Thursday, June 7, 2012

Vegetarian Tostadas (+ gluten free)


Wow totally got my mind blown today.  It was my first day at the legal office and wow is all I can say.  Its a completely different world in that career field then on the flight line where I've spent the last 9 years working.  Everyone is so cheerful and happy, officers and enlisted are super nice to each other and they work together on cases and legal documents.  Its a completely different atmosphere from where I use to work to where I'm going to start working, its so opposite.

I think I'm going to enjoy my new career, tho I'm going to have to be on top of my A game when it comes to doing research and drafting memos and sentence structure and grammer and spelling and phewww I need a English class stat!

On a different topic, me and the hubby have decided to start implementing a more gluten free diet to our routine. The hubby came across a book called Wheat Belly and it discusses how eliminating gluten and wheat from your diet can help you physically and mentally. Everything from losing weight to exhaustion and more.  So we decided to give it a try, it might even help me with my skin problems.   But now I can't use my morning star products as often as I use to :(
at least I read that corn is gluten free, so you can never go wrong with mexican/tex mex food like corn tortillas =) thank goodness

Vegetarian Tostadas (+ gluten free) 
By Oishii Treats

Yields 4

Ingredients
4 White or Yellow Corn Tortillas
1 15oz can of Black Beans (drained)
1/4 Cup onions diced
1 clove Garlic minced
1/2 tablespoon Olive Oil
1-3 Chiles in Adobo Sauce (diced)
1 1/2 Cup Spinach (sliced julienne style)
Spinkle of dried basil and garlic sea salt (for black beans)
8 Cherry Tomatoes (halved)
Feta Cheese
Sour Cream
your favorite salsa


Directions
Heat a large saute pan on medium high heat. Saute your onions and garlic in olive oil for 2-3 minutes.
Place your balck beans (BB) in a microwavble safe container and add the sauted onions and garilc to the BB.
Add the diced chiles in adobo sauce to the BB.  Sprinkle in some dried basil and garilc sea salt. Stir and microwave for 2 minutes, using a potato masher mash the warm BB to your desired consistency and return to the microwave for 1 minute.
Meanwhile take a paper towel and using the same saute pan wipe out any excess oil or browning from the onions. Spray with cooking oil and on high heat, toast your tortillas until crsipy anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes.
Assemble your tostadas by placing the beans on top, sprinkle with feta, top with spinach, sliced cherry tomatoes, dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with more feta and salsa

** Update, there is a fun linky event going on called Fabulous Friday where a bunch of great bloggers come together to share their recipe of the week. So I will be sharing my yummy vegetarian tostadas. Come check it out or join in. Also check on Freedom Fridays for another fun blog hop.

36 comments:

  1. This recipe will do well in my home. Especially since one of my children is allergic to so many proteins. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm glad that the recipe can be used in your home. Its never fun to have food allergies.

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  2. Oh yum! I am seriously craving Mexican food right now and I just had breakfast! :) These look great! You sound so excited about your new job, Neshanne. So happy for you!

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    1. Thanks so much Anna, I'm very excited, hopefully the excitement isn't short lived lol.

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  3. I LOVE tostadas and these look absolutely amazing :)

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    1. Thanks Kaitlin, I don't think I can ever tire of mexican food

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  4. Yum! Good news about the new job too. I've been hearing a lot about gluten lately. What's wheat belly?

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    1. Hi Emma, Wheat Belly is the title of a book written by a doctor who eliminated gluten from his own diet, as well as his patients and experience many great health benefits from it.

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  5. I'm so glad that it looks like this job will be a good fit for you!! :)
    This sounds amazing! We love Mexican food at our house!

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    1. Thanks Jessica, I'm looking forward to the change

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  6. Nice to know that you are enjoying the new job. This tostadas looks delicious, in my house veggie version is always welcome.

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    1. Thanks, tostadas are pretty yummy, so many different toppings you can do.

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  7. So happy that you like your new career - exciting! These tostadas look amazing...

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  8. Oooh, those tostadas sound goo-oood! And you're right - you can never go wrong with corn. When I was searching for gluten-free options I loved discovering all the things that already are gluten-free... no substitutions necessary! And when it comes to flour and baking, there ar a lot of great recipes out there. :)

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    1. I totally agree, i never understood exactly what gluten free was, but after doing some research a lot of the foods I readily use like beans, corn and rice are available. I haven't tried baking gluten free yet but thats the next hurtle.

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  9. Your tostadas look delicious, I get hungry looking at them.

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  10. Yummmmy!!! Those look so tasty - I had to favorite the recipe on FoodGawker! For baking gluten-free try Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Flour, you can get it at Trader Joe's, Safeway, Albertson's and Fred Meyer, if you have any of those available - if not you can order it online ;-) TGIS (?) lol {hugs}

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    1. Hi Tess, thanks so much, i love how versatile mexican food can be. oh yes good idea about Bobs red mill. The commissary does carry a few different flours from the company. yay. hugs back!

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  11. These look delicious! I love how you used feta cheese. I'll definitely have to make these.

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    1. Thanks, I love feta, actually all cheese =)

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  12. This looks so light and delicious. Kudos to trying a gluten-free diet. I've been gluten-free for over a year now and can say that it has helped everything from stomach issues, mental clarity, and skin issues.

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    1. hi there, yeah we just started and gluten free isn't easy, but if it can help me with my skin then why not give it a try =) I hate using medicine and steroid cream. I'll have to get some more recipes from you, since you are experienced with gluten free =)

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  13. This looks so good:) I love Mexican food and love this variation that is more healthy. I need to try it, your flavors look amazing:) Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays. Hope you have a super terrific week (and continue to enjoy your new job)!

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    1. Thank u evelyn, i enjoy sharing every friday =)

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  14. That is such a good point. A gluten free diet is so beneficial for people. Our bodies were never meant to process wheat afterall! There are so many health conditions caused by too much wheat and it is so easy and delicious to switch to gluten free :) Although.. I don't know if I can stop eating sour dough! Congrats on the job, I'm sure you will be fantastic :)

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    1. sour dough is pretty awesome, but yes we are trying to not eat as much gluten, but goodness its not easy saying no to bread.

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  15. Oh my goodness..These look fabulous! Have a fantastic rest of the week sweetie!

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    1. Thank u, the weekend was pretty great. I hope yours was as well. =)

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  16. By the way I choose you as my pick for the week! This looked perfect for a meatless Monday! Have a nice night!

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    1. wow! thanks Serena I'm glad you like my tostadas. =) very excited to check it out.

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  17. Stopping over from My Turn (For Us). This looks so good! Mexican food is one of my favorites! I love finding new blogs, sharing ideas and making new friends! I'm following you via GFC! Congratulations on the Sunshine Award, too! Be blessed :)

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  18. These sound amazing! I love Mexican food. These are so colourful and I bet they taste great :)

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