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{Food Dish} LDS Living Casserole Competition: WINNER + Recipe

LDS Living - February 09, 2012

And finally, we'd like to announce the winner of our Best Casserole Contest: Verde Chicken Mexican Lasagna. Prepare to have your casserole socks knocked off.

We hope you've enjoyed creating, cooking, and sharing your recipes, and we especially hope you enjoy our three winners! Note: now that our "casseroles" chapter has closed, get geared up for our Best Dessert Bar Contest, starting March 1.

Without further ado, our winner is . . . Verde Chicken Mexican Lasagna by Celeste Pearson of Lakewood, Washington. We loved the combination of textures and Southwest spices in this cassrole.

Congratulations! (You can also view her cooking blog at

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Verde Chicken Mexican Lasagna 

1 pound chicken, cooked and shredded
1 (16-ounce) container sour cream
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 ½ cups green salsa
1 ½ cups frozen corn, thawed and drained
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup chopped cilantro (plus additional for garnishing)
12 soft taco size flour tortillas
1 (8-ounce) package shredded Mexican blend cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix chicken, sour cream, black beans, salsa, corn, cilantro and spices in a large bowl. Taste and adjust

seasonings to your preference. Cut tortillas in half with kitchen shears.
In a 9x13 dish, scoop 1/3 of the chicken mixture into bottom of pan. Spread evenly. Place one layer of cut tortillas (about 4 tortillas) on chicken mixture to cover. Top with 1/3 of the amount of shredded cheese. Repeat with chicken mixture, tortillas, shredded cheese two more times. There should be three layers total.
Bake in oven for 20 – 25 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and casserole is warmed through. Serve with sour cream and additional chopped cilantro.

Click on the links below to see the Runners-up in our casserole contest:

1st runner-up: Panini Caprese Strata with Roasted Bell Pepper Cream

2nd runner-up: Chicken Cordon Bleu Florentine Casserole

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Comments 3 comments

pumpkin said...

07:12 AM
on Feb 09, 2012

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When my missionary left, he did not ask me to wait. He said that was my decision. I did choose to wait. We decided not to write mushy love letter, as it would be too distracting for him. I went to school, had a job and I did hang out with friends. But it is still and very hard and sometimes lonely 2 years. We were engaged 4 days after he got home. We have been married 36 years now. I would do it again in a heart beat. Just remember, it isn't easy and its not for ever one!

donnabee said...

05:25 PM
on Feb 09, 2012

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In 1959 I waited for a missionary who was gone for nearly 3 years in those days. I dated others but always kept the promise to marry him in my mind. I measured every date up against what I remembered about him. The problem was that I was living on memories but we both had changed dramatically. I had a job waiting and it seemed logical to get married quickly and set up house. We were only together 5 days before we got married. We should have dated more to discover what was important to each of us. We were married almost 30 years, I helped put him through school, we had 5 children and then he left. Our differences were always too great. If a girl does wait for a missionary, I recommend dating others and then start dating the missionary all over from scratch again when he gets home. Don't rush into anything! You could be very sorry.

cindyf said...

05:19 PM
on Sep 22, 2012

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In 1979, I waited for a missionary for 2 years. We dated 1 year before he left. I remember it being very difficult to be away from each other for that long, but we always tried to keep our letters spiritual and uplifting. I promised him I would wait and be loyal to him. I did end up dating a few, but always in the back of my mind I would tell myself I would never let it get beyond being just friends. I even would go as far as telling the guy up front that I was waiting for a missionary and I planned to follow through with that commitment. I was so naive! I sure did myself an injustice. I wished I would have played the field and dated people I was interested in, instead of being so closed minded to that option. I don't agree with being so close to someone when they leave on their mission, that you can't let yourself see what other options are out there for you, and especially that there may be someone so much better for you. The day after "my missionary" came home, we were engaged, married in the temple 2 months later, and had four great kids over a span of a 25 year marriage. During that marriage though, I realized I had made a huge mistake. I was physically abused many times over the entire marriage, emotionally abused even more, and my "returned missionary" husband also had 6 affairs that I am now aware of during our marriage. I can thankfully say today though, I am very happily married to a wonderful man and I'm still very active in the church. If you're waiting for a missionary, please date others with an open mind, so you don't end up making a serious mistake like I did. I look at my wonderful husband today and think of all the years I missed being happy, but at least I know now the happiness I have with him will be for eternity.
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