at the Water's Edge

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Tasty Tostadas

We’re going out of town this weekend, so we’re running a little low on groceries and I needed a dinner recipe that wouldn’t make too much food, since we won’t be around to eat the leftovers.  I was thinking of making tacos tonight, because they are one of my favorites, and because I remembered that we had an avocado that needed to be eaten (think: guacamole).  Of course, it was already going on 6pm and I didn’t have any meat thawed.  So, I made a quick decision: tostadas.  

I was already at the grocery store picking up a prescription from the pharmacy, and the specialty cheeses just happened to be on my way out the door.  Of course, I had to stop and look.  I do love me some cheese.  I ended up picking up some queso fresco, thinking it would be a nice addition to the other ingredients I had on hand.  Here’s what I ended up doing for tonight’s tostadas:

- 6 corn tortillas
- ½ can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 oz queso fresco, crumbled
- 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
- 2 small tomatoes, diced
- ½ a small white onion, diced
- 4 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
- Lemon juice
- Garlic
- Salt
- Pepper
- Chili Powder
- Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lay tortillas out flat on a baking sheet, not overlapping if you can help it.  Spray with a thin coat of cooking spray, then sprinkle with salt and chili powder.  Bake for 7-10 minutes or until crunchy (caution: they go from done to burnt very quickly).  

Meanwhile, combine beans, queso avocado, tomato, onion and cilantro in a bowl and mix until combined.  Squeeze a little bit of lemon juice over top and season with salt, pepper and garlic to taste.  Once the tortillas are done, simply top with the “salsa” mixture.

I have several variations of this recipe, but it’s very simple to make and it always tastes great!  It also makes a great summertime meal when you don’t want anything too heavy and you don’t want anything hot.

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Hi there! My name is Dana and I live in West Michigan with my husband, Tom and our dog Copernicus. I created this space as a place to share the things I learn along this journey I call life. I work in marketing and I'm a sort of Jane of All Trades, interested in all things nature, gardening, cooking, exploring and learning new things. This blog is a conglomeration of my interests, hobbies, life and life lessons. Thanks for stopping by!