Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Chicken Tostadas

We call this quick family friendly meal Mexican pizza!  This was adapted from 100 days of real food. If you want an easy, non processed, healthy meal this is it!

* 3 cups shredded or diced cooked chicken (slow cook, roast or boil it)
* 1½ cups freshly grated Monterey Jack cheese
* 2 tablespoons water
* 1 teaspoon cumin
* ½ teaspoon salt
* ¼ teaspoon chili powder
* 1½ limes (1-2 tablespoons)
* 1 cup cooked black beans (organic canned or dried and then soaked and cooked in the crockpot)
* 8 whole-grain 5" to 6" corn tortillas,
* Recommended toppings: Tomatoes, avocado and cilantro

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl thoroughly combine the chicken, cheese, water, spices, and juice of 1 lime (or eye ball more if you want). Stir well then add black beans and toss gently so you don't smash the beans up!
3. On a large baking sheet lay the tortillas out in one even layer. You will probably need more than one baking sheet. 
4. Evenly distribute the chicken mixture on top of the 8 tortillas (the top layer should be about ½" tall) and bake until cheese begins to brown, about 12 to 13 minutes.
5. Squeeze the remaining lime juice, to taste, on top of the cooked tostadas and serve warm with diced tomatoes and avocado, and cilantro leaves.

**tips: cut into pizza triangles; 
serve with some cilantro lime rice; 
WORKING/BUSY MOMS: Make the chicken/cheese/spice/bean mixture the night before then simply top it on the tortillas 15-20 minutes before mealtime for a SUPER quick and healthy meal

Serves: 4 people (so we double)

Difficult: 1 out of 5; for a dinner, it doesn't get much easier than this. The make ahead option makes this meal super appealing too!

Timing: 15 months of its chopped up well!

Epicutie Rating
Little Joy: yummy in the yummy--always easy to please at meals she gobbled up two toastadas!
Little Asher: somewhat yummy--despite being the tough critique he still ate half a tostada with no complaints. He wasn't chomping at the bit for more, but was not gagging either. Gagging is common when he has beans!
Little Juliette:  yummy in the tummy; while we had to cut hers quite a bit she ended up eating an entire tostada. I think she would have eaten more but she got a sharp piece of tortilla and then seemed discouraged. 

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Little Joy at 2 years, Sept 2012

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Little Asher at 11 months, Sept 2012

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Little Elizabeth, July 2013
  • Yummy in the Tummy: Epicutie thoroughly enjoyed each bite
  • Somewhat yummy: Epicutie seemed to somewhat enjoy the food at first, but seemed to like it less with subsequent bites
  • Not so sure I like it...yet: Epicutie somewhat rejected the first bites, but seemed intrigued. The next exposure may be better!
  • Confused: Epicutie rejected the first bites, perhaps due to texture or strong flavor.
  • Sour Puss: Epicutie gave a sour face indicating she did not like the food. However--if at first you do not succeed, try, try again!

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