Baked Ziti

Everybody likes lasagna, but nobody wants to make lasagna. Personally, I don’t think there’s any reason to do it when you can make ziti, lasagna’s lazier, but equally tasty little brother.

Time: 45 minutes – 1 hour 15 minutes

Yield: 13″ x 9″ casserole (8 servings or so)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb box of ziti or penne (I used penne since it’s what I had)
  • 1 lb of ground beef (optional)
  • 12 – 16 oz of ricotta cheese (You can buy it from the store, however I made fresh ricotta before cooking which is unbelievably easy to do and it made this taste 50 times better.)
  • 12 oz of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Olive oil
  • One onion (I actually only used half, but use however much you like)
  • Three – six garlic cloves (Again, to taste, but I used 6)
  • Parmesan (optional)
  • Two 28 oz cans of peeled whole tomatoes (Preferably San Marzano tomatoes, but use what you can get)
  • 1 Tsp dry basil
  • 1 Tsp dry oregano
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 Tsp chili flakes (optional)

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Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowl

One day I wanted a burrito bowl from Chipotle and then remembered Chipotle is gross so I decided to make one myself. This is a basic recipe that can be tweaked according to your needs.

Time: 45 – 75 minutes

Serves: 2 – 4

Ingredients:

– 1 lb of chicken breast

– 1 large can of black beans (retain the juice)

– 1 cup dry rice

– Cheese of your choice (I used a 4 cheese Mexican blend)

– 2 juicy limes

– A bunch of cilantro

– 2 – 4 RIPE Avocados (depending on how much guacamole you want)

– Adobo Sauce (You can buy this at the store or make your own. If you choose to make your own, I’ll explain how to below.)

Ingredients for Adobo Sauce: 4 dried ancho chiles; 4 dried guajillo chiles; 2 teaspoons ginger (fresh or ground); 1 teaspoon of ground cumin; 1.5 teaspoons of kosher salt; and half a teaspoon of black pepper

– Salsa of your choice (I made my own simple salsa. If you want to make this salsa, fill a blender with three tomatoes, two tomatillos, half a red onion, a few jalapenos or whatever other peppers you have available, a teaspoon of salt, lime juice, and cilantro to taste. Pulse a few times until blended and at the thickness you want.)

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