphiladelphia.com/user_recipe/view/10736/3935/1

Week 7—Entree 2: http://www.realwomenofphiladelphia.com/user_recipe/view/10736/4699/1

I pray that God has a plan for me to join the ladies who are going to Savannah as that is my dream and would make me very happy!
Blessings and Happy Cooking!