Mar 1, 2013

king ranch casserole + "nut butter universe" winner

The above is a King Ranch Casserole, a Tex-Mex favorite, typically made of well-seasoned chicken, layers of cheese, and tortillas all in a creamy sauce. 

I used black beans instead of a chicken substitute because I thought it would work well -- and it does. It has layers of cheese, beans, tortillas, onions, chilies and sauce. Then to finish it off, it is topped with tortilla chips and baked until it is hot and bubbly. 
Really good, partner.  Overall, this is a very flavorful, quick and easy casserole to assemble. 

Cost Breakdown

beans: $4

tortillas: $2
cheese, tomatoes, onions, milk: $4
seasonings: $.25

Total to make 6 servings:


As for other business...

As some of you know, today is the day chooses the winner of Robin Robertson's brand new cookbook, "Nut Butter Universe," published by Vegan Heritage Press. You have got to love a publishing company that is vegan run! 

Here are a few more pictures from "Nut Butter Universe," 
in addition to the pics on the last post:

Power Ball Energy Bites

Peanut Butter Biscotti

Creamy Mushroom Soup

Pasta with Cauliflower-Cashew Alfredo

West African Peanut Soup

Mouthwatering, right?!?

If you are not the winner, please check back in case the first winner doesn't respond. 
Also, FYI, this book is available on Kindle as well! Neat!

I have to say that vegans have got to be the most creative commentators around! It must be all the BS we have to put up with daily defending the animals. You guys rocked with your nutty comments; I was literally laughing my head off. Well done!

Without further delay, the winner out of 45 comments is...
Comment Number 33 - Sambycat!

"A peanut sat on a railroad track,
His heart was all a-flutter.
The five-fifteen came rushing by--
Toot toot! Peanut butter!"

Please email me by March 3rd at veganaide at yahoo dot com.

Robin Robertson is also hosting a Nut Butter Universe Blog Tour! Head over to this link and be sure to check out other ways to win a copy of the book or get more inside info!


  1. I am making the casserole for dinner tonight because I know my kids will love it. Going to add some cumin and corn into the mix as well. Thanks for all your great recipes!!

    1. Mmm.. corn and cumin sound excellent in this! I do hope you are right and the kids love it :)

      Thanks so much for posting!

  2. Made this tonight for dinner and it was super! I used flour tortillas because that's what I had and sprinkled the top with olives because we love them. I read the recipe wrong and was using only a third of the gravy per layer. I figured it out on the 2nd layer so on the top layer I did tortillas, cheese and more gravy topped with olives. The gravy is so good and i'm glad it was on top too. Two omni friends ate with us and they loved it. Totally comfort food! There is one little scrap leftover, and there will be a fight tomorrow to see who gets it. I may have to eat it for breakfast!

  3. Becky, thank you so much for letting me know how it went for you. I am so happy you and your friends liked it :)) I love the olives idea - my girls would be thrilled with that addition and the flour tortillas sound great, too.

    Thank you so much for trying it and posting about it!


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