This decadently cheesy meal will please any cheese lover. A healthy meatless lasagna option made with tortillas, it has subtle sweet potato hints with hearty mushrooms and fresh green peppers.
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 yellow onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 can (28-ounces) crushed tomatoes
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 cup mushrooms
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 large cooked sweet potato
- 12 (5-inch) corn tortillas
- 1 (6-ounce) package queso fresco
- 4 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 1 cup non-fat plain yogurt
- 12 sprigs fresh cilantro
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash vegetables. Chop onion, garlic and sweet potato. Slice green pepper and mushrooms. Wipe off top of can of tomatoes.
- Heat oil in a large sauté pan and sauté the onion. Cook for about 5 minutes until onion is translucent. Then add the garlic and oregano.
- Stir in tomatoes and bring to a boil. Add the green pepper, mushrooms and bay leaf. Let it cook for 5-10 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and then add cooked sweet potato and a pinch of salt.
- Combine the queso and Monterey Jack cheese. Place a spoonful of tomato sauce mixture on the bottom of a large casserole dish. Put 3 to 4 tortillas on top of the sauce and sprinkle 1/3 of the cheese mixture on top of the tortillas.
- Layer tortillas, cheese, sauce, ending with tortillas topped with cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes.
- Chop the cilantro and sprinkle it on top of the dish along with a dollop of yogurt.
Smart Shopping Tips
- When buying sweet potatoes, select ones that are free of soft spots and bruises. Make sure to store them in a cool and dark location.
- Choose bunches of cilantro that have a good amount of fragrance and are bright green. Avoid ones that have black spots, are wilted, or have a yellow tint. To store cilantro, place in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel wrapped around the stems. Place in refrigerator.
- To add some heat to this recipe, add 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of red chili pepper.
- If you are trying to cut back in fat, you could use fat–free or light cheeses.
- Instead of using mushrooms, try using black olives.
- A healthier tortilla option would be to exchange regular tortillas for whole wheat.