The internet is flush with lists of food you should eat for one reason or another. These help your memory, those give you energy, this recipe is fast, that recipe is the best combination of superfoods. Recently, I’ve tried to pull myself out of a food rut by trying a few new-to-me recipes. These aren’t foods that are necessarily healthy or easy to cook or fast. They are, however, tasty. I present to you my list of Amy approved recipes that you should try because they taste good:
Tostadas (adapted from Men’s Health Ab Training Guide)
I ripped this recipe out of a magazine that is years old and I haven’t ben able to find the recipe online. I guess that’s okay since the recipe is actually for huevos rancheros (blech). But the salsa, y’all. Make it! Best homemade salsa to ever grace my lips. The day after I made these, I was at a meeting, and try as I might to focus, all I could think about was getting home and polishing off the last of this salsa.
I followed the salsa recipe pretty closely other than the addition of a diced jalapeno and more chipotle peppers than it called for. (I’m glad I did, the chipotle peppers make this salsa! Careful, though, more chipotle = more spicy.)
I layered my tostada with avocado, smooshed black beans, the salsa, cheese, and shredded lettuce. I ate five, which was plenty filling, but I would have eaten 10 if I had made 10. I’m definitely filing this one in the back of my mind to make for Stephen when he comes home. I like that this is a versatile option: add chicken, swap out black beans for pintos, load up on the veggies, you can make it what you want. But I’m just gonna tell you, the way I made it was really good.
I made this recipe twice in one week, so that should give you an idea of how good these are. I fully intended to freeze some so I could save them for later, but then I ended up eating every single pizza bite. Whoops.
The original recipe uses homemade dough, but I opted for the store bought kind. My Wal-Mart didn’t have any pre-made pizza dough (or they were really hidden), but thankfully a trip to Target was fruitful. (I tried both thin crust and regular dough; they worked equally well.) I followed the cooking instructions that were on the tube of pizza dough instead of those that came with the recipe. Otherwise, I followed it exactly.
Eat with caution because the cherry tomatoes get hot, hot hot in there. Even though I ate these for dinner, I don’t think this would fly as a meal for my hungry husband. But these would be a fantastic appetizer to take to a party or to accompany something else (big salad, chicken, heaping plate of couscous, you get the idea.)
Crispy Chipotle Bean Burritos a la Better Homes and Gardens
My mother-in-law sent me this recipe, and I could not stop thinking about it after seeing the picture. I was intrigued by the idea of using phyllo dough in place of a tortilla. It tasted good, but the real story here is the filling. Oh, the filling! The combo of corn, brown rice, pinto beans, diced chipotle, onion, tomatoes, and cheese was a little different than what I usually use when making Mexican dishes, but it was amazing. The flavors really sing together. I easily could have sat on the floor of the kitchen just eating the filling for a few hours. It would also be great in enchiladas, taco salad, a regular ol’ tortilla.
The recipe makes enough for two people, easily, and more if you supplement with a side dish (rice, beans, a little Mexi-salad like I had). I ended up being able to save more than half of what I made because the filling was so filling. ;) I’ve reheated a few, and they stand up pretty well to being frozen and defrosted.
See? Just as I promised, these foods aren’t particularly healthy, or easy, or quick to make, but they are really, really good. What are y’all eating these days?