Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Triathalon Tostadas

These triathalon tostadas are outstanding. A few months ago I tried this two-week wellness solution cleanse. It's not one of those cleanses where you eat nothing but soup or take pills. It's basically a really healthy vegan diet with LOTS of fresh vegetables, minimal processed foods, no alcohol or caffeine, etc. Anyway, I made a ton of recipes from The Two-Week Wellness Solution cookbook and I fell completely in love with these tostadas. I didn't take photos of most of the things I made during that time because I made so many things, but I just had to take a photo of this and share it with you guys. It's super tasty, healthy, and filling. To me it tasted like a healthy dorito. I'm not sure whether that will sound appealing to you but even if it doesn't, I'm sure you will enjoy this dish. An oven crisped corn tortilla is topped with a black bean mixture (lime, cumin, onion, garlic), quinoa, fresh vegetables (carrots, green onions) with lime juice, and topped with avocado.

If this sounds good, you might also like:
Black Bean, Zucchini & Olive Tacos with Garlic-Lemon Yogurt
Garlicky Broccoli, Corn and Bean Burritos
Black Bean and Zucchini Chilaquiles
Frijoles, Etc. Casserole

Triathalon Tostadas
Adapted from The Two-Week Wellness Solution

I used 3 large corn tortillas, and they were a bit awkward to eat since they were so large. But if you can't find small corn tortillas the large ones definitely work.

Serves 3

Un-fried Crunchy Tortillas
6 6" or 3 large (10"-12") round corn tortillas
1/2 tbsp oil

Quinoa Layer
1/3 cup dry quinoa, rinsed and drained
2/3 cup water
1/4 tsp sea salt

Black Bean Layer
15 oz can black beans (1 3/4 cups cooked beans), drained and rinsed
1 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
3 large cloves garlic, minced

Vivacious Veggies
1 cup grated carrots
3 green onions, finely chopped
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 1/2 avocados, peeled and chopped

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Brush or spray the tortillas lightly on both sides with the oil. Lay them out on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake for 3-5 minutes, then remove from the oven. Flip each tortilla over and place back in the oven for another 3-5 minutes (or until they are crisp and lightly browned).

2. Put the quinoa and water in a small pot with a tight-fitting lid. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until all of the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Once done, stir in the 1/4 tsp sea salt and set aside.

3. Put all of the "black bean layer" ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend well until very smooth. Transfer to a small pan and heat over low until warm, stirring occasionally.

4. In a small bowl, toss the carrots and green onions with lime juice. Set aside.

5. To assemble, place the tostada shells on plates and spread with some of the black bean mixture. Next, add quinoa and then the veggies. Garnish with avocado chunks.

If you're not going to eat everything right away, store the ingredients in separate containers.


janet @ the taste space said...

I have been meaning to make these for the longest time! Gah! Your photo is so gorgeous with all the colours. Glad you were able to make them a second time. :)

Rachel said...

Your tostada looks like a perfect, easy, wholesome meal. The cleanse sounds like a reasonable one - good to know that it's out there!

Helene said...

What a super healthy meal. I have never heard of that cookbook before.

Hannah said...

Mmm, this sounds great, and like something I can make over my gas stove without electricity! We still don't have power yet after the storm, so it's been tough to get real meals together.

Joanne said...

If I eat these while I'm training for my marathon, can we call them Marathon Tostadas? They look awesome!

grace said...

tostadas are wonderful, as they allow for piles and piles of good stuff to be added. nice selection of toppings!

Johanna GGG said...

love the colours and all the vegies - we have small corn tortillas in the pantry just now so I love the idea of baking until crispy

Liz said...

These sound delicious! How did you like the two-week wellness solution cleanse? I've been thinking about trying a cleanse and the soup or whatever ones never sounded very appetizing. This one sounds good, though!

eatme_delicious said...

Liz: I think it's a great cleanse and way to get back on track with eating. Making all the recipes is time consuming though. I was hoping I would feel a big difference, but I didn't. Though there are testimonials in the book of people who felt really different.

Quirky Jessi said...

Healthy Dorito? Sign me up! I love Doritos, although that means I might end up making these way too much, hehe.

Xiaolu said...

Mmmm that does sound really good to me -- minus the Dorito part haha.

janet @ the taste space said...

Booyah! Thanks for the push to finally make these. They were UBER delicious! :)

My post: http://tastespace.wordpress.com/2011/11/27/lime-spiked-black-bean-and-quinoa-kale-wrap/