Veggie Tostadas

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Veggie tostadas are great for evenings where you want a satisfying meal without a lot of work.

For these tostadas, I took a can of black beans, drained and rinsed them; then pulsed them in a food processor with water, garlic powder, chili powder, and salt until I got a smooth consistency. You could also buy ready made refried beans.

For the tortillas, I fried these in a little oil and let them dry on a towel.

In a separate pan, I sautéed veggies that I had on hand: onion, mushrooms, tomato, zucchini and corn. I added spices such as chipotle with a dash of salt. Once the veggies were cooked, I layered the tortilla – bean, veggies, cheese; then baked it at 400 F until crispy!

 

Veggie Enchiladas topped with Cinnamon Pistachio Verde Sauce

No photo for this one – I had a hard time getting one that was pretty. The green from the verde along with the monochromatic tortilla and cheese.. just believe me, I am sparing you from an unappealing image.

The recipe, on the other hand is outstanding. I love the trio of flavors: slight sweetness of the cinnamon, the crunch of the pistachio, and the spice and acidity from the salsa verde. I feel like cinnamon is underutilized in savory recipes and am trying to encourage its use!

Veggie Enchiladas topped with a Cinnamon Pistachio Verde Sauce

  • 1 jar of Salpica salsa verde
  • 1/3 c pistachios
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • Olive oil
  • ½ onion diced
  • 1 zucchini , chopped
  • ½ c black beans
  • 1/3 c corn
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4-6 corn tortillas
  • 4 oz of cheddar jack cheese
  1. First, make the enchilada sauce. This is not your traditional enchilada sauce as you will be using premade salsa. Pulse the pistachios in a food processor. Add the jar of salsa verde and cinnamon. Pulse a few more times. Set aside
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet, add the onion and zucchini. After 5 minutes, add the cumin and chili powder. Sauté the veggies until they are tender. Add the corn and beans. Salt and pepper your filling mixture as needed
  3. Add a thin layer of verde sauce at the bottom of a 8×8 pan
  4. Important step in making enchiladas: heat the tortillas first, and then dip each tortilla in the verde sauce. Stuff the tortilla with the veggie mixture, roll, and place in the 9×9 pan
  5. Continue this process until you run out of tortillas or room in the pan
  6. Top the tortillas with the remaining verde sauce, then add the cheese
  7. Cook at 350 F for 20 minutes or until cheese is bubbling

Layered Veggie Enchiladas

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Normally when I make enchiladas, I make them one by one: warming the tortilla, drenching it in enchilada sauce, filling it with veggies, then rolling them into place.. This time, I deconstructed the process a bit. Rather than filling and rolling, I layered it like a lasagna. It worked wonderfully!

I still warmed the tortilla, then I started each layer with enchilada sauce – tortilla – more sauce – veggies/beans/cheese – repeat. The middle layer, I omitted the sauce and put a thin layer of chili – I had some on hand that I wanted to use up. If you don’t have chili, you can just add more beans. This enchilada powder mix from Simply Organic is my go-to sauce.

Have fun with this recipe – feel free to get creative with the layers!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of frozen tri-colored peppers (red, orange, yellow)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • Chili
  • Cumin
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 c chili (optional)
  • Enchilada sauce – Simply Organic powder mix and 8oz can of tomato sauce
  • Small corn tortillas
  • Cheese (optional)
  1. First, prep the veggies. Sauté the onion in some oil for about 5 minutes, then add the peppers. If using frozen peppers – be ware the skillet might sizzle a bit
  2. Next, add some seasonings – I used a few pinches of chili and cumin – taste and adjust as needed
  3. Get the enchilada sauce together – following instructions on the packet
  4. Heat the tortillas in a skillet
  5. In a casserole dish layer enchilada sauce, tortilla, sauce (enough just to cover/saturate tortillas), veggies, beans, and cheese (if using). The top layer should be tortilla, sauce and cheese.
  6. Bake at 350F until cheese is melted – it took about 45 minutes for ours to heat all the way through

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Siete de Mayo!

So, first of all, my detox too a detour. Apologies to those who were following. A three day detox is a noble one though! It definitely helped realign my focus and drive to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. So that’s a plus.

Secondly, I totally missed out on Cinco de Mayo. I usually like posting fun, festive foods, and here it is, just a few days late. I made a version of Vegan Richa’s pulled butternut squash tacos. Below is my spin on the recipe. I will definitely make these again. They turned out awesome.

Ingredients

– 1-2lbs butternut squash, shredded
– oil
– garlic powder
– salt
– packet of organic Southwest Taco mix
– 1/4 c bbq sauce
– 1/4 c Drew’s Smoked Tomato Sauce

1. Sauté squash in a little oil, garlic powder and salt
2. Mix taco seasoning, bbq sauce and Drew’s Smoked Tomato sauce in a separate bowl. Use about 1/4 c of the spiced paste and add it to the skilled
3. If necessary, add 2-3 Tbls water
4. Simmer until squash is tender
5. Serve on corn tortillas with your favorite taco fixings!

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Vegan Taquitos

I made these taquitos tonight and they were muy delicioso! Next time, I think I’d make my own refried beans rather than using the canned kind. I also modified the recipe a bit. These would make a perfect party appetizer or for a full meal, serve with some rice and veggies.

Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can vegan refried beans
  • 1 c vegan Daiya pepperjack cheese shreds
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1 Tbls fresh lime juice
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • Canola spray

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  1. Heat the oven to 425 F
  2. On the stovetop, put a skillet on medium-high heat. Cook tortillas for about 2 minutes or until slightly crisp
  3. Mix beans, peppers, cheese and lime juice. Spread on warmed tortillas. Roll up. Spray with canola. Sprinkle with paprika and garlic powder

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4.  Cook for 5 minutes, turn and cook for 5 more. Serve with salsa and veggies!

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