Thursday, January 20, 2011

Black Bean Tostadas

The other day, I discovered a website called . They take unhealthy recipes and create healthy alternatives. Since I'm trying to eat healthier and get in better shape, I have been spending a lot of time on that website! As I was searching for something for my husband and I to eat the other night that wasn't too expensive, I stumbled across something called Spicy Black Bean Tostadas. Both of us like spicy foods and Mexican, so I thought it would be a good experiment.

While they didn't sound like they would be the most flavorful things in the world, they turned out delicious! They were very yummy, very filling, but very healthy at the same time. I think this one is definitely going to stay  in the recipe book for awhile!

Black Bean Tostadas

Four corn tortillas
1 can black beans, drained
1 jalepeno, seeded and chopped
1 roma tomato, chopped
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic
2 tbsp + 2 tsp  cooking oil
3/4-1 cup of your favorite cheese (I used a Mexican blend)
Fresh Cilantro

Preheat oven to 425. In the mean time, place the 2 tbsp of cooking oil (whatever kind you have on hand) on a cookie sheet, glass casserole dish, etc. and then coat the front and backs of the tortillas. Once the oven has preheated, place the cooking sheet into the oven for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, flip the tortillas and cook them for another 5 minutes, or until crispy.

In the mean time, heat 2 tsp of cooking over medium heat. After it's heated up, saute the jalepeno, tomato, onion, and garlic. After these are tender, put in the can of black beans. Cook until heated through.

Put a little bit of cheese on each tortilla, and then spoon the mixture evenly onto each tortilla. There was actually quite a bit of the mixture, so you could probably usually 2 or 3 more tortillas in this recipe. Cook in oven for about 5-6 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

Sorry this picture is so nasty-sauce looking. It was on my phone. 

Spinach Potato Sausage Frittata

One of my favorite website to search out recipes is There are thousands of different delicious recipes for every occasion. I think most of my favorites stem from that website. Last week, I saw a recipe for a yummy looking Spinach Potato Frittata. It looked simple (and cheap!) to make, so during Forrest and mine's trip to the grocery store, we got ingredients for it. I changed a bit of the ingredients around, but I think it turned out delicious! Forrest really liked it a lot, which always makes me happy. Then again, he'll eat just about anything.

Spinach Potato Sausage Frittata

3 red potatoes (medium sized)
1 cup of spinach
1 crushed garlic glove
1/4 cup chopped up onion
Salt and Pepper
Any other spices you think would taste good!
5 sausage links
6 eggs
1/3 cup milk
Shredded cheese (I think we used about 1/2-3/4 cup of Mexican blend. Use however much you want and of whatever kind you want!)

Slice the red potatoes into relatively thing slices and set aside. Cook sausage in a pan. Get rid of most of the grease from the oil, leaving just enough to lightly coat the potatoes. Place the potatoes into the pan and cook until they are tender, which should be about 8-10 minutes. Mix in spinach, garlic clove, onion and spices and cook for about 2 more minutes.

In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs and milk. After these have been well beaten, pour into the potato mixture and combine everything together.  Sprinkle with the desired amount of cheese and reduce the heat slightly. Cover and cook until the eggs are cooked (about 8 minutes). After cooking on stove top, place in the oven on 350 for about 5 minutes.

And there you have it! A few notes though . . .

**The original recipe calls for olive oil. At first I was going to use canola oil, but then I thought it might be tasty to use just a little bit of the sausage grease. That sounds nasty and probably not very healthy...but it was just a small amount and was SO delicious. However, if you are trying to make it healthier, cook the sausage separately and then put it into the pan. Use olive or canola oil to cook the potatoes in.**

**The original recipe called for fresh spinach, but we couldn't find any when we were getting our groceries at Walmart (it was late on Saturday night!). I just bought frozen spinach, cooked it up, and then mixed it in with the rest of the ingredients. I thought it worked just great!**

**One trick my mom taught me about garlic is to be the already minced garlic that comes in little glass containers at the store. I've always hatted chopping up garlic, so this is th perfect solution**