Friday, July 16, 2010

Wednesday: Black Bean and Corn Tostadas and Sparkling Limeade

This meal was created based on what I already had in my pantry. It is so simple, yet very nutritious and tasty. This was a perfect way to get all 3 of my girls to eat Black Beans. Yeah!

Here is what you need for the Tostadas:

1/2 lb Ground Beef, 1 Small Onion, 1 can Black Beans, 1 can Sweet Corn, 1 Tomato, Corn Tortillas (or whatever kind you have on hand), 2 cups shredded cheese (I used Kraft Naturals Mexican Style Cheese), Ground Cumin Seed, Garlic or Garlic Powder, Salt and Pepper and 1/2 of a lime.

Step 1:
Brown 1/2 lb of beef and small onion.

Step 2:
Add 1 can of Black beans and 1 tsp of ground cumin seed. (taste and add more if you would like!)

Step 3:
Then add 1 can of drained sweet corn. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste.

Step 4:
Add chopped tomato and squeeze the juice of 1/2 a lime. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Step 5:

Put 6 corn tortillas on a cookie sheet and add a large scoop of the bean mixture.

Step 6:
Add a handful of Mexican Blend Shredded Cheese to the top of each Tostada. Place in a 350 degree oven until cheese is melted and tortilla is a bit crispy. May take 7-10 minutes.

Step 7:
Serve with a side of Mexican Rice and enjoy! This would be excellent with the additions of avocado, sour cream, salsa or pico de gallo as well.

Now for the Sparkling Limeade:

Here is what you need:
Chilled Sparkling Seltzer Water, 1/2 of a lime (a whole lime for 4 people) and sugar.

Instructions: Fill your glass with seltzer water, squeeze 1/4 of a lime in water, add enough sugar to taste , stir to dissolve and enjoy!

This is a favorite summer time drink for me. You can use any citrus fruit to make this.

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