​4 Warm Recipes for Your Mountain Crowd on your Colorado Ranch

Oct 25, 2020 -- Posted by : admin

Whether you were skiing, snowshoeing, or simply playing in the snow, nothing will get the chill out of your bones faster than a warm, home cooked meal. Here are four recipes that will warm you right up and leave you full and happy for the rest of the night as you settle in front of a movie or jump in the hot tub before bed.

Red Lentil Soup

What you need for 4 servings:

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 bay leaf, whole
  • 2 large ribs of celery, diced
  • 4 cups low-sodium broth
  • 1 small, yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Heat olive oil in medium heat in medium pan. Add celery, salt, carrot, and onion and stir until mixed. Cover the pan to let the vegetables sweat for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are soft and translucent.

Add broth, bay leaf, and lentils and then bring up soup to a boil before turning down low to simmer for about 20 minutes, or until lentils start to break apart. Then turn off heat and stir in lemon juice. Serve hot.

King Ranch Casserole

What you need for 6 to 8 servings:

  • 2 ounces unsalted butter
  • 3 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 12 6-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped and seeded
  • 1 pinch of Cayenne pepper
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped and seeded
  • 1 poblano pepper, chopped and seeded
  • 3 cups shredded chicken, cooked
  • 1 small jalapeno, minced and seeded
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 4-ounce can green chiles
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of Mexican-style chile powder

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease medium baking dish.

Melt butter over medium heat in heavy skillet. Add peppers, onions, and jalapeno and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Add green chiles and tomatoes, then garlic, salt, flour, chili powder, and cumin. Stir until it's thick and fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Add heavy cream and stock before bringing to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to simmer for about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in sour cream and chicken.

Lightly spray tortillas with cooking spray. Arrange flat and even on two large baking sheets and toast in oven for about 10 minutes.

Layer 3 tortillas in bottom of greased baking dish. Spread about a third of mixture over tortillas and then put a third of the cheese on top of that. Then put on three more tortillas, a third of the mixture, and a third of the cheese. Then three more tortillas and the remaining mixture. Save the last of the cheese and tortillas for later.

Bake the casserole until bubbling, about 15 minutes. Crush the remaining tortillas and sprinkle it along with the remaining cheese as a topping. Bake until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Cheesy Vegetarian Lasagna

What you need for 8 to 10 servings:

  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 8-ounce package of baby bella mushrooms, diced small
  • 2 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 small eggplant, diced
  • 15 regular dry lasagna noodles
  • 1 small yellow squash, diced
  • 3 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 6-ounce package of baby spinach
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pinch of red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon thyme

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Warm 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat in large skillet. Add onions and cook until they almost turn translucent, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook for about 7 more minutes. Then add squash, eggplant, and bell pepper, and cook until all softened, about 3 more minutes.

Push vegetables to the side. Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil in center and spices, garlic, and salt. Stir until fragrant and the garlic just starts to turn golden, and then mix with vegetables. Sprinkle on spinach and cook until the leaves are wilted, about 3 minutes. Then remove from heat.

Put a few spoonfuls of tomato sauce on bottom of large baking dish and spread it around. Layer 5 noodles on top, breaking when needed, to create a single layer. Then put on 1 cup of ricotta and half of vegetable mix. Put on 1 cup of tomato sauce then 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.

Arrange another layer of 5 noodles, followed by 1 cup ricotta, the remaining vegetable mix, and then 1 cup of tomato sauce and 1 cup of mozzarella. Top with remaining noodles and sauce, then dot with remaining ricotta.

Cover dish and bake for 1 hour. When noodles are thoroughly cooked, sprinkle remaining mozzarella over, and bake until cheese is melted, then broil lasagna until bubbling. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

What you need for 6 to 8 servings, recipe is easily doubled

  • 1 pound skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup chicken stock, divided
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Combine tomatoes, chicken, chili powder, cumin, and salt with 1/2 cup of stock in slow cooker. Cover and cook for 3 1/2 hours.

Add black beans, rice, corn, and remaining stock before cooking another 3 1/2 hours, stirring now and then. When rice is tender, slow cooking is done.

Shred chicken into small pieces, using forks or knives before mixing it into rice. Stir in more seasonings to taste.

Serve with your preferred toppings such as shredded cheese, chopped onions, and chopped bacon.

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