Saturday, February 5, 2011

Trader Joe's Tamale Bake!

So a coworker of mine told me about a book called "The Cooking with Trader Joe's Cookbook - Dinners Done". Its basically a cookbook that has easy to follow recipes of dishes with ingredients that you can find at Trader Joe's. Being that I am a Trader Joe's LOVER I ordered the book right away. For the past week I have been thumbing threw the book and I have fallen in love with it. The recipes are simple and easy to follow, most don't have too many ingredients and what I love most of all is that the book lists the nutritional information for EVERY recipe.

Tonight I decided that the first dinner recipe I wanted to try was the Tamale Bake. The ingredients needed for the recipe are as follows:

  • 2 (18-oz) tubes of pre-cooked polenta
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion - chopped
  • 3 zucchini squash - sliced
  • 1 (12-oz) package of Soy Chorizo (Excellent stuff by the way!)
  • 2 (15-oz) cans of black beans - drained
  • 1/2 enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cilantro
  • sour cream - garnish

The directions were as follows:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. Heat olive oil in a skillet. Saute onion and zucchini until soft, about 5 minutes. Add chorizo and stir. Remove from heat.

3. Lightly oil a 9x13-inch baking pan. Place half of the polenta on the bottom. Sprinkle half each of the chorizo mixture, black beans, enchilada sauce, and shredded cheese. Repeat with the second layer.

4. Cover and bake for 30 minutes until cheese is melted and casserole is piping hot. 

Thats pretty much it! Its was so easy to make and it tasted great. The book lists the prep time as 20 minutes and the cooking time as 30 minutes. If you follow the recipe as listed it makes 10 serving and the nutritional information per serving is as follow:
  • 294 calories
  • 12g fat
  • 4g saturated fat
  • 15g protein
  • 35g carbs
  • 10g fiber


Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) said...

When it comes to Trader Joe's, you can do no wrong. Yum!

nathanalbert said...

That is beautiful lol.

ragemichelle said...

That looks AWESOME. Okay, I'm definitely getting the big man to make this for me on the weekend. :)

Callie said...

Holy jamoly, this looks AMAZING! When I'm back doing Weight Watchers, I'm making this. I'm obsessed with Trader Joe's!

Bella said...

Looks delish. I just made a recipe today out of that same cookbook. My sister swears by it, and I think I'm going to be using it a lot more now. :)

Chelsea said...

You're adorable AND you can cook?!?! Double threat guy!

Alan said...

LOL Thanks ;-)

Jordan (@FutureFitGirl) said...

Yummmm.. when I come to NC again, will you cook for me?? ;)