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chili-bean-casserole recipe

Date:    Fri, 10 Feb 95 12:52:18 PST
 From:    Katherine Albitz (kra@sdd.hp.com)
 I'm a frequent reader and very rare poster. I made up this recipe after
 having something similar in a restaurant. The measurements are flexible
 if you have more of something and less of something else.
 Chili Bean Casserole
 1 cup raw rice
 1 cup no fat plain yogurt
 1-2 T chopped fresh cilantro (see note)
 1/4 cup tomatillo (green) taco sauce
 1 onion, sliced
 several/many cloves of garlic, minced
 a splash of white wine
 2 cups frozen or canned corn thawed/drained
 1 4oz can of sliced black olives, drained
 1 medium zucchini, sliced
 1 (approx 14 oz) can of chili spiced beans (see note)
 1 ripe tomato, seeded and chopped
 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
 Put rice on to cook. Mix yogurt with cilantro and taco sauce. Set aside.
 "Saute" onions and garlic in wine till soft.
 In a casserole dish spritzed with PAM layer: corn, cooked rice, olives, 
 zucchini, onion/garlic. Pour beans over all. Cover and cook in 350 oven 
 for 30 minutes or until heated thoroughly. 
 Sprinkle tomatoes over top and drizzle with yogurt mixture. Serve.
 Serves 4 as a main dish.
 Buy fresh cilantro, wash, dry completely, chop and freeze spread out on
 a piece of wax paper. Store in a zip lock baggie and then you can have
 fresh cilantro anytime.
 I bought the grocery store brand of "Mexican style chili beans." They
 have little/no fat in them.
 Variations: scallions: shredded lettuce on top with tomato, mushrooms
 sauted with onions, etc.
 kwlacto lacto