Mexican Casserole

Last weekend was too much fun. It was my husband’s birthday and we had lots of family in town. We started the night out by having a great dinner at Halcyon, then worked it off by bowling at Strike City, and then out to Kazba for more drinks and dancing!

Picked up some Sunflower Bakery cupcakes for the night - one of the clean bakeries in town
Enjoying the nice weather on the balcony
My sis and bro in law enjoying white wine sangria before dinner
The wood tables at Halcyon are incredible if you haven't seen them. This one we were sitting at had been struck down by lightening on Queens Road West.
My brother in law Taylor showcasing the Petite Sirah at Halcyon

 

I love bowling
 

My favorite part of the evening? Watching my Father in Law bowl on my team!
Reminding my husband to make a wish when he blows out the candles on his cupcakes!
Synchronizing VIP Status on the way into Kazba

After a long night of partying on Friday and recovering all day Saturday…On Sunday, we spent the day at the pool and walked around Taste of Charlotte. While walking around I noticed tons of people eating “Tex Mex” type fare – nachos, fajitas, quesadillas, tacos, etc from different stands at the festival. My taste buds started watering so bad that I decided to go home and make one of my favorite mexican casseroles.

Hanging out with a lizard at Taste of Charlotte

You might be thinking why didn’t I just go and try some of the food at the festival? It was so available and easy (I even had free tokens)… Well this didn’t matter to me. Maybe if I didn’t know what was in those corn chips or tacos, I would have eaten some… but once you know what’s in your food, it’s hard to ignore it and look the other way. If I have options, I’ll always choose the better one. Most if not all the corn in those tortilla chips and tacos are genetically modified (GM). Food Babe doesn’t do GM if she can help it.

Let’s talk about GM Corn….

Why does an American hair sample produce more “corn” type carbon than a Mexican person, who’s sole diet is based on corn? It’s because the typical conventional grocery store in America has more than 70% of its aisles filled with corn based products. The type of sugar, oil, filler, citric acid, flavoring, emulsifier, etc. is usually corn based in almost all processed food. As you probably know farming corn is subsidized by the government, so the food industry has access to a lot of corn and its cheap. This gives food industry scientists reasons to keep coming up with more and more fake foods derived from corn to fill your grocery store. Fake foods are cheaper to produce than growing real organic produce. It’s all about greed and it’s taking a serious toll on our health.

Corn in its natural organic state is very nutritious for you.  The vitamins and minerals in corn have all sorts of benefits from lung health, to preventing birth defects to reducing stress levels in the body.  Several cultures have been able to thrive on the use of corn as their main grain and lived healthy fruitful lives.

However, eating corn that has been genetically modified and then dosed with pesticides leads to all sorts of health damage and serious problems. To quote a recent article I read conventional corn turns your gut into a “Pesticide Factory“!  Most corn in the United States is genetically modified to withstand types of pesticides applied to it. This allows the farmers to grow more and more corn per acre of land.

Several recent studies produced results that were horrifying.  In testing animals that had been given a diet of GM corn, the scientists found a toxin that was responsible for failing both the kidneys and liver, two of the essential organs that are suppose to help in eliminating toxins from the body.  They also found blood abnormalities and several issues with that resulted in hindering female reproductive health and infertility.

I don’t know about you, but I want my liver and kidneys functioning to their best ability and if they can’t get rid of this toxic stuff, that is a huge issue for me. I want to have healthy skin, maintain a healthy weight, not to mention, I don’t want to die early due to a degenerate disease or have my fertility compromised.

Why is this allowed to happen here in the US? Why aren’t they at least labeling our food so we know whether it is GM or not? Did you know the European Union has banned this type of corn and all GM products! Why have they done this there but not here?

Until our government starts to protect us from this irresponsible technology – I will leave you with a delicious Non-GM mexican casserole that will satisfy any south of the border craving and some tips and tricks on how to avoid GM Corn in your everyday life.

Mexican Casserole Up Close!

 

Food Babe’s Mexican Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 can of Eden Foods organic black beans and kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 3 medium zucchinis chopped
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 2 jalapeno seeded and minced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Your favorite enchilada or tomato sauce)
  • 10 sprouted corn tortillas
  • 2 ounces of raw goat cheddar cheese
  • sour cream to taste
  • ***Please note all ingredients are organic (except the sauce)***

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Heat olive oil on medium low in a large skillet
  3. Once oil has heated for 2 mins, add onions, cook onions for about 3 min
  4. Add zucchini, green peppers, tomato and spices to pan and cook for another 5 mins
  5. Add beans, garlic and jalapeno to pan and cook another 2 minutes or so
  6. Turn off heat and set pan aside
  7. In large baking dish, pour half of the sauce to cover bottom
  8. Place corn tortillas on the bottom of the dish covering the sauce, cut tortillas to fit if needed
  9. Add half of the vegetable and bean mixture to dish
  10. Repeat, adding another layer of tortillas and then the rest of the vegetable bean mixture, ending with the rest of the sauce on the top
  11. Top dish with shredded cheese and cover with foil
  12. Bake for at least 30 mins until sauce starts to bubble
  13. Serve with a salad of romaine lettuce, a lime and a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt
  14. Makes 6 servings

A ton of zucchini I needed to use from my weekly organic delivery - they mix perfect with the flavors and textures of the rest of the ingredients.
Cooking up veggies, beans and spices in large skillet
I only use these organic corn sprouted tortillas - They are delicious and thaw from the freezer in just a few minutes on the counter
First layer of sauce, then corn tortillas
Third layer of veggies and beans
About to go into the oven
Fresh out of the oven
My husband loves his mexican casserole with this Organic sour cream. It's additive free and only has 15 calories per 2 tbsp. Not bad.
Hope you enjoy it! It's definitely one of my favorite healthy dishes.

Tips and Tricks to stay away from Genetically Modified Corn -

1. Certified organic products are free from any ingredients that have been genetically modified. If there is a choice, always go organic.

2. Eating out – ask the server at your local Mexican restaurant about whether or not they use organic corn chips or what kind of tortillas they use. I recently went to a food truck that advertises organic and local food, but they were still using low quality tortillas that had genetically modified ingredients. When in doubt order your food without the tortilla or whatever questionable ingredient.

3. Avoid all HFCS – High Fructose Corn Syrup – All of it is made from GM corn.

4. Stay away from Corn, Soy, Cottonseed and Canola oil – If away from home, ask that all your foods be cooked with only healthy oils (coconut, hemp, sesame, olive, grapeseed). You can even claim you have an allergy to corn based oil if you have to.

5. Buy corn on the cob that is fresh and organic – grill it up, with a little olive oil and eat it! You get all the nutrients and none of the toxins.

6. Download this shopping guide. They have a helpful list of hidden “Invisable” GM items.

7. Check out Responsible Technology’s site to learn more and how to stay informed about this important issue.

Heating up mexican casserole left overs the next day at work. Thank god for this convection oven in our break room! I'll be writing a post soon about the use of microwaves!
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