Cheesy Southwestern Four Potato & Veggie Casserole, A Colorful And Flavorful Mosaic To Feast On

Southwestern Casserole

The world that we live in is an amazing place.

It’s full of colorful and shapely “bits and pieces” that make up the totality of our existence, just like the pieces of a puzzle make up a complete picture. All one needs to do is look out the window to bare witness to it.

Whether one peers out and sees something natural such as the flowers in all of their brilliance, gloriously adorned in their colors and the various velvety robes that give them their individual shapes; or the green, spiky grass; or the jagged and hard rocks; or the lanky and heaven-reaching trees; or the sea-blue sky and its puffed-cotton clouds with all of the little birds and bugs that fly against it, blazingly lit-up by that golden orb, the sun; or whether one sees something man-made such as the houses across the way with their peaked roofs; or the tall buildings with their rectangular and towering stance; or the cars with their uniquely sculpted figures, or other man-made material “beings”. All that we behold with our eyes and our senses is a part of our very existence, and influences this experience— this “school of life”— that we are in the midst of.

Southwestern Casserole

Southwestern Casserole

And while all of these either natural or man-made “puzzle pieces” contribute so very greatly to our daily perceptions, none of them ultimately quite compare to the most unique piece of this spectacular puzzle, which is the one that is reflected back to you in the mirror; you. The human being. The epitome of color and shape, and personality.

Southwestern Casserole

I’m someone who is fascinated by people and their stories. I love autobiographies and biographies, because I love to know where someone came from, what led them to where they arrived, what ideas make up their views; and most importantly, how has being a participant in “living life” shaped their understanding and brought them to what they believe today.

We human beings have been gifted with perceiving our world through our custom-attuned senses and our souls; we take experiences in through our individual filters, and process them in personal ways. And because of this, we each bring color and flavor to this rich existence—this daily life—and help create a completed puzzle through our own potentially-nourishing individual piece.

See, we humans need these differences we each bring, we need the various spices and elements—our various understandings—to create a masterpiece that we can all behold and ingest.

Southwestern Casserole

Just like a scrumptiously colorful dish, one with sweet potatoes, red potatoes, russet potatoes and gold potatoes, plus juicy and popping cherry tomatoes, sweetly caramelized red onions, toothsome black beans and sharply tangy-salty bubbly cheese and grassy-noted herbs, human-kind is a mosaic in which each uniquely shaped piece is necessary for complete enjoyment, and for full and flavorful nourishment.

Southwestern Casserole

Southwestern Casserole

And so while our amazing world is filled with all kinds of brilliantly colorful and shapely “bits and pieces” that inspire us in one way or another on a daily basis, it’s good to remember that we, the beautifully vibrant people, are the most important pieces.

That when we’re put together, we join hands to create a bold mosaic that is the human experience, like ingredients combined and blended to create an amazingly rich, comforting and life-sustaining dish.

Taste what’s good and pass it on.


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  • Isadora April 21, 2014, 1:50 pm

    I love this! Mexican food is my absolute favorite and I really love cherry tomatoes and potatoes, this sounds like the perfect dish! Thanks for sharing :)

    • The Cozy Apron April 22, 2014, 12:19 pm

      Isadora, that’s great! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy.

  • Liz May 1, 2014, 9:32 am

    Thank you for the nice recipe.

  • Alisha June 4, 2014, 1:40 pm

    I’ve made this twice now, once with ground beef and once with boneless skinless chicken thighs. Very delicious and original! I added some jalapeños for more spice. My husband really loves this, he loads his up with sour cream and scoops it up with tortilla chips.

    • The Cozy Apron June 4, 2014, 3:11 pm

      Hi Alisha! We, too, like to add sour cream to ours, as well! (They say great minds think alike…) 😉 So happy to read that you and your hubby are enjoying this recipe; and what a great spicy add-in the jalapeños are! Thanks for your comments.

      • Alisha June 5, 2014, 7:43 pm

        I’m so glad I found this site. I’ve actually made several of your recipes and so far, they’ve all turned out really delicious. The coconut crunch chicken strips are next on my list. I especially find myself coming to your site when I’m in need of some culinary inspiration and in the mood for something new and different. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes with us! I always look forward to reading what you’re cooking next :)

        • The Cozy Apron June 6, 2014, 10:19 am

          Alisha, please know that you’ve utterly made my day!! Thank you! :-) And I hope that you continue to enjoy…

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