Save the Ass! Chiles Rellenos Casserole

January 23, 2012

I know what you’re thinking, and no, I haven’t gone all nutjob on you. This is, indeed, a casserole recipe that will not make your jeans explode.  We are still in the thick of the Save the Ass! campaign here at Chez T., mainly because it’s time for my hubs’ bi-annual commitment to Le Regime.  Sigh.

Those of you unfamiliar with the butt-pain that is Le Regime can catch up here.

In short, Le Regime entails a lot of high-protein, easily portable mini-meals and grueling hours of exercise. For both of us. For husband, it means lots of little noshes and sweat sessions. For me, it means: Dana never has time to eat because she’s so busy making high-protein little noshes and lifting pots and pans while listening to her spouse grunt, groan and arrrrrrrr it out in the other room with his dumbbells.

It’s a good thing he’s so dang cute, let me tell you.

This breakfast dish fits the bill perfectly–it’s got about 20 grams of gut-busting protein per serving and can be made in advance, wrapped up and toted to the workplace or gym or wherever your lifestyle takes you.  I like it because it serves four, meaning I get three “free” mornings where I don’t have to fret about what to feed my vain girly-man.

So if the holidays were a little vindictive to your hind end, or whether you’ve resolved to eat more meatless meals, or you’re slave to a girly-man, I’d suggest you give this recipe a try. It’s delicious, not too spicy, and full of cheesy goodness.

Chiles Rellenos Casserole

serves 4

approximately 300 calories per serving

6 large eggs

1 cup low-fat milk

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

2 (5.75oz) cans diced green chiles, drained

1 chopped jalapeno pepper (optional)

1/4 cup sliced scallion

1 cup diced red or orange bell pepper

salt and pepper

4 ounces reduced fat, extra sharp Cheddar cheese, such as Cabot or Cracker Barrel brand*

1/2 cup chopped cilantro or parsley

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a shallow 2 quart casserole dish.

Combine the eggs, milk, flour, chili powder, drained chiles, jalapeno, scallion, red pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Stir well with a whisk. Gently stir in cheese and half of the herbs.  Pour into prepared dish.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden and puffed; the center should still jiggle slightly.

Cool on a wire rack for ten minutes, cut into wedges and sprinkle with remaining cilantro/parsley.

In other news, I’ll be a little scarce this week–there’s a bunch of fish frying over here–some good, some not so good. I’ll spare you the details. But I’ll leave you with a photo of our newest little resident. He’s been spending some time hanging out in the back yard and rolling in my dead garden.  He’s quite the charming fellow. The girls have given him the name (so creative) of Mr. Fluffytail.  Both he and I wish you the most wonderful of weeks!

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer January 23, 2012 at 8:26 am

This looks super yummy. I love eggs and am always looking for a different way to cook them.

Love the fox. You don’t see very many here, and when you do they are usually high tailing it away from you as fast as possible.


Belinda January 23, 2012 at 10:23 am

I’m loving the idea of three free mornings with this dish. Will have to come back to your butt-busting recipes when I get back. For now, I’m on the Kind bars and Malarone regimen and hope to stay alive for the next two weeks.

Gorgeous new family member! My colleague just got a new one too who looks just like your new baby.


BigLittleWolf January 23, 2012 at 10:24 am

Well Kitch, it looks mouth-watering. But my own tolerance for chiles and jalapenos would require me to leave them out… (Spicy food? No. Can. Do.)

As for your newest backyard neighbor – beautiful!

xoxo for the week ahead, whatever that means…


Phoo-d January 23, 2012 at 10:36 am

What a darling fox! I love watching foxes play. Hope hubs is hanging in there on le regime (and you too!). It is that time of year…


Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon January 23, 2012 at 11:20 am

More power to you for being able to start your day with chiles…and for tolerating the hub’s yearly Le Regime. Hope that life stops kicking you in the pants.


Katybeth January 23, 2012 at 11:34 am

Love this dish…growing up in the southwest we ate this way a lot and since Cole loves spicy we still do. I am not a usual fan of green chili but do enjoy it with eggs. Your recipe is a little different than mine and I can’t wait to try it this weekend. . .or who know if I get up early and find some ambition maybe this week! :-)

Mr. Fluffytail is very handsome. Go forth and do great things or average things with a sense of humor.


Jenna January 23, 2012 at 11:47 am

Is your “girly man” using your juicer by chance? Because I forgot about mine over the holidays, but am in LOVE with it again after a carrot & kale juice last night.


TKW January 25, 2012 at 6:27 am


He doesn’t like juice, that silly man! But thanks for reminding me to bust it out again!


Kristen @ Motherese January 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Here’s my version of Le Regime: Baby Girl and I will move in with you (I’m leaving the boys at home) and keep you company while you prepare said noshes. That way I get to eat well and you get to have a chubby, yummy baby googoo at you while you cook. Hmm…actually I’m not so sure you make out any better in this version…


TKW January 23, 2012 at 6:45 pm


Your company AND fresh baby smell? Get yourself on a plane, honey.


Pamela January 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm

OOh this looks good. For most of my life I have HATED eggs, and for some reason, this year I love them. Can’t get enough. Yum!

Love the fox as well. A few weeks ago when I was on an evening walk (because I was supremo annoyed with the rest of my family) a fox came flying by me like a freight train. Bruce told me that foxes are magical creatures and tricksters meaning they can lead us out of difficult places. Which I need. Hi to the fox! xoxo


TKW January 23, 2012 at 6:51 pm


I cannot abide eggs in the morning. It’s weird. I’ll eat all kinds of oddities in the morning, like half a turkey sandwich with pickles and mustard, but eggs? Eww. I do like them for lunch or dinner, though, in t he French way, with a salad alongside.

ps: You take walks because your family drives you bonkers? Inconcievable! I hear you, sister.


SuziCate January 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Don’t think I can handle the jalapenos, but looks delish!
The fox is adorable!


leslie January 23, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Sounds pretty tasty to me. I hate working out…uggg. I probably should not though.
Funny you put a picture of a fox up. I saw my first fox today on the side of the road.


TKW January 25, 2012 at 6:28 am


The fox wasn’t dead, was it? I just read “side of the road” and thought, EEK!


Privilege of Parenting January 23, 2012 at 10:41 pm

They look great to me—the casserole and the fox. All Good Wishes


Tiffany January 24, 2012 at 5:51 am

I’m always on le regime. This sounds delicious and I’ve got all the ingredients!!!


Sherri January 24, 2012 at 9:10 am

I had forgotten about le regime. All good if you have casseroles like this, though, right?


Contemporary Troubadour January 24, 2012 at 10:05 am

Yesterday was Chinese New Year, the culinary equivalent of Thanksgiving. After enough spring rolls, barbecued pork, and noodles to feed twice the number of guests we had over last night, I don’t think my jeans are salvageable! ;)

Your girly-man’s “arrrrrrrrrrr” cracks me up.


TKW January 25, 2012 at 6:29 am


So jealous of your Year of the Dragon feast! Wish I’d been there!


Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri January 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm

The spice definitely speaks to the Indian girl in me.
Hope the not – so – good resolves soon. xoxo


Barbara January 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Can’t do spice in the morning, my old tummy would suffer. But…..for lunch? Absolutely.
Hope things are OK fish-frying wise.


Salad in a Jar January 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I think I missed the post defining girly man. Does it have something to do with vanity?


Jane January 24, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Hugs to you while you’re swimmin’ with the fishies! xoxo


Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes January 25, 2012 at 5:11 am

Ohhh that actually looks perfect for my husband marathon preparation runs. Monsieur cannot abide carbs just before he is of for a run so I’ve been looking at ways to get creative with protein.


Justine January 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I am soooo making this. Love me some chile rellenos but who needs the calories right? This sounds like a great substitute. Mmmm..


Biz January 26, 2012 at 6:45 am

I just added this to my menu next week – give me spicy shit for breakfast and I am a happy girl! Hope thinks are okay for you – we’ll “see” you when you get back. :D


bryan January 28, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Looks like great dish! I love this kind of dish. What an awesome tenant.


Naptimewriting January 29, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I do love ya. And cheese. And eggs. But Ill never understand the fads where cheese is purported to shrink asses. Protein helps; so do whole grains, tons of veggies, legumes, monounsaturated oils used sparingly. But cheese? Honey, Hubs is delusional. He’s losing weight from exercise, not this deliciousness.

Enjoy those days off, though. You deserve them.


Dawn January 29, 2012 at 7:24 pm

This looks like a perfect breakfast/lunch and/or dinner! Love the fox too, isn’t he handsome!


Heather January 29, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I love the fox. I saw one the other day in traffic. Must be the year for them. Thankfully all traffic stopped for the little guy and he returned safely to the woods.


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