Wednesday, November 03, 2010

VeganMoFo: Vegan Black Bean Tostadas with Corn Relish

It's safe to say that I'm more than a little irked about last night's election results. And while I really don't wanna turn into a self-loathing Democrat, it's pretty tough when my beloved blue state has turned red on most electoral maps.

However, I refuse to wallow in negativity - I did that all night.

It's time to brighten things up a bit, and to help me do just that, I decided to make one of my favorite quick lunch recipes: Vegan Black Bean Tostadas with Corn Relish. They're super-flavorful, eye-rollingly healthy, and unfairly delicious - without a hint of politics!

Recipe: Vegan Black Bean Tostadas with Corn Relish
(a slightly modified Martha Stewart recipe)

1 (15oz.) can black beans, rinsed & drained
1 pkg (10 oz.) frozen corn kernels
1 avocado, cubed
1 lime, juiced
2 scallions, white + green parts, thinly sliced
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 jalapeƱo, de-seeded & minced
3 Tbsp. olive oil OR 1 Tbsp. olive oil & olive oil/non-stick spray
ground cumin
1 hand-full fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
4 (6 in.) whole wheat tortillas
Salt & freshly-ground pepper

1.) Pre-heat oven to 475 degrees.
2.) Combine corn, avocado, lime, & scallions in a small bowl, along with 1 Tbsp. of olive oil & a sprinkle of salt & pepper. Stir & set aside.
3.) Combine tomatoes & jalapeƱos in a small bowl, stir & set aside.
4.) Place tortillas on two baking sheets. Brush or spray both sides with remaining olive oil or non-stick pray.
5.) Sprinkle tortillas with a few shakes of cumin. Add black beans, & top with tomato mixture. Bake until golden & crisp, approx. 8 mins., being careful not to burn.
6.) Remove from oven & generously top with corn relish & a sprinkle of fresh cilantro. Add salt & pepper, to taste.
7.) Serve immediately - enjoy with both hands & plenty of napkins!

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  1. Tostadas! That is a win! I love it, great pictures too! :)

  2. Looks and sounds delicious. All of my favorite flavors.

    I'm pretty disgruntled about the results of the election all around the counrty.

  3. I've never seen a prettier tostada.

  4. Yum that looks amazing! Although try as I might I'm nervous for the prospects of immigration reform and gay rights with the new house...

  5. Beautiful!

    Ohio turned bright red, too. :-(

  6. Hooray for corn relish and cilantro! I've never made tostadas but yours are gorgeous, so I might just have to try!

  7. I'm a big fan of tostados. Yours are so vibrant looking.

  8. I have this intense obession with black beans they are soo delicious. I will definitely have to try this.



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