i was browsing through a new cookbook*. and came across a recipe called no fat pants nachos.
how can that title not make you stop in your tracks. it’s a lightened up nacho recipe using lots of veggies, “healthier” tortilla chips and refried beans, changing up the calories from regular nachos with over 800 calories, to 250 calories per serving… side note: these have no cheese, how can you have nachos with no cheese? but that’s off topic.
I thought how can i take these same ingredients and turn it into a dinner (tortilla chips are a weakness of mine i can’t eat just the serving amount, so those had to go.) This is what i came up with, and it even turned out super awesome and even pretty:
no fat pants tostadas
refried black beans (i used trader joes with jalapenos)
soy chorizo** (trader joes)
shredded cheese (a tiny bit)
cilantro (from our csa box)
first, i heated up the chorizo on the stove, i took a tostada and put about 2 tbs of the black beans and smeared it on top, added a teaspoon of the cheese and placed another tostada on top (yes, like a mexican pizza) stuck that in the microwave for 30 seconds. added 1/4-1/2 of the chorizo to the top, then piled on green pepper, tomatoes, green onion, salsa, avocado, topped it off with some cilantro and another tsp of cheese. It was good, actually it was way better then good. i just can’t think of anther word, i’m too busy wanting to eat more of that tostada… i would like to try a similar recipe only with roasted veggies on top. i guess we have to see what will come in the next csa boxes that we can experiment with.
* i own 3 of trader joes cookbooks, skinny dish, the i heart trader joes one and dinners done one. i love trader joes, and it helps that i have one within walking distance to my house. i know not everyone is as spoiled as i am. you can substitute any of the ingredients with ones you think will work best.
** i am not a vegetarian, i just like this stuff…
if you own the skinny dish book, you MUST make the strawberry lemon tart! too good to be true. and if you don’t have any of the cookbooks check this out.