Tostadas are crisp tortillas layered with a variety of toppings — the standards include beans, lettuce, and salsa. Typical of the southwestern or Tex-Mex style, there’s often just one component that needs a bit of cooking — in this case being the black bean layer, and everything else gets placed on the table.
Everyone can construct their own tostadas, making it easy on the cook. Case in point, these easy vegan black bean tostadas. Tostadas make a quick weeknight meal for the family or fun fare to serve to company.
Though they can be a full meal on their own, you can add the following for a larger meal: fresh corn is a perfect companion for a summer meal; baked or microwaved sweet potatoes are good for winter; or steamed squashes any time of year.
As for serving sizes, one tostada could be plenty for someone who fills up quickly — or as a child-sized portion, but most eaters will likely want two tostadas.
Black bean layer
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 140 Total Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 100mg Carbohydrates: 25g Fiber: 4g Protein: 7g
Recipe is adapted from Plant Powerby Nava Atlas. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky, BittersweetBlog.com
BLESS YOU, BLACK BEANS
These small dark beans are famous for their role in black bean soup and in Cuban cuisine and are a flavorful part of Mexican, Southwestern, and Mediterranean cuisines as well. Their pleasantly bold flavor holds up well to strong seasonings such as thyme, oregano, cilantro, and cumin.
- Black beans are wonderfully enhanced by onions, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice.
- As a salad base, black beans combine well with bell peppers, corn, tomatoes, and scallions.
- Black beans are delicious served with simple rice dishes and as part of tortilla specialties like this one.
- Black beans make a great base for dips.
- A more offbeat use that’s become popular in recent years — black bean brownies!